Friday, July 23, 2010

A Beautiful Retreat

Nestled in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, the beautiful 18th century holiday home of Hans Blomquist and partner Frederick Allouard-Rubin is located in a village outside the medieval town of Uzès, in southern France. Purchased nine years ago, the building was originally organized to house both man and beast — the animals lived on the ground floor, while people lived on the second and third floors — and though lovely, it was also in need of renovation. Nowadays, the ground floor is a garage and storage room, retaining the original beautiful arches and cellars. Upstairs is the combined living room, dining room and kitchen with an additional bedroom and bathroom, while on the third floor are the guest rooms — plus a small roof garden to enjoy in the early spring (in summer it's much too hot). When it came to decorating their home, Hans and Frederick decided that they wanted to keep the space simple and relaxed — they've adhered to a light colour scheme with sofa and chairs in natural linen, and use pillows and other accessories to add colour. Finds from local flea markets and antique markets furnish the rest of the home — though they're finding it tough to keep things simple as there are tempting flea markets almost every weekend!. More here on Sköna hem.

(photography by Hans Blomquist)

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