Villa Atlantida, a historical home in the French town Pau, is the home of Lisa and Julian Ménard and their five children. That the couple loves old things is not surprising if you see their home. It is filled with vintage furniture, from family heirlooms to items found in second-hand shops, which they combine with modern design. The building itself has beautiful details such as the stained glass windows, moldings and cement tiles. Luckily for the couple all the orginal features were still in good condition, so they’ve kept them all. What I especially love in this home is the use of color, which gives the home a fresh atmosphere instead of stuffy and old. I’ll admit, you either love this or hate it. But it’s certainly a unique family home, gosh how I wish I could walk through these vintage inspired rooms.
I’m in a French mood today. This morning I showed you a beautiful Paris apartment on the Place des Vosges, now I’m taking you further south to Lyon. This apartment belongs to interior designers Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stéphane Garotin of Maison Hand. This modern light filled apartment is completely the opposite of their last apartment, which was completely black. The apartment lies in a building from 1852 and kept its original details like moulding, panelled walls and a gorgeous parquet floor (oh man, I love original architectural details!). The original details can make a home quite busy so they kept the colour scheme very neutral but they filled their home with artwork and items from their travels in every room which makes it a very personal home. It’s so beautiful, can I just pack my bags and move in?
Ever wanted to stay in a cave? Well thanks to Airbnb you can in France. Close to Amboise, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived, lies this room with open bathroom that truly embraces the troglodyte spirit. The room is furnished with only the essentials and it is perfect if you want to get away from your busy day to day life. You can rent the room on Airbnb for €75 a night, including breakfast (and wifi, if you don’t want to be secluded from the modern world entirely)