Welcome to the July/August 2020 edition of My French Country Home Magazine!
This issue, we’re showing you what summer looks like in France, from the bustling metropolis of Bordeaux, to the idyllic coast of Cap Ferret, to the authentic island community of Ile de Ré. We also head down to the Provencal countryside to spotlight the story behind the inspiring renovation of our cover star – the stunning Mas de Poiriers. On the table? With five beautiful recipes from Elise Dumas, la courgette (“zucchini”) will be the pièce de résistance for this season’s freshest, al fresco meals. They’ll pair perfectly with the three refreshing, summery cocktails from David Lebowitz, of Drinking French.
Read on to find out more!
MFCH Bordeaux Guide
For this edition’s “Discovering France” guide, we’re treating you to the beauty of Bordeaux. Situated in a region of France synonymous with wine, this beautiful port city—which blends urban innovation with old-world savoir-faire—offers that and so much more. With local experiences ranging from cultural to artistic to gastronomic, we have everything you need to start planning your next trip.
A Trip To The Cape
Cap Ferret—a gorgeous slice of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Arcachon Bay—is a splendidly isolated, well-kept vacation secret of the French. Take a peek into this laid-back paradise and find out how a 1940s summer house was updated to become the stylish holiday home of one family’s dreams.
Crazy For Courgettes
For the new issue, chef, photographer and MFCH contributor Elise Dumas offers up five delectable, local recipes spotlighting one of the summer’s freshest and most versatile vegetables. As much as a treat for the eyes as they are for the mouth, these innovative dishes are almost too beautiful to eat!
Awakening A Château
Antiques aficionado and interior design enthusiast Aurelien Deleuze is a favorite vintage specialist of the Paris elite. See how he married his passionate penchant for 18th and 19th-century objects with a dream château in the Pyrenees to transform it into a living work of art and history.
Refined, simple, elegant. For our latest Artisans of France piece, we visited the home and atelier of French ceramics company Epure. One look at the soothing environment, and you’ll understand what inspires the minimalist aesthetic of the brand’s hand-painted, hand-sculpted creations. For summer, we’re proud to offer MFCH subscribers an exclusive offer on three special Epure items. Pieces to treasure, forever.
The Provence Project
Meet our cover star! Our latest issue takes you into the magical land of Mas des Poiriers, a traditional Provençal mas and haven of peace for Shauna Varvel and her family. Discover how she—along with a band of local talent—found, conceived, designed and carried out a 260-acre project of a lifetime.