Photograph courtesy of the Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Tourist Office
Happy New Year and welcome to the first MFCH Magazine of 2024 – now entering its sixth year of publication! We trust that you’ve spent a wonderful holiday season filled with many joyful moments with your loved ones.
As always, our mission to bring you sumptuous French interiors, gardens and cultural glimpses remains unwavering, and with this edition, we have collected a veritable cabinet of curiosities to get you feeling inspired for the coming year.
Beginning with our Regional Guide, we take you on a snow-laden tour through Chamonix, and all the winter activities that this beautiful mountain town, located at the foothills of Mont Blanc, has to offer. Amongst our Interior features, discover the efforts of Tim Holding, a former Australian politician and his partner, Felicity Selkirk, currently rescuing and restoring the magnificent Château de Purnon.
We also invite you to take a rare peek inside an haute couture courtyard garden in central Paris – a realm of greenery designed with the same impeccable taste as its owner, Pierre Bergé, and his former partner, the designer Yves Saint Laurent. And, amidst the winter chill, Lucy Hunter shares her insights into designing bouquets from foraged flowers that will brighten your home.
Finally, we explore the redolent realm of the black truffle with a selection of recipes from L’Escapade, a delightful village restaurant in the Vaucluses region.
Read on to take a peek at a few more of our winter features, and click below to flip through a full preview of the magazine.
Dusted in White
The village of Eygalières, in the heart of Provence, found itself remarkably blanketed in a soft, unexpected layer of snow. Captured through the lens of one of our regular contributors, Joanna Maclennan, this surprise dusting revealed yet another facet of the region’s year-round beauty. Enjoy this rare sighting in our Portfolio.
An Artful Abode
In the world of artisans, there are some who master a single craft, while others excel in a multitude of disciplines. Alix D. Reynis, a ceramicist and jewellery designer, falls into the latter category, and – unsurprisingly – her Parisian home is a showcase of her enviable interior design skills. Join us on a tour around her home in the Latin quarter.
Behind a modest storefront in the chic Paris neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the gateway to a storybook kingdom hides in plain sight. For almost two centuries, the Maison Deyrolle, a taxidermy boutique, has been a mecca for scientists, artists and casual visitors who come to study and marvel at its astonishing collection of curiosities from the natural world.
A former project manager turned professional blogger, Géraldine Leverd, has made quite a name for herself in the online culinary scene thanks to her delicious, uncomplicated dishes and beautiful photography skills. To kick off the new year in a healthy and nourishing way, we are featuring five of Géraldine’s fabulous soup recipes that are sure to warm the soul.
We hope you find this first issue of the year to be a delightful companion on your journey through the seasons. Here’s to a year filled with inspiration and discovery!