Possibly the best season of them all, summer has finally arrived, bringing with it longer days, the tantalizing promise of travel and, best of all, the May/June 23 edition of My French Country Home Magazine!
This issue is as full as ever of beautiful homes, resplendent gardens, and our favorite French finds, simply waiting to be explored. Journey to Brittany’s Rugged Atlantic Shores with our “Discovery Guide” on Finestre-Lorient. Also in the region, we take a tour of Monet’s timeless garden in Giverny. Hallowed ground for lovers of art and flowers, this site truly comes into its own in early summer.
We also have several glorious interiors to share with you, starting in the Loire Valley, with the majestic estate of Arthur van der Straeten, an antiques dealer who transformed the former “folie” of a nearby château into a dazzling refuge from his busy urban life in Paris. Heading to Provence, we admire the thoughtful and whimsical renovation of an old village farmhouse.
Here, take a peek at just a few of our features, and click below to flip through a full preview. We hope that you enjoy it, and that the summer treats you well!
Putting on the Ritz
In our Portfolio, photographer Eric Martin takes you on a rare peek behind the scenes of Paris’s iconic Ritz Hotel, which underwent a major renovation before the recent Covid pandemic.
Generations of Design
This issue also welcomes you behind the doors of an ancient estate in Normandy, which textile company Pierre Frey has sumptuously re-clothed in updated patterns and colors to celebrate the brand’s 200th anniversary.
How to Dine Outside Like the French
In light of the changing temperatures beckoning us to come outside to enjoy the garden, we’ve included some helpful tips for hosting an al fresco dinner party to help you enjoy and share your own garden this summer season.
Teaming with Treasure
Lastly, for our antique lovers, discover Boutique de Nelly. Nelly’s place is more than a flea market: it’s a time machine that transports you back to the days of wooden rocking horses, embroidered linens, and iron jugs. Coming here isn’t so much about hunting or haggling over beautiful objects than it is about the experience itself.
We hope you love the May/June edition as much as we loved making it!