Mathieu Museum in Gargas
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Mathieu Lustrerie Brings Chandeliers to Life in Provence

“The chandelier is a jewel that never goes out of style.” ~ Mathieu Lustrerie website Régis Mathieu is a true artisan. His expertise lies in working with bronze, creating, and restoring chandeliers. After his father’s passing, he assumed the helm of the family business in 1990 – Mathieu Lustrerie. The …

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Villa Benkemoun Architecture Arles © Serge Benkemoun
French Decor & GardensInspireKeith Van Sickle

Villa Benkemoun Swirling 70s Architecture in Arles

Just four kilometres from the center of Arles sits the Villa Benkemoun, a magnificent estate designed by a disciple of the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Visiting it is like stepping back in time. The villa was the brainchild of Simone and Pierre Benkemoun, a couple that moved from Algeria …

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Clos D'Alari Bed and Breakfast 2 Chambre Verte
French Decor & GardensGuest PostInspire

Interior Design Trends in the South of France

Provencal Design Some people think of Provence when referring to the South of France. It’s one of the world’s most beautiful locations. You can find ancient Roman ruins, picturesque villages, and fields of lavender here. Also, you can see the beautiful and colourful landscapes along the Mediterranean coast. Furthermore, the …

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©Yves Gellie for the Maison Bernard Endowment Fund
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottFrench Decor & GardensInspire

Creative Architecture 10 Must-See Buildings on the Côte d’Azur

Since 1860, Côte d’Azur is the coastline running from Cassis (although some suggest Toulon) to the Italian border. This famous coast passes through famous cities such as Saint Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Monaco and finally Menton. The Côte d’Azur has long held the imagination of travellers wishing to escape the cold …

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French Decor Secrets Bedrooms
French Decor & GardensGuest PostInspire

French Decor: All the Designing Secrets You Need to Know

French decor is all about effortless elegance. It’s bold, sophisticated, and chic. It’s also often a combination of old and new trends. NellyRodi director of consumer trends and insights Vincent Gregoire believes there is a renewed curiosity about the French style. So if you are curious about French decor here …

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Olive and Sweetpea
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Olive and Sweetpea where wine, women and possibilities meet

Where Passions Meet Wine and words. The idea for Olive and Sweetpea (Olive + Sweetpea), a new e-magazine, was hatched over a few glasses of wine. When Paula Kane and I scheduled a springtime lunch, we half-heartedly joked about the possibility of enjoying a meal on a sunny patio. After …

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Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Atelier de Couleurs Workshop in Menerbes Where Period Furniture Gets a New Look

Artistic Menerbes Once you have visited the hilltop village of Menerbes, it is easy to understand why the Luberon and this town has enchanted so many. The charming main street compels you to pause and wander through an art gallery, or have a drink at one of the restaurants, particularly …

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Ouvrage Boutique Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspireShopping & Gifts

Ouvrage Boutique Made in France Architecture and Design Meet in Aix-en-Provence

Sébastian and Agnes Krier shared the following about their architecture and design boutique, “Ce lieu ne pouvait que s’appeler Ouvrage: ce qui est produit par l’ouvrier, l’artisan ou l’artiste, le résultat du travail de ses mains et donc son œuvre.” This place could not be called anything but “Ouvrage.” The …

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Antiques Diva @Aixcentric
AixcentricInspireShopping & Gifts

Enterprising: Caren is an Antiques Diva

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Like many other women who arrive in Provence for a variety of reasons, Caren Trafford has been busy restyling her life: previously based in Sydney where she was an author of environmental books for children, she is now additionally becoming expert in the world of …

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