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A Relaxed, Vintage Inspired Family Home in the French Countryside


Why, hello there! How was your weekend? It's been snowing all morning here in Malmö - such a perfect excuse to pad around at home in chunky knit socks! I was so happy to see many of you also loved graphic designer, artist and interior decorator Zoé de Las Cases' Paris apartment on Friday. There's something so special about her style. As mentioned Zoe and her lovely family: husband Benjamin, daughter Olya (6), son Sacha (4) and dog Napoleon (1!) divide their time between Paris' 2nd arrondissement and their country home in Normandy, near Vernuil-sur-Avre, around one and half hours from the capital. When they first acquired the country house, it was in desperate need of some TLC. The family have been painstakingly renovating it, adding their unique touch - while being careful to maintain the beautiful original features. Bienvenue!

Zoe is a big fan of flea markets and nearly all of the items you see are second hand (inspires me to get hunting, how about you?!). The eclectic blend of items and materials as well as the simple wall to wall open shelving adds to the casual vibe of their country home. 


Glass windows dividers are one of Zoé's signature design traits; she's used them in her Paris apartment, studio and country home. I absolutely love them too. They offer a perfect way to maintain a light and airy, open plan feel while creating more intimate zones. The ones in this kitchen appear to be vintage (source beautiful vintage panes here*).

Anyone else notice how much the firewood column adds to the room? Perfect inspiration! I need a fireplace first, but if my dream ever comes true, I'm stacking the wood like this!

Cute wall-mounted sink alert - no doubt a vintage find. It looks perfect matched with the light blue tiles too, don't you think?


I'm not sure, but guessing that the original tiled floors throughout the ground floor were one of the reasons the family fell in love with the home. Aren't they stunning?



Anyone else now considering looking for a home deep in the country to do up? I'll be dreaming about this all week now!

In cased you missed it, you can take a peek at the family's Paris home here and read more about Zoé's latest projects here (there's also a load more pics on her instagram).

So friends, shall we go all out French again today? Why not! Here are a few spaces I've featured in the past and love:
The fab home of a French photographer and stylist
An opulent Paris apartment in minimalist style
A French kitchen is given. a modern twist
Inside the home of a French chef and photographer

Have a fabulous start to the week!

Niki x

PS Oh and my Lagom book is available in French - just in case any of my wonderful French friends fancy a read. I have such fond memories of my time in Paris over the launch! What a great city / country!

Photography: Zoé de Las Cases shared with kind permission

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  1. I love this home - the floors, the windows, that stove! Gorgeous!

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    1. I thought you might Susan! It's charming in every way!

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  2. That doggie snoozing in the doorway! What every home needs...

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  3. I guess the only thing which could make me leave the gorgeous Paris apartment would be the goreous country house.

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  4. I love being able to see through the house from the front door to the back door. A charming home. Not too perfect but perfect if you get my drift...….. x Rebecca x

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    1. I hadn't thought about that, but you're absolutely right Rebecca, an open space like this creates such a lovely airy feel!

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  5. This is truly inspiring. I do have to comment on the wood though. As lovely as it looks, when bringing in that quantity to let sit for a long period of time--or really anytime--the reality is you could be bringing in termites and carpenter ants along with numerous other bugs that could be a nightmare to deal with. I'd keep the wood outside. Beautiful home though, love the floors and the old sink.

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  6. I love the alcove for the desk. A nice light and airy spot next to a beautiful fireplace!

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  7. Mad for this interior. Can't even put my finger on what it is: the openness, the floors, the quaint mix, the gently loved furniture? I'd never leave the kitchen in the summer (doors open of course) and never leave the living room in the winter!

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