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Chic Rustique

by habituallychic

08 . 12 . 09

Speaking of Jacques Grange, maybe instead of stalking him in Paris, I will stalk him next August at his house in Portugal. Actually, it’s not a house but four traditional thatched roof cabanas that line the dunes on a remote stretch of the coast. Grange says the “landscape, furnishings, carpets, and cushions exert an exotic, African pull.” Some of these photos were taken in 2004 for a W magazine spread and attest to it’s timeless design. He calls the straw house “chic rustique.” I call is perfection.

Photos by Thomas Loof and Martin Morrell

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  1. Laura August 12, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    I just love this rustic home that manages to be so luxe! I just returned from a weekend at a cabin that has been in my family since sometime in the 1930s. I am very inspired to incorporate some of the elements like this great seating area with mountains of pillows.

    Whim Tart

  2. Jane August 12, 2009 | 11:27 pm

    Wowza! Sign me up for the stalking expedition!

  3. Domestic Diva August 13, 2009 | 12:18 am

    Makes you want to take a visit to New Mexico! Love the white!

  4. mary August 13, 2009 | 12:43 am

    Yes, absolute perfection. I want to go so badly. Portugal is wonderful.

  5. the NEO-traditionalist August 13, 2009 | 1:18 am

    All that bright white juxtaposed by the rich colors of the African art…stunning. I haven’t yet made it to Portugal…hmmmmm : )

  6. Aussie girl August 13, 2009 | 5:20 am

    wonderful! we live in a converted barn with exposed beams and we love them so much that when we build another house we are going to do a similar structure, all white of course! Heather you make my day everyday that I check your blog!

  7. The Preppy Pauper August 13, 2009 | 6:51 am

    J. Granges house is ruffing it for people who don’t like to ruff it…myself included. Absolutely stunning!

  8. Off the List August 13, 2009 | 8:44 am

    I’ve always coveted the ‘gothic’ green & red upholstered chair – I’m sure it has also appeared in his Paris apartment?

    The whole place makes me wish there was some sort of summer happening in London!

  9. An Aesthete's Lament August 13, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    There are more pictures in the big coffee-table book about his work which was recently published. He is sublime, no? And I think the Portuguese residence is his best work ever, reductivist but rich.

  10. Anonymous August 13, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    I think you have a really nice eye for masculine interiors. I’m wondering if you have ever seen the villa of a man behind B&B Italia. I can’t remember his name, but I have a magazine piece about his house. I’ll try to find it for you sometime!


  11. Habitually Chic August 13, 2009 | 1:55 pm

    Laura – I love that day bed seating area with the french stitched cushion!

    Jane – you’re in!

    DOmestic Diva – it does have that feel. If I can’t afford Portugal, maybe New Mexico is another option.

    Mary – I have never been but it’s moving up to the top of my list!

    Neo-traditionalist – maybe we should get a blogger group together and see if Jacques will rent out his house!

    Aussie Girl – I love how clean it looks in all white! Good luck with your project!

    The Preppy Pauper – exactly! I’m with you on that one!

    Off the List – I’ll have to look at the photos and check. Maybe he has more than one chair. I think I’m going to take the entire month of August next year and goto Portugal!

    An Aethete’s Lament – there are only five pictures some of which are the same here. The book is really fabulous. There are so many wonderful details in his work!

    Anna – Ha! I do like more masculine interiors! But I have not seen the man behind B&B Italia’s home. Can’t wait to see it! Thanks!

  12. Design Cracker August 13, 2009 | 8:00 pm

    Love stopping in and this post is beautiful. I especially love the French Mattress’ I have googled and looked and googled some more and never found any kind of how to or tutorial on how to make them. Anybody out there seen anything?
    Thanks again for the inspiration today.

  13. Anonymous August 13, 2009 | 10:49 pm

    Today I spent a wonderful day at a beach near his house(s). I didn’t see him nor Pierre Passebon (it seems they go to a “desert” one), but in Comporta you can always have the chance to be in a simple restaurant sitting next to Caroline of Monaco. Jacques Grange is truly a master and this piece of land is a real paradise. Loved the post.

  14. Paula Grace Halewski August 14, 2009 | 12:06 am

    Beautiful! So bright and airy; such natural surroundings and furnishings. Love it!

  15. Julie August 14, 2009 | 1:26 pm

    All gorgeous.

  16. Brilliant Asylum August 14, 2009 | 7:55 pm

    “Chic Rustique” is the perfect description for all these textures. I am in love with that whitewashed vaulted ceiling.

  17. karine huseby March 20, 2010 | 8:43 pm

    It is a fantastic inspiration to see the images on this blog. I am renovating an old farmhouse at my place in Norway. Makes me very optimistic for what I am doing. Thanks! http://khuseby.blogspot.com/