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Pretty in Provence

by habituallychic

06 . 21 . 11
All I can think about besides moving is that I can’t wait to take a vacation after it’s over.  A “sit around and read a book all day” type of vacation that is actually relaxing.  I wish I knew Atlanta based designer Ginny Magher because I am completely in love with her 18th-century farmhouse, Le Mas de Baraquet, in Provence, France, and would beg her to let me stay there  I came across it in an old issue of UK House & Garden magazine that I was cleaning out in preparation for moving.  I’m glad I flipped through it before throwing it away because what really grabbed my attention were the gardens designed by Dominque Lafourcade.  If you really want to be impressed, check out this blog post about the before and after of gardens and interior shots of the house.  Dominique’s husband, Bruno Lafourcade, and son, Alexandre, who are both architects restored the farmhouse as well. When I buy a farm in Provence, I’m definitely hiring everyone involved to help me too! 

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  1. Customized Walls June 21, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    I can not agree more. Living here would be an absolute dream. I have traveled extensively through Europe and just love Provence. There is just such total comfort there…

  2. Anonymous June 21, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    I have this home in a book and just love te see some more of it. There are some pics here I havn’t seen. Simply devine…am off to find my book… thanks for this. must stil look at the link



  3. Tracey June 21, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    That lavender always makes me think of France.

  4. HudsonRose June 21, 2011 | 7:45 pm

    I want to go to there…..My heart and stress levels diminished immediately at these heavenly scenes.

  5. Natural Beauty June 21, 2011 | 7:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is so pretty! I am about to move as well, and I feel the exact same way. At the very least a “staycation” is an order. Inspiring post, as always.

  6. Splendid Sass June 21, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    I’m thinking that I would be happy with this stunning garden!

  7. Greet June 22, 2011 | 9:14 am

    I love the work of the Lafourcades!! It is stunning!!
    The pictures you posted are gorgeous!

  8. katie carlin June 22, 2011 | 9:28 am

    beautiful!! wow!!

    giveaway today on daily crush!!

  9. mary June 22, 2011 | 11:58 am

    I think that if I only had a couple of pairs of those potted trees for my garden, I would be content. I wonder how old that ancient allee(sp?) of huge (plane?) trees is? This home and gardens is definitely a pure expression of paradise.
    Did you find an apartment?
    Thanx. Mary

  10. jvw home June 22, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    absolute perfection….heaven! love everything about this chateau and the grounds…thanks for sharing a beautiful place..

  11. rogers.com June 22, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    Heather when you plan your trip to Provence – I would just like you to know that I would be more than willing to carry your bags to this absolutely heavenly place. How is the search going for an apartment?

  12. Ruthie's Renewed Treasures June 22, 2011 | 1:38 pm

    Gorgeous gardens! I’ve been trying to figure out what color to paint my wrought iron patio furniture for my courtyard. This post inspired me to paint them the color green that her furniture is in the garden. LOVE!


  13. Raulston June 22, 2011 | 1:49 pm

    These photos are exceptional and evoke a deep yearning for the french countryside! I rediscovered you digital masterpiece and must say that you have a superb eye for all thing chic and splendid!

  14. Jenna June 22, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    This is my absolute dream setting! There is no place in the world like France to me. Thank you for sharing Heather (and all the best with your apartment hunt)!

  15. Diane James Home June 22, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures of gardens – I was so hot and sticky when I got home last night that I poured myself a Pastis over ice – so refreshing and always reminds me of Provence! Good luck with your move, Heather – can’t wait to see picture of the new place!

  16. Vandy June 22, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    Well, there is no question we have the same idea of what a vacation should be. You need to go to where my husband and I went on our honeymoon, La Bastide de Marie. As close to heaven as I could ever imagine. It has been seven years and I still dream about it.

  17. Taryn Tania June 22, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    Wow!! this is gorgeous. I recognize some of it from my past trip, and now I miss it even more! Gorgeous 🙂

  18. kayce hughes June 22, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    I want those wicker chairs. Who am I kidding…I want it all.

  19. classiq June 24, 2011 | 8:58 am

    Such a wonderful place! I can’t think of anything else for a more perfect vacation. :)Ada

  20. Rosa @ Flutter Flutter June 25, 2011 | 12:05 am

    Huge yearning to go back to France. Those pictures are amazing!

  21. doug @ tracery June 25, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    I still have a copy of Veranda from I think 1999 that features this same house…AMAZING gardens! Wow.

  22. DesignFan July 5, 2011 | 9:22 am

    This place looks amazing I’ll have to visit sometime, it looks great, thanks for sharing!

  23. mydeco July 5, 2011 | 9:58 am

    Amazing place, so relaxing. Would be great to visit and relax here. Love the ornamental piece and the green chairs and table, thanks for sharing these!