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A Utilitarian Beauty

January 25, 2014

The Beautiful brick

Rough-hewn stone and well-worn vintage pieces create a raw-edged but warm interior. Clean and simple living where the buildings original features become the main focus of the design.



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A simple no-frills kitchen, where raw honest materials are the essence – thin bare brick, smooth concrete and warm wood make for a utilitarian but homely aesthetic.


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Raw brick and wood create a perfect canvas upon which to decorate with drapes of fresh white linen and luxuroius pure cotton to soften and relax the look.

Photographs by: Kristian Septimius Kroch


In my state of mid-January blues, I was doing a little research for summer (a tad early perhaps) but I came across House La France, a holiday rental situated in the picturesque village of Lagrasse. Completely overhauled recently by Nicole Albert, a former interior stylist from London, and her partner Michael Nunan, I had to share this delight with you.








In 2005, Albert and Nunan purchased the farmhouse property in the Languedoc, which they divided into three apartments; one of which the couple lives in, with the other two available for rent. When it came time to paint the interiors of the home, Nicole was advised by the local city hall to use a color palette inspired by the bark of a plane tree, which is indigenous to the area. Most of the furniture was sourced from local antique shops and markets, Sunday yard sales, or from the couple’s London home










I would, wouldn’t you?