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January 12, 2014

Jumping in the garden

Vicki Archer

Have you had the pleasure of reading Vicki Archer’s ‘French Essence’? I recently (admittedly a little behind time) came across her 2010 book and had to share the delights with you. If you haven’t read it, order it now. You are in for a stunning collection of beautiful photographs that will make you want to move to Provence… I certainly do.

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Ten years ago, Vicki Archer and her husband began restoring a seventeenth-century olive farm in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Resurrecting the ancient orchards and renovating the farmhouse, Archer brings a guide for celebrating and re-creating Provencal ambiance.

A lover of architecture, art, furniture, and décor, French Essence is designed to capture the imagination, with Carla Coulson’s beautiful photographs of lush gardens, timeless interiors, hauntingly beautiful village lanes, and inspired aesthetic details. 

One of Vicki’s ‘exterior’ rooms..

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French design..  effortlessly thrown together, yet perfectly planned. The mixture of ornate, classical pieces, with modern accents, creates a truly eclectic space.


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The romantic portrayal of life in Avignon

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Le Chocolaterie de Puyricard’s chocolates..

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French Essence Carla Coulson


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A commode top in Mas de Berard’s dining room:

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Shutters in Avignon…

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Archer describes herself as an “interiors junkie”.. I love her style!