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French Idyll: A Design Couple’s Soulful, Rustic Holiday Home

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French Idyll: A Design Couple’s Soulful, Rustic Holiday Home

April 27, 2020

A few years ago, Julie discovered a gem of a vacation rental, designer Karen McCartney’s Modernist Vacation Retreat in Australia. The exterior is wood-clad and minimalist, and the airy interior features midcentury-modern classics. Recently, I found another rental, also by McCartney, that, at first glance, couldn’t be more different.

Her latest vacation home is a converted stone barn in the village of Duras, France. The Australian design author (she was founding editor of Inside Out magazine) decided to buy the cottage, which had always been in her family, and turn it into their retreat once more.

The two projects couldn’t look more different on the outside, but the couple’s love for indoor-outdoor living and vintage pieces connects them in spirit.

Let’s take a tour.

Photography via Airbnb.

French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home The converted barn is on a hilltop overlooking fields of sunflowers. The exterior remains untouched.
Above: The converted barn is on a hilltop overlooking fields of sunflowers. The exterior remains untouched.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home A \1970s tile topped Roger Capron coffee table in the living room.
Above: A 1970s tile-topped Roger Capron coffee table in the living room.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home Her husband, David Harrison, is a stylist—and it shows in the quiet, artful tablescapes throughout the home.
Above: Her husband, David Harrison, is a stylist—and it shows in the quiet, artful tablescapes throughout the home.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home Double height ceilings in the living and dining rooms. The Formakami JH5 Pendant Light from &Tradition hangs over the dining table.
Above: Double-height ceilings in the living and dining rooms. The Formakami JH5 Pendant Light from &Tradition hangs over the dining table.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home There are three bedrooms in the home. This one has a Juliette balcony.
Above: There are three bedrooms in the home. This one has a Juliette balcony.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home A vintage Danish cabinet in a bedroom.
Above: A vintage Danish cabinet in a bedroom.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home The kitchen is new but appointed with vintage furniture.
Above: The kitchen is new but appointed with vintage furniture.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home The view from the outside.
Above: The view from the outside.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home The terrace features the Pallisade Dining Set by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for HAY.
Above: The terrace features the Pallisade Dining Set by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for HAY.
French Idyll A Design Couples Soulful Rustic Holiday Home Popham tiles make for an arresting floor design.
Above: Popham tiles make for an arresting floor design.

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