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Maison Collongue: Midcentury Meets Modern Art at a Farmhouse in Provence

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Maison Collongue: Midcentury Meets Modern Art at a Farmhouse in Provence

October 13, 2017

Recently, reader Nicola Fabens (whose house was featured in A Brooklyn Brownstone Transformed, with Respect) wrote to us from a trip through France to let us know about Maison Collongue, a guesthouse where she was staying, on a 10-acre property with lime trees in the Luberon region of France. The property’s three buildings—a 17th-century farmhouse, an 18th-century silkworm house, and a 19th-century house—span three generations of Provençal architecture. But transformed by owner Guillaume Toutain, a former art director (who once also studied architecture), the interiors are distinctly modern eclectic: “20th-century vintage Scandinavian furniture and 21st-century comfort.” “There is nothing kitschy about it,” Fabens reports. Here’s a look inside.

The rooms in the farmhouse are connected by stone archways. Here, a curved stone staircase and vaulted ceiling are made modern with an Eames La Chaise chair and cowhide rug.
Above: The rooms in the farmhouse are connected by stone archways. Here, a curved stone staircase and vaulted ceiling are made modern with an Eames La Chaise chair and cowhide rug.

Above: Details of the old Provençal architecture.
Framed and lit contemporary art gives the dining room the feel of an eclectic gallery.
Above: Framed and lit contemporary art gives the dining room the feel of an eclectic gallery.
Mix-and-match vintage chairs and a midcentury sideboard in the dining room.
Above: Mix-and-match vintage chairs and a midcentury sideboard in the dining room.
The living room has mixes utilitarian reading lamps with soaring ceilings and plaster walls. Not pictured: the fireplace.
Above: The living room has mixes utilitarian reading lamps with soaring ceilings and plaster walls. Not pictured: the fireplace.
Well-worn steps lead to a narrow hallway with a vintage French school chair. (For sourcing, see 5 Favorites: Sources for Vintage-Style French School Chairs.)
Above: Well-worn steps lead to a narrow hallway with a vintage French school chair. (For sourcing, see 5 Favorites: Sources for Vintage-Style French School Chairs.)
Each of the five guest rooms is outfitted in all-white linens, walls, floors, and curtains. Color comes from bold rugs and furniture. Shown here: blue in the Chambre du Milieu. (Note the way the guest towels are rolled at the end of the bed.)
Above: Each of the five guest rooms is outfitted in all-white linens, walls, floors, and curtains. Color comes from bold rugs and furniture. Shown here: blue in the Chambre du Milieu. (Note the way the guest towels are rolled at the end of the bed.)

Above: Moments of blue in the guest rooms.

The bold Chambre Bastine, with lofty ceilings, a black-and-white rug, and a vignette of blue bottles.
Above: The bold Chambre Bastine, with lofty ceilings, a black-and-white rug, and a vignette of blue bottles.
Design and architecture books, stacked artfully on built-in shelves.
Above: Design and architecture books, stacked artfully on built-in shelves.
In the Grande Chambre, two multicolor rag rugs ground the otherwise all-white bedroom.
Above: In the Grande Chambre, two multicolor rag rugs ground the otherwise all-white bedroom.
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Above: Each guest room is outfitted with “linen sheets, natural feather pillows, linen and silk duvets, Italian showers, and linen waffle towels.” Here, the silhouette of simple black standing lamps against white linens.
The expansive gardens.
Above: The expansive gardens.
Breakfast is served in the garden every morning. &#8
Above: Breakfast is served in the garden every morning. “Everything is organic except for the pastries,” they say. Wellness workshops, yoga, and massage are also on offer.
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Above: “The property is surrounded by fields, vineyards and olive groves set against the backdrop of the Luberon hills,” according to the website, including “a fountain fed by water from a natural spring.” Here, the 40-foot pool.

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