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A family home with southern accent

A family home with southern accent

Nicolas Mathéus

This family home located in the South of France multiplies the assets: purified volumes, extreme whiteness and new perspectives. The interior designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf gives us the secrets of the aura of this beautiful house where serenity and light are the key words. Discover the clever renovation of this Provencal farmhouse in nature ...

Interior designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf managed to renovate an old house in the South of France to transform it into a charming family home. Côté Maison invites you to discover this farmhouse of Provence where reigns warmth and authenticity.

Concerned with every detail, Marie-Laure Helmkampf puts her architect's eye on the large living room she designed.

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Like Proust's madeleine, which evokes by its mere taste childhood and carelessness, the "rumor of the distances crossed", this family home distills its memories for four generations. Planted at the end of the village of Beaumes-de-Venise, bordered by vineyards and the family olive grove, it has retained its traditional strengths, its southern footprint. "As far back as I can remember, nothing has moved, a truly Provençal spirit has been blowing here since my great-grandfather's installation," says Noella, the owner. "I experienced unforgettable moments between these solid walls, running through the lavender fields, through the olive trees and the cypresses, climbing the hill to Notre-Dame d'Aubune, which dominates the village. in high school, my childhood took place here, with my mother, in a great freedom, the sun in the eyes, the lace of Montmirail as a backdrop, she left me her soul as a southern girl, her love Provencal traditions. " From this "immense building of remembrance ...", as Marcel Proust writes in In Search of Lost Time, Noella made her daily life.

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His mother, now missing, has left him the reins of the estate. After brilliant graduate studies in Paris, a wedding and two lovely girls, she returned to the fold, welcomed by the cicadas and the mistral. Anxious to preserve the authenticity and the soul of the place, Noella nevertheless wished to renovate a little the existing residence but especially to enlarge it to live there in family and to be able to invite its friends there.

Faithful reader of our magazine Côté Sud, she discovered in a report the work of the interior designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf who seduced her immediately. Like her, Marie-Laure is native to this country of pines, cypresses, azure skies and winding streets. The two women share a common language, their re-reading of the premises goes in the same direction. Soon, the idea of ​​an extension takes shape.

The attached barn is transformed into a limpid and luminous building. The walls mix stones and smooth coatings, the concrete floor reveals furniture with simple lines and immaculate whiteness. A claimed minimalism that unfolds in a very sensory approach between serenity and light.

The kitchen shows a clever execution simplicity with its elements designed by Marie-Laure and made to measure solid oak, underlined by a work plan and a central block in white concrete. Designed in open space, living room and dining room are arranged facing the huge glass roof in metal locksmith.

Unique volume for this rehabilitated barn which brings together living room, dining room and kitchen. Bench, fireplace, hood, floor ... everything is immaculate. Sofa and armchair Paola Navone for Gervasoni. Honoré coffee table. Gubi floor lamp and paper mache pendant, Pascale Saint-Sorny. Table made with beams of the original frame by Laurent Passe-LP Design.

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The kitchen combines a central island and a white concrete plan with salvaged pine elements custom-made by Laurent Passe-LP Design.

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Open on the landscape and the lanky swimming pool, this large common room combines natural materials and colors. For bedrooms and bathrooms, the purity is de rigueur. Marie-Laure has retained the rough aspects of stone walls and carpentry adding touches of contemporary elements.

A curved concrete staircase in the master bedroom, metal locker cabinets, an ultra-clear fireplace in cement and raw metal, vanity washbasin and vanity sinks ... past and present blend in a nice balance. In the summer, everything remains open, the fluidity of the circulations leaves a great freedom between inside and outside.

On the bed, washed linen sheets AM.PM. and mottled bedspread.

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In the master bedroom, Marie-Laure Helmkampf created an elegant, curvaceous, cast-in-place staircase that climbs to the mezzanine office. Tinja vegetable canvas bench and carpet for Foreign Affairs.

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A concrete bathroom with cast iron bathtub Cambridge (masalledebain.com).

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In the living room, chair in rope and wood found at Foreign Affairs, AM.PM. black and white cushions, paper mache suspension, Pascale Saint-Sorny. On the painted wooden buffet closed with a branch, two works by Florence Grundeler.

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Imagined by Marie-Laure, the long pool is the favorite playground for girls who paddle in rhythm. In the shade of the great persimmoner, one sits around meals concocted with friends, and the days do not stop promising a singing future.

The building mixes dry stones and berries in metal locksmith, Hugon in Nîmes. In the center of the living room, the gray concrete pool designed by Marie-Laure. Fermob lounge chairs and vintage wicker armchairs.

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In the shade of the large persimmon tree, the girls set the tables ... Table and chairs Khaki Fermob, pitcher and plates Belart Foreign Affairs in Uzès. Olive trees, vineyards, cypresses, lavender, an idyllic landscape all around the house!

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Contact Marie-Laure Helmkampf: www.ml-hdesign.com

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