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A holiday home between tradition and modernity

A holiday home between tradition and modernity

Nicolas Mathéus

Reinvented in vacation home by the interior designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf, a old pastoral building confronts tradition and modernity with a mastery of simplicity and elegance. Reportage.

Parents of three teenagers, the owner couple has found the rare pearl: a family home with Mediterranean accents in the countryside, as in the novels of Peter Mayle. Spotlight on this successful renovation!

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A house around a green space

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Originally from London, Alistair and Celia have long reviewed the charming villages of the Alpilles, to lay the foundations of a life they dreamed "so Provencal". The grounds of this family house overlook a landscape of cypresses, olive trees and oaks as far as the eye can see. Packaged by these unspoiled lands, anxious to preserve the authenticity of the place, originally old sheepfolds, incorporating however intonations contemporary, the couple called the interior designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf for a total restructuring of the house.

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"It was necessary to revisit the living spaces with new volumes for everyone to find their refuge.Destruire some cramped rooms on the ground floor to create spaces in a row to the living room kitchen, epicenter of the life of this joyous We have widened the openings in the garden as much as possible to take advantage of this exceptional panorama ", explains the smart architect, native of these sunny regions.

Adjoining the kitchen and opening extensively on the Provencal countryside, the dining room sets its style around a very rough table designed by Marie-Laure Helmkampf and artfully cut by Laurent Passe. Around, walnut Norman Cherner chairs, The Conran Shop further enhance the spirit of the place.

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"We fell in love with the work of Marie-Laure, entrust Alistair and Celia, its modern and timeless style at the same time, the use of natural and raw materials, its confrontation game of hot-cold, smooth-rough materials and her choices of nuances always delicate for a rendering as warm in summer as in winter.It was able to reassure us and adapt perfectly to our desires, our budget as much as our constraints. Recomposed on two levels, the ground garden houses the living rooms and a large kitchen open to the dining room.

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Like a bunch of drops of glass, an Ocher suspension marries the rock candelabra found at the Magasin Général in L'Isle-sur-le-Sorgue. For the celebration, cabbage leaves in a raku dish, Emmanuelle Fontanes Mas du Lac in Uzès. Caravan sets and towels.

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The kitchen by Laurent Passe mixes raw oak and granite from Zimbabwe.

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The living room and its linens Gervasoni Linen Designers Guild at Portobello. India Mahdavi cushions, Issho coffee tables in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and Robert Mathieu wall lamps.

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At the end, the office and the very chic suite of parents enjoy absolute calm. Upstairs, four rooms, facing south, have elegant bathrooms and, for some, mezzanines that occasionally host friends and cousins ​​... Painter in his spare time, Celia has set up a small perch workshop plunging on the garden by a huge bay designed by Marie-Laure and shaped into metal locksmith. Everyone lives here at their own pace and shares unique moments. The highlight of these moments with the family, the Christmas holidays and its festivities, that this tribe likes to celebrate happily in a Provencal atmosphere.

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In her studio, Célia has created a rest area that enjoys a great opening on the greenery. Cover and cushions in mohair and bronze velvet The Conran Shop, linen cushion herringbone Lissoy. Heather chair in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.

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The house and its large openings designed by Marie-Laure Helmkampf lends itself to large tables under the winter sun.

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The staircase leading to the bedrooms

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The room offers large wardrobes also mezzanine for friends. Lissoy linen sheets, Maison de Vacances bedspread and Malagoon cushion. Inout white ceramic bedside table, Gervasoni at Portobello and Hippie square lamp by Gaëlle Roux.

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Another day room on shades of plum and red with an aubergine painting of Sarah Lavoine. Crushed Barry Linen Sheets, AM-PM, Lissoy Cognac Plaid and Reindeer Carpet on peaudevache.com. The shower dressed in zelliges Emery & Co. blends in harmony. Lissoy towels.

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For the layout of the parents suite, located at the end of the sheepfold with access to the garden, Marie-Laure opted for warm colors. Laurent Passe oak plank headboard, home-made stem bracket and Nud bulb. Sarah Lavoine bedspread, Lissoy sheets and mohair cushion The Conran Shop. A sliding door opens to the Emery & Cie bathroom in gray zelliges. Raw metal storage designed by Marie-Laure and mirror Caravan.

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Coffee table by Roger Capron, cup and carafe of Modern Heritage in Coustellet, rug Les Affaires Etrangères in Uzès.

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