COTE DE TEXAS: French Eye Candy For the Weekend

French Eye Candy For the Weekend

Vue sur le château de Boissimon


For your viewing pleasure this weekend:  a romantic house in the French countryside that is just a little bit quirky, but hey - it's in France and that's good enough for me.  I love this view of a healthy tree (unlike my dying one) seemingly growing inside a  porte cochere (which literally means "coach door" in French).


Un style classique mais sobre

The living room:  j'adore the bois paneling and dueling settees.  The coffee tables look like matching park benches to me.  Note the two large urns standing guard between the salon and the entryway.  I wonder if a TV is hiding in the corner cabinet?

Table réalisée par Vincent Dubourg avec des racines de châtaignier

The entry hall:   this table base resembles my I-phone ear bobs that are always twisted up.  The translation of the caption claims the table is made from chestnut roots!

Une cuisine aux murs grisés

The kitchen's breakfast table.    J'adore the antique rattan chairs around the ancient wood table.   Also, I'm loving the Swedish Mora clock in the background.   Mora clocks have become my favorite accessory, a must-have for each household.  These clocks are very romantic partly because their shapes are so feminine.

Une bibliothèque de château qui donne envie de lire...

The library:  Every library needs a crystal chandelier, no?  And, every library needs a huge, square skirted table!   But let's not start another debate on skirted tables right now.   The red and cream damask sofa is just the right amount of color pop against the pale blue silk draperies.  This a great color combination which I love but is rarely used:   light blue with pops of red.  This library is dreamy perfection.

L'office attenant au salon

The translation of this caption says:  "L' office contiguous to the living room."  Hmmmm.  Well, it looks like a butler's pantry to me.   J'adore the freestanding cabinet holding all the glass flasks and vases.

Dans la chambre « Gustavienne »

I don't need the translator for this:  Gustavian styled bedroom.  Look at the gorgeous linen canopy.  And don't miss the fireplace overmantel mirror with sconces.  So French!  And Gustavian at the same time!

Une autre chambre du château de Boissimon

The master bed chambre.  Only in France would there be a priceless, antique tapestry casually hanging over the bed!  More beautiful bois paneling here.  Note the bed lamps hanging from the ceiling.

Dans la salle de bains de la chambre « Baroque »

A beautiful bathroom.  The toilette is  hidden behind the wooden screens.  This ceiling looks like a work of art.

Une autre salle de bains

This bathroom has a quirky chandelier with matching sconce. 

Rideaux en voile de lin

Gorgeous linen curtains line the enfilade of French windows.  In front, an even more gorgeous chair.  The candelabra sets a dreamy mood.  I'd be quite happy having tea right here (well, I'd be more happy with Starbucks!)

Salle à manger

The formal dining room:  you can just make out a pale mural painted to the right of the fireplace.  I don't care for these chairs - if you look at them long enough - they start to look like alien faces!!!   But I do adore the fireplace and mirror.  And,  I love a dining room with a fireplace - there's nothing more romantic than dining by firelight AND candlelight.  The dining room fireplace is something that you don't find too often in the modern day home.

Lustre à six lampions

And last, the stair landing with a modern light fixture.


Hope you enjoyed this French country chateau!  Have a great weekend - I intend to myself.


  1. An incredible home -- simply way too gorgeous! I would never leave -- DH would have to bury me in the garden .... LOL! Yes -- those dining room chairs now appear to me to be aliens .... tres amuse! A tad creepy too ..... so they would have to wear charming slipcovers LOL! Thanks for sharing -- hope the weather in Houston is cooler than the hot hot hot ones here in Dallas!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

  2. Joni, this was charming.So much to covet. I especially loved the linen bed canopy!!!!!! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Oh Joni, the library is MY dream come true. Tres magnifique! Merci...

  4. Fabulous French post, Joni! Tres chic! Love the kitchen breakfast table and chairs which are eerily similar to what we have in our sunroom! Thanks for the eye feast from France!

  5. Oh, it's goregous. But maybe the downstairs ceilings are a bit low? The bedroom with the fourposter is wonderful. Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Incredibly gorgeous! What eye candy - love the library. Thanks for finding this and posting on it.

  7. oh that table base with the roots. How very fabulous....I am so ready to get tangled up in there:)

  8. J'adore Joni!!! And the alien faces, i see them!

  9. Every room in this house (er, chateau?) is spectacular. I've seen the image of the porte cochere with the tree, but don't recall seeing the interiors. And, I'm sure I wouldn't have forgotten this! Thanks for sharing.

  10. But of course! What is not to love about this house!

    Dreamy, for sure.

  11. Ah, the dining room fireplace!

    We were so excited when we moved into our new house that there was a fireplace in the dining room. Our first big event was Thanksgiving dinner for about 20 people. Right before guests were set to arrive, we lit fires in the living room fireplace, and in the dining room fireplace. It looked sooo great and cozy and welcoming. Until the smoke started backing up from the dining room fireplace into the whole house! All our doors and windows were open, and the smoke alarm was blaring, when the first guests arrived. We hadn't noticed that the chimney for that fireplace was capped. Oops! Some day we'll restore the chimney. We got an estimate last year. It will be a while.

    The house is tres magnifique!

  12. Jeannie - hysterical! I had a feeling that was where the story was heading. thanks for sharing - and warning!!!


  13. I loved this house, Joni. So much atmosphere! Thanks for posting.

  14. Swoon, what a house! I love the porte cochere and the little door to the right of it. The French country side is sooo lovely.

    I had a good chuckle over the chandelier in the library. Our old house in the 'hood had one in almost every room, including the master bath. My husband thought it was weird, but I loved it!

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