This holiday home has been in Laurence Simoncini's family for generations, and is situated in the beautiful Île de Ré, to the west of La Rochelle, in France. Known as a weekend and holiday escape for well-heeled Parisians, the Island offers an escape from the hectic demands of 21st century life with biking being the best mode of transport around the island.
Now that the scene has been set, let's look at the house!
The surroundings have been a strong influence on the way the home has been designed and decorated. Situated close to the beach with panoramic views, you can really sense the salty marshes, sand dunes and pine clad coastal landscape in both the dark timber accents and the natural materials used throughout.
Keeping to a muted colour palette has such a powerful impact on the senses, providing a serene and peaceful retreat - just what we imagine is needed for a busy Parisian family who need to recharge when they get here. We can almost feel ourselves relaxing just by looking through that window below...
The space is highly textural and layered, with soft downy quilts, linen sheets, sheepskins and rugs providing a cosy retreat. We absolutely love the sleepers used here as a bed-base (let's not think about the splinters...) and the chalky matt plaster walls.
Chunky timber has been repurposed into sculptural furniture (the amazing bench below) with felted wool ottomans referencing the stone boulders and pebbles of the surrounding beaches.
The home has a timeless and global appeal with a coastal aesthetic that will appeal to many of us who crave a similar escape!