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The art of farmhouse living; C’est la vie en Provence

May 5, 2016

30 miles west of Paris, on the coast of the river in Provence, traditional Provencal farmhouses are reborn into our modern day era thanks to Ancient Surfaces teams of specialists.

We believe that architects should emphasize on designing houses that withstand design trends and not lose their architectural purpose in exchange of vogues and flairs;


for us, this means being aware to the inherited characteristics of a space and using the varying principles of architecture that puts man’s comfort and his harmonious living with nature at the first degree of design priorities.


Relying on natural light sources or crafted illuminations that mimic daylight to a high degree should be deliberately used to capture the Provencal ambiance.


Light colored Venetian plaster and lime washes are also at the essence of any renovated French Countryside estate.

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Period pool fountain, Bastidal Fireplaces and decorative limestone elements such as planters, columns and sinks will help in keeping and preserving the time-honored generational aspect of any original farmhouse.


Throughout, we keep use simple materials such as limestone wall cladding, biblical stone on kitchen floors and backslashes, not to mention original Jacuzzi stone tiles, aged wood, stained glass and weathered cement Encaustic tiles whenever possible.


Here’s a contemporary living room with the original limestone continental design fireplace and its surrounding architectural features. Minimalist woodblock table sit on dark light Biblos Floors


Wooden table, metal, and stone flooring create a simple palette in the open kitchen.


For environmental reasons and detailing flexibility, we never tire of using the combination of wood and limestone. Those are the crème de la crème of ancient marble and stone sinks.


Their composition, textures and subject are unique and add a modern style while preserving the farmhouse genre of this house.


Ancient Surfaces team fits a bedroom into the eaves of the attic space. A platform bed with a carpeted surface keeps things warm and low during a cold weather.


A splash of bright color brings a contemporary look to a traditional bathroom with an artistic hand carved stone bathtub along with a stone sink and floors, which adds a world of charm serenity and organic beauty every time you step into your own bathroom.


The new pool and pool house, while contemporary in materials and detailing, complement the original house and pool coping edges with the finest indestructible limestone that also happens to be totally slip resilient due to its high coefficient of slip resistance yet feels and looks silky smooth under your feet and nonabrasive to the skin while in constant contact with it.


Out in the back, a thick limestone deck supports the swimming pool view.


Finally, a pool fountain is a classic choice for a courtyard or patio. Positioned in a garden bed alongside an outdoor dining area, the fountain provides a relaxing soundtrack for alfresco meals.




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