Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bienvenue a France!!

Finally! Here we are in Versonnex, France in the lovely home of our gracious hosts, Everett and Phyllis Ressler, my husband's Uncle and Aunt. They have been the wonderful hosts feeding us gobs of fromage et chocolat. Here are some pictures of their amazing home which was restored from rubble over 6 years time, yes they could write a book about it, their stories are reminiscent of a Frances Mayes memoir. Their impeccable taste shows in their choices of personal and artful pieces throughout their home. The two way chimney was custom built to provide eco friendly radiant heat to the home and radiant heat floors toast our toes as well. The home has been painstakingly restored in the french "natural" style using earthy dirt plasters, warm wood ceilings and rosy terracotta tiles. Wood beams are abundant in this home, original and antique found beams used to build a sleeping loft and 3rd floor. Phyllis, a cultural anthropologist has decorated the home in intricate African textiles in the same warm palatte that swathes the rest of the house. Worn in leather thrift shop sofas and chairs create a rustic and inviting feeling in the sitting area while an entire wall of wood french doors provides a magnificent view of Mont Blanc on a clear day. I love the way they have the walnuts from their tree displayed in a rustic wood bowl. Inspiration indeed!!

Today we hit the flea market at the Plain Palais in Geneva and recovered many treasures, but that is for the next post... tomorrow bright and early we're off to Lyon for the 2nd largest flea market in France at Villeurbanne, off to bed for now!


  1. wow! their place is AMAZING!! you must be having the time of your life so far. can't wait for more posts/pictures

  2. how fun! What a beautiful kitchen...I love the whole house, but the kitchen reminded me of a really modern awesome version of a kitchen out on the prairie...have fun!