This 19th-century, redbrick longère near Varengeville on the Normandy coast underwent complete refurbishment as a family holiday home. The restful palette of pale blue, sand and brown used throughout the ground floor was inspired by the nearby coastline and Norman vernacular architecture.
Symmetry and repetition underline the serene mood in the simply decorated living-cum-dining room, which leads to a smaller salon beyond. Subtle, modern fabrics update classic antique furniture, while mirrors enhance the sense of space. An 18th-century verdure tapestry, blue-and-white accessories, and Régence fauteuils with sea-blue velvet seat cushions lend an air of quiet grandeur to the petit salon.
By contrast, a feminine, light-hearted atmosphere prevails in the upstairs bedrooms, where floral designs cover walls and dress the windows.