It’s officially Spring! I thought it would be fun to commemorate the day with a photo tour of the exterior (and some of the landscaping) here at La Cressonnière. It’s gorgeous now and I’m imagining it will look even more lovely in just a few short weeks as all the greenery fills in.
This is the oldest part of the house. Two of those pretty dormer windows are attached to bedrooms. The little window in the middle is above a big clawfoot tub in the bathroom.
This door goes to the kitchen. During the winter, it’s blocked up and curtained off to help keep the house warm. But as the weather heats up, we’ll open it for easy access from the kitchen to the outside.
Every single fixture is interesting to me.
This section of the house was built about a century after the first. The atelier and study/TV room are on the bottom floor of this section. And there are 3 bedrooms on the top floor. In France, all shutters are working shutters.
This pretty faucet sits just down from the kitchen door.
The biggest of the outdoor lights hangs over the middle doorway. It’s the main entrance into the house and welcomes you into the living room.
If you stand at the front door and look left, you’ll see a gravel-lined parking area surrounded by two big barns. The barns have all sorts of fun-to-look-at-doors. In fact, every time I see this barn wall I am charmed by it. I still can’t believe how lucky we are to get to enjoy this house for a whole year.
If you stand at the front door and look to the right, you’ll see the wood pile and the green gate leading to the great lawn and the tree house.
Here’s the other side of that same green gate.
Tomorrow, we have plans to set up the trampoline. The kids are so excited they can barely contain themselves.
There’s a vegetable garden in one area of the yard with some pretty leftovers from last season still growing.
It’s time to prep and sow the land for this year’s vegetables but I’m not even sure where to start. I have no idea what grows well here. I think I’ll stop by the local nursery and see if I can get some advice.
Ther atelier/studio looks out onto a little courtyard.
I love the courtyard. It’s full of textures.
And here’s another charming water faucet. I’m not kidding about the fixtures — every single one is interesting.
I can’t wait till everything is in bloom.
One last shot. One of my favorite things about architecture in France is the rooflines. It’s especially charming in Paris, but I think the country houses have beautiful lines as well.
Thanks for taking the tour. I hope you enjoyed it!