Viva Santa Lucia!

written by Alex —Lucia the name, (pronounced Lu-chee-uh) has a special meaning for Mom and me. It all started several years ago when Mom was first imagining her ideal property in Italy for hosting yoga and meditation retreats.  She envisioned a villa with sun-filled rooms opening up onto a central courtyard and wanted to find […]


Inspiration to begin again.   images via Côté Sud linen & lavender More inspiration: The Way We Live Alfresco  . Country  . Garden . The French Country Garden see our new site:

Design Daily – “La Saison Douce”

Côté Sud 2006  – “La Saison Douce” (Sweet Season) boutique hotel, bed and breakfast. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence linen & lavender see our new site:

Design Daily – Bayeux Cathedral

Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France Bayeux Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux) is a Norman-Romanesque cathedral, located in the town of Bayeux. It is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux. It was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry and is a national monument of France.  The site is an ancient one and was once occupied […]

Lavender in Provence

Photo courtesy of:  Avignon-et-Provence linen & lavender .. Become part of l&l’s global community.  I’ve had so many people ask “WHAT IS FOLLOWING?” – here’s the scoop: Basically, it is a way to organize your relationship with your favorite blog(s).  You are notified when new posts are published and can set up your account so […]

Design Daily – Vervoordt, more outdoor living

AXEL VERVOORDT, OUTDOORS  Axel Vervoordt’s Timeless Interiors in the emporium Editions in English: (us) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (fr) ~ (de) ~ (it) ~ (es) Editions in other languages: (fr) Français (de) Deutsch . . . . . linen & lavender see our new site:

Design Daily – Ville and Casali

A cozy guest bedroom tucked away above the living room. Designed by:  Massimo Prestini Brescia, Italy VILLE and CASALI Magazine Love the layers of texture in this home.   The old walls, leather chaise, creamy soft pillows and rugs.  linen & lavender see our new site:

Chateau de Gignac

.. Chateau de Gignac photos from June/July 2002 issue: belle – Australia (click title above for magazine subscription) Chateau de Gignac is also featured in the book: Provencal Escapes by Caroline Clifton-Mogg in the emporium (us) ~ (fr) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (de) ~ (it)~ (es) (Next photos of  Chateau de Gignac via Provencal Escapes  . Chateau de Gignac exterior image from belle Australia 2002 see our […]

December 31st, Reflection and Introspection

I remember a letter my Grandma wrote where she described the seasons as climbing a hill, with the peak as December 31st —New Years Eve.  She said that’s how she has always seen it in her mind’s eye.  I realized then that I had always visualized the passing year as a circular path.  I don’t picture it as a […]

Design Daily – chalet design by Axel Vervoordt

Chalet designed by Axel Vervoordt  as seen in his book: Timeless Interiors in the emporium Editions in English: (us) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (fr) ~ (de) ~ (it) ~ (es) Editions in other languages: (fr) Français (de) Deutsch linen & lavender see our new site:

Design Daily – romance by the sea

Maisons Côté  Ouest Dec 2000-Jan 2001 Doesn’t this look like a setting right out of a romance novel?  Intriguing.  I wonder what stories those old stone walls could tell? linen & lavender see our new site:

Design Daily – from the pages of French Home…

image via French Home by Josephine Ryan .. This beautifully illustrated book explores the elements that combine to create spaces with an identifiably French feel:  the architectural details that enhance the framework of a room; the textures and colours that flatter various styles of furniture; options for lighting, mirrors, and paintings.  Looking at real homes, […]

Design Daily – detail

Maisons Côté Ouest, Avr-Mai 2002 linen & lavender see our new site: