You remember from my post on her garden ; there is a fabulous trumpet vine that goes all the way around both buildings (that were formerly stables)
Stepping into the front door (the open one in the picture above), I thought I was going to faint!!
The ”trunk ” of the hundred year old trumpet vine was inside! coming out of the floor and going out the ceiling!
Renee had told me that she bought the gates, the stone pillars and wall; and the paneling in France. She said, “I left the chateau there, but I brought part of it home!
Just inside the front door is the “trunk” of the trumpet vine!!! and a glimpse of the room beyond ! The antique shutters frame the doorway into the next room;
but first, the rest of the “front room”
Turning to the right at the front door… the fireplace and the two windows you can see on the front of the house…..
and other windows to the left of the fireplace that look out to the ocean view over the rose gardens! That is where her dining table is set; and you can see where she keeps her china!
Then look straight ahead and there is the kitchen ! The kitchen is a step down, and the green marble-topped piece of furniture forms one side. One side is a blackboard refrigerator; and you can see the stove with the hood above it.
The “entrance ” to the kitchen is to the left; and the three sides form the kitchen!
Now stepping through the shutters
T his is the “boiserie” antique paneling from the chateau!
This is to your right stepping into the room. Note the fragment of a seventeenth century tapestry hanging from the piano!
This is a door to a “teeny powder room
This is the teeny powder room!
Renee said that she thought there was enough paneling “to do the whole room; but she had to fill in with these bookcases!
Everything you see means something. The little dog on the shelf belonged to her beloved Grandmother who “left it” to her; knowing how much Renee loved it!
This is a corner near a door into the next room!
The same corner next to the french doors
A lovely painting unframed on an easel.
This shows the “fill in” bookcases. They seem like they were always part of the paneling!
The wine is beautifully stored here.
This is impossible to explain!
Now we step into the next room through the door.
Mostly bookcases; it is kind of a combination dressing room and bath.
This lovely curtain in the corner.
A beautiful carved valence on top of the bookcase; and shutters on the skylight.
The closet doors.
The inside of the plaster shower!
the pebble floor.
Out you go to the “bedroom building”!
Around the corner
the doors to the bedroom!
Here is the adorable Renee; behind her her husband’s office nook with the view through the arch in the hedge!
I hope I have successfully “captured” a bit of the magic of Renee!
One of the miracles here is that these old stables and this vine have somehow survived hidden and unmolested in one of the most beautiful
areas of all of Montecito! When she got there; she said there were not many plants; ”mostly weeds”!
A reader of my blog from the South; recognized “Renee’s style”! How fabulous !!! Brenda Kincade sent me copies of two articles about Renee’s two gardens in New Orleans! She had saved them in her notebook for years!!!
In a magazine called “Garden Shed” Spring 2002 one garden; and Summber 2004!
I am going to try to scan them and post them. The very same magical feeling!
One starts “A little French inspiration elevates garden decorating from a functional pursuit to awe-inspiring handiwork in two New Orleans gardens!”
one written by Kathleen Pyle and photographed by Pete Krumhardt and he did the photography of both!
Two of my treasures in life.