Decor Inspiration: Julia Child’s Provence Home

Jan 13, 2016

FILE- In this Aug. 21, 1978 file photo shows American television chef Julia Child showing a salade nicoise she prepared in the kitchen of her vacation home in Grasse, southern France. More so than the tools and techniques she popularized, Child's most lasting legacy may be her spirit and sense of humor. That was the conclusion of several chefs and food magazine editors asked to describe Child's memorable contributions to American home cooking as a new movie about her life is about to open. (AP Photo)

~Julia Child in her southern France kitchen in 1978~

In November, The New York Times reported that Julia and Paul child’s small stucco home which they built in Provence, France, is now on the market for the first time in 50 years. Named by Julia as La Peetch or La Pitchoune (“The little thing”), the house boasts no more than 1500 square feet, and while remodeling has been done to other rooms, the kitchen is largely untouched.  The Childs owned the home from 1963 to 1992, and upon Paul’s death returned the ownership to the Fischbacher family (Simone Beck and her husband). The Fischbacher’s rented the house to an American, Kathie Alex who had moved to France in the 1970s to take cooking classes from Beck. As time passed, she eventually opened a cooking school in the house and bought it.

Alex, now 75 has listed the property for 800,000 Euros (approximately $860,000). To learn more, click here.  Promptly purchased and now available on Airbnb beginning May 2016. Click here for the listing and reserve your night, weekend or week (or more) in this cozy three bedroom piece of culinary history.

I must say, to own and live in such a home in France would be a dream. Should I have the means to purchase this house, I would jump like a leopard upon it. However, that is not meant to be. I am excited to learn of the fortunate person who next inhabits this nostalgic piece of real estate. What is clear is that Julia and Paul Child demonstrate that size doesn’t matter when it comes to making a house into a home. Rather it is how one exists within it. Enjoy the tour.

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Images via Sotheby’s International Realty



10 thoughts on “Decor Inspiration: Julia Child’s Provence Home

  1. What a dream home! I used to watch Julia Child’s program the French Chef when I was a young girl. Maybe if the Power Ball comes through for me. <3

  2. Beautiful! It would be amazing if it was maintained as-is and open for visitors. I’d love to just walk around it. My Life In France is on my list of life-changing books.

  3. Is Julia Child’s Provence house still on the market. We are looking for potential property to run a cooking school. Please advise

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