A French Country Home: Escape to Rural Burgundy

Apr 30, 2020

Bring forth what you know, and savor your unique gifts as well as share them with others. London-based antiques-textiles dealer Susan Deliss followed just such a maxim when she and her husband re-redecorated their eighteenth-century Burgundy country home purchased 14-years ago.

The talent exuded of knowing how to match prints and combine seemingly bright colors with equally bright hues without shocking the eye and instead creating a sanctuary of repose is made clear as you tour the space.

Key Decor Takeaways:

  • Don’t forget to add color to the floor whether by embracing the unique tiles or layering with red antique wool rugs.
  • Provide functionality as well as comfort: a club chair needs a side table for the drink or reading material; low, yet efficient lighting is needed where someone might sit and read. Yet the items can still be antiques, thereby creating a beautiful vignette to truly live in and enjoy.
  • Welcome the antiques, but as mentioned just above, use them. Let the antiques be functional: vases, side tables, lighting, glassware, candleabras (check out the outdoor dining space), etc.
  • Don’t forget the power of layers of green foliage (no blooms of bright color needed) to provide elegance and warmth. Notice the entry way in the final photograph.
  • Mix prints with prints with chairs and sofas upholstered in prints that receive the finishing touches of pillows covered in print fabrics as well.

I have selected a handful of my favorite rooms below, but be sure to tour the entire home and read the profile article here in House & Garden UK.

Images via House & Garden UK



2 thoughts on “A French Country Home: Escape to Rural Burgundy

  1. These pictures are on point for a question I have. How do the English so successfully mix several prints? Current decorating thinking is one large print(maybe floral), a small (micro) print, a stripe or plaid, and a solid. Yet many of the country houses I’ve seen pictures of throw those “rules” out the window. How, specifically, do they do that? I’d love a how-to article! Thanks!

    1. It is definitely a skill, and I have a feeling with my practice, experimenting and exploring what others have done that works. I too am smitten by this decor approach and am in the beginning phases of experimenting. 🙂

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