La vie en prose
The coastal beauty of the south of France has served as a creative retreat for centuries, enabling writers and artists to delve deep and unlock their innermost passions. Those seeking local accommodations that reflect the ponderous spirit of the Cote d’Azur need look no further than this home, with design inspired by graduated French refinement and intellectualism, delicately placed in a town equally inspired by the meandering canals of its titular Italian muse. An amuse bouche all its own, this maison is filled with Occidental touches and rustic charms that are sure to please.
Le Roi Soleil
Your host is an accomplished wordsmith in multiple media who has spent much time travelling among the urban arrondisements and rural campagnes of France. His zest for the egalitarian philosophies of his frères d’écrivant, as well as contemporary French culture and cuisine, is a truth self-evident.
Liberté, egalité, aménité
Apart from subtle Gallic notes throughout, the motif that ties together the disparate spaces of this home is each room’s elevated approach to simple pleasures. Well-stocked shelves and modern lounge seating create a cosy leatherbound study for bookworms and polyglots. Warm wooden notes from floor, tables and plush divans – one bearing “cardiganed” pillows – call up comfort and humour in the living room and entertainment space.
But the pièce de résistance here is inarguably the kitchen, dressed in cordon bleu tones with a high French range and a wide array of professional-grade utilities, perfect for a gallant chef to test his or her mettle on anything from haute cuisine to a simple omelette. Dine in-room, or push out to the pastoral back patio for a summery verdant view and let your wine breathe.
Vive la differénce
Though hidden in nature and delicately sublime – not unlike a ripened champagne grape – this home is as close to the action as Venice can do: walking distance to the beach, Ocean Front Walk, or local dining and boutique shopping along Abbot Kinney. Arrive by auto, or by taxi if you fancy excursions à pied.
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