By Kendall Drake
Alix Rico, interior designer and owner of Design Source, lives in New Orleans with her husband, Paul. A true Francophile, Alix does beautiful design work in an airy and sophisticated French style. This is the second story in a three-part series of Alix's work.
Our 2007 family vacation to France was a dream come true! We were determined to return the next year. Immediately we set about securing a house. We learned that Alix and Paul owned another beautiful home--this property located in the small village of Goult. The house sits at the top of the village, only steps away from the butcher, baker, small grocer, and the very popular Cafe de la poste. We knew this would be an ideal way for our family to experience village life. What a treat! Alix did an absolutely beautiful job of renovating this 17th century home using authentic local materials.
The house is situated on a substantial piece of land, quite unusual for a village home, and features a lovely fountain with koi fish, multiple terraces, and a pool built into the side of the stone house. The interiors are furnished in Alix's trademark style using a soft palette and incorporating period 18th and 19th century furniture and art. The home is perfect for a family. There are three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, a spacious living room, separate dining room, small office, and a very sweet dressing/reading room with the most spectacular views of village roof tops and the valley beyond. The light plaster walls, stone floors, and beams unite the space, creating a calm and serene backdrop for all of Alix's beautiful French treasures.
Beautiful front door to the home of Alix and Paul Rico in Goult, France. Door made by a local artisan.
This is a lovely view of the living room and the dining room beyond. The spare use of color allows the portrait of the
young girl with the goat to enjoy the spotlight.
The dining room, adjacent to the living room and family room, is perfect for our family.
The round bowl, called a tian, is a utilitarian vessel used for cooking and washing in Provence.
Alix with a Provencale chef. The charming tablescape is ready for a party!
This kitchen is a dream with its creamy white limestone countertops and floors, all sourced locally.
Another view of the kitchen. The French doors lead to beautiful terraces and the pool. Note the fantastic wood plaque
above the table. This is my favorite piece in the house!
This small office, off of the first bedroom, serves its purpose well. But who wants to work in Provence?
The industrial metal desk is very good looking.
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The master bathroom boasts an authentic French tub.
Vanity in the master bedroom. The limestone countertops are beautiful.
The first bedroom with charming twin beds and Provencale coverlets. The white-washed beams add a quiet touch.
This lovely bedroom sits on the top level of the house and serves as our daughter's room. Alix's dog, Mignon, rests peacefully.
This small dressing room with charming daybed is directly off the bedroom in the previous picture.
This is the perfect spot for reading a book.
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Lovely view of the Luberon from the master bedroom window.
Alix and Paul have a beautifully stocked wine cave accessorized with vintage wine bottles.
This charming potting area is directly off of the kitchen. The stone walls are a beautiful
backdrop to the foliage. The lovely garden bench is covered in simple white fabric.
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This is one of two outdoor dining spaces. Visit us a www.maisonandco.com.
We have a Provencal table that would serve as a beautiful outdoor dining table.
The Rico's dog, Mignon, pulls up a seat to the table.
Alix and Paul are meticulous about their landscaping. The most beautiful feature is the authentic
limestone fountain stocked with koi fish.
This is our favorite dining spot which sits on an elevated terrace. The faux bois table set is so good looking.
View from the elevated terrace to the lower courtyard and the swimming pool below.
The petite pool is lovely with the cascading waterfall and flowering backdrop.
This house has become so special to us. We have returned each summer. It is where we come together as a family after a crazy year of running in different directions. We have returned so often that the residents are familiar to us and us to them. We enjoy our walks to the bakery each morning and our lazy afternoons drinking Oranginas at the Cafe de la Poste. Of course much of my time is spent shopping for antiques for myself and Maison & Co. Each year I discover a new place rich with antique finds.
The following pictures are some of my favorite family photos from Goult over the years.........
Lovely view from the Rico's house down into the village.
The local grocer is a minute's walk from the house.
La Bartavelle is a very choice local restaurant. Make your reservations well in advance!
Another picture of the local grocer and his lovely produce.
Kennedy greets us at the door.
Kennedy getting her face painted during a local festival in Goult.
Jackson and Kennedy lounging by the pool. This is the life!
Jackson posing in front of the Rico's beautiful fountain. Jackson was not at all happy about wearing his local Provencale shirt!
Jackson and Kennedy last summer in front of the Rico's fountain....our favorite photo spot!
Jackson and Kennedy again by the beautiful fountain. Summer 2011.
Kennedy enjoying the beautiful backyard.
Kennedy and Bernadette's daughter, Emma, exhausted after a day of shopping for Maison & Co.
Jackson enjoying his summer by the pool.
Our kids were so lucky to have some buddies to hang out with last summer.
Bernadette's daughters, Lauren and Emma, are at the back of the table and Jackson's friend, Jack, is on the right. What fun!
Kennedy is loving her spot between Bernadette's daughters, Emma (left) and Lauren (right).
Jackson enjoying dinner at a local restaurant in Goult.
The Drake clan have taken over the Rico's beautiful home!
Jackson loves doing the ropes course in nearby L'isle sur la Sorgue.
This trip allows our family to slow down and really enjoy each other. We love playing all of the traditional card games.
Enjoying Café de la Poste with Jack and his dad, Chris.
Bernadette and her husband, Rick, (left) with my husband, Dan, and me after a wonderful meal in a local restaurant in Goult.
This is a lovely view of the Rico's home and a glimpse of the garden.
Kennedy walking home from the bakery last summer.
Kennedy walking home from the bakery in 2011.
As we prepare for our annual pilgrimage to Provence, we can be sure that Chez Rico, decorated with Alix's talented hand, will be ready to greet us. This home is available for holiday rental through www.athomeinfrance.com, but never the first three weeks in August--we will be there!
Please stay tuned for an upcoming blog featuring more of Alix Rico's beautiful design work.
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