Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Room By Room with cottage and vine

Rene @cottage and vine has launched a new monthly party this week
 which will feature our homes "Room By Room".

Do please come on in.

The first party is taking a look at entrys/foyers, or what we Brits would call "the hall".

Because the hall here at the Presbytère is a T shape with the staircase going up on the left and doors leading off left to the dining room, right to the library and at the back into the cloakroom, there isn't room for too much furniture.

The ornately carved chest of drawers and the mirror above are permanent residents. I change the objects on top regularly to suit the seasons.

I have a large pewter collection which is usually only displayed during the autumn and winter months but some pieces I love more than others and keep them out year round, such as the bowl, jug and plate.

The clock and the chair are mainstays of the entry way decor too, the plant in it's blue and white delft jardiniere tends to wander from room to room, again depending on the season.

The antique oak captains chair was a gift from friends many years ago, the quilted cushions are vintage and came from an antique fair in Maine.

Some architectural details

A view of the garden through the double front doors

Thanks for taking my Open House Tour,
 I hope you enjoyed your visit,
and thanks too, to Rene for hosting Room By Room.
Click here or on the sidebar button to take more house tours .

Linking this post also to
Bunny Jean's Wednesday Bunny Hop
a new weekly meme.


  1. Personal experience, I have been in those double doors through the hall and it is all wonderful and very welcoming!!Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

  2. Love!!! So elegant and welcoming. I like how you did a pic outside first. Neat idea :)

    Totally jealous of you garden by the way. Gorgeous!

  3. What a charming foyer. I love the patina on the staircase and all your lovely French pieces. The view is magnificent. I decorate with a lot of French pieces and am really into French Country. Would love to visit Normandy!

  4. Maggie, now *this* is what I call a foyer! Yours is gorgeous, elegant, welcoming, and has tons of light. I love the view out your front door to your front garden, too. Lovely!!!!! :D

    Ricki Jill

  5. That was a lovely tour! I like to change things round with the seasons, and enjoyed reading how you do the same.

  6. Maggie, this really is lovely and very welcoming! I know you're in France, but some of the feautures, such as the pretty painted radiator cover and the glass doors and the beautiful garden remind me of the house we stayed in when we visited England 11 years ago. I do love your house!! Thanks for sharing.


  7. We call it an entrance hall where I come from. It is beautiful and very welcoming. Lots of colors and textures that say come in, take off your coat and stay awhile. so Jenny

  8. Maggie, you had me at the front door. What a gorgeous entrance! Then I fell in love with your banister and the brass finial. What a treat to see a home from Normandy at my little party. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  9. What a beautiful entryway and a charming historic home! How lucky you are. The architectural details and the stairwell are fantastic!

  10. Maggie, it is as lovely as I imagined! Was hoping to visit this fall but plans have changed, maybe next year!

  11. What fun, I think Ricki Jill is participating in this as well. I have already shared some of our rooms as part of sharing our renovation project, so do not think it will be appropriate to join in. Maggie your home and garden look wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  12. Oh Maggie, I love that wonderful view! But your foyer or hall is very pretty and welcoming. Love your runners and furniture...Christine

  13. Goodness, what a welcoming but elegant feel your hall has!

    The view out the doors is stunning!

  14. Oh my goodness! This is my first time to land at your blog and I love it. Your home is unbelievably pretty. You are living the dream there.

  15. How lovely, simply beautiful. The room is so inviting, love the doors. Thanks for sharing, Kathy

  16. Maggie -- you have a great hall -- I envy it!!! Love everything about it. It is so welcoming and to think, I was so close in April!

  17. What a gorgeous entryway!

    - The Tablescaper

  18. What a beautiful foyer; I'm drooling, lol!


  19. Now this is what I call a gorgeous hall..what an amazing view out to your front garden. Love the staircase and your lovely French furniture pieces.
    Marianne :)

  20. If this is the entry to your home, oh my, what the rest must be. So elegant and beautiful.

  21. Dear Maggie! Thank you for stopping by and your sweet comments on my quilts!

    Your hall is to die for! I would be so happy just hanging out on the stairs, taking everything in!

    Please keep in touch - have made many new friends through Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop! Hope you'll come back again, often!


  22. Hi Maggie,
    Visiting today from Bunny's. Its a pleasure meeting you...
    Your home is exquisite! I love your "Hall" the stair case is amazingly beautiful and the floors are to die for...
    Can I move in...LOL
    I have become your newest follower.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  23. So glad I found you. I am going to put you on my blog roll. I am following too. I would so love to live in France. We have just been offered a house swap for 2 months next year. Now I just have to convince Mr Beach House to come with me. I will watch your blog with great interest. And by the way your entrance hall is supurb. And your garden well it's just dreamy.

  24. Your home and garden are soooo welcoming...you can TELL how much you love your home

    Visiting from Bunny Jean's Linky Party (Bunny Hop)

    ~Suzanne in IL

  25. Your hall is so lovely... very welcoming and a sneak peak of what is to come in the rest of the house. I can't wait to see the rest of the rooms!

  26. Hello Maggie,

    All I c an say is that I am drooling over your lovely photos of your home!

    A visit to Normandy is on my 'bucket list' of things to do.

    My husband is a WWII buff and we would love to visit all the well known historic locations.

    A beautiful part of the world for sure.

    Janet xox

  27. Maggie, it's so lovely of you to share with us a glimpse into your lovely home. the front hall is so filled with wonderful things. I like the light of the foyer - room by room will be a nice thing to look forward to.

  28. Maggie, I loved the tour of your hall. It is so lovely. I love your traditional home. The clock is so near and I especially love the captain's chair. Thank you for sharing this space with us.
    Hugs, Ginger

  29. Your entry and stairs are very nice, but the showstopper is that beautiful backyard!

    I came by to say thank you for joing my Bunny Hop party, and I see a few of my party girls stopped by too ;)

    I also just became a follower.

    xoxo BunnyJean @ BunnyJean's Decor and More!

  30. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. Your life in Normandy looks delicious. Your abode is very inviting and warm, I love your photos!

  31. Oh, I know I'm going to love this!
    Those doors are heavenly. I'd love to knock and see you walking along the hall to open them up.

  32. Oh Maggie, what a wonderful introduction to your home. I love those double doors, and of course that beautiful dresser. What a wonderful mirror. Love the shelf and of course the Quimper platter. Your stair banister is gorgeous, and your Captains chair is a treasure. That view of your garden through the double doors is so charming. I know anyone who visited this entry would feel welcomed and excited to see the rest of the home. laurie

  33. Maggie, hello dear, I loved the tour with you of your beautiful Normandy Home. How lovely, everything I would expect from you. Your furniture and collections are so welcoming in "the hall". Your Pewter pieces are beautiful and you know how I love your French Faience Quimper! Those double entrance doors make such a grand entrance and of course those lovely French Gardens. I so enjoyed my visit Maggie.

    The French Hutch

  34. Maggie, I missed this earlier so I've just come from this morning's post of the before. What a transformation. Beautiful indeed! It's fun to see your entry hall in anticipation of soon walking through those very doors. How lovely to look at to that gorgeous garden. Can't wait to see you. ~ Sarah

  35. Hi Maggie...

    I'm just coming from your entry hall "before" post...and of course I just had to come and see the end result! Ohhh my goodness, what a miraculous transformation! I can't even begin to imagine the work or the patience that your home remodel required. It certainly was worth it! I know...I know...easy for me to say, right? Hehe! Seriously though, your entry hall really is beautiful! It certainly does speak to "the beauty" which is to follow through the rest of your home! I don't have an entry hall...so I'm quite green with envy, my friend! I love everything about yours...the gorgeous brick tile floors...that swirling staircase...and your beautiful furniture! It's all perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us...this was such a treat!

    Warmest summery wishes,

    PS...the view of your gardens from the front door is quite spectacular! Truly picturesque!


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