Thanks for all the awesome suggestions and encouraging words in the comments of yesterday’s post. The hibiscus are now safely tucked into the garage for the winter. I’m sore today but not from moving the hibiscus. I spent at least two hours (probably three!) crawling around on the floor trying to get the lower branches of the tree to light up. I checked all the bulbs and even changed out 8 fuses trying to find the issue. I’m not giving up, though! There has to be an answer!
Instead of sharing my decorated tree as I had hoped to, I have a pretty amazing house to share with you, instead. We’ve all heard the story of Julia Child who found herself (with husband, Paul) living in Paris back in the late 1940’s. Paul was stationed there with his job and during that time Julia fell head-over-heels in love with French food, even taking classes to learn as much as she could. Those classes led to making friends with two ladies, Simone Beck and Louisettte Bertholle, who Julia eventually collaborated with to write, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Paul’s career led them to move to many different countries over the years. They eventually settled down in Cambridge, Massachusetts and though they loved it there, they could never quite let go of their love for France. They dreamed of having a holiday cottage there, a place to go and stay for long periods of time during the year.
Eventually they acted on that wish and leased some property near Grasse, France in the village of Plascassier. They leased the land from their friend, Simone and her husband, who was also their business partner. In 1963 they built a darling stucco cottage that they named La Pitchoune, which means “the little one in Provencal.
While building the 1,614 sq ft. home, they designed a kitchen that was almost a replica of the one Julia had back home in Massachusetts. Julia was 6’2” tall so she needed a custom-built kitchen to be able to work comfortably for long periods as she tried out new recipes, worked on her cook books and filmed for her TV show. By the way, Julia’s famous Massachusettes kitchen can be seen on exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum. Have you ever seen it in person?
Julia promised her dear friend, Simone, when she and Paul no longer needed the house, they would give it to her family. That’s what ultimately happened and now, for the very first time ever, the home is available for purchase!
The article I found about Julia’s home doesn’t say if any of the furnishings are original. After Julia’s husband, Paul began to have health issues and Simone passed away, the cottage became the home to the culinary school, “Cooking with Friends in France.” American, Kathie Alex having personally known Julia Child and studied under Simone Beck, ran the school.
The info for the listing of the home states that Julia wrote to Alex and told her, “I’m counting on you to teach Americans about butter and cream!” That sounds like something Julia would say, doesn’t it?
Here’s the most important room in the home…the kitchen where Julia Child cooked for family and friends. I wonder if they filmed any of her TV shows here?
Have you visited the Smithsonian and seen her kitchen there? Does this one look a bit like it? Notice how there are no cabinets above the countertop. Everything is just fully out in the open.
I personally prefer stuff hidden away, but this is definitely very functional. Anyone could walk right in and get to work, finding everything they needed in full view.
I love the fabric in the bedrooms shown in the listing. So charming!
Even the light in this room coordinates with red toile bedding.
I don’t think I’d be spending much time in the kitchen with this just outside the door.
Wow, the view! I’m in love with this view!
Julia’s home is on the market for around $860,000 USD. You’ll find additional photos and information about Julia’s home where these pictures were found here: Julia Child’s French Holiday Cottage Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a holiday getaway in France with this view! It’s fun to dream! 🙂