For the past fourteen years the French magazine Maison Côté Sud has featured gorgeous homes in Provence and in the Mediterranean region at large. It publishes the work of the most important interior designers and photographers. The pictures are always glorious and have a refreshing perspective on interior design and decorative rugs. I love their imaginative decorative rugs and choice of colors, patterns and textures.
I hope you enjoy the spectacular seasided settings and the imaginative decorative rugs from the June-July 2012 issue of Maison Côté Sud.
The sea breeze blows right through this spectacular bedroom perched on a hill on a French island that has been preserved as a nature reserve. The simplicity of the decoration- rope weave beds, a blue and white geometric rug, and plain white curtains put you right in the midst of the sea.
The cubist house is perched on a hill on an island near the French Riviera town of Toulon. The bedroom is on the top right corner.
Port Cros and Porquerolles are two magnificent wooded islands in the Mediterranean near the French Riveira towns of Toulon, Hyères and Saint Tropez. Most of the islands are a nature preserve so they have none of the crowds, concrete and noise of the coastal resorts. Motorized vehicles are not permitted in Port Cros and only a few cars are allowed in the village portion of Porquerolles. Smoking is also prohibited outside of the village. You can hire a bike and cycle around the hilly islands and through the Mediterranean forests.
A purple, green and yellow striped decorative rug is the only soft furnishing in this living room in the fashionable coastal resort of Comporta, an hour south of Lisbon.
A view of the garden.
“About an hour south of Lisbon lies Comporta, a quiet stretch of Portuguese coast that some of the country’s oldest families as well as designers like Jacques Grange and Christian Louboutin have turned into their secret summer holiday.
“Dotted with thatched fishermen cottages, pine forests and rice fields, Comporta doesn’t look like much at first glance. And that’s how sun-seeking summer residents would like to keep it. But a recent tour of the pristine beaches, boho-style boutiques and the charming shacks that have been glammed up by families and fashion folks alike revealed that this hidden piece of paradise might be the next “It” destination on the Montauk-Jose Ignacio- Ibiza circuit”… The New York Times
A decorative rug made from patches of old oriental rugs sewn together and overdyed with blue anchors a lving room in the Alpilles region of Provence. A second seating area in the room beyond is defined by another decorative rug, see below.
A view of the patchwork decorative rug.
The view from Casa Trasillo in Anacapri.
A striped mosaic floor in Casa Trasillo.
A floral mosaic floor.
Purple and orange decorative rugs spread on the beach create seating and dining areas around the motor home on a secluded beach in Beauduc, the Camargue.
Beauduc is a semi secret place in a nature reserve in a remote part of the Camargue in the Rhone delta. You have to find your way on unmarked and unpaved trails and go around dunes and drive through shallow saltwater ponds that are home to flamingoes. The beach is very wide and the Mistral winds blow through here from October to May.