In this post you’ll take a beautiful French country house tour located within a short train ride from Paris. The home belongs to a dear friend and I’ve featured her previous home before. Clearly we still can’t travel internationally, it’s such a pleasure to tour homes abroad. My husband and I are usually over in France in May, but for now…let’s tour!
Just a brief history that the French country house tour you’re about to see belongs to Tania Boureau. She used to blog and that is how we met, many years ago. Tania had emailed me one day letting me know that her work was going to be bringing her to Miami on a regular basis. We met for coffee and the rest is history. We’ve gotten together many times both here in Miami (where I live) in France and even took a girl’s trip to NYC!
Since I shared her home in the past that she named Grange de Charme (charming barn) life has changed for Tania. She had struggles with cancer and had gone through a divorce and has come out all the better on the other side! Due to the divorce, Tania had to sell her beloved home where she raised her family. 😥 Wanting to stay close to her parents , she found this new to her beauty to renovate! 🥰 Let’s get right into it…with lots of photos to inspire!!
It took some looking to find just the right home to renovate, and with renovations in the French winter it was a challenge. Like my own home, Tania was drawn to the land that surrounded her home to be!
French Country House Tour
If you’ve ever watched the series Escape To The Chateau, it details the many challenges of reviving a centuries old home. We don’t have anything really like this to any degree in the US, so it’s quite fascinating! Watch it…I guarantee that you’ll be hooked, as I was! But I digress back to Tania’s new/old home that was faced with the common challenges.
From winter to spring and time for Tania to get into her 1/2 acre garden!
I was so impressed to learn that it only took Tania and her crew 6 months to update her home to move in condition! While the rooms with the old wallpaper and paint look lovely, there was a lot hiding behind those walls that above all needed repair.
Before Renovation – French Country House Tour
It was on a hot day of August and I could feel the freshness of the river, the wind through the trees of the old orchard it was a dream!
When I saw this place, I knew that I had found my house!
Behind the facade was hidden damage, with the walls and the ceilings in rough shape!
Obviously there were lots of charming details!
It’s a very old house and the rooms were originally small.
I made one big living room from the kitchen the dining room and the living room.
Here you can see some of the mold and damage behind the walls.
Lots of renovation had to be done from updating the electrical to repairing the walls and the ceilings, and sanding the floors upstairs.
There was so much damage, including a water leak in the roof, a gas leak, and blocked sewers!
Tania will be embarking on more renovations later such as a wooden floor downstairs, because the floor is damaged.
After Renovation! – French Country House Tour
My bedroom is the most spectacular room in the house! It was the billiard room with very high ceilings and a big window open to a balcony overviewing the garden down to the river.
Tania has a decidedly romantic style and loves the color pink, along with ruffles and shabby chic. In fact she was featured in Rachel Ashwell’s book My Floral Affair.
Tania is an artist that creates the most beautiful floral crowns and silk roses! You can find here work available in her Etsy Shop here – Grange de Charme Etsy
Each rose is made by hand and her work is exquisite!
Her upstairs master bedroom is huge and the perfect place to work on her creations!
Such a beautiful view!
An old painted door in Tania’s bedroom
Upstairs, the landing is finished with lots of pink…obviously Tania’s signature color!
The Main Level in Tania’s Home
Clearly, opening up the walls was so smart and without a doubt makes the home feel so spacious!
Tania is best friends with the French artist Laurence Amelie and has many of her beautiful paintings! My husband and I were fortunate to visit Laurence’s old home along with Tania several years ago. I blogged about her home in this post if you’d like to see it!
Last but not least, I feel at home now. I don’t miss my Grange de Charme and I never would have thought that!
See Tania’s previous home IN THIS POST and thank you for sharing your home with us today!
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