Daydreaming: Boulevard Magenta

Thursday, November 10, 2011

About this time one year ago, I moved to the small French town of Fontainebleau for a few months with my husband {he was finishing up his international MBA there} I adored our time there and especially the tiny but oh so charming little carriage house we rented. I love seeing real, un-styled homes {as well as those glossy magazine types!} so wanted to share a few snapshots of our French home. I hope we get to go back sometime soon!

Even the house key was beautiful and antique

Our little home on Boulevard Magenta was built as a carriage house and stable for the main house in front

Our warm little kitchen. I only wish I had snapped a photo of the high ceilings, they were vaulted red brick!

I loved this burgundy rope they had fashioned as the stair rail

The living space, those ticking stripe curtains in front of the french doors were so pretty 

The compact but cozy bedroom - my husband could not stand up fully but I did not care . . . the old ceiling beams were amazing! The owners had installed wall to wall sisal which was a nice modern touch

Even the potting shed / dog house next to our little cottage was so French and chic

The main house, our little carriage house is back to the left. The owner had an amazing chocolate and pastry shop in town - Frederic Cassel, which we visited often {yum}. I loved passing this stately house each day!

The Chateau at Fontainebleau - just a few steps from our little house. As it's located a good bit outside Paris, it was spared from the looting of the French Revolution and remains in wonderful condition. It was a favorite vacation home of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and was also well loved by Napoleon and Josephine who did much restration work here in the 19th century {In fact, Napoleon abdicated from these very curved staircases!}

I used to take daily jogs or long walks in the chateau gardens - so lovely! 

The view from our bedroom window of the garden under snow

Lastly, here are some more photos I snapped of the chateau gardens with beautiful fall colors! As you can see, we were terribly spoiled. 
Thank you for indulging my day dreaming. Le sigh!!

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City Girl Chicago said...

I love it! It's comfortable, cozy, warm and chic!

Party Resources said...

What a fabulous location!

NatalieCottrell said...

Wow, I can't even imagine how lovely that must have been. Did you just sip cappuccino and smell lavendar all day?! Heehee. Thanks for sharing. :)

Michelle ~ Make Life Pretty said...

I've been to Fontainebleau a few times! It's a beautiful place, and I can't imagine seeing the Chateau all the time. What a magical few months that must have been!

Leslie said...

That's so neat! Thanks for sharing. :)

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Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Your time in Fontainebleau sounds fabulous! And that shot of the snow in the garden? Beautiful! xo

Barbara@HausDesign said...

How fun and lucky you! Love those beams in the bedroom - who needs to stand up in the bedroom anyway??!! :) I didn't get to my series post this week but I'll get to his next week for sure and then I'll be in touch. :)

Jessie said...

Your stay in Fontainebleau sounds lovely! What a wonderful experience it must be!

Thanks for sharing, Allison!


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