Friday Fun: More Writers’ Homes in France

Seems like I can never get enough of houses in France, especially those which belong to writers and artists. I’m ranking them in order of luxury. Some of them appear to have come from moneyed backgrounds, others seem to have made a fortune from their work… or perhaps houses were much cheaper back then. Here’s to hoping!

Colette's birthplace, the house of Sido. From maisondecolette.fr
Colette’s birthplace, the house of Sido. From maisondecolette.fr
Alain-Fournier lived here, from berryprovince.com
Alain-Fournier lived here, from berryprovince.com
I'm guessing Rabelais didn't live here during his period as a monk. From laparafe.fr
I’m guessing Rabelais didn’t live here during his period as a monk. From laparafe.fr
Painter Gustave Courbet's birthplace, now a museum in the picture-pretty village of Ornans. From museefrance.fr
Painter Gustave Courbet’s birthplace, now a museum in the picture-pretty village of Ornans. From museefrance.fr
Poet Mallarme's house and garden. From jeanro.canalblog.com
Poet Mallarme’s house and garden. From jeanro.canalblog.com
Alphonse Daudet clearly didn't write about this house in his Lettres de mon moulin. From maison-alphonse-daudet.com
Alphonse Daudet clearly didn’t write about this house in his Lettres de mon moulin. From maison-alphonse-daudet.com
Clearly, if you are a politician as well as a writer, and inherit money from the Tsarina, like Chateaubriand did, your house is outstanding. From artslettres.ning.com
Naturally, if you are a politician as well as a writer, and inherit money from the Tsarina, like Chateaubriand did, your house is outstanding. From artslettres.ning.com

 

 

Friday Fun: Luxuries You Never Knew You Wanted

What do you get the house-owner who has everything? Well, perhaps one of life’s extra luxuries, such as one of these:

Wine bar in the living room. From Domaine Home.
Wine bar in the living room. From Domaine Home.
A slide for going downstairs. From Buzzfeed.
A slide for going downstairs. From Buzzfeed.
Roof terrace. From Decoist.
Roof terrace. From Decoist.
A modern Bridge of Sighs between the two wings of the house. From Buzzfeed.
A modern Bridge of Sighs between the two wings of the house. From Buzzfeed.
The king of all conservatories, designed by Katie Tarses, from Domaine Home.
The king of all conservatories, designed by Katie Tarses, from Domaine Home.
Floating fireplace. From Decoist.
Floating fireplace. From Decoist.

Or perhaps just that stalwart favourite: a library with a sliding ladder?

From Mocooo.com
From Mocooo.com

No, sorry, my mistake! That isn’t a luxury, that is a necessity, of course.

What would be your little (or big) home luxury, if money were no object?

 

 

Eleanor Rigby Goes to Bed

Each evening she finishes her meal

with a small cube of cheese on a stale piece of bread.

Dry is better for digestion, protects against wind.

Calcium is good for the bones.

In winter she moves the chair closer to the electric fire,

which she leaves on for just three hours a day.

She does not hold with showers, a bath every four days suffices,

sluicing down all water marks with a damp cloth.

She brushes her teeth with an eggtimer

and flosses every chink, quietly, mercilessly.

Then, before she lays down her head on the starched pillow,

she carefully pouts her lips

and frames them with the scarlet luxurious ooze

of Chanel’s True Red.