This historical farmhouse in the Loire Valley region of France was converted into a contemporary summer home by the Parisian firm Septembre Architecture. The architects restored the stonework and the roof, treated the wood, and installed floor heating, insulation, and glass doors and windows. They whitewashed the walls but left the wooden beams, lintels, and rafters naturally finished for contrast. On the ground floor, they centralized an open plan living and dining room, rooting the two-story home in a common area. The furnished space features minimalist decor and local carpentry.

Photography is by Linus Ricard

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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