Picking a favorite painting in JB and M’s home is a treat. Not only have they collected wonderful works from other artists, M has filled their contemporary home with her own pieces. A self taught artist, M started painting 50 years ago while raising a young family. She needed art for her walls, so she began copying from books and museums. I’m so pleased to share JB and M’s home and a few special paintings.
In case you missed it, I recently featured their beloved gardens. You can see that post here.
Rustic oak beams reclaimed from a barn and antique French fireplace add to the warmth of the sunny breakfast room.
A panoramic view of the grounds. I love how the vibrant oil painting from French artist Roger Muhl (1929-2008) continues the landscape inside.
Muhl worked in the representational style, and his pieces capture simple shapes with vivid colors and light.
Two of M's paintings propped on the mantel. The trumeau is original to the limestone fireplace.
Another Muhl behind a pair of chairs upholstered in the palest blue linen.
Shortly after the Swedish Rococo armchairs arrived from Tone on Tone, JB and M decided to bleach and grey-wash their pine floors. Hanging in the living room is the very first Muhl painting they acquired from David Findlay Gallery in the 1960s. Muhl knew and was friends with 3 generations of the Findlay family.
The wormy chestnut paneled library is furnished with English antiques.
A luminous Muhl painting brightens the paneled library, which JB and M use as their winter study.
3 paintings by M hang over an English chest.
This is my favorite painting by M. I love how intently the pup is sitting, and the bit of mischief on the faces of the boys.
Speaking of pups, this is Tiggy after dinner - rub my belly please :)
Copper pots and vineyard baskets in the kitchen were brought back from France.
M hand painted, glazed and fired all the tiles in the kitchen.
A season of garden flowers arranged by M.