“From the beginning, I used to be swept away by this romantic residence within the nation,” recollects inside designer David Jimenez. “Once I first walked up the driveway towards the manor home, with its towers and classical concord of design, I fell in love with France yet again.”
After shifting to Paris six years in the past, the New York Metropolis native started searching for a classy nation home for weekend getaways. The standards: a generations-old residence with good-looking structure that was not more than an hour from town. Pretty personal grounds with fields and forests for lengthy walks accompanied by birdsong have been additionally a should. He searched for 2 years and triumphed when he discovered his dream retreat—an expansive eight-room personal residence in a centuries-old manor home on the grounds of a dramatic Sixteenth-century château. This glamorous bolt-hole is positioned close to the charming village of Saintines, an hour north of Paris by practice and half-hour from Chantilly. The home is surrounded by historical oaks, aromatic pines, and open fields. Sparrows and larks greet the daybreak. There’s a sure stillness right here. The area is surrounded by the medieval Compiègne forest, the place the king and his courtroom hunted and the place pilgrims made their means from Paris to the holy springs in Saintines. The previous is certainly inherent, whispering alongside the river that winds by way of the property and into Jimenez’s imaginative and prescient for the rooms. “Designing the residence I used to be impressed by traditional French decorators,” he says. “I regarded on the work of Henri Samuel and the way he entertained. I studied his flooring plans, how he made rooms versatile and stylish. That was my aim.”
The second-floor area is blessed with sleek symmetry and parquet flooring. One room leads elegantly to the subsequent in a logical and sleek enfilade, a circulate Jimenez emphasised by portray the residence a heat off-white (blanc cassé). As soon as the portray was achieved, he moved in and rapidly started scouting the vigorous native artwork and culinary worlds, discovering wonderful antiquaries, artwork galleries, and farmers’ markets. “My intention from the outset was to create areas that really feel comfy however that additionally really feel tied to the great thing about France, these villages, to the French joie de vivre.”
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And the countryside is ripe with it. Saturdays discovered him dashing alongside distant roads on his scooter to seek out sellers of each artwork and antiques. He discovered them within the neighboring villages of Verberie and Pierrefonds, in outlets “that made my coronary heart race, the place there wasn’t a path I might look the place there wasn’t one thing that touched me,” he recollects. In got here bronze chandeliers and beveled mirrors noticed in an property sale antiques store and a draper desk and a set of cobalt blue leather-based chairs from a nook store that sits on the foot of Château de Pierrefonds. “The store house owners might see my curiosity and so they appreciated this, and plenty of of those conversations become sturdy friendships.” The camaraderie of the area additionally led Jimenez to relationships with native craftspeople. An astute antiques vendor advisable an upholsterer; a couture-level curtain maker advised the perfect electrician; his tech skilled knew of an artist who did beautiful gilding.
The residence displays an identical conviviality, notably within the salon, the place Jimenez positioned a ticking-upholstered recamier within the heart in entrance of the fireplace. “I might have simply achieved two chairs, however the backs can be to the hearth—I like utilizing daybeds as a result of they invite dialog with out blocking something,” says the designer, who dotted the room with stools as further cocktail seating. “The pair of Louis XVI–model chairs close to the tapestry have a powerful presence. They are often pulled into any dialog group.”
From the tall home windows of the salon, Jimenez can gaze out at apple orchards and fern-filled forest glades. He can hear the far-off sounds of horses on the château’s grounds and a fantastic symphony of birds. “It’s so effectively positioned in nature,” Jimenez says. “There’s a way of calm and pleasure and well-being that comes from being right here within the nation.”
Discover extra of Jimenez’s tasks in his new ebook, Parisian by Design (Rizzoli, 2022) by Diane Dorrans Saeks.
Featured in our September/October 2022 subject. Inside Design by David Jimenez; Images by Xavier Bejot; Tailored from Textual content by Diane Dorrans Saeks.