When we first got wind that interior and textile designer Kathryn M. Ireland was listing her French farmhouse, “La Castellane,” for sale, we immediately wanted to sit down with designer to discover why she would ever leave such an idyllic retreat. (After all, it did inspire her book, Summers in France.) The gorgeous property in southwest France dates back to 1760 and was carefully restored in phases by the designer, who updated the living quarters and carefully converted some of the original structures into areas more suited for a modern family.
“La Castellane has been the place of family holidays and so much more. Most importantly the boys were able to have a traditional childhood there. Kick the can, hide and seek, and make-believe adventures,” shares Ireland on the importance of the home in her children’s lives. “The boys growing up were so much a part of the renovation process. They loved to help the workmen, they learned first-hand so many trades, as well as the language.” With her eyes set on the future, Ireland takes some time to reflect on what the property has meant her family, the community, and her design career.