After being alerted by a friend to an ancient house on the market in Haut de Cagnes, France, designers Bernt Heiberg and Bill Cummings, who'd been searching for a vacation home in the South of France, made a few phone calls and purchased it remotely within days—without ever having seen the interior. As featured in NYC&G, the slender, three-level home dates from around 1530 and measures less than 1,000 square feet... but it also happens to overlook the Mediterranean Sea and needed very little work.
Seeking a more Continental aesthetic than the typical Provençal house, the designers redid the home's Venetian plaster walls and darkened its original beams. They also brought in linen upholstery, petite chairs, worn-wood tables, gilded furniture, and crystal chandliers. The result is a quaint home with a loft-like feeling that's endlessly charming.
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