A Southern French Farmhouse for Intimate Entertaining

Jul 25, 2019

Approximately an hour east of Toulouse, the small French farming town of Tarn is found, and now a newly refurnished farmhouse, decorated by Kathryn M. Ireland.

Featured in House & Garden UK, the owner Anne Halsey, who has known the internationally celebrated interior designer Ireland who also owns a home that she has refurbished in Tarn, sought out her expertise to work her magic.

The farmhouse was transformed into a spacious, light-filled, and relaxed destination for friends and family to enjoy, cool off, dine and just be. I have pulled a few of my favorite rooms below, but be sure to tour the entire property and read the profile piece.

Key Takeaways:

  • Why not use interior decor for outdoor gatherings? While you will absolutely need to bring it inside or cover it, for the actually occasion of gathering, the candlesticks above add an extra zazoo to the dining table.
  • Add floor-to-ceiling window treatments to heighten a space in which the ceilings are low.
  • Mix and match different throw pillow prints, but keep them in the same color family. 
  • Layer rugs on top of each other to create multiple gathering spaces in a single room
  • By mixing soft textiles – upholstered furniture and oodles of throw pillows, blankets and full drapes, the hard textures – stone, wooden beams and cement are softened, creating a balance for both to exist well together. 
  • Paint the beams the same color as the ceiling to create the illusion of more space and higher ceilings

Enjoy the tour!

As well, if you are drawn to Ireland’s aesthetic of country, print upholstery, a soft, subtle color palette and plush, thoughtful details, be sure to check out her website for more information and home inspiration. She has written more than a few books and her, but her Summers in France book reveals her remodeling process on her own home in Tarn as well as the southern French lifestyle she enjoys, along with a few recipes too. Her most recent book, which was released in 2016 is titled Kathryn At Home: A Guide to Simple Entertaining.


3 thoughts on “A Southern French Farmhouse for Intimate Entertaining

  1. I so ADORE this space. The cozy, understated fabrics, the lovely elegant ease..and oh my the red tub. I have a hazy recollection of Kathryn Ireland, but was not familiar with her work, thank you, Shannon, for the (re)introduction.

  2. What a comfy home . I have an old Homes and Gardens magazine which features Kathryn Ireland’s house in the Tarn . I love her fabrics. They have that cosy look and against a neutral background she always pulls it off. ?

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