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sneak peek: carol’s ‘basic french’ escape

by Grace Bonney

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today’s second and final sneak peek is near and dear to my heart. for years i’ve loved (and shopped) the online store basic french and it’s served as my portal to a dream world where i live like amelie. so i was overjoyed to hear from basic french owner carol b. neiley last week and just about fell off my chair when i saw what she was emailing me. based in the hudson valley where she lives with her two daughters, carol recently bought and renovated a gorgeous abandoned farmhouse in les monts du lyonnais (outside of lyon), france. to say that carol is living my (and probably lots of our) dream life is an understatement. the idea of leaving the states and escaping to rural france to renovate a farm house could not sound more fantastically romantic to me if it tried. obviously there is a lot of work behind a project like this but i think the results, and the lifestyle change, are absolutely worth it. i hope you’ll enjoy the photos of carol’s french retreat above and below. thank you to photographer ellen silverman for sharing these lovely photos with us. also, if you love the black frames, fur chairs and black mirrors in carol’s home, they’re made by a design company called objet de curiosite (formerly meubles grange) and can be purchased through carol at basic french. [thank you to carol and her daughters for sharing their beautiful french home with us]

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