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Design Library: Kate Hume's French Manor

Photo by Frans van der HeydenAll photos by Frans van der Heyden, courtesy of Rizzoli
In Rizzoli's recently-released volume, Heart and Home: Rooms that Tell Stories, author Linda O'Keeffe tours 30 uniquely curated houses around the globe, whose stories are told with 240 pages of color photography and the homeowners' own tales of how the properties came to be. One particularly exquisite manor, owned by interior designer Kate Hume and her husband, Frans van der Heijdan, is located in the Périgord region of France and dates back to the 1700s. 

Photo by Frans van der Heyden

When the couple purchased the property several years ago, they were fully aware that the manor was in a serious state of disrepair. The couple was careful to preserve the history and character of the original architecture, including the building's stone exterior. Inside, the addition of sleek slate floors and white walls created a clean canvas against which a myriad of vibrant textiles and patterned upholstery were arranged. Collected antiques and contemporary art mingle atop mantles and coffee tables.  Says Hume, "Old and new is an essential combination in my life and work.  I buy lots of antique furniture but almost always repaint or re-cover it so it feels it's a part of this moment in time."

Photo by Frans van der Heyden
In the attic hallway, rustic exposed beams soar above a prototype bench and pedestal designed by Heijden Hume. A vintage wardrobe and a porcelain vase repeat the sophisticated emerald hues found frequently throughout the home. 

Photo by Frans van der Heyden
In the master bathroom a freestanding tub from Albion stands atop a graphic platform of Popham Design tiles. The eye-catching pattern is balanced by layered checkerboard and striped area rugs. 

To learn more about this and many other inspiring homes, pick up a copy from Rizzoli.

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