The first stop on our French wine adventure, was Saint Emillion and our first hotel was Hostellerie de Plaisance. This lovely medieval city’s buildings are carved in rock and the architecture is characterized by an elegant ascetic classicism. The warm, pale beige stone dominates the architectural landscape. From our hotel you have an unbelievable view of the ancient city as well as the edges of the vineyard landscapes.
Our rooms were lovely, but my favorite space at Hostellerie de Plaisance was the newly appointed bar. The bar was recently redone by the famous designer Alberto Pinto. Orange is not one of my personal favorite colors, but the orange and brown color scheme in this bar was very pleasing to me.
The warmth of wood, leather, fabrics ranging from velvets to leathers to linens, and the skin print carpet, made this a wonderful place to relax and have a drink after a long day in the vineyards!
As you can see…my friend Annette and I made this an afternoon habit. I think Wells and Fred may have still been tasting the Bordeaux!
The bar had a very nice original art collection, and I loved this quiet little corner with the velvet banquette!
The orange cut velvet on linen drapery fabric was magnificent! The lighting was perfect for late afternoon and evening with its tones of deep antique brass and cream. I think I may be inspired to use this color combination for one of my design clients who may be “so inclined”! I do remember seeing lots of orange this spring at High Point Furniture market.
Stay tuned for a “collected tabletop” inspired by this bar and more “on the road” travels in France!