When an American couple enlisted Bunny Williams to reimagine their classic Provençal mas – which had become an awkward warren of rooms as a result of a century’s worth of alterations – the goal was straightforward. “We wanted it to be comfortable and to flow,” said Bunny, “but also to look as if we’d done nothing.”
Atlanta-based architect Norman Davenport Askins was brought in to envision a more gracious arrangement. He designed a new staircase in the entrance hall and transformed a series of boxy rooms into a comfortable library, formal dining room, and double-size living room. Bunny then worked her magic, scouring local markets and shops for one-of-a-kind items to create ambience and authenticity. The gardens were designed by Tim Rees, who incorporated classical elements such as terraced plantings, stone walls, an olive orchard, and a rose garden.
This story was originally published in the May/June issue of Veranda with photography by Fritz von der Schulenburg and text by Jennifer Ash Rudick.
“People ask me all the time, ‘What’s the Bunny Look?’” she said. “It’s about comfort, style, and how we live in spaces…”
To read more, please see the May/June issue of Veranda. And for more inspiration from the illustrious Bunny Williams, I recommend her books An Affair with a House, A House by the Sea, Bunny Williams On Garden Style, and Bunny Williams’ Point of View.