The renovation was completed by Josephine Interior Design, owned by the energetic and eclectic Josephine Gintzburger. Gintzburger previously worked in the fashion world, and she translated her skills to make interior spaces look their most flattering. She shows us that even an old barn in France’s wine country can be given a fresh and stylish feel by incorporating sustainable elements.
The kitchen features a long concrete island with a lowered seating area extending off the end. The island has open storage on one side for displaying dishware and appliances, and concealed storage on the opposite side.
Above the family room areas is an additional gathering space with amazing natural light coming in through large plate windows. We noticed that the consideration for natural light throughout the home has allowed Gintzburger to limit the use of artificial light.
Across from the lofted den is an open guest room space. Metal screen pathways connect this space to the front den and stairwell, maximizing air flow in the space. We love the view of the raw structure from this room!
Further back in the home is another sleeping area perfect for having friends and family visit on holiday. The space is minimally adorned and lit by simple drop pendants strung from the central beam.
Another work of cast concrete is found in the sitting room. The fireplace may be in place from the original barn, but the home is warmed through a radiant system, not by wood firing. Found objects and furniture give the space character.
This bathroom has a large shower and a tub for soaking. The shower has no enclosure (aka, a wet room), which saves on materials – although we don’t see much in the way of water saving features. An open shower space like this also makes it harder to keep the bather warm. There are, however, natural materials for the flooring, and the ceramic tile. More cast concrete is found in a second bathroom, but this time we see a small corner shower without an enclosure.
More guest space is tucked away in this room filled with flea market found lighting. The desk lamps soften the bare space. This is an interesting use of a small space that takes inspiration from the trend for tiny spaces with everything built in.
This final bed/bath blended space is quite a sanctuary as it allots almost as much space to the tub as it does the bed! This private room is filled with natural light, making it inviting and cozy. Although it is not clear how the water in this home is heated, let’s hope there is a heat exchanger or in-line heater to offset the power needed for a really deep relaxing bath!