Shauna Varvel began her career in public relations with Estee Lauder in New York, continuing with the brand to Tokyo. After many years of renting summer homes in Provence with her family, Shauna finally chose one to call their own, taking on the renovation of a 200-year-old farmhouse outside Avignon, France. The project has been celebrated by numerous publications, including Veranda, Town & Country and Fortune magazines, and visited by celebrities and an American president. Alexandra Black has written widely on cultural and material history. She is the author of Living in Cuba, Tuscan Elements, Ski Style, The Japanese House, Dusk Till Dawn, and The Fashion Book, and has contributed to Elle, Vogue Living and Gourmet Traveller.
"Beloved around the world, Provence's spirit is humbled and pure.
In a visual compendium of this region's most charming interiors,
readers find inspiration for decorating with the tastes of the
French countryside. . . . Using her luxurious dwelling as an
archetype and other noted interiors as visual examples, the author
depicts how the region's iconic style balances rusticity and
"When Shauna Varvel and her family bought an 18th-century estate on a 65-acre pear farm on the Rhone River, their lives turned into a romantic fantasy fit for a Hollywood movie."-- "New York Post"