Writer Amanda Sthers' country house
It is in the middle of the countryside that Côté Paris has gone to discover the home of the writer Amanda Sthers, an isolated house where the author of the Promises comes quietly write. A green garden, a modern decor and arty ... We let you discover this "House of fairies" in text and images.
The promises is the title of the tenth novel by Amanda Sthers. A highly anticipated release in Parisian bookstores. It is in her country house of Yonne, that she comes to write in peace. This former farm renamed La Maison des Fées became the holiday house.
She wanted to take a step back with Paris. The writer Amanda Sthers therefore sought a country house at one and a half hours from the edge of the Place de l'Etoile, where she lives. "I wanted a place where I could spend the day to write or move away on a whim," says the author of the Promises. A book that tells the illusions and disillusions of Alexander - the hero of his novel - between Paris and Argentario, a sublime peninsula in southern Tuscany. For her country house, Amanda Sthers dreamed in many directions.
And it is in the Yonne, about ten kilometers from Sens, that she found the ideal address to isolate herself, polish a novel, put the finishing touches to a play. But also to receive his friends and those of his children. The old farmhouse was renovated in early 2015. Renamed "The House of Fairies", it is also that of holidays and desires.
Amanda Sthers Country House, a tactfully chosen interior
A wind of freedom blows on this farmhouse in the middle of the fields. "After living in houses that I wanted perfect, out of a home decor magazine, I let talk about my bad taste.Here I allowed myself everything I liked.
With the complicity of the interior designer Pierre-Yves Charpiot, I imagined a place that looks like me. "Among the requests of the writer: a quiet office, a kitchen with a counter" for my friends take the aperitif while I'm in the kitchen ", or" a library that already existed, but I put it to my taste ".
The kitchen was thought to cook while having a drink with the guests on the long counter made to measure.
Install a pool in the barn of the writer's country house
In the living room, relax. Benches covered with cushions and distributed on two levels allow to relax while remaking the world. "We spent the New Year here, and in the spring I also celebrated my birthday." Another curiosity of the house, the pool hidden in an old barn, one door offers access to the kitchen and another on the garden.
The writer wanted to transform the old barn into a swimming pool, to enjoy both summer and winter. The word "Aime" was composed thanks to letters from La Samaritaine, minted at the flea market.
Recolor the garden of the Amanda Sthers country house
"Originally, the garden was monochrome," says Amanda Sthers, "today it looks like Alice in Wonderland, and with Frederic, a gardening enthusiast, I've added some mess and color," he says. planting clumps of pink hydrangeas and jasmine ". And they also grew thyme, bay leaf, mint and basil at the entrance of the kitchen, to season the dishes. "This house changes the temporality," she says again, "I stay there sometimes for a month, here the days stretch with languor and pleasure."
The promises of Amanda Sthers. Grasset. 19 euros.
Relaxation and fantasy emanate from this house located at the gates of Burgundy. In the garden where climbing roses, bignones and boxwood mingle, the game of chess found on Amazon can play in large.
The addresses of Amanda Sthers
For works any body of state. Damiani Group. 19, rue d'Antin, 75002. Tel. 01 30 76 37 04.
For its industrial antiques. The attic. 37, rue Charles Gounod, 59100 Roubaix. legrenier.eu
To browse and buy books. The foam of the pages. 174, boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006. ecumedespages.com
Publicis Drugstore. 133, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008. publicisdrugstore.com
For his notebooks in Moleskine. Assouline. 35, rue Bonaparte, 75006. assouline.com
For contemporary art. VNH Gallery. 108, rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75003. vnhgallery.com
Tiered effect in Amanda Sthers' living room, where custom-made sofas filled with cushions, all Caravan, extend over two levels. It is in this room that the writer receives, takes time to remake the world by the fireside, or take a nap on sunny days.
I need the paper ...
Amanda Sthers lives in Paris. In the district of l'Étoile. Reading rhythms her daily life: "I read everywhere, I devour everything I find, novels, magazines, commercials!" As for his writing phases, "it's preferably night in my kitchen. able to put me to work where the urgency seizes me, that is to say as well in a crowded train as in the restaurant.
For my last novel, The Promises, I allowed myself a trip in the scenery of the book, in Tuscany, in the Argentario, towards Porto Ercole. Writing there was like having a different breath. "Taking notes?" Always in hand, on little notebooks that I carry everywhere. I need paper ... But the digital book is a future against which nothing can be done. It should not be demonized so far. "Two addresses in Paris that count: the bookstore The Foam Pages, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and the Drugstore Champs-Elysees to read all the press.
The living room duplex can find calm and serenity upstairs.
One of the walls has been covered with a black paint on which children can write with chalk. Black wooden table, formal notice, black chairs, Tolix and AM.PM., and suspensions black and fuchsia, Habitat.
On the floor, the room of the writer is deliberately purified and clear. Hanging glass, Notice, dark wood bedside table, Flamingo, and black bedspread, Sarah Lavoine.
The adjoining bathroom is also minimal. The brightness has been favored. Rolling table in black wood and white ceramic, Serendipity.
The sign "General food" has been studied at the Grenier, in Roubaix.
In the library, a brown velvet armchair, The Conran Shop, and a fuchsia rug, Serendipity.
As for the children's room, it was thought of as a dormitory, with three beds, AM.PM. Suspensions in the form of globes, Bonton.
The house, surrounded by a park planted with hydrangeas and jasmine, has kept its memory with the original porch, which leads to the old barn.
"The House of Fairies", the name given to Amanda Sthers' country house.
The writer Amanda Sthers in his Paris office.