Dinan, Brittany

Today I've found a storybook house for us, in a manner of speaking. I've stayed in vacation mode and  have been reading when I should have been posting.  I recently finished Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See.  The story was engrossing, but I was especially intrigued by the houses and locations in the book. (The fact that a character makes little model houses may or may not be why I started to read it.)  To share a bit of the book's setting with you, I found this listing in the town of Dinan in Brittany along the River Rance.

The listing is pretty bare bones- it doesn't say when the house was built- but when the house and the town are as storybook as this one, I don't think the exact details matter.

18 degrees Celsius is 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you want to literally join me in vacation mode, this would be a good spot!

Here is the living room, which is a pretty great blank slate:

Let's stay inspired by those terra cotta colors and indoor/outdoor flow:

The kitchen's gray blue tile works well with the terra cotta floors:

Since this house is essentially timeless (because I can't tell you when it was built), the kitchen could be called timeless, too.  But, if updated, this pretty design is perfectly in step with today:

{Design editor Beth Hitchcock, House & Home}

Moving upstairs, the landing proves a perfect spot for a library, as all proper dream houses should have.  I think blog friend Karen might agree

The only thing it needs is a perfect perch:

{This Old House}

This bathroom is another spot that would be hard to improve:

...Unless you're a fan of perfect perches there, too:  (No, not that type of perfect bathroom perch.)

{Country Living}

I wonder if this beautiful bedroom comes with this pretty cane bed?

This design might help our disappointment if it doesn't:

{source unknown}

It's hard to use the word disappointment in conjunction with this house, especially when you see the gardens surrounding the sunroom:

Finishing a good book can be a bit of a let-down, but finding possibilities for this lovely house in its wonderful location was definitely a happy ending. 


  1. Vicki,
    I'm so happy you're back! I missed these posts, filled with possibilities. Thank you for the link---yes, if I had a landing (we live in a single story home), I'd select your picture of the charming perch and bookshelves as my inspiration photo!
    I've always heard Brittany is a lovely place to visit, but that photograph you share of the town is swoon worthy. What an incredible cathedral.
    Have a great week, my friend.

    1. Hi Karen- thanks so much, it's good to be back. I always think of you when I'm looking for library inspiration- you've written so beautifully about them. It's funny how often my listing searches are inspired by what I'm reading. It's probably good I'm not a fan of true crime stories! :)

  2. I am always amazed at your "transformations"! The living room is beautiful. Love the warmth of the beams and the doors are perfect!

    1. Hi Beth- This house was so pretty as it is, that finding ideas for it was like icing a cake! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  3. What a picturesque scene and I loved your ideas for the house. That kitchen is just wonderful and there's always something special about window seats.

    I just jotted down the title of the book you mentioned. I've been enjoying Karen White's, The Time Between which was a wonderful story. I also enjoyed The Sound of Glass by her as well. Have a lovely weekend... :)

    1. Hi Dee- ooh, thank you for the book ideas- I'm adding her to my list! Then you won't be surprised if I find a listing on Edisto Island to feature. :)