Gesa Hansen’s New “French Countryfication” Book and Garden Party

Audrey J. Powers

Though the relaxation of us dream of residing in Paris, 3 fully commited Parisian women of all ages pals recently uncovered them selves dwelling with their partners and little ones exterior the city in the countryside around Fontainebleau. During the pandemic, as they talked over their new rustic lives, they made a decision to produce a book about it.

The final result is Coming Property to Character: The French Art of Countryfication, and one particular of the authors is our friend, home furniture and interiors designer Gesa Hansen. Gesa and her partner, Parisian restaurateur Charles Compagnon, begun off by getting a weekend retreat a number of yrs in the past that swiftly became their complete-time home—see A Scandinavian-German Designer’s Relatives Area in the French Countryside.

Countryfication, as the new e-book is recognized, is a information for the fashion-aware and curious about what it is like to trade cafés and museums for slicing gardens and open sky. The authors are all unabashed reverse Beverly Hillbillies, in love with their environment but candid about the troubles: for starters, you are going to will need a new wardrobe of wool pullovers and rubber boots your get the job done commute will choose at the very least an hour and if you’re one, great luck getting a day.

But one of the a lot of pleasures will be getting the time and place to gather for leisurely meals. In addition to offering inside of appears at each and every of the authors’ encouraged residing quarters (a restored 400-12 months-0ld windmill, a forest ruin rebuilt by hand), a emphasize of the quantity is the back garden feast demonstrated below, orchestrated by Gesa and Charles in their walled back garden. Accurate, it is a placing tricky to match—but the spirit and insouciance are worth replicating where ever you uncover by yourself this July 4—or any heat working day with close friends, little ones, and puppies coming spherical.

Photography courtesy of Flammarion by Stephanie Füssenich and Nathalie Mohadjer, until observed. Follow the e-book @countryfication.

gesa heads to the table. her family compound was built in the \1850s as a guest 9
Earlier mentioned: Gesa heads to the table. Her spouse and children compound was built in the 1850s as a guest house for the nearby Château de Courances.

Demonstrated listed here is the previous stables, now a garage/software shed on just one facet and Charles’s espresso roasting station on the other: he roasts his have beans and supplies his 3 Paris restaurants—Gesa not too long ago created his most current a single: see 12 Strategies to Steal from a Serene and Protecting Paris Cafe.

the biergarten style white berlin tables and benches are from la trésoreri 10
Above: The biergarten-model White Berlin Tables and Benches are from La Trésorerie, one of our favorite structure outlets in Paris.

“I moved to the countryside mainly because my husband desired us to, but I was pretty fearful of experience lonely,” Gesa tells us. “Then I learned all these inspirations that I didn’t know about my buddies and I required to make a e book about this new vocabulary of fashion.”

gesa uses antique embroidered tablecloths, and, in this case, repurposed heavy  11
Above: Gesa employs antique embroidered tablecloths, and, in this circumstance, repurposed significant classic curtains to address her desk. She suggests the young children eat before the adults and frolic nearby—and under the table—during the festivities.

the table is set with italian spatterware plates from nicola fasano. cutipol fo 12
Over: The desk is set with Italian spatterware plates from Nicola Fasano. Cutipol forks are paired with Opinel knives.
gesa invited her book collaborators, freelance journalist estelle marandon and  13
Earlier mentioned: Gesa invited her ebook collaborators, freelance journalist Estelle Marandon and stylist Charlotte Huguet, who reside close by, Estelle in Cely and Charlotte in Barbizon.

“If an individual had advised us hardcore Parisians that we’d just one working day dwell in isolated little villages with scarcely a thousand inhabitants, we would have burst out laughing,” Estelle writes in Countryfication. “Before we took the leap, all three of us dreaded getting significantly from everything…It turned out to be just the opposite…We actually began to ponder precisely what it was that had held us so firmly hooked up to our former lives. I was reminded of that quotation attributed to Sigmund Freud in his past days: ‘I’ve squandered my time. All that issues in life is gardening.’”

charles made a green salad to go with his roasted and grilled leg of lamb. the  14
Earlier mentioned: Charles designed a environmentally friendly salad to go with his roasted and grilled leg of lamb. The indigo napkins are by Tensira of Guinea, West Africa—”they’re great due to the fact you never ever have to iron them,” suggests Gesa.
the recipe for charles
Over: The recipe for Charles’s Red Kuri Squash, Carrot, and Ginger Soup is on page 160 of Countryfication. “This is our go-to when we have the entire loved ones with each other or a huge group of buddies present up,” he suggests. It’s served in antique bowls that Gesa found in a community flea current market.
the spattered blue vent glass cups are from lafiore, a glass workshop in mallor 16
Previously mentioned: The spattered Blue Vent Glass Cups are from Lafiore, a glass workshop in Mallorca, and the eco-friendly pitcher is classic. The wine is from Charles’s personal winery in Beaujolais, which materials some of what’s on the menus in his Paris dining establishments.
gesa, charles, and friends all  gave up paris apartments for rural houses  17
Higher than: Gesa, Charles, and close friends all  gave up Paris residences for rural homes and gardens. As for seating, Gesa suggests, “Charles enjoys to make a prepare I’m all for anarchy.”
the empties go back to charles
Higher than: The empties go back to Charles’s vineyard for cleaning and reuse. Photograph by Bellero.
the old walled garden with its apple tree was one of the attractions that sold  19
Higher than: The previous walled garden with its apple tree was one particular of the sights that bought Gesa and Charles on their place.
the family
Previously mentioned: The family’s entrance doors are adorned with horseshoes—Gesa has taken up playing polo in her new lifestyle.

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Previously mentioned: Coming Home to Nature is obtainable in both French and English—the latter is $27.90 from

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