I was all set to do a post about industrial or "working" buildings -- barns, cotton mills, carriage houses -- used as homes. For some reason I thought the phenomenon really took off in the late 1960s, becoming more widespread in the 70s. (There's a chapter about it in one of my grandfather's old restoration books.) And maybe for the most part that's when recycled structures became mainstream.
But then I remembered that the concept has been around in France for centuries. The image above, at the top, shows a 14th-century olive-oil mill that was converted into a 16th-century weekend retreat for the wife of Les Baux-de-Provence's governor.
When the living room was published in 1984, French furniture from varied periods was mixed and meant to contrast with the rough stone walls and vaulted ceiling. The Louis XV armchairs (a style described by Herbert Ypma in The Paris Interior as "possibly the most successful pieces in the entire history of furniture design...") are covered in a glazed cotton chinoiserie print, and juxtaposed with a contemporary smoked glass and steel cocktail table as well as a fluffy rug.
The bedroom shown here is part of a 14th-century monastery barn that was converted after the French Revolution. American designer Dick Dumas restored it in the 20th century. The four-poster bed was made from plumbing pipes painted in panther spots, and the red-and-white fabric is from Manuel Canovas. A hand-blocked Indian quilt is folded at the foot.
In the dressing area, Dumas covered a Louis XV-style chair with an Ivory Coast batik.
All images are from Pierre Deux's French Country, 1984.