Child and her husband, Paul, built the 1,614 square foot cottage in Plascassier, a hillya Provencal village in the south of France, and they would spend part of their year there every year.
The Childs designed the house, named the “La Pitchoune” (The Little Thing), to be as maintenance free as possible, with four bedrooms, four baths and open floor plan living and dining.
THE LIVING ROOM
Bright and airy, the colorful living room is designed in the typical southern French style, even evoking a Matisse painting.
Considered the most important room in the house, Child’s husband designed the kitchen, which is a smaller replica of the one they shared in their Cambridge, Massachusetts home.
One of four bathrooms, the design is simple and clean with marble accents.
Decked out in bright blue patterns and paintings of local scenes, the four bedrooms also have scenes of the surrounding countryside.a
When the Childs arranged the lease on the land, having no children of their own, they told they friends that when they no longer wanted the home, it would be given to Simca Beck, her longtime friend and business partner who leased them the land. This is the first time the house has been put on the market.a