With rolling vineyards, shuttered houses and bastille towns, the Bordeaux region of France during summer is a lazy, hazy, idyllic spot. This summer we spent part of our holiday at a vineyard in the Bordeaux region, near a beautiful ancient town perched on the banks of the river Dordogne. The colours and atmosphere of the place really inspired me and I returned to the UK with a rejunevated love of all things bold and bright.
In the summer months there’s a real festival air to the towns and villages, with colourful tissue paper bunting strung up, street markets of plump, fresh produce and everyone enjoying outdoor life.
The accent colours are bold – think the yellow of sunflowers and the deep blue of the sky against bright pink and red festival decorations – but the background palette is calm with the soft greys of shutters and sandy creams of ancient stone.
The area we visited wasn’t a coastal region, so there were no nautical themes or Breton stripes to be seen. Instead the colours were more earthy and bold – it felt almost Spanish in some places (although that could have been just as much to do with the heat!).
I’ve put together a few items that conjure up those hot, hazy days in the Bordeaux region. It’s a bit of a riot of colour but I love the pops of blue, pink and yellow all together. It reminds me of blue skies, yellow sunflowers and pink tissue paper bunting suspended from old churches.
Just like with all items in our main Roost Shop, these pieces all come from independent brands so you can shop safe in the knowledge you’re supporting smaller retailers creating brilliantly beautiful (and unique) things.