A search on google for something else entirely led me to the website of a hotel in Provence (worse things could happen, I suppose, when it comes to the Internet). I must have let out an audible sigh when I saw this room at the Benvengudo Hotel in Les Baux de Provence. Don't you feel more relaxed just looking at the photo? The soft colors and gauzy drapes are so inviting. The wood paneled doors make the room--it could be bland without the additional color and texture.
The flat screen television doesn't jive with my idea of a week in Provence, but it is a hotel room after all. Some U.S. vacationers, for example, may want to keep up with events at home, like what's happening with the debt ceiling. Not me. I'd pass on watching television although I can't go more than two hours without checking email on my iPhone so who am I to judge?
After you've caught up with what's happening in the world (if you must), you could head downstairs for a relaxing and probably delicious dinner in the hotel dining room.
I had a cozy table for two in mind with Jon, but this would work too.
Isn't this a beautifully simple table setting and flower arrangement? It appears as though each table has its own box of Fleur de Sel. I just love French sea salt (yes - easily impressed and gushing a bit).
Leave it to the French to inject surprise by hanging a colorful and interesting painting in a very neutral space.
See, it worked. Didn't you forget about the debt ceiling for a few minutes?