16 June 2010

Tres Chic Provence in Greenwich, Connecticut

If you are very lucky you will find yourself catching up with wonderful old friends enjoying un petit dejeuner at the lyrical l'Escale on the water in Greenwich on a beautiful early summer's day. The food is Provencale..I had delicious eggs with trufffles..but for me the real feast was visual.

Impeccably designed and perfectly executed, the restaurant features old reclaimed floor tiles and a limestone fireplace salvaged in France and brought over here. The wire chandeliers are artlessly elegant (more on those in another post coming soon!) and the soft palette..beige, cream, white, dusty blue.. creates an inviting and very chic place to linger over un cafe.

That's exactly what we did. Come join us!

gorgeous reclaimed French tile floors

a shimmering, elegant take on the hip French country look

the darkened entryway with dusky blues, distressed
painted pieces and those wonderful stripes

glass front cabinets, crystals on the wire
chandelier, and sparkling tableware perfectly
suit the subdued elegance of linen, white and terra cotta

ready for your enjoyment, a simply set round
table is quintessentially Chic Provencale

blue and white stripes on the ceiling of the
entryway lend an air of "vacance" and relaxation
immediately upon entering

massive limestone fireplace brought over
from France presides perfectly over the
charming, welcoming "salle a manger"

the requisite Louis XIV linen upholstered settee
in the blue-striped reception area welcomes

(all photos from my iPhone)

"le poisson du jour" perhaps, Madame?

500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT



Kit Golson Design

for elegant, sustainable and pragmatic

Chic Provence Interior Design


  1. Hi Kit! Love the walls, fireplace, molding, floors...all wonderful. Thank you for the peek! XO Trish

  2. Kit, a gorgeous setting for a fabulous evening!

    Come and see what I have put together for Catherine's Soiree!

    Art by Karena

  3. Hi Trish this gorgeous place reminded me of some of the very gorgeous images on Trouvais!

    thanks for visiting...I'll stop over to see what you are up to..loved your post on Joni.



  4. I know this restaurant well, have a wonderful girlfriend who has a country home in Greenwich. So happy to see it again. Lovely post. Come on over to my place to see what Catherine's wearing to the Finale Party.

  5. Whatever looks provencal cannot be but just perfect!!! xx

  6. That place looks great and so do your iPhone pics!

  7. How very beautiful and inviting. I always wonder what makes those rooms so inviting and nice. Often the decor is a kind of shabby and simple. But I guess, it is just this: the reduction to the simply good.
    Greetings, Johanna

  8. My kind of party, dear Kit. Great food, wonderful friends, gorgeous environs, and someone else doing all of the work. Thanks for the link. :)

  9. What a beautiful place .Love the details

  10. Coming to you from Catherine's Party and I just love your gorgeous tables. Makes me want to sit down and have some amazing French food! ADORE those glass cabinets and the wall treatment!!!

  11. Oh Kit! I want to come to your party. What a fabulous place! So many things to love. And speaking of that I have just recently found you and have been following. I really like your style. If you get a second pop over to my blog and check out the Soire I have thrown. Would love to have you join us. Mona

  12. Stunning fine dining at its best -- starts with the room setting -- the magnificent limestone fireplace, those wire chandeliers, and sparkling tableware the subdued elegance of linen, the beautiful reclaimed French tile flooring and the food. If I am ever back east again I would love to go to this splendid restaurant. What a wonderful treasure you are sharing with us, so worth seeing it here.
    Come grace my blog with your presence anytime.

  13. I could begin and end anything around that fireplace! That's one HOT selection and you did an awesome job of pulling it together :)

  14. Quite fabulous. It is a place where breakfast could melt right into lunch if a few good friends were added!

  15. What a fantastic place! Love so many of the details - the distressed wood in the reception paneling, that striped ceiling (!), the cabinets in the dining area... I could go on.. :)

    x Charlotta

  16. amazing... thank you for this tip... will definitely check it out! there is a fabulous restaurant that we love to go to when i am visiting... "gaia"...
    hope you are well sweetie.. xx

  17. Hello Kit,
    It is so nice to meet you! Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for following along as well. I really appreciate it and will do the same. Your blog is truly inspiring and beautiful.

    What a gorgeous restauarant. I would enjoy it.

    Have a blessed day sweet friend. I hope to see you again soon. ~Melissa :)

  18. What a beautiful setting for a meal with special friends!

  19. Thank your for sharing that lovely place. A quick vacation without leaving home.

  20. So nice to meet you~~first time visit:)
    I am an interior designer living in southern California a few hours away from you!!~~~looks like a fab desination you are sharing in Connecticut~~~

    I posted a sweet teaparty for my daughter... stop by and take a peek!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Kay Ellen

  21. What a beautiful and elegant setting.

  22. What a fabulous place!!!

  23. Your I phone is pretty good. It must be so bright and happy in this space to take good quality pictures with an I phone~ This is beautiful and a great inspiration! Love the colors and the ceiling is the unexpected!
    Thank you for linking up. A real pleasure to read this post!

  24. Kit:
    Amazing pictures with the iphone! I like it because no one (almost) knows you're even taking pictures...
    I went to school in Greenwich, many years ago, and oh my we could have used a place like this!


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