In a grand celebration of beauty, Victoria’s May/June issue showcases the abundant joie de vivre of France, from wondrous parterres and outdoor rooms to elegant interiors. Come along with us as we explore the secret addresses of Provence and tour history-rich northern France. Sumptuous interiors captivate the senses with Old-World charm, and flowers speak poetry to those who know their language. On offer at table are light-as-air French meringues and an exquisite collection of blue-and-white faïence. Also: Explore the legacy of Oak Spring and its founder, Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon, and discover workshops well worth the Gallic excursion.
Take a closer look at some of our favorite May/June features:
Her French Country Home
British-born author and entrepreneur Sharon Santoni has held a lifelong fascination for French culture. With generosity of spirit, she invites women to experience the singular beauty of this beloved European destination.
The Heart of a Gardener
French poppies, peonies, and irises herald spring’s arrival on the stone wall–threaded property known as Oak Spring Garden in northern Virginia. Here, one woman’s legacy welcomes those who wish to further their knowledge of horticulture.
The Renaissance of Northern France
Though the rolling plains of France’s Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions were once the sites of epic World War I battles, a resilient beauty has recaptured the landscape.
Ethereal French Meringues
Something truly magical happens when frothy egg whites meet glistening sugar. Whipped to glossy perfection, these humble ingredients unite to form airy confections that are the essence of sweet sophistication.