How have you adjusted to life in isolation?
It has been intense but having the forest nearby has been a breath of fresh air. I’ve also loved the moments of silence and peace as a family – they’ve really strengthened our bonds.
Tell us about your childhood...
I was born in Paris. I have a brother who is 18 months older than me. From the very beginning, I was always considered as the artist of the family and freedom of expression was a key value in our home. After classical studies, I went to art school at Duperré in Paris, majoring in design textiles. During my childhood, I was lucky enough to travel a lot with my parents. I discovered many cultures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Polynesia. I understood that the nuances of beauty could be everywhere.
How would you describe the French approach to parenting?
For me, it’s fundamental that my children recognize themselves as original beings. Their creativity is a treasure to protect and to develop. In France, I think that we are often too rigorous and strict and our children risk losing this creative flame.
Back in 2012, you moved from Paris to Barbizon – what inspired the change?
My husband grew up in the countryside in Tuscany. For him, it was important that our children could grow surrounded by nature. For me, who was a city dweller, it was a revolution. I finally felt myself exist. And my children have blossomed deeply in this new environment.
Countryside life looks completely idyllic – in the interests of keeping things real, what have been some challenges of countryside life?
We bought a house that needed work and it took us three years to renovate. It was difficult, but in the end, we’re living in a house that looks like us. I work in Paris and while I don’t go there every day (especially right now), traveling on the train is quite long, so I’ve started to read intensely.