A Couture Model Gone Country
Helene Aumont’s amazing hideout of 4 bedrooms evokes a lifestyle rich in elegance and adventure. Once a haute couture fashion model, now she is a chic designer of furniture and interiors with a unique design philosophy focused around simplicity and style. She renovated her own ranch-style home which is the perfect relaxation spot between her garden and farm animals. Take a look at her place and let us know what you think!
Who would guess that Hélène Aumont, who grew up in Paris’s Sixteenth Arrondissement, modeled haute couture for years, designed her own clothing line, owned an antiques import business, has been a sought-after interior designer for 15 years, and for the past 10 years designed a line of furniture that is carried in her showrooms across America, would love farming. Actually gardening. And animals. Especially horses. For Aumont, a connection to nature is integral to her philosophy of life. Aumont lives a European lifestyle today at her 6-acre Pepper Hill Farm in the Santa Ynez Valley. A former competitive driver of American Saddlebreds in “fine harness classes,” she now keeps two Friesians and rides them strictly for pleasure. Besides trail rides, she has built an outdoor riding arena for dressage. On the lower grounds, surrounded by pastures, Aumont restored a four-stall barn with a tack room and office that she outfitted with antiques and photos of her children. Small animals—her dogs and cats—roam freely, enjoying their country existence. This is Aumont’s refuge and home base to which she returns from travel far and wide, for international as well as domestic business. This is where she lives with her youngest daughter in a European lifestyle close to nature and where she is visited by her two eldest children, a private chef, and an assistant who works in Hollywood. The Aumont home is full of life. Though it is beautiful, it is comfortable, livable, and, above all, real.
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