It’s all about French style in Portraits no. 20. Famous French interior designer Jocelyne Sibuet (1959) shares her life and style with us. Her elegant style.
Born and raised in the French Alps, in the small town of Megève in the Savoie Mont Blanc region. Multi-talented is what describes Jocelyne best. Not only is she founder of Pure Altitude skin care and co-founder of the chic international Sibuet Hotel & Spa group but also book author of A French Country Home.
Jocelyne is a luxury nomad who travels around the world for inspiration, buying unique furniture and developing new hotels. Her two grown-up children, Marie and Nicolas also join the family business andwork closely with her. As does her former husband. They are business partners and on good terms after the divorce.
If Jocelyne is not traveling she divides her time between her old farm-house in Megève with her two dogs – a Jack Russel and a Dachshund – and an apartment in the city of Paris.
Her biggest inspiration comes from original woods, the start of every design. And of course the Mont Blanc, growing up with the view of this majestic mountain around every corner.
How do you feel about being over fifty?
I feel great! Love this age. I know what I want, and more important, what I do not want. I’ve finally learned to say no, which is better for me. Taking a step back helps me to achieve a more balanced life.
Which age is your favourite time? Would you like to go back?
I really enjoy the current time. No, I don’t want to go back.
Each period of time has specific ups (or downs). When my two children were younger, my life was very – very – hectic, I worked too hard. Compared to that time, when I was in my early thirties, I feel more quiet now.
Looking back I might have done things different. I regret not spending more time with them then, but there’s no going back. Maybe that’s why I enjoy working with them in the company so much today.
What would your ideal day look like? No restrictions.
I wake up in my favourite room in Les Fermes de Marie, our very first hotel in Megève. This is where it all started. Before breakfast I walk my two dogs in the countryside and see the sky light up orangey behind the mountains. Work up an appetite!
Marie and Nicolas join me for breakfast in the Luberon National Park in the Provence. An outside table overlooking the endless purple lavender fields with fresh local products.
This gives me enough energy to roam the little streets of Rome afterwards. I love the small artisan shops, the antique stores and authentic Italian brands. I am never not buying things.
Since time flew by while browsing, I stay in the neighbourhood and enjoy a typical and traditional Italian lunch in a small local restaurant. A good simple pasta with tomatoes, as only they can make it.
For afternoon drinks, I sit along the seaside and watch the sun go down in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. My perfect days ends in my all-time favourite restaurant in St. Paul de Vence: La Colombe d’Or. Together with my dearest lady friends.
From which experience did you learn, what made you stronger?
There is not one specific experience. For me it is more about what I learned from life itself what made me stronger. The combination of experiences like starting a business, raising kids and go through a divorce. These experiences are my motivations in life and embracing a touch of spirituality helps me to discover this.
What is your golden beauty trick or favourite product?
I prefer a simple, quick skin care routine. Not too many products, a thorough cleansing and then the perfect anti-aging cream. I recently created Pure Altitude Alp-Cells-Repair especially for women over 45.
A global anti-aging cream that improves wrinkles, loss of radiance, firmness and hydration. This exclusive formula contains plant stem cells of edelweiss and mountain rose. Both plants have developed extraordinary survival mechanism and are natural protectors.
Which book/film/music shaped/changed you and why should we read it?
The book that changed me and still is on my bedside table is ‘The Fifth Agreement‘, a practical guide to self mastery according to the Toltec Wisdom. It is written by Miguel Ruis and it encourages us to see the truth. To recover authenticity and become aware that we not only deliver to ourselves but to everyone around us. It’s the about the law of energy, you receive what you give. The Toltec Wisdom origines in the ancient Aztec culture.
Who should we follow on Instagram?
- @maisonsethotelssibuet for obvious reasons …
- @cntraveler the ultimate travel inspirations
- @ottolenghi he set the vegetable standard, the art of cooking
- @purealtitude_officiel our natural skin care range
- @savoiemontblanc the best pictures of the French Alps
What’s your favourite destination/hotel/museum/restaurant in the world?
- Destination : New York.
- Hotel : The Point Saranac Hotel, a 1900’s distinctive hideaway from the 1900’s. Built as a woodland retreat by the Rockefeller’s in Adirondack.
- Museum : Louvre. Because even when you live in Paris like me, you can spend days here and never finish.
- Restaurant : For the best fish in France there is only one place: Le Duc in Paris.
What’s your signature dish? The one that makes your friends demand a seat at your dinner table. And Which childhood dish best represents the time and place of your youth?
I love to cook, it’s one of the ways to relax. My signature dish is Ossobuco à la Jocelyne. My personal that improves over the years. To lift the culinary veil, it has something to do with a touch of orange.
When I think of my mothers cooking, the first thing that comes in mind is blanquettes. A typical French recipe with cream and lemon.
Trivia time! Make a choice and share your favourite brand:
- Nail polish or Lipstick?
Lipstick I’m an addict of Soft Pink by Bobbi Brown
- Heels or Flats?
Heels the higher the better. Louboutin does the trick for me.
- Dress or Trousers
Both but mostly dresses. For more formal occasions I love Chloé and for more casual it’s often DvF.
- Coffee or Tea?
Coffee A lot, I’m afraid. Black.
- Swimsuit or Bikini?
Bikini the more colors, the merrier. We have our own beach wear line in our Villa Marie hotel in St. Barth.
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