at home with jacqueline morabito

by Sharon Santoni

detail from jacqueline morabito's home

A few weeks ago I had the great joy of spending the day with the talented French designer Jacqueline Morabito.  We have a good friend in common, namely Marie-Christine Cavaglioni,  stylist for Coté Sud and owner of the Château de Moissac.

The three of us met late morning  at St Paul de Vence: lunch on the village square, bright and lively conversation and then off to visit Jacqueline’s atelier and her store in the nearby village of La Colle sur Loup.

How can I define Jacqueline Morabito? … The lady who invented white ….  A renaissance woman whose talents have proved their point again and again, from fine jewellery, to soaps and lotions; to utilitarian objects for the home; to garden design and even complete houses.

goods on sale inside jacqueline morabito's store

It was a privilege, and great fun,  to spend time with her, and observe her in her home.

Jacqueline grew up in Nice and in this part of southern France.  She could have left the South and headed for Paris where she most certainly would have made a bigger name for herself, but she chose to stay in Provence and to reinvent daily living: respecting age old traditions, while creating pure and contemporary living environments.

goods on sale inside jacqueline morabito's store

In her atelier she has the space to show her larger pieces of furniture such as the clean cut marble and oak tables and chairs.

Across the tiny street is her little store, a treasure trove of beauty and design, that the innocent passer by would be surprised to discover behind the old fashioned façade.  This is where she shows her smaller items.  Her own range of minimalist packaged food range, named La Petite Épicerie, and many other items for the home, including her divine candles.

jacqueline morabito in her store in la colle sur loup

Besides designing these small details, she also creates interiors for clients across the globe, and even designs whole houses.

detail from jacqueline morabito's home

My heart beat a little faster as I parked my car and walked down the carefully traced stone path, between perfectly trimmed boxwood topiaries, and finally reached her home.

provencal garden around modern home

The house is ‘planted’ on sloping grounds, with views onto St Paul de Vence,  and the Mediterranean sea in the distance.   There have been olive trees on this land for hundreds of years, with the traditional ‘restanques‘, or low stone walls punctuating the slope and creating beautiful terraces that allow the trees to grow and the property to retain beauty and functionality.


provencal garden around modern home

On this land, Jacqueline designed and built her white cubic home, whose façade provides the perfect backdrop and counterbalance to the gentle silver greys of the Provençal landscape all around.  When I visited, the garden was all green grass and jewel-like blue anemones, but Jacqueline actually prefers the summer months when the grass dries  out and its parched colour provides a more gentle and subtle setting for her home.

provencal garden around modern home

Indoors the cubic design is still apparent in every room, with an amazing play of light, as the sun comes in and reflects off the white walls.  White is of course the dominant colour, with the occasional touch of 18th century textile or furniture.

detail from jacqueline morabito's home

   Even the communicating doors between rooms are totally white, and in fact are simple slices of wall, cut out and hinged to swing open – the effect is fascinating.

detail from jacqueline morabito's home

Jacqueline believes in the importance of combining the traditional arts and knowledge of the Provence artisans, with modern innovation.   Central heating is hidden underground, her kitchen is state of the art,  but her curtains are simple linen panels that can be hooked or unhooked as required.

detail from jacqueline morabito's home

Upstairs her room and bathroom are flooded with light, and a gallery room provides a plunging view onto the living space below.detail from jacqueline morabito's home


I left Jacqueline’s home at the end of the day, in awe of her vision and passion for design.   She is inspiring, and full of energy and joie de vivre; proof again that living creatively is rewarding and fulfilling – the important thing is to find the right path to follow.

jacqueline morabito in her store in la colle sur loup

If you wish to see more about Jacqueline’s work, or contact her for a design project, the best thing is to visit her site, right here Jacqueline Morabito.

Jacqueline Morabito

65 rue Yves Klein, 06480 La Colle sur Loup


Marika Ujvari May 11, 2015 - 2:29 pm

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

Fiona May 11, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Pure perfection!

Marge Reynolds May 11, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Peacefully centered, charmingly sophisticated…

suzanna May 11, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Oh Sharon, I love all white too, oh my how I would have enjoyed you day too!!! I adore white linen and on the beach here, where we call the sand, shuga, it is perfect for the heat here. Please take a glimpse of Aly’s Beach in the Panhandle of Florida. My dream is a cubicle house, well on many, ha ha ha. Here cinder block homes are good. I think of outside showers, Japanese tea house, peace….Sharon, I just love your blog!!! Merci beaucoup for all the time, energy, and love you share with us. XO

Vicky from Athens May 11, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Wow, Sharon! Such a treat to be introduced to this talented woman! I loved her house and everything in it. Thanks for letting me take a peek!

Sheila May 11, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Enjoyed meeting and seeing the design snd living surroundings of Jacqueline’s world. Thank you for taking us along…

Nancy Fenstermacher May 11, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Perfect in every way! Thanks for the treat of your sharing this adventure with Jacqueline Morabito! Exquisite!

Susana Kerekgyarto May 12, 2015 - 9:52 am

Dear Sharon!
Lovely to share with all of us this really lovely home of Jacqueline Morabito.I have written her address in my book and soon as visit France, also my favourite place of St Paul de Vence where many years ago lived Simone Signoret also my favourite actress of my young age,I will ask her permission to see her and visit her design items.I think that where she lives can be called the little Paradise.
Kindest regards Susana.

Frederica Anderson May 11, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Is there an online store to purchase her items, Great Look!!!!

Karena May 11, 2015 - 4:39 pm

Sharon, what an adventure to meet this oh so talented woman, and visit her home. I always love hearing of your new discoveries!!

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florence May 11, 2015 - 5:41 pm

She is and as always been my absolute reference. Her house is what I call “the pure house” ! an ideal ! And I am always inspired by her talents… You are really a lucky girl to have had the chance to meet her. This is my dream !…..

Linda Bradish May 11, 2015 - 6:19 pm

Pure perfection. Thank you for providing the best of the the best which is more often not the most luxurious or commercial. You have a keen eye for the most important creators and visionaries out there. Your blog is important to me. Linda in Catalunya

Emm May 11, 2015 - 7:59 pm

What a beautiful house. Thank you for sharing it with us — such wonderful use of space and light.

And even the dog is white!

Celia C. May 11, 2015 - 8:34 pm

This is so beautiful! I said to myself, “I could create that lovely white look in my home too”. Then I look over at my constant companion, a 110 pound chocolate Labrador retriever, and have to admit that it really is not realistic in my home. Thank you so much for taking us through the French countryside. I enjoy every minute whether it be in person or through your photos and words.

Meg May 11, 2015 - 11:45 pm

One of my favourite people. How wonderful to spend time with her. She has always inspired me. Thank you for sharing your time with her. Your blog is always exciting.

Marlene Stephenson May 12, 2015 - 12:40 am

Thank you for the wonderful tour you had for us today and meeting such a talented person,she was so full of life and made you want to smile ,i loved her home it was wonderfully beautiful.

Colleen Taylor May 12, 2015 - 1:09 am

What a beautiful home & land surrounding this remarkable woman. I will check out her website!

Esther George May 12, 2015 - 6:43 am

Hi Sharon, thank you for sharing this beauty. Love everything about this home and the outdoors just lovely. I agree with the idea of not obsessing about the grass going a bit yellow from the heat, over here everyone goes a bit overboard about the grass in summer. Till next time regards Esther from Sydney.

Mary W. Ferguson May 12, 2015 - 8:49 am

Such a talented lady and her home and grounds are stunning. thanks so much for sharing this with us. With our drought in So CA we don’t have to worry about grass, because they want you to let it die because it takes so much water to keep it green.
Have a wonderful week.

Our French Oasis May 12, 2015 - 9:36 am

What a fascinating lady and a beautiful home. I love the serenity of an all white home, it draws the eye to the colour outside, the pool, the grass, the trees, they suddenly become so much more vivid.

lucy May 12, 2015 - 10:10 am

It`s breathtaking, thanks 4 sharing this trip 2 sheer beauty with us!

andrina May 12, 2015 - 11:35 am

What an amazing post, thank you for sharing your visit to such an inspiring women’s home with us Sharon.

Pat Lippitt May 12, 2015 - 2:46 pm

A very beautiful and creative home . Love her choice of paintings and furniture. It’s a wonderful house!

vicki archer May 12, 2015 - 7:49 pm

Fabulous, fabulous Sharon…
I want to throw all my old bits out and start again..
Loved seeing Jacqueline Morabito at home… Thank you… xv

Willene Deason May 14, 2015 - 4:18 am

I hardly ever post a comment, but look forward to all your post & this was really fun. Thank you for your hard work & look forward to the next.

ann hodgkins May 19, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Thank you for this post. Serenity and a very talented Jacqueline.I was very briefly in St. Paul de Vence.Would loved to have stayed longer.Please post some more photos of this village if you have them, or perhaps if some of your readers have images frm their travels they could send them to you.

Jay November 1, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Hi Sharon,
Have only just seen your incredible feature on Jacqueline Morabito ~ utterly stunning , so inspirational and sigh-worthy.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful treat. I shall seek out La Coll sur Loup in the spring and hope to buy some beautiful Morabito items.
Sharon, do you have any idea where the white sofas are from ~ and are they covered in white linen ?
They are so beautiful.
What a house !
Thank you again for such a super feature. Lucky you !


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