a beautiful chateau in france

In the village of Bugnien in France, antique dealer Aurélien and his wife Pascale discovered a sleeping beauty in the form of a small chateau built in the late 17th century. With infinite care they have created a home with an imaginary past, filling it with treasures found on antiquing expeditions throughout France and Europe. The beautiful living room (above) is lit by an 18th century Italian chandelier. The Louis XV daybed is covered with a small gold silk quilt and scattered with simple canvas cushions, a large Florentine candlestick rests on the Gustavian style table.

An old bird cage, a painted dresser and a Venetian mirror are paired with a pastel 18th century Provence style chair.

Aurélien created a living room with an imaginary Swedish ancestry, installing Gustavian furniture and painting it in classic Gustavian shades of dove grays and soft blues. These gentle tones have been tempered by the accents of gilt, crystal and Venetian gilded wood, while a French 19th century chandelier and a contemporary sofa give the room a more cosmopolitan atmosphere.

The bathroom was discovered to be almost intact, and has kept its enameled cast iron bathtub and original tiles. A Napoleon III cabinet in the corner was a find of Aurélien’s from years ago, as was the Executive chandelier placed on it.

(images from marie claire maison)

4 Responses to a beautiful chateau in france

  1. If I had a farmhouse or cottage, this is how it would look like!

  2. I’ve had the first image in my “yellow” file for a bit – I think that room is just about perfect. I also love the vignette in the second photo. We should all have a chateau like that, don’t you think?

  3. What a feast for the eyes on a Saturday morning. Gorgeous! It’s the type of property I’d love to tour, but it strikes me as feeling damp and moist in the images. Maybe I’m just thinking so because it rained here yesterday. Quite lovely photos.

  4. well, what a coincidence! I also fell in love with this house when I saw it in the december issue of the spanish Coté Sud and posted it in my blog, but using other image from the same sesion. You can see them here http://vintage-and-chic.blogspot.com/2009/03/decadencia-chic-chic-decadence.html

    Your blog is so inspiring!

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