Friday, January 16, 2009

Remembrance of Imaginary Things Past

The living room of the Bugnien chateau of antique dealer Aurélien and his wife Pascale 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, and a large Florentine candlestick rests on the Gustavian style table.


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 walls of the chateau have been carefully limed by Aurélien — here with a colour that translates as "throat of pigeon" — to preserve the imperfections of the light. An old bird cage, a dresser painted a soft blue and a Venetian mirror are paired with an 18th century pastel drawing and a Provencal-style chair.


In the dining room, the walls are washed in cream coloured lime and have been roughly framed with painted ochre borders. On the table sit a French soup tureen and Italian picnic candles. The tiny-paned windows have been carefully preserved to keep the same quality of light the room would have had in the past, filtered through the old glass.


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.


In the guest room, the bed is enclosed by linen curtains that gently filter the daylight. The limed walls have been decorated with Medici-style foliage and vases.


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. Brought delicately to life, their beautiful home now glows with warmth, seeming to have existed unchanged since its creation so many years ago. Via Marie Claire Maison, with a (very loose) translation by me.

8 comments :

Alice Olive said...

Oh, aren't these beautiful? The sunlight coming through is just lovely. Beautiful post.

Jane Flanagan said...

Divine rooms! I love the chevron floor in the top image and tiles in the bathroom!

automatism said...

Isn't it a lovely space?

:-)

Tina said...

wow your blog is so pretty! and these rooms, how gorgeous, feel like i've steped back in time yet it's still such a stylish home today!

vicki archer said...

Such beautiful images of what looks like an incredibly beautiful home. xv

Sarah Klassen said...

I love this post! How pretty!

Alfon said...

Increibles espacios!! me han dado muchas ideas para mi trabajo. Enhorabuena por tu blog. Es muy interesante. Seguiré pasándome.

automatism said...

Thanks so much, Tiny, Vicki, Sarah and Alfon! I'm glad you find this space as inspiring as I do!!!

:-)

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