Relaxed Contemporary Meets Old School Charm In A French Chateau

Have you ever dreamt of buying a French chateau and doing it up? It's definitely a (pipe) dream of mine! Isabelle and Hubert Dubois-Dumée have spent two years doing up their home and the results are truly inspiring. Rather than opting for a fusty, traditional style, the chateau has been given a new lease of life with a contemporary rustic vibe. Pea green doors and architraves have been combined with walls that have been peeled back to reveal layers of the past and the furniture is a perfect blend of contemporary, rattan and vintage. A single chandelier offers a hint of old-school grandeur and tells the story of an opulent past. Welcome to Chateau de Dirac

I absolutely loved the downstairs area of this apartment in particular. That green is something else! I'm not sure I would have thought of it - but it looks wonderful in this space! 

Is there anything that caught your eye? 

You can see more pictures of this wonderful chateau here and visit Isabelle and Hubert's shop over at Les Petites Emplettes

Similar, equally inspiring places to brighten up your week:

Oh la la! 

We're still out sailing (currently in Karlskrona) and the weather is not really showing its best side so we're trying to make the most of it with good food, wine and lots of board games! What are you up to this summer?

Have a wonderful start to the week friends! 


Photography: Yann Deret 


  1. I live not too far from here and am always interested to see how locals are decorating their old country homes as I live in one too, although mine is not as grand as this! Cheers, Amanda

    1. What a coincidence that this one is not far from where you live. I love the sound of your home already! I hope you found some great inspiration. Best, Niki

  2. It looks gorgeous 💓 Great timing too as I'm currently watching Escape to the Chateau DIY 😆

    1. Perfect timing!! Love the sound of 'Escape to the Chateau DIY!' - need to look that one up!

  3. I love the green too. I live in an old house with plaster walls and love the look here with partial wallpaper. Unfortunately our wallpaper wasn't nearly so lovely as this and the plaster under it was concrete gray. The wallpaper also smelled really musty. So much for living within an Anthropologie photo shoot or a Bloomsbury house! We sealed the new raw plaster and I love it. May need to consider painting some old chairs in that shade of green.

    1. Your home sounds absolutely lovely with or without 'peeled wallpaper'! Loving the idea of painting some old chairs green, after seeing this chateau, I say, go for it!

  4. I am loving the green and the distressed look of the walls. In fact, I have been contemplating to paint my bedroom and create a similar distressed look because I cannot decide on a single solid colour.

    I am at awe - this place gives a new meaning to the term 'high ceilings'!

    1. I love the distressed look Alena! Another option is the chalk paint which can give a lovely patina. PS The high ceilings in this joint are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!


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