The mansion dating back to the 19th century is located in the south of France. Truly majestic main façade and the roof remain original but the interiors have mostly been lost. For decades the house changed its owners and those French families did not put much effort to keep the authentic historic features. It went through numerous reconstructions aimed at redesigning the construction to personal tastes. Our task was to return the mansion to the original state and former glory so that it would be an embodiment of the French charm.
Most rooms had to be rearranged. On the ground floor alterations included addition of the SPA-area with a rather deep pool (1.8 m). First and second floors are occupied mostly by bedrooms and children’s rooms.
The house kept original fittings and window sashes. We made all possible efforts to return the authentic décor. The house once had fireplaces in each room and we tried to put them back where it was possible.
We used various kinds of plasterwork: ceiling roses, vignettes, cartouches. Essential decorative elements of an old-time mansion are carved wall panels (boiserie). They are used for wall decoration on the ground floor. We went for light wood. Floor of the entrance area is made of semi-antique tiles.
The general concept is based on our perception of the classic French architecture and design. We did not pick any certain objects from the past as an example so as not to place the interiors into some historic period. In fact we tried to create a feeling of lightness and elegance common to the French style.
The color palette is made up by combination of neutral colors. Muted background stresses certain color tones. Rich and bright overtones are used selectively.
Fabrics and certain décor elements become bright accents uniting the whole interior. For example, entrance area walls are decorated with landscape wallpaper from one of our favorite brands Zuber. Great experts in the French style, they give preference to historic designs. Fabric wallpaper with exotic plants makes livelier generally reserved interior design while mountains in sight help visually extend interior space. Color palette of the wallpaper is followed in fabric design (including upholstery and cushions).
All the furniture except for the oversized one, lighting and accessories (carpets, china, crystal ware) were bought at flea markets and in antique shops.