The incredible (hi)story of Château de Gudanes

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A few years ago, in 2011 Australian couple Karina and Craig Waters decided to buy a new home, a perfect property for their family in France. After viewing many places – and almost about to give up the hunt – one beautiful day of 2013 the couple’s son spotted on the internet a neglected, falling-down Château situated in a deep valley in the Midi-Pyrénées, in the tiny town of Chateau Verdun. It was exactly what they were looking for: a little bit shabby, rustic, chic chateau. Right at the first visit they fell in love with this absolutely unique property so it soon became theirs. They didn’t know it would change their lives forever.

Obviously, the entire renovation of the abandoned and ruined Château was inevitable as it was not habitable at all, there was no power, plumbing, water, not to mention the terrible condition of the walls in every room. All these challenges could not discourage Karina and her family, in fact they had a very strong desire to bring this once magnificent home back to life.
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Claire Basler’s Nonpareil Home

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I stumbled upon the fantastic oeuvres of well-known French artist, Claire Basler a few years ago in an Elle Decor magazine displaying her previous home&studio and some of her paintings. Back at that time she lived in a former schoolhouse converted to a home&studio in Les Ormes, right outside of Paris. I fell in love with her delightful floral paintings as well as the interior itself. I haven’t foreseen she can further enhance the visual joy in her new home but she could, definitely. When I saw the lovely and creative walls of Hotel Henriette in the previous post I thought about Claire’s wonderful murals and decided to show you over her current home today.

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Monsieur Bleu in Paris

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In the previous blog post you could see the high-end home of French architect Joseph Dirand (designer of glamorous boutiques around the world, such as Chloé in Paris, Alexander Wang in Beijing, and Pucci in New York, just to name a few). As I promised, today I show you over another masterpiece of this talented interior designer: Monsieur Bleu, a restaurant in Palais de Tokyo in Paris where one can not only enrich with a culinary but also an artistic experience. Just like in most of his works, Dirand combined in this project of 2013 too minimalist details with luxurious materials, classical elements with contemporary ones; and created a heady mix on a grand scale. The result is low-key, intangible, cool and minimal; open and particular, lively and intimate at the same time. This cosmopolitan restaurant was named after a fictional character, M. Bleu, who had been imagined as a cultivated, elegant, mysterious and suave bourgeois gentleman. This fictional character ‘guided’ Diran when designing the grandiose interior of the restaurant. He managed to create an absolutely timeless, offbeat and elegant ambiance.
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Joseph Dirand’s High-End Home

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Joseph Dirand is one of the most esteemed interior designers of our days. Given that his father, Jacques Dirand has been at least as revered in his field – interior photography – as his son, this French architect had developed, formed, polished his peerless style since childhood. In this post I would like to demonstrate how to pair luxury and minimalism at the highest level possible: The parisian apartment of Dirand is an incredibly high-end interior in which – without any exaggeration – every single piece of furniture and object is placed purposefully, every color and material is chosen thoughtfully – half-baked, random styling can never cross his door-step.
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