May 25, 2011

Château de Fontenay

Did you see May's Architectural Digest?  Since Margaret Russel took over the mag, things have been so much better within those pages.  Just look at the artistic perspective taken on the coverage of a newly-acquired French country estate by an English businessman.  Built in the 16th century, the Château de Fontenay features a stunning neo-Gothic façade with red felt on the walls in the billiard room, hand-block wallpaper in one of the bedrooms, and encaustic tiles in the corridor.  The château is at once romantic, masculine, civilized and earthy.  Arch Digest did right by this shoot; I loved this spread.  Read the whole article here.

all images via Architectural Digest, May 2011

This image is my absolute favorite.  Those columns along the veranda are huge tree trunks set onto stone bases.  Click on the image to view full-size to see the wonderful details. 

So, in honour of Château de Fontenay's English owner, I'll bid you Cheerio, and Au Voir!

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