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Chic Chateau Had at Me Hello

by habituallychic

08 . 26 . 13
I’m not usually that impressed with the homes that the New York Times features but this 17th-century chateau had me at hello.  It was a bit run down when Giuseppe Laviani and his family bought it for $500,000.  They put $500,000 worth of renovations into the 9,000 square foot chateau on 20 acres. To a New Yorker used to crazy real estate prices, that seems like quite a bargain. Probably helped that Giuseppe’s son was the architect. Their life seems like my dream.  So much so that I just might have to consider retiring to France someday.  To read the entire article, click here

Photos by Andrea Wyner for The New York Times

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  1. Edward August 26, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    GM Heather – I just want to say thanks for being such a dedicated blogger. It has become my habit to start my day checking your blog and getting a jolt of home style. Your posts are always interesting and creative to read. I am sure it is a lot of work to post every day and I, for one, want you to know it is really appreciated.

  2. Julie August 26, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    whoa! so much to love. gold mirrors get me every time and I absolutely love the curve on the dining chairs, the ones in the pic with the empire chandelier. gorgeous!

  3. ArchitectDesign™ August 26, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    umm -wow!

  4. Maurie August 26, 2013 | 7:07 pm

    Like you, this seems like a bargain to me. I love the idea of living in a chateau–at least in my imagination. I really wouldn’t enjoy trying to keep the plumbing, electrical…working. I do love the light in these rooms; it isn’t dark and “castle-like” at all. Thanks for the post. I check you each day, too.

  5. saralmoffatt August 27, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Very chic indeed. How lovely it would be to have a leisurely lunch in the dining room while gazing out through the French-doors. Lunch would roll right into dinner. Thank you for the post.

  6. MJH Design Arts August 27, 2013 | 11:01 pm

    It is gorgeous. The decoration isn’t too shabby either.
    Thanks. Mary