The Style Saloniste, October 2013

Source: The Style Saloniste

Author: Diane Dorrans Saeks

AN INVITATION TO CHATEAU DU GRAND-LUCE by Timothy Corrigan, with photography by Eric Piasecki (Rizzoli New York).

I’ve known Los Angeles interior designer Timothy Corrigan for ages, and have always admired his style, his generosity, his careful tending of elegance and comfort in interiors from Satan Barbara to Qatar, and from Paris to Beverly Hills.

Ten years ago, Tim acquired the Chateau du Grand-Luce in the French countryside, west of Paris. It was a gently crumbling wreck. Historic, a jewel of the Loire Valley, a mere shadow of 18th-century magnificence. 

After more than five years of meticulous restoration, he got to work on his great vision for the interiors—and the gardens.

The brilliance of this book is that it is gorgeous—and Timothy invites the reader to come and stay at the chateau, to dine beneath the trees in summer, to picnic and collect mushrooms in his forest, and to gather around a large table for a winter feast. The reader is there. He takes us by the hand—to markets, to sip, to greet his friends, to be in his world. With the highly talented photographer Eric Piasecki, Timothy has documented each corner of the chateau, every sunbeam that falls through the tall windows and captured the changing seasons, the light of evening, the weekend walk through the gardens, a dinner in the Orangerie, and drinks in the library. I know Timothy—and was captivated and mesmerized by the intense detail of this encounter with beauty.

Francophiles will swoon. I did. I’m still dizzy. It’s a magnificent achievement. 

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