In the midst of the forests of Normandy, France, Lillian Williams and her husband Ted found the chateau de Morsan. The chateau was built ca.1765 as a summerhouse, and at one point, it served as a hunting lodge. The exterior facade of the house reflected a French Rococo architectural style.
Lillian and Ted loved the grand house, bought it, and started the restoration process, simultaneously trying to preserve the architectural integrity of the era. As for the interiors, the owners of the chateau were inspired by the novel Dangerous Liaisons, implementing the classic style of the period.
Some of the furnishings, textiles, and colors at the chateau were of the Rococo period, but most were in the Neoclassical style that was popular under the reign of Louis XVI.
French blues and greens in the entrance hall, notice the curved Rococo doors
Neoclassical furniture with the simpler lines, and the fluted legs. The color yellow was popular during that period
A chaise lounge against the pale and delicate color schemes
The soft colors in Lillian's bedroom with mostly eighteen-century Swedish Gustavian furniture
Another exquisite bedroom
Chateau de Morsan was considered a wonderful presentation of the best of eighteenth-century French style.
Photos 1, 4, 5,7 courtesy of Victoria Feb 1995, photography Toshi Otsuki
Photo 2, 3,6 Classic Style, photography Tim Clinch