Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Story of a House

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


Things That Inspire said...

What a beautiful house - love the curve and depth of the windows. Interesting to see how they handled the curtain in the yellow room - they have it at the very edge, inside the moulding. I suppose this is so the fabric doesn't impede with the lovely artistry of the window.

Picture of Elegance Blog said...

I agree, and it was also the new direction of simplifying window treatments.I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Anonymous said...

Lillian Williams had a store in San Francisco in the late 70s early 80s. I was only 13 at the time but would visit her French wonderland of furniture, linens, ceramics. Pine tables were set with live doves in cages and stuffed farm animals with human bodies dressed in period costumes sat at the tables. I've never been more influence in my life. I wish more people were familiar with this womans passion, amazing.

Anonymous said...

P.S...The store was called "La Ville du Soleil" and was located on Post St.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Lillian and her husband still own the Chateau de Morsan? I'm a graduate student of European history and trying to find information on their home. Any suggestions? I've scoured the internet but can't find any contact information for them.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - I was just researching La Ville du Soliel and am so happy to see others remember this amazing store. I was also very influenced by LIllian's style.


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