10 Interior Design Tips to Steal {from Chateau Louis XIV}

Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 11.42.30 AM

I created Hello Lovely 6 years ago to catalog
inspiring projects and SIMPLY HAVE FUN
since in my experience, a sense of humor is
frequently as absent from interior design as
inflatable furniture or fuzzy toilet seat covers.
(lord, have mercy.)


With a lighthearted spirit, I bring you
10 design tips
inspired by the world’s most expensive
home, Chateau Louis XIV located near Paris.

* * * * *

Do consider curb appeal.

Your kitchen should make you smile.

Abundant natural light is your friend.

Bring the outside in.

When considering art for a room, think beyond the flat canvas.

Basements need not be neglected; they can be beautiful:

exhibit A: underground aquarium

French doors add instant architecture.

Tone on tone creates a sophisticated backdrop for living.

Fun, right?
I hope I have shown there need not be much difference
between your own home and a $301,000,000 palace.

If you have Big L O V E under your roof,
well then…
this fancy French residence
may very well pale
next to your
(and i hope it does.)

Love and peace to you right where you are.



    • December 17, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      thanks for reading, lynn.

  1. December 16, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    Wonderful tips all Michele! Abundant Light, unique art,remember the exterior curb appeal!Love it all!

    The Arts by Karena
    The India Hicks Collection!

    • December 17, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      happy holidays, karena!

  2. December 16, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Wow, that underground aquarium is just like the one in my basement…r I g h t! tee hee, thanks for the charming post!

    • December 17, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      you too? but do you have dolphins like the ones in my basement? thanks for playing along, marie!

  3. December 17, 2015 / 3:07 am

    Greetings! What a wonderful display of design and fun all rolled up into a fantastic, delightful, and inspiring read!
    Happy Holidays!

    • December 17, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      thanks so much, joanmarie!

  4. December 17, 2015 / 11:12 am

    OH.MY. WORD. Crazy! But fun:) Juat wanted to pop in and say hello…very behind in visiting blogs but thinking of you and sending you the warmest Christmas and holiday wishes!

    • December 17, 2015 / 3:23 pm

      thx for popping over, friend–too bad this chateau is no longer vacant for us to visit in paris!

  5. December 17, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    Wow! I don't think I'd want to relax in a room with large fish/shark swimming around me 😉 Such a fun post Michele

    Hope you are having a good week and enjoying some festivities with your family!

  6. December 22, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    This chateau is out of this world! The underground aquarium is simply amazing! I wish I could have one like this some day.

  7. December 22, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Santa: I've been good all year – can I have that wine cellar? 🙂 Merry Christmas, my friend. Hope you are enjoying your beautiful new home. xoxo

    • January 3, 2016 / 4:48 am

      ooooh i hope the cellar fit in his sleigh! still toiling in the new cottage and loving the setting!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *