French Château Tour: Provocative Provence Interiors Now
We’re revisiting an unforgettable Provençal gem–a restored 19th century Avignon château just steps from the Palais des Papes. This French Château Tour: Provocative Provence Interiors is all about l’art dramatique (ooooh, le drame!), fantasy, and deep sighs for sure. Yet this mansion, Avignon Hôtel Particulier, is a property which may also be experienced in person! What?
Breathtaking French Château Tour: Dramatic Eclectic Provence Interiors
Oui…the magnificent château is also open to guests as a South of France vacation getaway where the “Serenity Suite” is offered by Haven In.
Images: Courtesy of Haven In
The Serenity Suite at Avignon Hôtel Particulier is a luxury getaway offered by Haven In, a wonderful firm with which I am personally familiar since we booked a Paris apartment with them.
And I didn’t partner with them or get any special perks – madame is motivated entirely by her pleasant experience (and no sponsored post here).
Remember It’s Not a Family Home
LET US BEAR IN MIND: This mansion’s interiors are designed for hotel guests…so we need not criticize a particular accent table for its bougie factor since clearly vacationers will be setting down their drinks and actually USING the furniture.
In Defense of Fantasy Home Tours
Here’s the thing. House tours with design ideas we instantly recognize as applicable to our own feathered nests are certainly practical and lovely indeed.
But fantasy tours have always appealed to me as well since these projects are more often executed in a spirit of imagination and eccentricity.
When budget is no object, the design plans and finishes as well as the most intricate decor details are typically bespoke. But consider the flipside.
That same spirit of creativity and innovation is also at work with a shoestring budget where so many elements must be handmade or saved from the dumpster out of necessity!!!
More Than Just Pretty Pictures
It’s why I think fantasy tours are more than simply eye candy! While I may never have the chance to restore a French chateau, hire craftspeople to recreate moldings, or employ artisans to hand-apply plaster finishes, I can indeed study the mix.
I can collect ideas about architectural elements and glean details from the oh-so-not-builder-grade interiors. Also, I can learn about how introducing juxtaposition and the unexpected infuses a space with unique charm.
Billowy white curtains play off black French doors in the decidedly ethereal Avignon Hôtel Particulier dining room.
Beyond All the Price Tags
Regardless of budget or resources, there is always a color story to inspire us.
There is certainly a mood and spirit captured with such fantasy transformations which transcend the actual expense of the restoration or design.
I know better than to introduce such a Provençal gem without highlighting the enchanting gardens…view their lovely details HERE!
South of France French Mansion Fantasy Tour
The Serenity Suite is one of five suites at the property, located in the heart of the medieval city center.
Here you will find a spa and the largest private garden in Avignon.
Art Collection in an Avignon Mansion
You’ll also be welcomed into interiors boasting more than two hundred original 17th-19th century aquarelle paintings and gravures, formerly exhibited in the Palais des Papes!
The interior design incorporates outlandish oddities and whimsy…this is not your granny’s French mansion, kittycats.
Let’s Tour the Château!
And here’s the part of the post where I hush. After all, these interiors are destined to leave us all speechless!
Playing With Scale
Deeply Rich French Gray Walls
Traditional Architecture in a French Mansion
Artful Drama, History, and Luxury
Ethereal French Dining Room
Modern and Old World Style in a Lounge
Blue Color Story in an Orangerie
If you’re sufficiently primed, step inside this mansion’s Serenity Suite with inspiring French country decor ideas… RIGHT HERE.
More French Inspired Goodness
Are you more of a traditionalist when it comes to your French fantasy eye candy? Bet you’ll love Timothy Corrigan’s Château du Grand-Lucé or Château de Gudanes!!!
For more traditional French design expressions, see:
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Wow! Thanks for sharing – most beautiful house I’ve ever seen!
So happy you enjoyed it! Great to have you here. 🙂
Talk about the elephant in the room! 😂
Please write all the captions for my posts. hahahahaha 🙂
Beautiful! Love all the sunlight with the arched windows.
Still praying for you and your son, Michelle. God Bless you.
Thanks so much for the prayers – we are both doing much better. Peace to you, kind one.
Love the color of the shutters. And love the trick of elevating the elephant on stools behind the sofa. Not that I have a large elephant to elevate😂, but could use that same trick with something else. Read an awesome idea yesterday …sounded like something you’d do…so you may have thought of this before, but I never have…this guy found an antique schoolhouse table he liked & sawed its legs down to coffee table height! So clever…a create-your-own coffee table craft! I spied your French bistro table & chairs outside this chateau🤗And is it a French thing to turn your forks & spoons over when you set the table?!! Never seen that before, but love the novelty & gonna try it next time I set my table! Grateful to have a leisurely morning today (on my 59th bday😱…oh my!) enjoying your blog…one of the simple pleasures of life & one of my favorite things to do!❤️
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, lovely friend! Oh, I wish you joy and the wildest fiercest grace and love on your journey! Hahahahaha about your lack of a large elephant. The coffee table thing? Um. I rescued a kid’s art table from the curb outside a church in Barrington, IL and cut down the legs and gave it a faux zinc treatment for our coffee table in the French country manor house before I bought the one we have now!!!! Isn’t that nuts? I still use it and you can find it in photos of our kitchen hall: painted it white and use it as a bench! I am so frugal and Frenchy sensible. Great reminder to turn those forks and spoons over. Love it. Thank you for your kindness and companionship over the years. xox
Thanks for the super kind b’day wishes, sweet friend! And yes! I HAVE noticed your kid’s art table turned coffee table turned bench 🤣in your kitchen hall. See!! …I KNEW you’d have already thought of that!!! HA! I’m excited to go pick up this cool oversized chair today (which came from my favorite decorating store in town with tag still on the bottom…they obviously donated this chair) @ one of my fav thriftstores @ only $30! This is same decorative store where we purchased our new indoor/outdoor sectional & credenza & all our light fixtures from for own new home…so I’m very excited over this wonderful “find”! 🤗I KNOW you’d appreciate such a “find” too! Ha!
WOW. I had to stop myself from garage sale-ing today since I need to be paring down, but it was very difficult. You just never know what you won’t be able to live without! Hahahaha. And how many times do I say “oooh, I can make a cool _____ from this _____!” It’s the idea and the vision that energize me. Aren’t you happy to be saving that chair from a landfill? You have inspired a great idea for a new column or new site I need to create which would likely get a lot of engagement. More on that later. I am harboring way too many secrets right now but I’ll be spilling the tea soon. How fortuitous to score light fixtures there too!
P.S. I finally bought The Little Tern & read it yesterday & love it!
Awwwww. I’m so glad. That book found me at one of my lowest moments of life and helped me feel less alone. It was a moment I felt a glimmer of hope that healing might come to me too. And of course it did with time and grace and prayer and very hard personal growth work. Thank you for reading it. 🙂