Yesterday I stumbled upon this blog which documents the renovation of a 17th century French Chateau located in a small village in the south of France. The once grand estate was designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel and was purchased by a family from Australia in 2013. As I further investigated their blog entrees, I become enthralled with all the amazing details in every one of the 94 rooms. I have always been an admiring fan of old buildings, and this estate is a prime example of a period piece. With it's elaborate wall paper, painted murals, crown moldings, fireplaces, and rod iron details it's easy to fathom the multitude of dinner parties, balls, and fancy affairs that took place within these walls. The family plans on keeping as much of that old world charm as possible and would like to eventually open the Chateau to the public. I look forward to watching their journey and I hope to one day pay this magnificent structure a visit.
To read more about Chateau de Gudanes, check out their website HERE
This marble heart carving was discovered on one of the many fireplace mantles, just a small sample of the many hidden gems the family has found among the rubble.