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La Vie en Vert: Chateau de Dirac in France

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 29, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Julie Carlson last modified Dec 28, 2015

Isabelle Dubois-Dumee and Hubert Bettan, the couple behind interiors brand Les Petites Emplettes , left Paris in 2013 to set up shop in a 12th-century chateau with their three daughters in tow. Located near Angouleme, in the Charente region in the west of France, the chateau had fallen into disrepair when they discovered it on a holiday outing. Over the past two years, they've slowly brought it back to life, room by room. Stay tuned; Isabelle and Hubert will soon be offering guest lodging and dining events. Photography via Chateau de Dirac . Above: The two towers date to the 12th and 15th century, and the house itself was reconstructed in the 18th century.  Above: The couple stripped the interiors back to their original state, removing false ceilings and other unfortunate interventions, and hewed to a green and white palette.  Above: The interiors are outfitted with simple furniture and natural materials: linen, jute, wicker, natural fibers. Above: Furniture is casually draped in lightweight cotton drop cloths. Above: In the dining room, the couple allowed wallpaper remnants to remain in place. Above: Whimsical tiles line the kitchen walls.  Above: A simple farm table anchors the kitchen, and drying herbs add color. Above: An installation made of wooden twigs by Vera Rybaltchenko is suspended in the couple's workroom/studio. Above: A winding staircase leads to the upper levels. Above: Linens from the Petites Emplettes line and a string of wicker lights adorn the master bedroom. Above: The couple's three daughters share a gauze-draped bedroom and bath. Above: Isabelle and Hubert host occasional pop-up shops and events. They plan to expand their offerings in the near future to include workshops, petanque tournaments, and more. Are you a dedicated Francophile? Explore our guide to the best design, shopping, and restaurants in our Paris City Guide . N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 13, 2015. More Stories from Remodelista An Alpine Hut that Bends the Rules A Wabi-Sabi Ski Chalet in Aspen, Colorado Cultural Exchange: An Artfully Appointed Parisian Flat






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