Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Book of the week No1: An Invitation to Chateau du Grande-Luce

Hi Guys



Well, I thought my first book should "team with the theme" of my French house project, and so picked a wonderful book called  An Invitation to Chateau du Grande-Luce by world renowned interior designer and antique dealer Timothy Corrigan

Recently bought from the French government and renovated, Timothy walks us through his magnificent chateau in the form a weekend stay. All aspects of the property are covered, from breakfast, dinner, cocktails and horse riding on the estate. I find it a real inspiration and a great source of ideas, not to mention how interesting the story of the house is and what Timothy hoped to achieve by it all. His philosophy is that a great interior is one that is grand but not grandiose. Where comfort and modern convenience sit side by side with beautiful antique furniture, so one doesn't live in a museum but really lives in a space.

This is a big book and expensive but well worth the money. 

STATS
239 pages
Width 24 cm
Height 31 cm

I never get bored reading about this wonderful house and it's story, and the pictures are out of this world. I thoroughly recommend it to you all.

Like I said in my last post, I'm no expert or critic, these are just the rumblings of someone who loves reference books and wants to share some of the good ones. Good ones to me at least. I'll do another Book of the Week next Wednesday.

Enjoy the rest of your week, guys.
Happy reading...

Si 

23 comments:

  1. what a great book, thank you for sharing it *if I got an invite for cocktails I would definatly show up, I've seen photos of that Chateau it's Marvalous*

    Hugs
    Marisa

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Si
    You are not going to believe this, but I have this book earmarked on amazon, but was hmming and haaing, now I am happier to go ahead and purchase after reading your review. Don't worry, I take full responsibility for my actions!! :) How's your 'maison' coming on? I'm itching to see your progress...
    All the best,
    Vivian

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Vivian, how funny! You won't regret it I promise, it's such a great book, packed full of amazing pictures. It's fascinating to read and see how an ancient house like this can function as a modern day home.
      My house is coming along well thanks, I think I have mastered the right colour I wanted but it's all so tricky! I think we are our own worst critic sometimes.
      Take care
      Si x

      Delete
  3. By what you've read this must be a lovely place. You've got me curious enough to do some websearching . Old chateaus and castles, be it run down or renovated, have that je-ne-sais-quoi that always keeps them interesting.
    Great opening post!
    Hugs
    Gee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Gee, that's very sweet of you. It's a great book but they seem to be getting more and more expensive. I thought if we all talked about the great books we have recently bought we might not only share ideas but also save ourselves from expensive learning curves! That's the theory at least!
      Have a great week x

      Delete
  4. Hi Si!

    It's so great to hear from you again --I feel like I have rediscovered a long-lost friend. I think your book review idea is marvelous and I know Andy wanted to do more of them so I think we all should write about our favorite books. I daresay I must have read about Chateau duGrande-Luce because it sounds so familiar...anyway, I will def look it up. Hope your summer is going well!

    XOXO,
    John

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey John. Thanks for the lovely welcome-back.
      I thought of Andy too as he mentioned book reviews in an earlier post. My summer is going well thanks, we're fully settled into our new house and the garden appears to have turned a corner and is starting to look better.
      I hope you are both well?
      Xx

      Delete
  5. Oh, this could be Dangerous...! I have a "Book Problem".... I Buy them! LOL! I LOVE Big Luscious books about Fabulously Beautiful Old Places.... I am going to have to go look this one up!
    I look forward to seeing the next steps on your French House.... :):):)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lol
      How funny Betsy, I literally just replied to Gee's comment about trying to spare us from making a mistake and buying a book that perhaps wasn't "worth" the money - it didn't enter my head that it would also encourage you to spend money LOL
      X

      Delete
  6. Thank you for sharing this book, Si, it is quite interesting to read your comment about it. I also like the idea for showing books about our hobby in miniatures on our blogs, but I am afraid that I than have too less books to show....;o!
    I agree with you that buying books (without reading references about it), is very tempting and afterwards you'll 'regret' of buying it. You also have a bookcase full with books you'll never read, or ever will use. My English is (as always, sorry) not good enough for a more complete comment, but I do hope it is clear to you what I mean?
    Hugs, Ilona

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ilona
      Your English is great and I understand perfectly, and you're right about if you aren't careful you end up with a lot of books you never read.
      I inherited a lot of my books from my Aunt, and I have been buying them since I was a kid! It's funny when I look back, I can't see many. Kids these days spending their birthday money on a reference book! How times have changed.
      Big hugs x

      Delete
  7. Hey Honey, yeah cheers on the first book review! I always love to see and hear what other people are reading. By the way, cocktails? bar? WHERE!!!! ;p

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
    2. Oops - typo!

      I meant to say:
      Aww, ta hon, the drinks are on you!
      Hug

      Delete
  8. Hello Si,
    I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one. It is a beautiful chateau.
    Big hug,
    Giac

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey. Giac, it's a good one.
      Hope you and Joe are well
      Hugs

      Delete
  9. I love a good chateau book, and seeing any pictures of old French houses in any condition are always so inspiring. Thanks for the review. I will look it up.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi Simon! Like you, I usually need a reference book in the house, to keep me inspired during whatever I am currently working on but also to visually and emotionally get lost in. I find my "go-to's" at the local thrift store but whether new or used, a Great Book is a MUST HAVE and yours looks a Treat! :D

    elizabeth

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Elizabeth, I love hunting round thrift shops for books. I enjoy that more than going to a book store. You can't bear the smell of an old book!!

      Delete
  11. Hi Simon,

    This looks like a fabulous book and thanks for sharing.
    As you said, important to not feel like a museum and stuffy but needs that perfect balance.
    I also like hunting around old book shops.
    hugs
    Carolyn

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looks like a great book Simon, looks like it would be interesting to read as well as having some beautiful images!

    ReplyDelete