A Mini Chateau In Quebec Transformed Into A Modern Weekend Retreat

Living in a chateau these days is considered an ultimate act of luxury and sophistication, a flex but in an elegant sense, especially when the chateau looks something like this. Originally built in 1966 by Montreal-based studio Humphrey & Seguin, this 5,000 square foot mini chateau was recently restored and renovated, the result is a unique mix of classic and contemporary design elements which somehow fit together harmoniously. 

The exterior of the chateau was restored and given a fresh update while preserving the original aestheticView in gallery
The exterior of the chateau was restored and given a fresh update while preserving the original aesthetic
The original, restored front door was painted black to match the timeless color palette of the interiorView in gallery
The original, restored front door was painted black to match the timeless color palette of the interior

The project led by designer Tom Yetman aimed to restore this beautiful piece of history but wasn’t meant to force the old design and the original style on any of the changes and new additions. Instead, these were designed in a contrasting contemporary style and were paired with the original fabric of the building in a sensible and harmonious manner. 

The black-themed entrance rotunda contrasts with the living room and amplifies its aestheticView in gallery
The black-themed entrance rotunda contrasts with the living room and amplifies its aesthetic

The large wrought iron gates are still in place and so is the original front door of this mini chateau, although it’s been painted from red to black in order to match the new aesthetic. The exterior remained mostly unaltered as you can see from the iconic cone-shaped roofs and the beautiful windows. 

The vaulted ceiling, white walls and large paneled windows give the living area a very bright, open and airy feelView in gallery
The vaulted ceiling, white walls and large paneled windows give the living area a very bright, open and airy feel
The open kitchen has a large island with a bar extension and custom white cabinets that go up to the ceilingView in gallery
The open kitchen has a large island with a bar extension and custom white cabinets that go up to the ceiling

When stepping through the front door guests are welcomed into a circular entrance hallway with a 20-foot high ceiling, black walls and a custom mural. The walls give off a sense of mystery and elegance and make the living room seem that much more dramatic with its white walls and vaulted ceilings

The powder was updated with black wallpaper and an elegant vanity complemented by an antique mirrorView in gallery
The powder was updated with black wallpaper and an elegant vanity complemented by an antique mirror
The blue accents and light grey floor give the bedroom a very serene and chic appearanceView in gallery
The blue accents and light grey floor give the bedroom a very serene and chic appearance

The original hardwood floors were sanded to get rid of the dark finish and the new look suits the new decor like a glove. New modern additions like the eye-catching chandelier hanging in the middle of the living room or the black kitchen cabinets blend with the new interior but also stand out which is exactly the intent and the look the designer was going for. 

The elegant and timeless black and white color scheme also extends into the bathroomView in gallery
The elegant and timeless black and white color scheme also extends into the bathroom
The combination of classic and contemporary design details is perfect for a restored 50 year old chateauView in gallery
The combination of classic and contemporary design details is perfect for a restored 50 year old chateau