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 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 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.
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 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.