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An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé: Decorating a Great French Country House

Written by Timothy Corrigan, Contribution by Marc Kristal, Photographed by Eric Piasecki

  • October 1, 2013
  • Hardcover
  • House & Home - Decorating
  • Rizzoli
  • 9 x 12
  • $65.00
  • $65.00
  • 978-0-8478-4094-6

About This Book

Award-winning interior designer Timothy Corrigan provides inspiration and instruction in the art of French decoration and living with the story of his stunningly restored French chateau. Who hasn’t dreamed of an idyll in the French countryside, in a handsome historic house surrounded by fragrant gardens and lush orchards, filled with pretty rooms for entertaining friends? Welcome to Chateau du Grand-Lucé, designer Timothy Corrigan’s home in the Loire Valley. Corrigan purchased the chateau in 2004 and set about restoring the house to its full French glory with his signature mix of continental elegance and California comfort. The book travels from the striking entry hall to the elegant bedrooms, as Corrigan offers indispensable decorating advice based on his experiences, including how to live in historic homes in a modern way. A celebration of the gracious symmetry of French classical decoration and architecture amid the pastoral beauty of the French countryside, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé is the perfect gift for all Francophiles.

About the Author

Hailed by Architectural Digest as "today’s tastemaker," Timothy Corrigan’s work is regularly featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Vanity Fair, and other publications. Named to the AD100 list for the past eight years, Corrigan has offices in Paris and L.A. as well as an eponymous home product line, and a store in Los Angeles.


  • "The American designer acquired a storied French country estate in the Loire Valley And decorated it to the nines, leaving out only the snobbery. It's a lovely story by someone living and sharing his dream." -The New York Times

    "I picked up the gorgeous monograph, An Invitation to Chateau du Grand Luce: Decorating a Great French Country House (Rizzoli) by Timothy Corrigan this past weekend, and it is filled to the brim with style inspiration.” - Martha Stewart Weddings

    "The brilliance of this book is that it is gorgeous. Francophiles will swoon. It's a magnificent achievement." -Diane Dorrans Saeks

    "Hold the phones. Clear the calendar. Our readers have to see this."

    "Corrigan’s book goes into detail without sacrificing intriguing candor. This history, coupled with capital-M-majestic interiors photos, mean it’s really no surprise that the country manse has become a darling for national design magazines since the book’s release last fall."

    “After purchasing a dilapidated 18th-century chateau, Timothy Corrigan painstakingly restored it to its former glory…transforms it into an exquisitely aristocratic, exceptionally livable home away from home. This volume documents the renovation process, leaving you feeling as though you’ve spend a perfect weekend at the grand estate.” -Architectural Digest

    “A soulful tribute to the 18th-century Loire Valley chateau…” -Veranda

    "A triumph of warmth and beauty." -Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief, T Magazine

    "Chateau du Grand-Luce is a celebration of the gracious symmetry of French classical decoration and architecture amid the pastoral beauty of the French countryside of Loire Valley. The stories and pictures...would definitely be a source of inspiration, and a resource on the art of French decoration and living. The book will take the reader from the striking entry hall to the elegant bedrooms, as Corrigan offers indispensible decorating advice based on his experiences, including how to live in historic homes in a modern way. " -Sophisticated Planks
    "Equal parts fantasy and yet completely down to earth." -Susanna Salk, author Privileged Life

    “Corrigan chose to lay this book out in an unusual way: he broke it out into parts as though you were staying at the esteemed estate for a long weekend. This engaging presentation paired with the rich photography make An Invitation a book you’ll try to devour in one sitting…photos are composed so cleverly that you on some pages feel transported right into the massive French estate. Stunning!” -Life in a Venti Cup

    “...excited for this book…I hope I can learn a few pointers from his amazing restoration project.” -Habitually Chic Blog

    “For anyone who has ever dreamed of having a home in France, however humble or grand, this gloriously illustrated history...makes fascinating and inspiring reading…the outcome is simply stunning. The pure genius of the decorative scheme makes you feel as if it has been there forever, and after reading the book, one can only wish that the invitation was a real one.” -Decorex
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