My source of inspiration to design paneling

/My source of inspiration to design paneling

My source of inspiration to design paneling


During our holidays I actually found the time to glance (again!) through a lot of my interior design books.

One of these books, I got very attached to – and which I browsed through for the umpteenth time – is the book  ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ , by my friend and one of my favorite American interior designers, Timothy Corrigan.

Readers who are following my blog for quite some time, definitely noticed that I have blogged before about Timothy’s work (here) and even about his book (here).

Book CoverCover Book ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ – Timothy Corrigan


For several years Timothy Corrigan is featured on the AD100 list of the world’s best interior designers and architects.

I do know that a lot of my American readers are familiar with the work of Timothy, but today I really wanted to blog again about Timothy’s book, because I wanted my European (and especially my Belgian) followers getting introduced to this remarkable and talented designer.

Timothy, who is passionate about French architecture and design history, bought a neoclassical château in the Loire Valley, France and brought it to it’s glory by transforming it into an exceptionally livable home, his personal retreat where he loves to entertain.

The book An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucéis about the story of this stunningly restored French château, filled with beautiful images.

As the château is a national landmark of which every bit of the building, each tree or stone is listed, Timothy had to be very careful with the renovation of the building and its gardens.

The initial major restoration took approximately 5 years!

The château needed to be restored in a meticulous way. Of course I was very much interested in the restoration of the paneling present in many rooms of the castle. Like no other, I do know how important it is to restore the authentic paneling, using time honored techniques as applied in the 18th century!  Surrounded by craftsmen and experts, Timothy restored all paneling in respect to the past. The result is outstanding!

Timothy re-designed all the interiors of the château and filled the rooms with art and antiques.


DSC_0001The book  ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’  always within reach!


The 18th century national landmark before the restoration.4Image source Architectural Digest


‘Château du Grand-Lucé’ today.5Image source Architectural Digest


Timothy wanted to share the restoration proces of the château with us and uploaded interesting videos of the transformation.

2014-08-18_132951Click on image to watch the restoration trailer.


The huge staircase.1Image source Architectural Digest

Timothy at the grand staircase during the restoration.2014-08-18_135642Image source : video ‘An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Lucé – The Restoration Trailer’


Timothy is explaining the proces of the restoration of the original paneling. The paint on the paneling was removed to get back to the beautiful rough wood that was original to the château. Because of fungus that has been growing on the walls over the years, they had to recreate wood panels using the same techniques that were used when the château was built in the 18th century. 2014-08-18_133803Image source : video ‘Timothy Corrigan on Restoration’

Meticulous removing of the paint on the wood paneling.2014-08-18_143632Image source : video ‘Timothy Corrigan on Restoration’

I highly recommend to watch the above mentioned videos about the restoration !


Following here, some of the rooms before and after.


Salon de Chinois before7Image source Architectural Digest

The murals define the Western idea of life in 18th-century China.They were originally painted by the artist Jean-Baptiste Pillement, which was one of Marie Antoinette’s official painters.This salon is one of only three surviving rooms painted by him in the world.

Salon de Chinois after6Image source Architectural Digest


The Grand Salon before11Image source Architectural Digest

  The Grand Salon with its high ceiling, limestone floor and carved boiserie.

The Grand Salon after12Image source Architectural Digest


One of the château’s 14 guest rooms before10Image source Architectural Digest

Timothy Corrigan gave every guest room its own character and style to avoid the feeling of staying in a hotel with identical suites.

Delightful guest room after.2Image source Architectural Digest


Some images inside the book ‘An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé’ .Inside bookImages source here

To see a preview of the book, please click HERE.

To get your copy of the book, please click HERE or HERE.


Thank you Timothy for this wonderful book, which is my constant source of inspiration to design paneling!

Thank you for your personal note in my copy of your book. It means a lot to me!



I wanted to end this post with a beautiful picture of climbing roses and gravel paths around the pear trees in one of the Château Grand-Lucé’s gardens.

3Image source Architectural Digest


To see more of the work of interior designer TIMOTHY CORRIGAN, please visit his website

Website Château du Grand-Lucé :




By |2018-07-11T10:54:59+00:00August 18th, 2014|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , , , , |8 Comments


  1. ArchitectDesign™ Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM - Reply

    agreed that this book is so full of yummy inspiration!!

  2. Yuko Jones | northfield gate Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    Hi Greet!
    Passion is contagious! I can feel Timothy's passion through your writing and all the beautiful pictures you posted from his book. Now I'm inspired to make things more beautiful 🙂 Thank you for sharing xx

  3. Carolina Mentis Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 1:03 AM - Reply

    All the photos are so beautiful.. It's very inspiring specially for me because I also worked in a building repairs company. Please continue to inspire us through all your posts and I would love to visit your website regularly 😉 xx
    Ceiling repairs

  4. Sophia Home Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 7:13 AM - Reply

    What a fabulous chateau Greet….and what an inspiring looking book! I have made a note.

    Greetings from England, and have a lovely week!

    Sophia xx

  5. Segreto Secrets Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM - Reply

    What a beautiful post!! I would love to see it all in person, it will be fun to see it in the book! xo Leslie

  6. The Snowdrop Project Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 3:37 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,
    This looks like a beautiful book, featuring a beautiful chateau.
    The before and after shots are inspirational.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

  7. Linda Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM - Reply

    Beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing. Greetings from Montreal, Canada.

  8. Frenie Agbayani Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:15 AM - Reply

    Oh wow, what a transformation! Awesome luxury home builders in Los Angeles

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