Gerard Tremolet worked in the fashion world most of his life and nearly two decades for the world renowned embroidery house Lesage that supplies bespoke pieces for every Haute Couture collection presented in Paris. After leaving Lesage he continued his career freelancing for couturiers and decorators and pursuing his own interest in interior design. Back in 2007 he and his partner purchased the Chateau d’Ailly in Normandy and renovated it to transform it into a bed and breakfast.
To decorate the castle Gerard Tremolet drew his inspiration from the 18th century, admitting that the design is historically inaccurate, and his love of bold color combinations. In an video interview for the French website interieurs.fr he encourages people to be more daring using color and letting their personalities appear even if this implies making mistakes. The pictures below demonstrate this perfectly: The style of the castle is certainly not everyone’s taste but it’s definitely not lacking personality.
Gerard Tremolet above, in the staircase of the Chateau D’ailly. I love the dark red walls in the dining area with it’s wonderful collection of antic baskets and the very ornate gilded mirror. The combination of the red damask wall fabric, the antic venetian mirror and turquoise console, and the striped velvet fabric on the Regence chair shows that even complex color combinations can work together.
Color explosion in the games room below with a tonic combination of yellow, turquoise, hot pink and lime. The guest bedroom’s oriental mood is a reference to Algiers the town Tremolet was born in. The room below covered in yellow and red toile de Jouy is probably my favorite: classic pattern with unexpected color combination.
To view more pictures and to read the full article head over to Elle Decor. And if you are in need of a weekend break why don’t you contact the Chateau d’Ailly to make a reservation? Have a lovely week!