The French interior designer, Madeleine Castaing, was renowned for her distinctive style, incorporating her love of nature into her designs to create an ethereal, beautiful and haunting feeling.
Madeleine Castaing’s biggest project was her own house; the Maison de Leves, which she bought as a ruin in 1924. She spent the best part of 20 years restoring the house, turning it into a place of haunting beauty. Simple materials that were generally looked down on by interior designers such as white muslin all became part of her inimitable style.
The high tie-back curtains and flowing bed canopies gave a light, breathable feeling to the rooms. Castaing herself designed the leopard print and leaf print carpets and the ceilings were painted like the sky.