Step One: Bring on the Green
One of my favorite things about the chateaux was the greenery. The home was on a farm, which inevitably leads to some greenery, but I really loved the plants around the house too. Some were a little wilted, but that didn't really pull away from the overall effect that the bits of green did. Everything seems a little bit more fresh when there are some plants around.
Step Two: Function Over FormBecause the chateaux was also a working farm, there was definitely a feeling that function came way before form. Things were mismatched and sometimes in various states of disrepair, but that really just added to the charm. Their home felt lived in and comfortable.
Step Three: Pay Attention to the Kitchen
Well, they were French. Things were a little messy and chaotic, but you could tell that a lot of wonderful things were being made in here. Even if you aren't big into cooking, having a little bit of French inspiration definitely won't hurt. So throw some bread in the oven, toss a towel over your shoulder, and yell out "oh la la!" when whatever you're making feels right. Maybe listen to this song while you're doing all this too.