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{celebrity houses} Tour Christian Louboutin House in France

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We all swoon over Christian Louboutin’s red-soled shoes, so is it any surprise that his house in France is just as enviable? The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s September issue features its home in the Vendée region of France.

Nowhere is this approach more apparent than in the shoe archive the designer completed this spring, housed in an oak barn on the grounds of the Château de Champgillon—the regal 13th-century manor he shares with his longtime friend and original co-backer Bruno Chambelland—8,000 pairs of his vertiginously heeled creations, spanning his 20 years as a designer, fill row upon row of shelves. To frame the collection, Louboutin has placed searchlights from the Suez Canal (picked up in Cairo and at the Paris flea markets), Syrian columns purchased at auction, two Aztec-like totem poles from Mexico City and a pair of Indian rococo columns found in a Paris antiques shop. Each of these decorative flourishes was purchased on impulse. “I was thinking to myself, I can use them somewhere,” he says. “I prefer buying things and figuring out where to put them later than regretting not buying them.”

Louboutin spends spring and fall weekends and the month of August at his home in the Vendée, puttering about in his garden—it’s become his haven, a place his mind can wander for design ideas as he pulls weeds. “The magnolia leaf is like patent leather,” he notes, “and it always looks beautiful with a deep purple, like prunus purple. There are few plants that are ugly. It’s how you use them that may not be pretty.”

See some of the photos of Louboutin’s home below and head over to Wall Street Journal Magazine to read the full story.

{Photography by Alexandre Bailhache Via WSJ.com}
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