Inspired by French design

Inspired by French design

Last week my beautiful sister-in-law, Natasha gave me this French interior design book for my birthday (thanks Tash xx). There are so many stunning images throughout this book. While reading it and having a cup of tea the other afternoon, I came up with the idea to restyle our guest bedroom. Given Tash is coming to stay with us over Christmas and this will be her room, I thought it was a lovely idea.

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So although I’m not quite ready to start that room yet, I thought it’s timely to start collating design ideas.

Given our house is designed in a Hamptons Beach House style, most of the spaces have beach tones – blue, white and caramel. I have decided I would really like to introduce a different colour pallet in this room.

We already have a beautiful white satin rouged doona on the bed. So the main focus will be on the furniture, curtains and artwork. I don’t want to ‘over do’ the whole French look, but I’d like to incorporate a few key pieces to perhaps achieve this type of fresh, crisp look and feel (but with a splash of colour).

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To me, the ultimate ‘French’ look in a bedroom includes an ornate night stand. Here’s a couple of different styles.

Simple, but gives a very romantic feel.

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I love the intricacy of the lines on this piece and the handle is perfect.

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Beautiful detailing on the legs.

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Some options for French design chairs. Gorgeous brocade fabric on this chair.

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Maybe here’s my touch of colour?

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Some ideas for artwork to create a ‘French’ feel.

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There’s nothing more important than the ‘right’ window furnishings and lighting in a room. They can make or break the feel of a room. I am going to have curtains and pelmets (thanks for the pelmets mum) in the room to really dress the window, and perhaps a simple chandelier. I haven’t come across any ideas that have inspired me yet.

Lastly mirrors – what’s a French inspired room without a beautiful mirror?

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Lot’s of ideas to start the design process. Now I just have to decide on the colour scheme and find the right furnishings to restore. I just found an amazing second hand furniture store that buys antiques from deceased estates, she is keeping an eye out for the furniture I’m after.

I’d love to know what you think, please feel free to comment.

Billie

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5 comments

  1. Tasha

    Yay! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    I love the pale blue nightstand but I’m not sure if any beautiful chairs can quite beat the gorgeous one you already have in your downstairs living area! The blog is looking so swish. xx

  2. Diana dalton

    I also love the aqua side tables, they are feminine but sturdy looking giving the room a little masculinity and a splash of colour.

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