Inspired by found objects and textiles
with the same hues: old gold, ivory, bone white.
The reflection of mirrors and shimmer of crystals,
this master bedroom is an ongoing process
The old hand carved gilt mirror,
2.5 m tall,was the starting point.
inevitably small objects with ornate gilt detail
find it's way to the carved marble mantle
original French miniature paintings
done on ivory in delicate frames,
old colored engraving of pastoral scene
in wood with velvet frame
tiny gilt slip cast and marble urn
The brass perpetual calendar was found by Dd at a Brocante near Tours on our previous trip to France,
the date reading:Tuesday, 10 July- indicating
the day we returned , ( reminding me it is time to start planning the next sortie-)
I hold this calendar very dear as she negotiated with her dad to give her pocket money ahead to enable her to buy it for me as a birthday gift - 9 yrs old and already a trained eye...
a lovely old mirrored screen with ornate carved embellishments that was originally purchased for Dd's bedroom, works perfectly here, so it stays for now.
old gold silk and velvet tassels against
vintage french linen that curtain the screen.
a selection of textiles ,found at fabric houses and markets in France- some old ,some new,
ivory silk, brocade, velvet and suede
all in the mix
sharing the same underlying gold and ivory hue
one of a pair , very old gold velvet curtains found by a friend at a antique auction, were used
to re-upholster a canape
little french bees and wreaths on 2 salon chairs
the designs on the fabric used for window inner blinds and selected upholstery are all different, but work together just the way I like it, not perfectly matched, yet complimenting the overall look with it's uniform gold and ivory colors.
Italian painted boxes to hold trinkets
on my writing desk
I will share the completed room in full when the final touch is in place...a gorgeous old length of textile in textured gold hue(probably used as pelmet cover before for a bed as the size fits almost exact) with embroidered silk cut work.
It will become a canopy of sort above the bed with old silk drop lengths in pale gold/ivory silk of medium weight that has been waiting for a project for many years.-
making do with what is found and working with that...
Origin of BOUDOIR
French, from bouder to pout
First Known Use: 1781
The term boudoir tend to focus on Renaissance and French inspired bedroom styles.
Recently, the term boudoir has come to denote a style of furnishing for
the bedroom that is traditionally described as ornate or busy.
a woman's dressing room,
bedroom, or private sitting room
Before moving in, after restoration: this was the fireplace surround installed in the sitting area of the bedroom.
After a unfortunate fire in the bedroom, I went searching for a surround in stone or marble and found this gorgeous hand carved surround in previous images from Italy. - being sceptical of wood again since the Godin open fireplace behind glass door overheated and the intense heat escaping caused the painted wood to take flame.We chose this option for the bedroom fire place since I thought it would be rather nice not to have to worry about falling asleep with a log fire still going safe behind glass door. Not a fault with the product, but it proofed a mistake in installation now rectified. I can highly recommend this option.
Floor: reclaimed wooden parquet flooring original to the house, laid in new herringbone design, this image shows pre staining to ebony dark color.