la Brocanteuse

Mar 4, 2013

gilt as in gold

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

Definition of BOUDOIR

  a woman's dressing room, 
bedroom, or private sitting room 


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 bientot


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.


Pura Vida said...

Colette I am so into this along with you...I am especially partial to the bee. It is so sweet and lovely and pure

French said...

Love it all, but especially the calendar~ so sweet~

Trouvais said...

What a beautiful room, and all the carefully chosen pieces that will be going in to it! I am so excited to see it all revealed! Lovely hues...glints of gold! XO Trish

Sopa Azul said...

It's amazing!!! I like everything. ;)

Acquired Objects said...

Colette you have wonderful taste! So Does Dd I love your perpetual calendar it’s wonderful, what a gift Dd has already. And your textiles, such wonderful pieces and I love your pelmet. Your room is beautiful even sitting empty but I know you’ll make it shine.


The Blue Farmhouse said...

My vote is that beautiful calendar from Dd to Mom...reminds me of a cherub clock I found a while ago. Everything looks lovely...can't wait for final and beautiful results!


noreen said...

what beautiful antiques & fabrics you have corralled for your bedroom - love all. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era as i have such an affinity for old world furniture. waiting for the big reveal!

Karena said...

Dear Colette, Every image is more beautiful and surprising than the next.

The luxe fabrics, tiny paintings on ivory, the mirror, herringbone wood floors, I could go on and on...

Thank you for making my day...I hope you will visit..

Art by Karena

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

always love to stop by chez toi Colette, can be sure of a shot of beauty!
have a good weekend


Anonymous said...

Colette ...
I love every single pictures, every single object!
Magnific ...
Bisous from a rainy Italy, Babi

Julie said...

Hello Dear Colette

Every photos in this posting is so amazing. I've been MIA as always,as I am planning my trip to France next month.
Hope everything is well with you.

Julie x

Ivy and Elephants said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!Love your style and all the unique elements that you have culled together. Everything works beautifully, ...
so chic!
New follower,