I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think my love affair with all things French may have begun when I was younger when I watched Gene Kelly in ‘An American in Paris’.
Perhaps it was when I lost myself in Peter Mayle’s novel ‘A Year in Provence’ that I devoured many years ago.
Most certainly, my l’amour was made permanent when I took my first trip to Paris in 1998.
Whenever it happened, it happened, and my decorating style was forever altered. I can’t help myself ~ I’m a self professed Francophile.
Despite my love of traditional French decor, I do like to inject a little modern flair, and the new mirror and trellis pattern rug in the living room certainly help.
Here’s what the room looked like last year.
And now . . .
Still a work in progress, but certainly lightened and brightened with the new paint, new wainscoting, and also a few new accessories.
The paint color started out as Benjamin Moore’s ‘Tranquility’, but then I had the guys at BM pull two drops of blue out of the Affinity formula to arrive at ‘Tranquility Tweaked’ ~ my custom color ~ the perfect gray blue.
The mirror was a lucky find . . . I was hunting for new light fixtures for my boy’s room a few weeks ago and found a floor sample of this Casbah mirror ~ I fell in love with the Moroccan shape and the 50% off price ! I was not in love with the dark coppery bronze color, so what’s a girl to do ? Spray paint in high gloss white baby !
The candlesticks I found at a thrift store last year ~ the textured raffia pillar candles are from Pottery Barn.
I also replaced the twin light fixtures in the room, one hangs over the sitting area and the sister chandy hangs over the piano. I ordered these inexpensive fixtures from Overstocks thinking they’d be golden, but when they arrived they were too dark bronze, so I spray painted them too, then accented the detail with a little Rub n Buff.
Here are my new chandeliers, after a coat of Rustoleum’s Heirloom White spray paint, and some antique gold Rub-n-Buff accents.
The black baby grand piano was a gift from our grandmother when our grandfather passed away. It’s a family heirloom and classic piece, so there was no way it was leaving the room. And call me sentimental, but I love to listen to my children learn to play on this incredibly gorgeous instrument ~ there’s nothing that quite compares to the sounds of a home filled with music.
Who really cares that some of the keys are chipped ~ it’s the imperfectly beautiful things that tell a story.
On the opposite wall, a few minor changes.
If you follow my tweets on Twitter, you know I found this antique buffet at the local thrift store last week. I couldn’t pass it up at $300 at 50% off, so I picked it up for $150 dollars. Solid wood antique with velvet lined drawers. Love !
I had to slightly rearrange the gallery wall to make room for the new seaside oil painting we picked up on our visit to Carmel-by-the-Sea earlier this year. We only buy fine art when it’s meaningful ~ Mr. CG happened to love this painting because it reminded him of the the spot where we played on the beach as a family together. How fortunate to actually meet the artist who painted it too !
I love the subtle burled wood and art deco detailing on this antique buffet. I can’t believe some of the pieces that I find in thrift stores ! This will suit me just fine until someday I save enough for the dream sofa to replace it. P.S. Pinch me, but my raspberry hydrangeas are insanely gorg this time of year.
With all the traditional style furniture, I definitely wanted a modern mirror and graphic patterned rug. Originally, I was torn between these two patterns by Dash & Albert. Aren’t they lovely?
You can’t quite tell from the photo, but this particular rug is too small for the space - it’s only 3.5’ x 5.5’. The rug’s trellis pattern and large repeat is absolutely fantastic, and for the price, a great way to inject some modern style into your home. But the rug itself is a little too thin for a high traffic area like the foyer – if I left it there, it would need a rug pad. So I’m going to exchange it for the larger version in the living room ~ I think it will be the perfect pattern for this space.
For now, there’s only a few things left to do:
So far, the space feels much better than before. I consulted with my future stylist-in-training ~ she thought her fluffy friends would enhance the space.
Give a girl some cred ~ she happens to love soft texture and color!
For now, we’ll stick to the blue/white/gold color palette.
So that’s the tour so far ! I still need of some fantastic art for above the settee, I’m thinking a series of framed botanicals, and I’m sure in time I will find it somewhere.
For now, the ‘new’ room is a breath of fresh air compared to what it was, but still a work in progress. Thanks for following along ~ hope you like it too.