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Been busy with projects…

but thought you’d like a glimpse of

a lovely French chateau with touches

of spring color and gorgeous textiles…

Since I’m definitely into neutrals

I like to see what just a touch of

a fresh accent color will do

to tone on tone interiors….

Are frames out?

Perhaps it’s the insouciance of “barefooted” dark oil paintings

floating on an expanse of bare wall that makes this so appealing…

Love the simple homespun linen on the Louis XVI Chair…

Colefax and Fowler “arbre de vie” at top of bed…

Believe it or not…that’s an Ikea bed…with a bit of faux

paneling and aging….

I have been more textile obsessive than usual lately after dipping

into Wendy Lewis’s pool of over 1000 listings of antique and vintage

European textiles on Ebay here.  If you look closely at this shot there

is a red toile piece above the bed…and striped floral fabric pinned to

the wall. Ironically, the chairs are “déshabillé” (undressed)…except for

their jute underlay. The bed is dressed with a boutis (French quilt) in

motifs inspired by les Indiennes de Nimes and flags de procession

chines rest on the headboard above each pillow…

Gorgeous from the tip of the ciel to the lit to the pale gray floor…

Thanks to Wendy I’ve also become pelmet obsessed…

Usually used as decorative valances poised atop windows…

Love scalloped pelmets in a half circle at the ceiling to create

a bed crown, a ciel de lit. Now how difficult would that be?


From my Red Burnished Neutrals post here

Again…mostly neutral

with that stand-out color accent….

I’m not really a red person….

but when I look at this I want to be!!!

Gorgeous antique toile pelmets available here.

Toile fabric “papering” niche…

looks like the demi-lune table is

set into an open armoire…

Blogs just can’t do horizontal as well as an in your lap,

two page magazine spread. This view is just stunning….

Whimsical dog portraits on either side of the

rough-hewn door frame…fantastic symmetry

Campagne Decoration

Jan/Feb ’10

Interior decorator Catherine-Hélène Frei

Photos Marie-José Jarry