As I sit at my computer this Monday morning looking out the window at the snowfall, I am having warm memories about the lovely Paris apartment that the ladies and I stayed in last Fall. It’s a wonderful example of how the French seem to decorate with ease and a great inspiration to start the week. They are masters at the juxtaposition of antique and contemporary.
The bedroom was exceptionally striking with it’s simplicity and restraint. Take a peek inside.
The apartment was housed in a 19th c building with fabulous architectural details. The room was done in an all neutral color scheme featuring linen drapes and a white cotton slipcovered chair. An Asian-inspired dark wood table pierced the space as a visual break and accessories were kept to a minimum. One of the design trends for 2015 is the use of more Asian influenced/themed furnishings.
The bed was also very inviting with a duvet and accents in creamy hues of white and ivory. The minimalistic upholstered headboard added to the serenity of the space while the engraving framed in dark burled wood connected it with the side table previously mentioned.
The focal point was most definitely the wall of bookshelves cleverly lined with antique French books with color-matched leather bindings. The library ladder takes you to a small platform alcove containing only a twin mattress sheeted in white for napping, reading, or adding extra sleeping arrangements.
A close-up of the collection of books with a chic industrial lamp…the blending of old and new apparent here.
Neatly tucked away underneath the alcove was ample built-in storage wardrobes with mullioned doors backed with softly shirred fabric.
My personal favorite element in the room was the original herringbone floors that had been bleached to a lighter grayish-brown hue. It gave the appearance as though they could be limed-oak.
I hope this starts your week off to some great interior design inspiration. What is your take-away from this space? A collection of books? An industrial lamp? Asian accent? Bleached floors? Minimalistic? Balance between old and new?
Stretch your design possibilities.