Friday, January 4, 2013

French Style Guest Room - Furniture Mood Board

Apologies if my last two posts lacked the excitement that comes with  new products, colour and inspirational images but sometimes renovation is about getting through the hard yards to arrive at a point where design flair beings.....

French Style Guest Room Mood Board

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As a starting point to the room furnishings it is a good idea to see what you already have.  I had the large ceramic bedside lamps which I've been moving around the house to find a home for and I pulled the chandelier and bed crown out of storage , lucky for me  it is the perfect proportions for this small  room and it's crystals compliment the mirrored bedside cabinets.  Large bedsides are great for keeping harmonious balance with proportion to beds.


The French sleigh bed is mahogany finished in a golden oak stain that will age beutifully over time and I've upholstered it in an off white velvet with antique brass studs.  Yes,  I am using white upholstery, its been scotchguarded and I am prepared to be careful.


I've chosen to use a fully upholstered chair instead of a timber framed chair to avoid adding another different furniture finish to the room and to help keep it relaxed which is aided by the slip cover.  I will be custom  making a diminutive version because the room can't fit a full size arm chair.

This hall table is suitable as a place for guests to put their nick nacks and do their hair etc  it also has a  shelf for guest luggage and the contrasting timber work provides unity with the  bed frame.

 In addition to mirrored bedsides I have used two large mirrors to bounce light around the dark space, their  white frames contrast beautifully against the olive walls.

It is important to have something soft underfoot as you get out of the bed especially in the cold Canberra climate so a cosy rug is essential.   The room is nearly a square shape so standard rug sizes will leave large gaps on the floor this will be resolved using a custom made rug.  Journey Home can supply custom size  Sisal rugs in a variety of colours and weaves within 3 weeks, Wool and Art silk rugs take about 12 weeks.  Sisal can be made with built in underlay for added softness.
The hall table's  lamp has teal glass balls  - I will have to physically check the colour of the glass before it is purchased but so far it's looking perfect and after many moons of research I am very happy with my selections. 

Forgive me if I've raved on, I am so passionate about furnishings.



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