So I wanted to do a quick post here. I’ve been daydreaming about the Hotel Daniel (again) and admiring their lovely rooms. It reminded me of my absolute love of decorating "en suite". The french term, when used in decorating refers to one pattern being used on the walls, curtains and furniture. En suite is like saying all in a set, so when one pattern is used for everything, the room is said to be decorated en suite.
Sometimes I really want to match. Maybe its because I went to private all girls Catholic uniform school. Nothing is more relaxing than wearing the same thing everyday. Maybe there is also a part of me that hopes when Kanye is President we will all be wearing Yeezus. You know how in movies in the future everyone is wearing the same thing? Well this would be like that, but in Yeezus. Pretty sure that is what will happen. If Kanye wins here, then I hope Christopher Kane wins in England. I could definitely wear Christopher Kane every day.
It is a fantasy of mine to do an en suite room. In her book, New Classic Interiors, Alessandra Branca contends that when you use a fabric everywhere, it almost becomes neutral. I think for me, its just visceral. It creates this like cocoon of a room, a sumptousness. And even though its a pattern, when used everywhere, its actually quite calming.
Lets take a look at some examples:
This one is pretty striking. I found it in an old French Elle Decor. The walls, the canopy bed, the furniture are all decorated in a lovely cotton toile with an 18th century motif. I just love this.
So this is a gorgeous bedroom by Alessandra Branca did and demonstrates her notion that all one fabric becomes a neutral. She breaks it up by lining the canopy bed with a yellow check which is a nice touch.
This is the Hotel Daniel suite I've been dreaming about. Love that this room is under the eaves. They break it up by not matching the bed and the furniture, which makes it more modern.
Found this picture on the Veranda magazine website. Its pretty fantastic. This is taking en suite all the way! Adore that canopy.
Conclusion: Do I love this? Yea baby! But I have to say, do not, I repeat, do not do this in every room in your house, unless you are completely, how should I put this, nuts. In decorating, as in life, a lack of variation can be well, lacking. Too much matching can get to you. Make sure you have rooms where things can get artfully and deliciously messed up.