Interior Design: Styling a Vignette, creating a Sleigh Bed by Ginevra Held

French Country Styling

Perusing the internet as you do, or as one does, I came across this photo of a sleigh bed:

Into my head popped the fact that at Mom's place in France, many of the wooden headboards have not been attached to the mattresses, and therefore and hence, one could put a headboard as a footboard, and voila! You have a sleighbed.  Now, if and when you think about unattached headboards, if you think about them at all, and you are not immediately inspired to create a sleighbed, well my friends, that is the difference between you and me.  It may also be accounted for by the fact that you are thinking of other things, and, dear reader, I will give you the benefit of the doubt in this case.

I am now going to take you on a step by step of how I got from two twin beds to one adorable sleigh bed avec canopy.

French Country Beds

Bedroom "before" with 2 twin beds as you recall.

Secondary 'before" view showing curtain and curtain rod that will serve for the canopy.

The Canopy begins to form... Here you see I have attached by overlapping the curtain that was formerly for the doorway.  

The bed gets moved into place...

The second headboard is moved into place.

Now we have a sleigh bed/ day bed. The coverlet is tucked in to show off the striped bedskirt.

Curtain draping: the bottom curtain is swagged and draped over the right of the bed, the top curtain is draped to the left.

A secondary view to show you the top of the curtain rod.

Finally!!! The fun part! Pillows!!!! This is when it really becomes a day bed!

"Objets" are added for styling and to create a lovely vignette!

A more free form pillow arrangement....

A detail shot of the canopy experience...

French Country Bedroom

And my favorite vignette, using the jet de lit as side table....

So that is how I created a sleigh bed/ day bed with a canopy.  Now I strongly believe that this process is applicable in your own home.  I have shown you how a curtain rod attached to the wall with overlapping curtains can be turned into a canopy.  I have also shown you how two headboards can be made into a headboard and footboard to create a canopy bed.  So I believe this look is completely diy-able for your own home.  

A day bed is a wonderful spot for reading and relaxing and with a canopy and pillows makes for a gorgeous addition to any room.

In case you were wondering what exactly to do with your day bed, I recommend this:

What do you think? Do you fancy a daybed in your home?



Interior Design: Lanvin Inspired Mood Board by Ginevra Held

Lanvin Mood Board

I was just playing around the other day, I really liked the Lanvin Spring collection so I decided to do a little mood board centered around one of the looks.  The room would be a dressing room.  I put together a vintage Milo Baughman chair found on Chairish, Marcel Wanders red and silver wallpaper, my favorite Philippe Starck stool Attila in black, a pendant light by Tom Dixon, a side lamp by Tom Dixon, and a rug by Alexander McQueen for the Rug Company.  

Basically my thoughts were why not put together a room with designs by all of my favorite designers?  I started with Lanvin as the inspiration as I have greatly admired Alber Elbaz's work as head designer of Lanvin for a very long time.  This was one of his last collections for the house.  

With that look as my springboard I went to my other favorites: Tom Dixon for awesome modern/tough/mod lighting, Phillippe Starck for humorous functionality, Marcel Wanders for intricate detailing, Alexander McQueen for dark glamour, and finally Milo Baughman for mod/pop furniture.  These are my folks, so I put them all together in a dream scenario for an Interior.

I thought it all mixed together for a playfully modern but mod, glamorous dressing room.

Sources starting with Lanvin and going clockwise:

Lanvin Spring Collection Look 65 source: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-ready-to-wear/lanvin/slideshow/collection#65

Marcel Wanders Wallpaper Hexagon : http://www.marcelwanders.com/products/walls-floors/hexagon/

Tom Dixon Pendant Lamp Etch Web Brass: http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/etch-web-pendant-brass.html

Alexander McQueen Rug for Rug Company in Pony: http://www.therugcompany.com/uk/pony/

Philippe Starck Attila Stool in Black manufactured by Kartell: http://kartellstorela.com/shop/gnomes/

Tom Dixon Bell Copper Table Light: http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/bell-copper-table-light.html

Vintage Purple Milo Baughman Chaise found on Chairish: https://www.chairish.com/maker/milo-baughman?page=4


Vintage Furniture shopping: online, flea market, or department store? by Ginevra Held

Hello all,

Sorry its been so long.  Been a bit hectic as I made the decision to go to London.  Kind of a walkabout/discovery/explore situation.

Anyway, on my first day here, I went to Liberty of London, that beautiful old, can we call it a department store?  I think so, in the way that Barney's and Bon Marche are department stores, not like Macy's though of course.

Here is the gorgeous Liberty tucked off of Regent Street:

Liberty of London, a beautiful half timber building tucked off of Regent Street.

Liberty of London, a beautiful half timber building tucked off of Regent Street.

Liberty has all the trappings of a luxury goods store, designer cosmetics, handbags, clothing.  But they also have their famous fabric line.  And in that vein an entire area dedicated to haberdashery, as in ribbons, buttons, everything you need for sewing, this is what makes it so unique.





They also have an incredible curation of home goods. Here is one of the displays that I found particularly lovely:

That makes you want to do blue and white everywhere, doesn't it?

Finally, I on the home decor floor I found an entire room filled with vintage furniture, here is where we get to the subject, finally of this blog.  Vintage furniture shopping.  Here is a picture of the room:

So, real talk. I was surprised to see vintage furniture in a luxury department store. Though, as discussed Liberty is not your run of the mill store.  Still I was not expecting to read a label saying "pair of 1960's Italian hand painted side tables." Now those little guys were running for about £1000. (Please don't ask me how long it took to find the pound symbol, or why special characters is no emoji and symbols, I kind of hate you Apple (not Gwyneth Paltrow's kid, she seems nice, or the fruit, I mean the computer company))

What are we looking at here? We are looking at the utmost in vintage curation.  Somebody has gone out and found some very unique and very pristine pieces of vintage furniture, chosen not only the best, but also what fits the design sensibility of Liberty and brought it all together here. Somebody has done the work for you.  They have found it, assessed it themselves, its design qualities, its workmanship, and distinguished it from thousands of other items and finally brought them to liberty.  This is what you are paying for.

One King's Lane is similar.  They have edited for you.  There is a lot more on their website though.  I think, from doing a lot of browsing on that site, that the quality is fairly reliable.  They have a lot to choose from though, so the curation part is not as big.  Meaning, you have to either be browsing and find something awesome and buy it whimsically, or know exactly what you are looking for.  They do their own version of curating by having those categorized sales.  This helps narrow down styles and looks.

I would say that the price point between the two is fairly similar, with Liberty being a bit more.  Again that is because you are paying for the curation.  This is similar to hiring a designer.  An Interior Designer is a master curator.  They have an eye and a vision.  They can cull from an enormous amount of information and determine the pieces that fit that vision.

Once you browse around One King's Lane and Liberty, you start to train your eye.  From there you can begin to foray into flea markets.  If you see things similar to what you see on One King's Lane or at Liberty, you can begin to discern the quality and relative worth of things.  Certainly, if you learn to hunt, you can find the 1960's Italian side tables for a lot less then Liberty is offering. But that takes a discerning eye and knowledge.

I think this is the point about price points.  You are not just paying for the item itself, you are paying for the expert knowledge and curatorial talent that went into choosing the pieces.

What am I trying to say? There is value in all of it. In buying something at Liberty, in spending time on One King's Lane, and in sleuthing at flea markets.  

I think the word of the day is curation.  Whether its in the selection at Liberty, or your own at a Flea Market, or from an Interior Designer, its the curation that creates the magic in the room.  There is a lot of stuff out there!!!!! It can be extremely overwhelming.  So it takes time to suss out the good from the bad.  In the end, it takes a lot of time and research to put a home together, whether you do it on your own or with a designer.