french style

One Room Challenge: Southern France Farmhouse Guest Room by Ginevra Held

This morning I was perusing One King’s Lane’s Style Guide, as you do and I came across this lovely designing couple of Pencil and Paper.  I went to their website, clicked on their blog and saw that they were participating in the One Room Challenge.

I had seen this mentioned before, but had never really read the details.  It is a design competition that is much as it sounds: a One Room Challenge.  Founded by Linda of Calling it Home , 20 designers/bloggers participate in the challenge of re-designing one room over 5 weeks and share their progress on their blogs.  You can also “guest participate” so if you go to the guest participation area you will see bloggers/designers from all over participating in this challenge.  It's fun to look at the rooms they are challenging themselves to overhall.

Anywho, it started on Thursday, April 7th.  So I am technically not allowed to linkup, but I thought I would put this up as my start date and then post every Thursday like the rest of the participants.  I am a little late to the party, just a couple of days, and Woody Allen said 80% of success is showing up, he didn’t say you had to show up on time.

At any rate, this seems like the perfect framework for which to discuss one of the rooms I am going to re-decorate for the french Farmhouse.  The competition runs from April 7th through May 12th, and therefore, so will my re-design.  I am starting today by sharing with you pictures of the guest room I will be “challenging" myself with.  

 

Here she is:

View to outside private patio area.

View inside to back wall.

View of two beds and toile curtains.

This room has gorgeous architecture, beautiful stone walls and I love the blue and white toile!  She just needs some pop!

Ideas for the room:

I want to add some vintage pieces/objets to make it more lived in

I want to up the bedding area, adding more sumptuous bedding

Color! I want to add color. Bold color. As you may have realized, paint is my jam baby, so I am going to decide on a color scheme and the wall treatment will be paint.

Side Table Vignette styling - Probably going to go with one table between the two beds, it needs a different lamp and a few objets.

 

Stay tuned as I will attempt every Thursday to update the blog on what is happening in this space!!!

 

I am going to leave you with 2 things: Me, in case you are new here and don’t want to click on About (and I get that):

This is me, Ginevra Held, in the Dining Room I designed.

 

And this photo of my Mom and my friend Rafa, they are at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, (without me!) at the exhibition of Oscar de la Renta.  Next week I will let you know how this photo is going to play into my redesign. 

Rafa on left, Mom on right, and the Oscar de la Renta designed dress that Kirsten Dunst wore for her Marie Antoinette Vogue shoot.  (Basically my dream dress).

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?

xo,

Ginevra

Interior Design: Tiny Decorating Tip by Ginevra Held

Feel like sugar on the floor, bud dum dum da dum dum dummmm….. sugar on the floor….. (just sing it in your head…)

What do Etta James and interior design have to do with one another you might ask?  Nothing and EVERYTHING.

Basically Etta said she felt like sugar on the floor, and well, as a designer, I like putting things on the floor.  So there you go!

Alright alright, that's totally pushing it.  And please know that I deeply respect and adore Ms. Etta James, so all you bluesy types out there just calm down.  

The fact is when I was at college taking a ton of English classes at UC Berkeley (this was before I decided to major in Architecture) we were told to start our essays with a hook or a quote.  So there you go, thank you Etta for my hook.

Now to what we came for.  The tiny decorating tip: like sugar on the floor, put things on the floor. What things? Paintings! Prints! Posters! Empty Frames! Lean those suckers, layer them, stand back and enjoy.  I employed this little trick for this vignette I did and I rather like the outcome.

Now Etta feeling like sugar on the floor was not a good thing, at first things can be sweet like sugar, then you are tossed aside, wasted on the floor, sugar on the floor.  But when you put your paintings on the floor, it is a good thing and don’t worry they will not be wasted.  (again sorry to the blues fans, and please excuse me Etta, but you know…)

Also, just because things are on the floor does not mean they shouldn't be on the wall too!

 

Do you lean anything against the wall and on the floor in your house?  Are you ready to try it? Turn on some Etta James and get going!

 

xoxo,

Ginevra

Style Icon: Emmanuelle Seigner in Frantic by Ginevra Held

So I watched Frantic last night.  It's a movie starring Harrison Ford, directed by Roman Polanski and set in Paris.  It was made in 1988.

I am on a bit of a Harrison Ford kick at the moment.  I have always loved the guy.  I mean he is essentially my ideal man.  He always plays this like intellectual, be it a medical Doctor, a Doctor of Archeology, the President (thought that is arguably less of an intellectual pursuit these days), who, well really doesn't want to, but you know has to beat someone up.  Like he doesn't want to pummel you, but you are kind of an asshole, so okay fine, he'll punch the hell out of you.  I really like that, the nice quiet guy who is smart, leads with his mind, but if he needs to, man he will beat you up.

Moving on from Harrison Ford, the best leading man ever, what I really dug about this 80's movie was the fantastic fashion of Emmanuelle Seigner.  I mean this girl, in every take, could have walked off a Saint Laurent Runway.  I mean is this what Hedi Slimane has playing on loop in his living room or something?  Nothing like a mini dress, sheer black tights and boots.  It's the sheer black tights that really make it chic.  Like its cold, so you're not going to be a total idiot and go bare legs, but opaque tights are not cutting it, so you slip on sheer black tights.

Anyway, the girl made me want to cut my hair and buy some hoop hearings. (neither of which is going to happen - but still....)

Here she is in a leather mini dress, with sheer tights and boots.  She's on a roof in Paris trying to get something Harrison dropped, as you do...

And case in point: Saint Laurent Fall 2015 on left, Emmanuelle Seigner right:

I guess its true, really great fashion never goes out of style....

Oh come on, you knew I was going to say something maudlin.

What movie heroine's style do you like?

xo,

Ginevra