At the moment I'm working my way through a book titled Creating the French look by Annie Sloan, which covers eight different french decorating styles, inspirational ideas and 25 step-by-step projects. A great read.
I purchased it because I was curious to see which would stand out to be MY favourite style, but as it so happens , I appear to have a 'mélange' of french tastes. I should have known it wouldn't be as clear cut as that! I mean to say, there are EIGHT different styles......and none are exactly what I would choose??? Let's have a look together, and you tell me which style resonates with you :)
The following photos are MY interpretation of the descriptions in Annie Sloan's book.
Château - Rococo
What do you think? It's classed as 'Pretty and Sparkling'. I agree, and I DO like it, but a bit over the top for my abode.....
Chateau - Neo-Classical.
This is a "bold and shiny" french style (keeping this simple!). Not really my cup of tea, rather masculine, but smart, don't you think?
Country - Manoir......now we're getting somewhere...
I love this.....described as "Delicate and Stylish", the combination of blue and white just sings to me :). Are you finding your french niche yet? ......lets keep going!
Country - Rural
Provence - Luberon.
Loving this! Its blue and white so of course I love it! Notice the blue is more into lavender shades? Inspired by the provencal lavender fields I would think. The 'Provencal' look is described by the author as being 'bright, airy and fresh' , with terracotta or stone floors blending the inside with the outdoor living area, where the most can be made of those hot summer months.
I need to throw in some extra shots of Provence.....it just wouldn't seem right not to share it's beautiful outdoors with you.....like this mas in the dappled sunlight of summer....
The landscapes of lavender fields............
or olive trees.................
And then there are the gorgeous provencal outdoor settings for breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner, I may be a fan of blue and white, but the setting below could definitely convert me! (after a closer look, take away the food and it still leaves quite a bit of blue and white!)
Provence - Riviera
Apparently its all about the 'marine' colors here....'vibrant and fresh'....
and the bright colors of the yellow mimosas and pink and purple bougainvilleas....
Paris - Bohemian
I'd like to think I was a little 'bohemian', but after reading through the description....I am not sure I am anything LIKE it ! Apparently an 'artistic' and 'eclectic' look....being 'adventurous' and 'unconventional'.....
In my mind's eye I see it more like this............
I kind of really like it......maybe to ....visit! Not sure I could live with that all the time.... especially a whole house :)
Paris - Coco Haute Couture
The lucky last style is described as 'fine design' and 'fin de siecle'
|Chanel appartment 31, Rue Cambon Paris.|
A luxurious style, chandeliers, beads, pearls, chinese lacquered finishes ,throw in a fin de siecle 'bust' or two and some black and white photos and voila! Coco style!
So let's see ................ I have/love Style
Chandeliers Rococo, Coco Haute Couture ??
Blue,white and timber Provence, Country Rural, Country Manoir
Wrought iron Provence,Country Manoir
Black and white photos Coco Haute Couture
So now I know that 'my style' is......Provencal..ish , a dash of rural/manoir, with a twist of rococo/coco.
Will you look at that? Not a speck of bohemian in me! Although...bohemian IS described as eclectic..and my style, if nothing else, is definitely that!!
So after having worked through these decors, which one is more you? Tell me.....
A bientôt, Gigi
A bientôt, Gigi