Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fabrics of Versailles

I am just fresh off of a trip to Paris, France and it was lovely. While there we ventured out to Versailles, home of King Louis XIV and the seat of the absolute monarchy from 1682 through1789.

I was so taken with the bright fabrics that were used throughout the chalet (the primary building), Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon (Marie Antoinette’s quarters), that I thought I would share them with you. The artistry of the fabrics and tapestries was beyond imagination. Here I share with you what I so loved seeing in person.


This was the bedchamber of The Empress Marie Louise. However the bed was Napoleon’s bed in the Tuileries Palace and the one in which his successor Louis XVIII, Louis XVI’s brother, died in 1825, before finally being brought here for the last occupant of the room, Queen Marie-Amelie, King Louis-Phillippe’s wife. Look at the sumptuousness of the bedding and all the draping around the bed. Do you know of anyone with a gold headboard like that? Or a gold headboard period? Maybe Donald Trump?


I loved this color combination and how bright the fabric was. Look at the tassles! The tassles alone really impressed me!


Beautiful! Again, the tassles were a piece of art. I believe this was from the bedchamber of the Queen of the Belgians.


Louis XIV’s bedchambers. Sorry…out of focus!


The top of his bedchamber. Notice the feather plumes on the four corners of his bed.


From Louis-Philippe’s family room. Beautiful shades of yellow and blue on this side chair.


I believe this was a wallpaper. Rich, vibrant colors.


This was one of my favorite materials, if not my favorite. The sheen of the blue and the wheat-green and white makes this so dainty and feminine, but classic at the same time. I would purchase this material for my home and definitely find a place for it.


Another room lined with beautiful wallpaper or material… I cannot tell which.


This was one of my favorite fabrics. Unfortunately I did not take this picture in focus! :)


Many of the rooms were color thematic. Here they copied the circle pattern onto the chair seats.


Here damask wall paper lines the room in an evergreen that works beautifully with all the gilting in the room.


Look at the tapestry of this stool. It’s just beautiful, don’t you think? To imagine this kind of craftwork in the 1800’s is amazing.


This is the stool from the side. These bead tassles were intriguing to me, so I had to reach over the rope and touch one of them (heaven forbid!). I got a quick scolding from the docent! Shame on me!


One of the rugs. Lovely.


More wallpaper or fabric covered walls. Gorgeous.


The magnificence of these tassles is unparalled.


The Dauphine’s Bedchamber. Silks were hung in the room while carved oak was placed on the lower part of the wall. The bed’s fabrics are decorated with motifs of foliage and medallions produced in petit point needlework. The needlework on the headboard depicts the sheep of the shepherd Edymion.


More beautiful stools in rich, vibrant colors.


I love the lemony vanilla color of this room with the light blue accent.


Apartments of the Dauphine… the Dauphine’s Library. The colors in this room were also fascinating to me.

Hope you enjoyed! Au revoir!

Love is patient, Love is kind,

It does not envy, it does not boast,

It is not proud, It is not rude,

It is not self-seeking,

It is not easily angered,

It keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil,

but rejoices with the truth.

Love always protects, always trusts,

always hopes, always perseveres.

Love bears all things, believes all things,

hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.

Love never fails.

- Corinthians 13:4-8

Friday, April 2, 2010

Loving Gerard’s Place

If you’ve read my blog before or have followed it, you will know that it takes a LOT to impress me.  I’m one of those kind of people who don’t like to have what everyone else has.  I don’t like the normal, the conformed, the popular.  There are exceptions of course, but for the most part, I like unusual, eclectic, foreign and different.

This month when I received my Architectural Digest in the mail I was met by the handsome Gerard Butler sitting in a chair in his Chelsea loft in New York.  Although Gerard (Gerry as his friends call him I believe) looked good..honest eyes… I was not impressed by his surroundings.    However, upon turning the pages and coming upon the article featuring his loft, I had one of those wow moments!  Wow!  This loft is different.  Wow!  This place has character!  Wow!  This is a man who isn’t afraid of inventing a new landscape.  Wow!  I found a new design aesthetic I really like!


The VERY handsome Gerard Butler. 


This is the picture that I love!   The exposed beams, the worn walls, the casual furniture, the rudimentary dining set, the crystal chandeliers!  Love, love, love!  It’s always been a dream to have a loft space of my own!


A stone lion’s head from an old library was used  in Butler’s theater area.


The dining area with the rustic dining set and three fabulous chandeliers lighting the area.  If you can’t decide on one chandelier style, go with them all!



The theater room.   The columns frame the screen and the furnishings are comfy and casual.


The kitchen’s cabinetry was made out of leftover flooring materials.  Love sustainable design!  The use of glamorous crystal chandeliers juxtaposed against distressed wood and worn walls is fabulous!


Another view of the kitchen, but this pic has a different center island.  Perhaps this was the first go-round with Designer Elvis Restaino?  I like the black island above better.



The stone-like tiles used as a black splash against stainless sink with Celtic markings is another juxtaposition that I find intriguing.  It’s THIS kind of design that is interesting!



A view into Butler’s office.  I love tall windows that open up to the world. 


I believe this is Elvis Restaino in Butler’s loft.   Restaino is an accomplished set designer, working on such sets as Star Wars and Moulin Rouge.  Check out his website here.  What a talented man!



Entranceway before…


and after…


and after….  ahhhh….. Note the mural on the ceiling, the crystal chandelier, the worn walls and the archway and columns separating the space from the rest of the loft.  Perfect!

Now if Restaino would only come help me envision my home!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Life's not always fair.  Sometimes you can get a splinter even sliding down a rainbow.  ~Terri Guillemets

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