My daughter and I used this picture as inspiration to make over her room a couple of years ago.
I think we did okay....and before you ask why her room is so dark and what are those bars on her windows, no she's not in a guarded turret. The 'bars' are shade slats and very common in our part of the world where the Summer sun can turn a West facing bedroom into a sauna. And the intentional 'gloom' is the very shade that keeps her room liveable. She loves it....it's like a permanent cubby house.
Winter came and the Summery vintage patchwork, made way for a strawberry coloured chenille number....
Now she's rearranged her room according to Feng Shui principles and favours another vintage Candlewick bedspread....she's nothing if not predictable.
Me? I love anything French. I sketched this myself one day when I was bored. It's been hanging over my desk for a year or two now. Everyone loves it and wants one, but it was one of those 'moment in time' things. I'm not sure I could do it again.
Anything with texture, preferably in neutral tones gets the nod from me. I made this faux mink throw myself when those things were popular a year or seven ago. I don't think they're quite the go now, but I love mine. Curling up with on a cool night to watch TV feels quite decadent.
Ballet shoes and bling get a good look in round here too.
The girl child took this photo on her iPhone using the aforementioned rug, and her most recent pointe shoes. Quite arty, I thought.
Gelati colours are a favourite when we're not neutral or ballet pink. Limoge teacups and Vintage canisters for example...
We rather like orchids....even fake ones which are so good these days, you can scarcely tell they're fake anyway.
And we have lots of thingies displayed. You know. Useless stuff that we just like looking at.
More Limoges china stacked with calico stamped with French script from the lovely Annabel, Frenchy books, jars of travel mementoes like viewing glasses from the Lido...I think Husband used those to zoom in on some of the sequin action in the show. That's what he said anyway.
More Frenchy books, and a DIY cloche hung with ballet pink ribbon and antique French keys.
Pineapples, red tulips, red books and classic books, ducks, horseheads, brass telescope in wooden box, we've got it all. And nearly all completely and utterly superfluous to modern day life.
Frankly it drives my poor husband around the twist. But I would die without my pretty things around me. I keep trying to exercise restraint, but I just don't think it's in me. All I can do is rotate the stuff so that it all gets a viewing.
What about you. Are you a Minimalist? Or are you more lavish and flamboyant? Do tell.