I never tire of looking at beautiful rooms, do you? I seem to have an insatiable hunger for ideas on how to make my rooms more personal, more functional, and well, just plain pretty. While browsing through the home decor books at my local bookstore – a favorite pastime of mine on those rare occasions when I have a few minutes that are not otherwise occupied – I discovered this book Through the French Door by Carolyn Westbrook. It was love at first ruffle. Crystal chandeliers, wrought iron beds, beautiful artwork, and of course lots of ruffles (and more), this book is pure femininity! Ms. Westbrook is a multi-talented designer living in a dreamy, palatial plantation house in Texas. And this book is a delightful showcase of not just her home, but other spaces that evoke the quintessential style that defines relaxed french living. I was especially intrigued by how many similarities I saw in her decor and items that I have in my home. Do you get a little zing when that happens to you too? It encouraged me quite a bit! As I sit in my tiny townhouse it’s quite nice to know I have something in common with such a grand residence.
I’m a sucker for a potting bench and an avid collector of bee skeps so this photo immediately captured my attention but what really got me was the speciman artwork on the wall – I have that exact print too! Great minds! 🙂
My obsession with a black bathroom continues…. I really love the drama of it.
Even if it’s black toile wallpaper like this one shown, or this Botanic Charcoal/Gold by Graham & Brown (affiliate link), it feels very chic to me. I’m not sure if papering the whole room would be too much or not, but an accent wall would be amazing, I’m sure!
I absolutely, positively, without a doubt, am on a mission to find a blue & white sink like this! My, oh my, that is just the most charming accent ever! Imagine, you step into the powder room to wash your hands and pow! an ever so clever detail like this greets you and makes you feel even more pampered! Clearly I’m going to need more bathrooms in my next home 🙂
I also was thrilled to see that Carolyn loves Tartanware just like I do! You can see some of my collection here on the blog as well as an entire article on it here in the November/December issue of my former magazine.
Oh, and how about the brown transferware pitchers and platters? Everywhere the eye falls, there are lovely layers, rich depth, and a few surprises too – to inspire all of us with our home decor.
I hope you find a bit of inspiration to help you infuse a bit of french flair into your domicile.