Monday, March 28, 2016

Decorating With French Provincial White Cane Furniture

A beautiful, elegant yet casual, style emerged as wonderful French Provincial antique furniture merged with French farmhouse furniture from various French provinces. Called Chateau or French Provincial style, this decor is always rustic, old world, welcoming, and features a soft, natural color palette usually with a touch of a stronger color like russet, maroon or cobalt blue to provide the excitement.

 One of the icons of this style of decorating is the feature of this blog post. I am referring to the quaintly distressed French Provincial white cane furniture that seems to add the quiet charm and sophisticated elegance that makes this style of French interior so aesthetically pleasing to many today even though it has been around for a few years. 

If French Chateau style and the look of a pastoral country life is your desired interior, create a connection with the past by adding in a few well placed pieces of white cane furniture for instant authenticity.

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French style furniture has become increasingly popular in the interior design world due to its sophisticated elegance and style. A room that has been decorated with brocante flea market finds and French antique treasures is the perfect stage for French Provincial white cane furniture. Bright and uplifting these pieces will provide a tranquil, relaxed elegance to the atmosphere of your home.

 A chair like this French white cane Louis style side chair will instantly infuse your space with charm and simple elegance........the perfect balance of style and function.

Distressed white cane chairs have the unique ability to look fabulous in both rustic and elegant dining rooms. These French Provincial pieces have a grand appearance that can still provide a demure quality for your room.

The simple lines of French provincial white cane furniture became more popular as people began to enjoy rural, yet cultured, homes in areas like Bordeaux, Brittany, Normandy, and Provence.

It is easy to give your furniture European flair with French Provincial white cane chairs. Chairs are a good place to start if your are thinking about a rural French interior.

The elegant lines and refined details of French Provincial white cane chairs make it easy to enhance your living space with a touch of French sophistication.

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Chateau style decor has a strong sense of elegance and  luxury even though it is rooted in a charming, pastoral lifestyle. Slipcovers can add an air of sophistication to French Provincial white cane chairs.

French Provincial white cane furniture looks best when you choose a neutral palette and add accents of color. A neutral palette does give an air of calm to your house that if curated and decorated well is never boring.

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I use white French cane chairs in this corner of my kitchen.

Photographed by Jean-François Jaussaud

French Provincial white cane furniture is perfect for the chippy, farmhouse look. It's elegance looks right at home with a highly distressed piece like this farm table.

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Provincial furniture is more simple than what usually comes to mind when one thinks of French furniture. While there may be some carving, it won't be ornate. This simplicity of line in what allows white cane French style furniture to cross over into transitional and even more modern interiors.

French people living in the country who ordered the furniture were usually not as wealthy as the elite of Paris. These country people had more practical taste so provincial white cane furniture, while less fashionable, still displayed a genteel elegance with it's simpler decorative flourishes.

Craftsmen in the French provinces created white cane pieces with some formality, but also informal enough to be used in daily family life.

French provincial style originated in the rural chateaus found in French country provinces These were the country houses of rich French nobles during the reign of Louis XIV. Cane furniture was light and airy lending more to a pastoral life that the wealthy desired to retreat to.

Something about white cane furniture makes it look fabulous in weathered interiors.

French Provincial white cane furniture is loved by interior decorators for its simple lines and quiet charm.

Although it appears quaint in appearance, French provincial white cane furniture was durable enough for everyday use. It wasn't just a prized possession for these rural homes. These pieces were made to be functional.

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I love the graceful curved back on French Provincial white cane chairs. They are so elegant and charming.

Crisp and fresh white painted bed frames will add a light and airy feel to bedrooms. Sometime the white cane furniture is enhanced by gold leaf.

This white cane bed has opulent carving yet maintains a relaxed elegant charm that looks perfectly at home against a weathered wall. This is the true beauty of French Provincial white cane furniture.

With delicately carved edging these white cane pieces provide a splash of opulence and period style to any bedroom.

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French Provincial white cane chairs with their exquisite carving and crisp white exteriors provide a neutral and lustrous finish that compliments a wide range of interior styles and decors.

Decorating with French Provincial white cane furniture is an elegant and feminine style that works wonderfully in period homes as well as shabby chic style decors.

It is possible to buy both antique and modern remakes of French provincial furniture in regular as well as online furniture retail shops specializing in antiques and French furniture.These style choices in original and reproduced French furniture offer an array of painted pieces to suit virtually any decorating scheme and budget allowing you to find the perfect French furniture style to add French flair to any room.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Decorate With A Seating Area At The Foot Of The Bed

Ah, the long forgotten space at the foot of the bed. So many of you leave it bare and boring, while some do at least place a bench or trunk there.There is no reason for that space to be scorned and rejected when you can turn it into an elegant, interesting, and useful space. This is one in a series of blog posts that will show you some different ways to make the foot of your bed more appealing. 

No matter the size and style of a bedroom, adding a sitting area at the end of your bed will instantly create a cozy spot in which to relax at the end of the day with a good read, a cup of tea and tempting dessert, or some good conversation. After all the bedroom doesn’t have to be only for sleep.The sitting area at the foot of the bed can be a place to unwind without feeling your night has come to an end. Don't forget about mornings! The seating area can also be a space for waking up and greeting the day over coffee or tea.

The following pictures will show you can create a charming and functional space at the end of your bed and hopefully inspire you to step out and try something new.

If you are in the mood to relax a bit but not quite ready for sleep, a seating area at the foot of the bed creates a cozy space separate from the bed.

The bedroom doesn’t have to be only for sleep. Your bedroom should be a place where you can relax in private, and can feature other areas, like a media area, seating areas, or even a small office area.

It doesn't matter if your master suite is large or small, providing an extra bit of seating at the foot of the bed creates a glamorous look as well as a functional space.

Adding a seating area at the foot of the bed gives you the chance to create other lovely focal points instead of just your bed. This is great especially if you have bed that lacks distinctive or interesting features.

When you place a seating area at the foot of the bed you will have the advantage of your bedroom doubling as a sitting room.

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I like a seating area where your sofa almost takes the place of a footboard, making the whole bed seem like a larger unit. They have done a masterful job here of creating the look of a large, impressive four poster canopy bed. Not that hard and won't break the bank!

In addition to pleasing aesthetics, a sofa centered seating area at the foot of the bed is a practical element in a bedroom.

It's really nothing new. In fact a seating area at the foot of the bed is a classic look. If you are a collector like me this space is perfect for a fabulous antique settee. However for those craving comfort, today's sofas may lean more in that direction.

The look of the seating area at the foot of your bed can work well with any interior be it frou frou traditional,

casual, rustic elegance,

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or with more modern appeal. 

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Whichever style you choose, a seating area at the foot of the bed will help you to create a retreat...... especially if you have the room for a couple of cozy chairs.

Designer Julie Dodsen has styled the foot of this bed with a lovely mix of an antique French settee and a pair of more modern comfy chairs.

If you will decorate the bed and sofa at the foot with coordinated cushions, the room will acquire a cohesive look.

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Here is another example of a sofa placed at the foot of a bed with a full seating area created around it. For me the two tables would have to go as it is a bit too crowded. It is however, a perfect spot to retreat to if you have company or a houseful of children or grandchildren and need some alone time.

Turning the foot of a bed into a seating area is also a great idea if you have an aging parent that has come to live with you.

Restyling your bedroom with a seating arrangement can be fun.

 Be creative and make it visually interesting. Attempt something you have always dreamed of doing but just haven't had the courage to try.

Keep in mind that a seating arrangement at the foot of the bed need not always involve a sofa or loveseat. Plus it doesn't require tons of extra space. This is not a huge bedroom. Place a pair of chairs at the end of the bed in lieu of a footboard for a chic, stylish look that also provides the perfect spot for relaxing in the evening or even waking up in the morning with coffee or tea.

Try placing a couple of comfy chairs and a small table at the foot of your bed. This homeowner has chosen to match up the seating area but you can also coordinate your bed coverings and your seating area with multi-pattern and color. In other words you don't have to be matchy matchy.

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Having a seating area at the foot of your bed works well in all decorating styles from contemporary to classic antique. To some of us antique chairs can be comfortable as well as lovely. Those with back problems find straight back chairs more preferrable.

Another option for your foot of the bed seating area is a chaise lounge. Here the chairs have been placed at the side of the bed but could also be used at the foot. Just remember that if you intend to arrange them at the side, make sure you chaise can be placed facing the chairs and not away like in this picture. I think is is a much more inviting look. It will depend on the design of the chaise and where the arm is located.

An elegant chaise lounge can still create a cozy reading spot or an intimate space to unwind at the end of the day. I will admit that some are not as comfortable as others. However, that is true of modern chairs and sofas as well.. Just be selective and find one that meets your specific requirement for relaxation.

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