With Claire Hornby
THE trends for 2013 have a definite continental twist, and once again it’s the French who are providing the inspiration.
But whereas last year’s trend had a provincial cottage feel to it, now we are taking inspiration from the French Chateau.
Paying homage to the stunning interiors is the gorgeous Versailles collection of furniture from Barker and Stonehouse.
We particularly like the distressed finish pine side tables with their shaped pedestal legs and a long chunky top which would look fabulous with a trailing house plant winding its way around the base.
And no chateau would be complete without a chaise-longue. The Adonia from Barker and Stonehouse is irresistible, with its undulating shape and mystic velvet covering. Either opt for the “putty” or “divine” shades to keep the look tonal, or inject a pop of sophisticated colour with the “boysenberry”. When staying in a chateau, it’s all about the bed, so if there’s one room to go all out in it is certainly your boudoir. The Juliet Caned and Painted bed incorporates an exquisite floral basket design that was originally created by Louis XV’s chair maker which can be either caned or upholstered in a range of fabric.
Carpets in French chateaus are lavish and decorative such as the elegant sepia Royal Axminister – Versailles with its floral scroll motif, or the Exmoor French Impressions.
If a full revamp is not on the cards, smaller items such as room name plates will also help you get a touch of Chateau chic – after all “Salle de Bain” reads so much better than “bathroom”.
A big part of the attraction of staying in a French chateau is the ambience. We can’t place the South of France on your doorstep, but we can help you infuse your home with that wonderful fresh fragrance found in Toulouse and Loire. Combining lavender, rosemary and thyme will create a scent which is très français. Either plant them in your garden, or make a window box.
Claire Hornby is creative stylist at Barker and Stonehouse. For more design ideas visit www.barkerand stonehouse.co.uk
BOUDOIR: The Versailles collection from Barker & Stonehouse brings the beauty of a French chateau to your home.