BRIGHT IDEAS:

With Claire Hornby

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

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.

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