Welcome to the monthly French Country Design Series! The past 3 months I’ve joined with several other bloggers to celebrate a French inspired ‘morning, noon and night’. This month’s theme is night and I’m sharing my French blue guest room for a bonne nuit!
For ‘morning’ you can visit: Waking Up to Crossiants and Coffee
For ‘noon’ please see: Noontime at My French Kitchen Table
Several years ago I had the pleasure of visiting a friend’s country home outside Paris and I was struck with how well appointed the guest room we stayed in was. This had such a lasting affect on me that I’ve strived hard to ensure my own guest room offers all the comforts a visitor could hope for. The key to offering a pleasurable stay is anticipating the needs of your guests and providing these things in easy to find places so they don’t need to search or ask. A bedside tray with fresh water is one of my absolute musts. Ours sits on a wonderful blue-grey Gustavian chest. (See resource list at the bottom of the post.)
An alarm clock and a reading lamp are also present on one of the nightstands. Our guest room is blessed with lots of natural light but for evening reading with a cup of tea, the lamplight is a welcome addition.
Since one of the nightstands has 3 empty drawers, the rest of the room was free to furnish with pieces that are accommodating for guests. The pale blue walls set the tone for a peaceful stay with creamy whites and light toned woods sprinkled about. The gorgeous French blue toile pillow punctuates the space with a provençale feel.
Tucked in the corner is a knotty pine writing desk, equipped with notecards and writing instruments, as well as a luscious scented candle. Above the desk is a wall mounted TV, because y’know… 21st century.
A cane back settee sits across from the bed beneath a lovely framed print of the French countryside.
I keep fresh towels in the room at all times, so I never forget to leave them for my guests. I’m a huge fan of Rancé soaps and they’re a nice luxury to treat visitors well. The vintage suitcase was actually passed down in our family and it’s where I keep some antique linens.
Of course the centerpiece of the room is the bed and it’s dressed in a mix of patterns in French blue and white. Toiles and checks and stripes, oh my! The botanical prints were purchased online and were deliciously inexpensive. (See resource list below for all sources.)
The throw pillows in the front have a bit of a back story. I’ve had them, in some form, since the 1980’s. The larger tattersal ones were originally napkins and the smaller boudoir pillow was made from cotton placemats. They came from one of the first Ralph Lauren Home collections and I got them when I worked in the design department about 30 years ago!
And if there’s one thing a French blue room needs… it’s delphiniums!
At the foot of the bed is this tiny chippy bench with some of my favorite French decor books.
The hand towels are brand new but they work so well with the old textiles in the room.
I love collecting aged books but I try to go for content as well as look. I search for titles I enjoy, as it adds to the pleasure of collecting antique works.
It amuses me to see all my vintage pieces on the desk with the cable box!
Thanks for being my guest today!
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