The other day, I was flicking through a decoration magazine with a friend from Australia and she asked me if I ever had a bedroom with a headboard when I was growing up in France. I thought about it for a while and told her it was actually the opposite…I always had a headboard in my parents’ home…
Bless my mum for her irreproachable sense of style, but at some point, I even had a four poster bed and pink Toile de Jouy wallpaper in my bedroom. It looked so French, it was a dream comes true for my American penpal.
I moved towards modern, Scandinavian design when I went to University, discovered the Swedish giant and then, the Scandinavian design legacy with designs from Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner, Verner Panton to name a few.
Since then, I think my style has naturally evolved between the stylish French style I grew up with, the modern Scandinavian style I embraced and the relaxed New-Zealander style I married into.
True to be told, while I consider myself a modernist, I still love headboards and pretty antique chandeliers very much. When it came to re-decorate the four bedrooms in our holidays home in France (pictured above), I set to have at least one bedroom to exude French style.
To achieve a sense of space and calm, I painted the walls in chalky white and left them as bare as possible rather than using heavily patterned wallpapers. The only things hanging on the walls are a vintage mirror (see above) and an old painting my mum gave me.
My talented, crafty mum made the linen curtains and covered an old headboard with the same fabric she used for the curtains, while I sourced vintage gold lighting from antique shops. I then added some soft stonewashed linens and a comfortable mattress and there you have… a nice, stylish bedroom. What are your thoughts on the headboard and which bedroom(s) do you prefer?