I am certain that Kim will be surprised to see which room I chose to feature when she asked me to share my favorite room this Friday. She was just here in Normandie at Rabbit Hill last month and I was gushing about my love for the kitchen and true, it is my favorite space in the house and where I do spend the most time, but I thought I would instead give you a tour of my other favorite creative space -- my studio office or 'atelier' ... which also happens to function as our 'chambre des amis' -- or guest room.
After deciding that this large 360sf room was a bit too big for our almost three year old daughter to use as a bedroom, making it a work space and occasional guest room was a logical plan. Would you guess that behind the panel doors on the right and left of the fireplace there is a hidden 'salle de bain' and on the other side a laundry closet that hides our washer and dryer?
Initially, the room was set up with a single day-bed and a table that I could use as a desk but eventually we found a gorgeous Louis XV upholstered bed that now has a permanent place there. I am currently dreaming about doing away with my oval work table (which was once our kitchen table!) and replacing it with a long 'table de drapier' which would work much better running the entire length of the wall.
The armoire found at a brocante and then repainted, holds all of my brocante finds, vintage linens and small items waiting to be photographed as well as and packing supplies.
Decorating this room has been fairly easy for me. The already existing palette of soft grey and cream was perfect. Most of our furnishings were purchased at brocantes or found at local auction houses. The shutters behind the bed which were added to bring the eye down and to work with the very high 13' ceilings, make the room cozy and lend to the rustic elegant contrast that I love to use in decorating. They were salvaged from the side of the road the second year we lived in France.
It is sometimes the 'petite assistante' who shows more promise as an 'un-decorator' than a decorator that brings the most challenge when working on a room.
The space for me, not only has to serve several purposes but also has to be inspirational and functional. My visions was to fill it with decorative vintage items that I love, create backdrops for staging and photography, have a place to write and work and when not busy with all of that be ready to accommodate guests.
And because it is essentially 'my' room, I have filled it with things I love to have close; old French books, vintage postcards, soft grain sack cushions ...
I have to admit that this bed beckons to me at times when I am sitting at my desk and working. Maybe no one would ever know if I snuck in a quick nap!
I just recently found this vintage crate and sled base at a flea market in Northwest France. It is staying in the studio for now but I cannot wait to set it up for the holidays filled with packages and evergreens!
As you can probably guess, I am inspired by texture and light and this room is filled with both. Can you see why it is one of my favorite rooms at Rabbit Hill?
Thank so much Kim for inviting me to share a favorite room! I hope you can come back to Normandie soon and try out the room for yourself!
Have a bon week-end everyone!
Thanks so much, Cat for sharing this beautiful room with us.
Did y'all enjoy your trip to France from the comfort of your home? I hope you will go over and say hi to Cat at Sunday Brocantes and read more about their life in Normandie.
I am off to the Country Living Fair and I hope y'all have a super weekend!