Lifestyle

Minimalist French Style Bedroom Decor

I believe that the decor that makes up a bedroom has to be one’s sanctuary and has to reflect that person’s character. I have always liked a more minimalist and clutter-free decor, with a touch of romantic ornamentation. In my bedroom, it is not done in a suffocating manner, but rather in the little details of the main pieces of furniture. For example, the lamp and mirror are decorated with an intricate design that is subtle but luxurious. My bed frame is adorned with bay leaves, and the bed posts have detailed wood work.  This creates a classic, château decor style that never goes out of style. To personalize it further, I have added a couple features that emanate French Parisian style, as inspired by my Parisian Glam Room Decor post. When I wrote this post last year, this is what I had in mind for my bedroom. This particular style is seen by:

  • Decorative boxes. They are my go-to storage solution that double as accent pieces throughout the room. I purchase mine at Michael’s Craft Store, where you can find so many different colour palettes and designs for your own personal taste.
  • Chair. Mine is of Louis XV influence, with a rounded seat back, featuring a curved wood frame and carved decorations. In addition, the chair legs are curved in an ‘s’ shape for added romance and sensuality. The seat is also covered in a brocade-patterned fabric, which further adds elegance and luxury to the room.
  • Rococo mirror. An elaborate ornamental style of motifs, flowers, and leaves. Since it is all in the same metal tone, it is subtle, but exudes a luxurious, romantic flair.
  • Fluffy pillow. This was one of my Christmas presents this year, one of which I was so eager to add to my room! This one is made from natural wool, and was actually purchased at Costco for a really affordable price. I like how the fibres are not all equal and perfect; the voluminous curly strands, each unique, adds amusement, comfort, and repose to the room. Also, notice the pink tone; it is not a stuffy candy pink. It is more of a light pink with peach undertones, almost a very light salmon pink. In french decor, this pink tone is what is more often used. It looks natural rather than artificial and fake.
  •  Writing desk. Just like with the bed, the wood work is very unique and beautiful, without being too overbearing. It is a classic piece that can be used for almost any room, such as a male bedroom, office, library, or hallway. Instead of being a very bold and attention-seeking piece, it shows quality, and the finer details add embellishment to the room.
  • Painting. Keeping with the pink tones, the painting adds that individualized touch that would otherwise be missing from the space. It is of personal preference, so find something that speaks to you!

Aside from these, the rest of the room is in light tones as to maximize the brightness and airiness. The walls are painted with an off-white French blue. The bed cover, sheets, and curtains are all white, as to create that sleek look. I find that with all the embellished details of the furniture, adding a colourful and patterned bedspread and window treatments would be too intense. In addition, the handmade wooden bookshelf is painted in a light cream colour; I believe that if it were painted pure white, it would look cheaper and would resemble plastic instead of solid wood.

As for my shoe shelves, I have a built-in closet organizer, which was a Christmas gift from two years ago. This is the one I have installed, and cannot image my life without it. I am very keen on being organized, and I definitely like this system for a smaller closet space!

Fashion

OOTD: Basic

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Shop this look: Segments merino wool top (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | Michael Kors tote bag | Aldo booties (on sale!) | Polo Ralph Lauren belt (oos; find similar here) | Civion nail bracelet | George aviators (find similar here)

I cannot say how many times I have worn this outfit without fail! It easy to put together, and can be done with almost any wardrobe! When broken down, it is just the combination of basic pieces everyone owns: black long sleeve top, blue jeans, black leather belt, brown booties, brown leather bag. As I have mentioned in an older post, I always try to coordinate my metallic accents, in which this case is gold. The gold matches across the belt buckle, metal details on my bag, trim on my aviators, and jewelry.

On another note, in a collaborating with Civion, a jewelry company based in New York, I have discovered some beautiful accessories that are really in for the season, as seen with the nail bracelet. Their pieces are a great addition to my wardrobe and really help play up and complete any outfit! Use my promo code LILYBELF25 for 25% off your next Civion purchase!


The trim of my mirror can be seen in most of the pictures above. Here is the link to buy my mirror.

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Lifestyle

Parisian Glam Room Decor Inspiration

Lately, I have been very influenced by Parisian style and decor, which, after hours of browsing the web, lead me to find numerous fashion illustrations. I was absolutely inspired to redecorate my bedroom then and there, but quickly came back down to earth and remembered that I am a university student on a tight budget. A girl can dream…anyhow, now I am here creating this post. Using a soft pink, white, and pewter colour palette, I combined Parisian and glam decor styles to create my dream bedroom. I am also sharing the illustrations that initially sparked the idea. Enjoy!

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1. Toile Pillow

Toile, also known as “toile de Jouy”, consists of a light background depicting a scenery that is repeated throughout the fabric. Originating from Jouy-en-Josas, a commune 19km south-west of Paris, this print is commonly associated with French style.

 

2. Decorative Boxes

These boxes create a stylish storage alternative and add romantic hues to the overall space. I already own four floral boxes, not these exact ones but of a similar style, and I find them so practical for organizing!

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3. Lattice Area Rug

Having a rug in your room is not only stylish, but helps to illuminate it as well. Especially with a lighter rug colour, the light can reflect more easily and definitely brings a room to life!

4. Chandelier

This chandelier is perfect for a smaller space such as a bedroom. The metal-wire filigree adds to the romantic style.

5. Vanity Tray

The elegant floral-patterned frame with an antique-style finish ties in the vintage Paris vibes. Very useful for putting away your jewelry of the day and some perfume bottles.

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6. Accessories Illustration

Created by Alison Gordon Studio, this wall art brings forth my love of fashion and all things pink!

7. Coco Mademoiselle Illustration

Alison Gordon showcases her artistic talents with this Coco Mademoiselle drawing. Nothing says classy and elegant like Chanel!

8. Café Fleur Illustration

Alison Gordon’s illustration portrays the ease of life and the “joie de vivre” of Parisians.

9. Chair

The pale wooden frame ornamented with flowers demonstrates well the french style. This chair is influenced by the reign of Louis XV, in which the cartouche-shaped seat backs were framed with moulded wood. The crest rail and legs featured rococo carvings of gold leaves and flowers. This era of style is further characterized by cabriole-shaped legs placed at an angle.

 

10. Mirror

This gorgeous mirror features rococo detailing once again, with the gold leaves and cherubs.

 

11. Fluffy Pillow

An amusing way of adding another touch of pink to the room! This soft and playful wool brings comfort and  repose.

12. Writing Desk

The sleek and contemporary design of this desk balances out the romantic and embellishing ambiance of the room. The white colour brings simplicity and elegance.

Below are the drawings that inspired me to write this post. These beautiful illustrations are created by Lalana Arts, who is very talented!