Today, let’s talk about French decor in the study. I’ve been moving things around at my house. It started when I bought this wall hanging for the farm CLICK HERE.
That meant the botanical prints that were at the farm went to my bedroom.CLICK HERE, and the plaque that was in my bedroom, went to the hallway, CLICK HERE. The mirror that was in the hallway went to the Study. (You’re in the right place to see that.)
Remember, I just bought one piece of art, and already 4 rooms have benefitted from a new look. So here are some before photos. I had this piece of artwork in the study at one time. It’s now in the dining room.
Then I found these pieces that I love and added them to the room. I love the black and white architectural prints.
And here it is with the mirror I moved from the upstairs hallway. I am enjoying the mirror in here also because this side of the study was dark, but now it reflects the light from the window across the room. I like the scale of the mirror with the cabinet and I think the styles work well together. I love gray with gold. I bought that mirror from a French couple that was in my neighborhood before they moved back to Paris. It had been in his family for about 150 years, but they couldn’t take everything back with them. I was thrilled they were willing to part with it.
There’s plenty of light coming in from the large windows.
Little details make such a difference in a room, and this lamp is full of scrumptious details. The lamp was a vintage one I found at the thrift store. It looks like it was made for a study.
I added my preserved roses to the scales so there was some color in the room. If you are wondering, I don’t know where I’ll use the black and white prints, but they are my kind of thing, so I’m keeping them. I often give something away when I get something new, but it won’t be those.
Here’s a view of the study as you look in from the hallway. You can see how the light pours in from the left, but not from the right. The mirror will help balance the light. I also wanted to mention that there is talk that gray is out as a home decor color. I think it is not going to be seen everywhere like it once was, but it’s not out. I’ve seen a lot of wall where the gray is very blue, and that seems to be the shade of gray that’s going ‘out’ more than the softer putty gray and greige. What’s in and out, changes year to year, and I think it can be nerve-wracking trying to predict where the pendulum will fall. If you are on a budget (and most of us are) then it’s best to be conservative and not go too crazy with trends. And if you can create a look you love, then you’ll love it no matter what’s going on out there in the design world. I love my house, and I hope you love yours. That really is the important thing.