Stepping Back To The Nineteenth Century Through Design And Decor By Way Of A Converted Presbytery

The nineteenth century lives on through character, color and design in the converted presbytery home of Muriel Dana. Featured in Campagne Decoration, the decor of this Normandy coast home reflects the fascination of a time gone by.

A self proclaimed decorator and bargain hunter, Muriel’s passion for furniture and objects of the nineteenth century swathe her home in a magnificent interpretation of romance, lace, and femininity.  Shades of pink frame the space flattering brown accents, and the French settee done ooh la la lovely in complementing aubergine.

Repairs were made to cracking walls, doors, and windows, allowing detail to authenticity in the ground floor reception rooms. The greens of both the Louis XVI cane chair with gold accents and velvet curtains draw the eye to the finish of the golden brown mud walls beneath the wainscot.  Two-tone walls, such as in this case, enrich the color palette.

A former upstairs Sunday school room was effortlessly converted to a  dressing room and bathroom.  A pine armoire serves two purposes,  practical storage and perfect complement to the hardwood floors. The six light gold gilt and crystal chandelier pales in beauty only to the claw foot tub and gold gilt drapery crown.

The undeniable hallmarks of French decor- gray(or is it grey), blue, white- Très bien!  The patina of the original mud walls allows an antique finish to be created summed up by two words, perfect imperfection.

Should I begin with the distressed beauty of the copper pot lined cupboard, the silverware cabinet door hardware and napkin holder, the embroidered sheets doing cuisine duty, or the gourmet feeling that French design and decor defines?It’s all so wonderfully French and so wonderfully good!

The upstairs master bedroom became the room Muriel had always dreamed of. Isn’t that exactly what a master bedroom should be?  Baroque influenced accents from whitewashed walls, golden cherubs, and lace panels exemplify the new meaning of the three r’s ~ romantic, refined, restful.

Like mother, like daughter~ a dream room is the wish Muriel granted her daughter Sophie. Decor choices of framed vintage prints, pink as far as the eye can see, a bed crown befitting a sleeping princess, and toile de Jouy are perfect for child’s play.

Taking a meal in the intimate dining room overlooking the gardens would certainly be a dining and visual treat. The deep patina of the gray(grey) wall showcases the rosewood decorative wall clock as a focal point. The chicken wire doors of the china cupboard, the highly decorative appliques and crown, and toile lined shelves epitomize European charm.

Home design and decor should express and reflect the essence of its owners. The homeowner’s passion for the furniture and accessories, reminiscent of the nineteenth century,  is uniquely displayed throughout the home.  Character and charm are two elements of great design, and are the calling card of this stunning home.

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images: Christophe Rouffio

Color Your World Series: Decorating With The Color Pink

Decorating with the color pink is a decorista go-to in my portfolio preferences.

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Over the next few postings I will be showing a series of color charts, fabric samples and wallpapers for your viewing pleasure.

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I’ve selected a few fun, funky, classic, trendy, traditional, elegant and affordable options.

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Who couldn’t use a little or a lot of pink in their decorating world?

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Let’s kick things off with interiors, ideas and a shades and styles design board featuring ideas for decorating with the color pink.

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A touch of fabulous with a hint of fun keeps the look fresh and focal point worthy.

Making Fabulous Out Of Flawed With An Existing Space: Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

Dave the Builder and I had big, big plans for the renovation of our new house, which also happens to be my childhood home.  Plans change, life throws you a curve ball, and you find yourself “the guest” who will now be using the guest bathroom.  It’s time for the bathroom remodeling ideas to begin.

The before pictures have been lost in the shuffle, but you don’t need a great imagination to envision what we were working with.

A vast knowledge of outdated ugly will do.

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The first question Dave the Builder asked me was are you going to leave the existing tile walls.

I’m not a fan of what’s involved with the removal of ceramic tile, so no, Dave, we will not be removing the majority of the existing ceramic tile.

We will be adding to by taking away from.

The bathroom walls had the original gray and green decorative 4″ square tiles, randomly placed on a background of predominately white 4″ square tiles.

Not exactly atrocious, but leaning more to what was hot in style 40+ years ago.

I decided not  to remove the existing white tiles for one simple reason- the exact style of tile is used today.

Dave cut around and extracted the gray and green tiles, replacing them with 4″ glass tiles.  The original ceramic floor was left in place and overlaid with 12″ square slate purchased from Lowe’s.

Step three involved the removal of a double flush mount sink vanity.

Dave replaced it with a custom built vanity for the wow factor effect.  A decorative single sink and faucet from the Artist Editions collection by Kohler completed the look.

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The gorgeous framed mirror was a gift from my equally gorgeous mother-in-law.

Now came the time to select colors and make the decision to paint or paper.

I selected a classic brown Toile pattern with blue background wallpaper by York to enhance the colors of the slate floor and vanity.

Dave wanted to go with a dark brown glass tile, and I wanted to go with Café au lait glass tile.

We compromised with the old half and half trick.

The four light bronze bathroom fixture perfectly matched the mirror frame.

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One successful shopping trip to our local Marshall’s for guest towels, and one easy order placed at JCPenney for the shower curtain set put us in home decor business.

I could not be happier with the finished product.  It was the logical, practical and most cost efficient choice for us to make.

Our renovation and remodel repertoire grows.

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