The French seem fearless when it comes to experimenting with space, color and found objects as they explore treasure-trove venues of uniqueness (like French flea markets) for new discoveries. This is one of the advantages to living in a country that revolves around design.
So once you have read this, try your hand at it: recuperation, deconstruction, re-construction, paper, paint and just make the most out of what you have so you too, can live in “haute” style without spending a fortune.
Z’Scoop’s selected blogger and author, Emanuelle Calatayud makes some good recommendations:
Transformative Makeovers With Her Own Little Fingers
Painting her grandmother’s hutch white, adding snazzy new pulls and some vintage teapots and bric-a-brac et voila! Emanuelle transformed an ugly duckling into a covetable piece of fine and useful furniture.
Creative wall color, surface texture and decorative techniques are one of the easiest ways to transform small spaces and add easy intrigue. (Be sure to ask your landlord first!)
Masking Tape Designs
Mark off decorative spaces on a solid colored wall with masking tape: geometric forms, color blocking, and creative shapes.
Wallpaper or Fabric
If French walls are so old and decrepit that they need to be covered, fabric stretched over light padding works like a dream. Wallpaper is making a big comeback and also works inside armoires and closets.
Clever use of textiles adds texture and visual excitement, whether they come from flea markets, IKEA or the Marche St. Pierre — where clothing designers, interior decorators and you can buy amazing fabrics. Wall hangings hung from a curtain rod, throws draped over small shelves or beds, cushions heaped on couches and beds all help express your individualism and uniqueness effectively.
Living rooms go from dullsville to divine by suspending one focally dramatic lighting piece in the middle of the room. One of our favorite IKEA departments is lighting, and the French share this preference. From eclectic chandeliers to mod disco-balls, the choices are mesmerizing, and the prices fit almost any wallet.
The Luck of the Draw Tip
“The first thing to do is to arrange to be born in Paris. After that, everything follows quite naturally.” – Diana Vreeland, former Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue fashion editor, a special consultant: Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
All books are available at amazon.com. Click on titles for more information. To learn more about products, click on item name.
The Eye Has to Travel
by Diana Vreeland
Découvrez le Quilling ; 24 Idées Pour Bien Débuter
by Emanuelle Calatayud
Creating The French Look
by Annie Sloan
La Vie est Belle: Elegant Art of Living in the French Style
By Henrietta Heald
Fabrics or walls, throws and upholstery
MARCHE ST PIERRE
2 Rue Charles Nodier, Paris 75018
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