Cottage style is known for its light and airy quality, but cottage can also be luxurious, as in this bedroom designed by Jennifer from The Old Painted Cottage.
Jennifer’s room uses an elegant, nearly monochromatic palette of taupes and creams, with just a hint of pink. Built around the soft taupe walls, in this case, “Antique Bone” by Ralph Lauren, Jennifer’s room is like a sumptuous French hotel.
Jennifer’s home has been featured in Romantic Country with good reason. She has a gorgeous home, full of French and shabby country style. Her bedroom is a more romantic, textural space, and when I talked to her about how she made her color choices, this is what she had to say:
What was the inspiration for the room color?
The color was inspired by a bolt of fabric. Seriously. That fabric that I used on the headboard, it served as my color palette for the entire room. I had found the bolt at a flea market and it instantly struck me.
You have a very distinct style–how would you describe it?
My style in general is romantic cottage. However, for my bedroom I wanted it to feel like a luxurious French hotel room. I always dreamed of having a glamorous bedroom.
Which came first, the wall color or the other elements?
It began with the fabric for the headboard, then the wall color next, and then everything else fell into place. I used champagne colored silk curtains and bedding. Cream colored faux fur pillows and a white flokati rug. This room is all about texture, luxurious fabrics and materials.
Once you knew you were going to go with taupe, how did you decide on this particular shade?
Sounds funny, but I really didn’t have any plans for this color until I spotted that bolt of fabric at the flea market. Impulsive, huh?
What do you love most about the room?
I love that every time I enter my bedroom, I feel like I’m entering a glamorous hotel room, even though it’s just 5 steps away from my office.
That headboard is fantastic! How did you make it?
It was originally a mantle, and it was the true begining of the entire “room project”. I’d found it on the side of someone’s house and paid $100 for it. It was solid black and very plain. The second I spotted it, I knew it would make a great headboard. I used 4 coats of creamy white paint, added tons of rose /cherub appliques, and I made the tufted insert by hand, and then voila!
How did you do the words above the headboard?
That’s vinyl wall lettering! I saw the phrase in a store once, and it always stayed with me.
Where did you find the hanging bedside chandeliers?
They are circa 1930’s and I found them at a flea market.
What a luxurious, beautiful, romantic, glamorous room. I’m not sure that I’d have the willpower to get out of bed each morning in a room this sumptuous. What a treat to see. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing it with us!
About The Designer
Jennifer is an antiques collector and dealer, in the business for over 10 years. She started out selling at flea markets and selling eBay, then started her own website in 2006, which has been very successful. Her blog is like a personal journal for her to share her antiquing journeys and triumphs, neat decorating ideas, funny stories and personal family life. It has allowed her customers to get to know her on a more personal level; “the girl behind the website,” and it has opened up many new friendships. You can find Jen at her website, The Old Painted Cottage, or at her blog, also titled The Old Painted Cottage. Photos in this article are Copyright ©2007 Jennifer ~ The Old Painted Cottage and are used by permission.