Monday, January 9, 2012

Marie Antoinette Inspired Room

I recently received a request from a sweet reader who is in love with Sophia Coppola's movie rendition of Marie Antoinette. I myself enjoy that movie for all of the beautiful set and costume designs and the unique, "pop" twist on the classic and tragic French story. This reader asked if I could write a post about creating a Marie Antoinette inspired space. The answer, of course, was YES! I was thrilled to start working on this. So, knowing that she was in love with the movie, I followed that edgy, elegant, luxurious feel to make the mood board above.

Now, for the breakdown.

Whether you live in a dorm room or apartment, you must gather some furniture for this look. However, creating a lavish space like this can be quite expensive. So, avoid going to real stores for this stuff and instead hit up every single thrift store, antique mall, flea market, and yard sale that you hear about. You can find fantastic basics at these places that may have some beautiful ornate details. For example, if you find a side table that has a similar shape to the one above, but it is a nasty brown color, buy it! Some paint and a little bit of free time to DIY can transform that table from drab to fabulous enough for Marie, herself! Things like chairs, tables, large mirrors, and chandeliers can all be found and made over. Save your money on these items!

The bedding shown above is from Urban Outfitters, but it runs pretty expensive. There may be better deals elsewhere, but just keep this style in mind. When trying to replicate bedding for an Antoinette room, stick with really light pastels, layers, and luxurious looking fabrics. Add decorative pillows into the mix like the ones shown above with more vibrant hues of pink, blue, and purple or even gold and yellow.

Of course, sprinkling beautiful decorative pillows to places in the room other than the bed will help a lot. Find some ornate frames, both for tabletop and walls, and fill them with lavish photos of French shoe designs or even the Marie Antoinette Vogue cover. Use pretty cake stands to display jewelry and other small accessories while channeling Marie's love of all things sweet. Buy some gorgeous lighting from Target like the faux chandelier and fancy crystal lamp shown above. Also, this is one of the only times that it is completely acceptable to leave out a few pairs of your prettiest shoes for decor purposes. Run by a fabric store and pick up some shiny, silky fabrics to hang as drapes. You could even buy some ornate patterned fabrics that echo a Frenchy wallpaper to hang on the wall for a focal point. The possibilities are endless!

So, you see, creating a decadent interior like that of Marie Antoinette's isn't as complicated as it may seem! If you need any extra help, watch the video below to see a glimpse of her unique, elegant, yet edgy style in the movie Marie Antoinette.


Dylana Suarez said...

Super lovely blog!


The Pink Doormat said...

I love your blog! You inspired me to write a post about Marie Antoinette interiors.

Jesse said...

Thanks so much! I am glad I could help inspire you. I took a look at your wonderful blog. I love your Marie inspired post as well!