Secrets of the French country boudoir - March 2019

The key to creating a French country bedroom is to keep it clean and simple, says Courtney Allison

Layers of soft linens in whites and neutrals, gilded and painted antiques, and an admittedly over-the-top chandelier give our bedroom a romantic French country cottage atmosphere.

We built our bedroom as an addition to the original cottage about ten years ago. Adding on to a vintage home while keeping the original look has challenges, so we focused on a few of the original and easy to re-create elements to blend it seamlessly: corner windows, wood plank walls, and matte hardwood flooring.

Over the years, my style has shifted toward what is more serene and restful
for the eye. Where I once loved layer upon layer of patterns and colours in a room, I now crave the peaceful, elegant feeling that comes from tone-on-tone neutrals. As such, the bedroom has changed to reflect a lighter feeling.

I fell in love with the simple lines of this reproduction Swedish country-style bed the first time I saw it. While the chippy paint and oyster-colored linen fabric set a neutral tone, the canopy frame indulges the side ...

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