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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 3/29/2019

From Sabrina to Amélie the French vintage-inspired interiors evoke sensual elegance and comfortable hominess at the same time. Figuring out how to pull it all off, though, takes more than purchasing the right furniture set. That je ne sais quoi (literally “I don’t know what”) that is so French isn’t so much mastered as it is effortlessly felt. Getting that feel in your home might take a more relaxed approach to design than your usual efforts.

Letting it grow

Most French homes appear complete, but typically, individual pieces enter the house over time. Each one carries a memory, event, or other unique and special attachment. Designer Annouchka Engel calls it “undecorating.” The casual collection of elements, less staged and more collected, amass over time. Designer sofas share space with flea market finds and family antiques.

Distinctives of French style

Dusky pastels grace walls and floors while mixtures of woods, patterns, and other bold objects cluster in the space. Objects appear to be “found” rather than developed. The opposite of trendiness, more a counter to modern matchy-matchy design.

Allons-y — Let’s get started

Vintage French apartments are all about the architecture. If your home does not have much in the way of architectural detail, add some. Trim out the windows, add chair-rail and crown molding, change out flat doors for raised panels, or install decorative framing on the walls. Swap out builder-grade light fixtures for small, but elegant chandeliers or pendants.

Now that you have the backdrop live in at for a while with just one or two favorite pieces. As you shop, find vintage and antique pieces that speak to you or evoke a special feeling. Bring them into the space one at a time to let each one settle before adding another.

Touches of gold here and there, and mirrors on walls or setting on mantels, and metallic frames on wall art add a warm under glow. Sheers or lace in the windows allows in soft natural light that glints off each chosen item. Adding to the warmth are glowing wood floors with thick rugs and stacks of books or clusters of stools, side tables, and plants.

To finish off your look, fill your walls with an eclectic collection of street art, vintage framed posters, and pencil drawings gathered from your forages to markets, thrift stores and charity shops, and of course, your grandmother’s attic.

To find a home with terrific bones and architectural details, let your property agent in on your style requirements.




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Posted by Coleman & Sons Real Estate on 2/8/2019

Has your house become someplace that doesn't quite feel like the home you want? Maybe it’s dull or dreary or just not your style anymore? Perhaps you’re on a tight budget, or don’t feel that you have the time to go out and redo your entire space — no worries you don't have to re-design the whole room to freshen it up and breathe life back into it. 

Start with a vision 

What about your space bothers you or just doesn’t feel like you anymore? Are there certain colors that you would like to see? Or maybe some that you wouldn’t? Determine if the furniture that you have fulfills your needs. If not, this may be the place that you splurge a little since proper functionality is essential to help you enjoy your environment while you are using it. Also, consider if you would benefit from rearranging the current set-up in your space. It may look like it is stuck where it is, especially if it has been there a while, but measure out what you have and see if you have other options. If so, then give them a go. It is a good idea to move the larger things around, even if you don’t think it will remain that way, as this will give you a chance to clean under and around anything that hasn’t been moved recently and may give you new ideas once you see it from a different perspective. 

Bring on the accent pieces

Once you have the furniture figured out, the easiest way to change the appearance of a room is with accent pieces. These include throw blankets, accent pillows, bedding, art, lamps, plants, and even candles. Throw pillows are one of the least expensive and easiest places to start. New cushions, or different pillow covers, change both the color and style of your space. If it is the bedroom, then the bedding is a good starting place considering the bed probably takes up most of the room. 

Plants are a great way to update your space and also an excellent source of fresh air and, depending on what type you choose, pleasing aroma as well. Art and lamps don’t have to be grand but can significantly impact the appearance of your setting dictating the tone in both style and coloring. Keep in mind the sizes and shapes that enhance the furniture, arrangement, and room where you will be putting each of these. 

Enjoy!

Once you have determined all of these variable factors and decided where you want to take your décor, the only thing left to do is to shop for the new elements that you have chosen and put them in place. Online, resale shops and your local antique, department or outlet and clearance stores are great places to find the treasure that re-imagines a plain, old space into your own again. Have fun with the process and enjoy your home once more!




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