Thursday, January 9, 2014

Could There Be Anyone in the World Who Doesn't Love a Louis XV Bed?

There is nothing more beautiful than a Louis XV bed. Although it has all the majesty of it's period in design, stature and carving, it easily lends itself to the whimsy of a child's room; the romance of the "boudoir"; and, with the right colors and accessories, it can create the perfect ambiance for a man's bedroom. It really is a versatile style.

We recently began the transformation of an old Louis XV for a client who purchased it for her five year old daughter's bedroom. We wanted to share some of the photos of its progress before the project is finished.

The carving on this bed is simple, but exquisite. At one point, two finials had been attached at either end of the headboard, but they were missing by the time it came to me. However, as we all know, a little sanding and some wood filler work miracles! Actually, with the exception of that one problem, the bed was in great shape. The client left the color choices up to us, and we chose Annie Sloan Old White and Duck Egg Blue for the carved accents. As an aside, I have to admit that I am very tired of the color Duck Egg Blue. Since it came out, it has been completely overdone on pieces everywhere you look - on every blog, website and flea market you'll find some incarnation of it. Therefore, I want to use as little of it as possible. It's a great color, but enough is enough! But, after seeing the color that had already been chosen for the walls (Valspar's Gossamer Sky), there was no decision to be made. The main body of the bed had to be Old White, and the accent carving had to be Duck Egg Blue. It was the destiny of the bed!

Here are some early photos of the footboard with the initial work done - yet, still unfinished.

We'll post the entire bed when it is a finished project in a few short weeks. I know one little girl who is going to be sleeping like a princess very soon...

Below are a few French blogs that I found as I did some research, and I loved them! You will, too!

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