Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Frenchwoman's Bedroom
Appearances can be deceiving. I was reminded of that the other day while reading a friend's copy of The Frenchwoman's Bedroom by Mary-Sargent Ladd. During my initial flipping through, I saw a photo of Jacqueline de Ribes, a woman whose style I greatly admire. Just look at her, above, wearing that fabulous silk caftan not to mention her perfectly made-up face and coiffed hair. And yet, when I turned the page to see photos of her bedroom, I was a little surprised. Not that there is anything wrong with her bedroom (see above), but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I suppose that I assumed her bedroom would be brighter and layered with matching fabrics. But it wasn't. Well, as they say, you should never assume anything.
The entire book is really a gem with loads of photos showing chic French women in their homes. (How refreshing that many of these women actually had wrinkles on their faces! That's reassuring, don't you think?) Their bedrooms are equally as chic and are filled with Porthault linen, Braquenié fabric, and all kinds of pretty things. And while some bedrooms come as no surprise- the late Andrée Putman's bedroom was contemporary looking, as would be expected- there are still some like de Ribes' room that were unexpected. Who would have guessed that the Marquise de Ravenel, photographed in her floral housecoat while holding her wire-haired dachshund, would have decorated her bedroom in such a crisp, orderly, and surprisingly modern-looking way!
All photos from The Frenchwoman's Bedroom by Mary-Sargent Ladd.