A serene bedroom

Oh hey there… How was your week? I’ve been busy as a bee working on many projects for the upcoming blog update, learning all the insiders tricks about newsletter making, and even taking some online classes, so my head is about to explode right now, but I love this feeling of going back to school and I’m trying to be serious about it. I have so many great things coming our way, I’m super excited. You’ll see soon, I promise!

A serene bedroom - French By Design

There is something very special about this bedroom : the calm, serene and peaceful mood of this space is exactly what makes my heart weak. Vanessa, whom I met to shoot her home last year, had always wanted a retreat home in Provence. In her bedroom in Saint Remy-de-Provence, she created a perfect space and added objects that mean a lot to her. The vegetal-fiber hammock you see for example on the patio is actually a purchase Vanessa made in Venezuela 20 years ago while doing an internship there! She knew then that, somehow, this piece would one day find its space. Now, that’s the magic of decorating to me! It’s the little objects, and not necessarily the most expensive ones in our interior, that have the most meaning for us that give an interior all of its authenticity, don’t you think?

For me, it’s my DIY coffee table that I made 15 years ago with scaffold wood planks found in our newly purchased country home ⎯ because we then had zero budget to furnish our new home. I did not know much then about DIYing, but had received a jig saw for Christmas, so I gave it a try. And to this day, this is one of the most cherished pieces in my interior – although Inès’s paintings have that extra cherished spot in my heart as well.

Do you have a special piece at home that you cherish particularly? 


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10 thoughts on “A serene bedroom

  1. This is gorgeous, and I adore the story behind this space. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Un espace qui dégage beaucoup de sérénité! J’adore le détail dans les rideaux?! Mes objets préférés… les petits objets rapportés ou créés par mes enfants ou bien ceux qui rappellent une rencontre, un lieu! Bonne journée!

    1. Merci @Clara, ah oui, les objets faits à l’école en cachette pour la fête des mères, ou certains de leurs dessins ou cet objet qui te rappelle si vivement un voyage particulier, une odeur, une lumière, ce sont ces petits objets si précieux qui font qu’un intérieur est personnel et convivial. Xo.

  3. A really wonderful bedroom, so bright and comfy, my favourite Piece in my home is my big armchair in my bedroom.
    Kind regards, Gerti

  4. I feel you! I can’t agree more with you – things that are dear to us, somehow stay with us and find themselves the right spot. I designed my office desk 15 years ago and had it custom made. At the time I wasn’t sure that I would actually use it as a desk. As a matter of fact, it had a double duty as an occasional dining table. But when I moved in my husband’s home I brought it along and now I’m proud to say that it stands proud in a corner of my living room where I sit day after day and work on. It has become a part of us. ;)

    1. Ah, @Velvet, this is truly music to my ears! What a special piece it is indeed, thank you for sharing!

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