One thousand bed-head stories: how to use a bed-head Bed-heads are the most versatile and inexpensive way to decorate your bedroom. When entering a bedroom the bed-head is probably the first thing you see, and it should also be first item to consider when furnishing a bedroom. There are so many types of bed-heads: timber framed, carved, …

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For many people shelves filled with favourite books will always be a sweet reminder of the enjoyment they received from reading them. While for some others, bookshelves may seem like something outdated and not well-fitted for modern homes.

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  Back in October 2011, I had the pleasure and honor to design a set of unique Louis armchairs for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The chairs were specially made for their river cruise on the Brisbane River during their visit to Australia.

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  Popular Christophe Living French Bedheads There is nothing like walking into a bedroom and going “wow”. One of the ways to do that is to bring a little something of the Versailles palace and Marie Antoinette into the bedroom. A way of doing that without spending millions is to dressing up a bedhead with beautiful …

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Provencal Dining

The casual and warm elegance of a country dining setting. This family dining space was created to complement the adjoining kitchen and highlight the European feel of the space. As a centrepiece, Jean-Christophe selected the Bordeaux dining table in cherrywood, which combines a warm timber finish with a rich parquet pattern top and a country …

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Louis XV Seven Drawer Tallboy

Tall, slim and beautiful, this Louis XV tallboy will fit perfectly into your French provincial bedroom. Not only does the elegant 7 drawer tallboy look great, it’s also extremely useful, particularly if you are looking to save space. With graceful carvings that have been gently understated with a classic antique white finish, the tallboy will …

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Make Your Bedroom Unique

  Scatter cushions can be a fun and interesting way to incorporate character and personality into your bedroom. Use cushions in a range of styles, colours and patterns to give your bedroom more depth and create soft and inviting ambience. Incorporating different textures can also be a great way to give that extra dimension.

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For those moments when something with a little extra is required. This beautiful formal Louis XV chair is the perfect accompaniment to any room. It can be used as a hallway chair, salon bedroom chair, lounge chair or even in a formal dining room. Here, it has been upholstered in a classic Marie-Antoinette style fabric …

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The Louis Study

Jean-Christophe transformed a home office into a French Louis study with the use of some renovations and reworking of the existing furniture, as well the addition of new custom furniture.   The shelf and cabinets were already built into the room, and Jean-Christophe suggested to update the pieces by changing the doors, installing a pelmet …

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The French Bergere

  The French bergere brings elegance and comfort together in a timeless French design. Before the eighteenth century chairs were often rigid, upright in appearance with straight backs and designed to bestow an air of status upon the sitter. During the reign of Louis XV, however, chairs in grand homes started to fall into either of two …

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The French Bergere

 

The French bergere brings elegance and comfort together in a timeless French design.

Before the eighteenth century chairs were often rigid, upright in appearance with straight backs and designed to bestow an air of status upon the sitter. During the reign of Louis XV, however, chairs in grand homes started to fall into either of two categories: sieges meublants, formal chairs which were often permanently positioned along the walls as part of the décor and sieges courants, portable lighter chairs that could be moved around the house. Bergeres fit into this latter category. They are lightweight chairs that the eighteenth century nobility could easily move to where the conversation was taking place in the home or offer to guests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not only was the bergere easy to move, it was oversized and overstuffed making it of superior comfort for the sitter. Often the elbow rests are padded, the seat cushion is loose but tailored, the back is upholstered and the wooden frame of the chair, originally in beech or walnut, was is left exposed.

Bergeres usually have cabriole legs that end in scroll feet. The frame often displays beautiful curves and lines, which are carved with floral ornaments or twists and curves. The timber frame can be left untreated, or it can be painted or gilded.

The French bergere is a truly classic chair. It will probably never go out of fashion. It is superior in comfort and it’s design and appeal is timeless. Originally bergeres were upholstered in silk, but nowadays many different types of fabric are used. This means that it can be dressed up or down depending on the room, which you wish to put it in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bergeres are exquisite pieces of furniture that bring elegance and softness to any interior. They’re simply wonderful to look at and great to relax in. You can even get them with a matching ottoman that allows you to put your feet up and fully enjoy the comfort that the timeless bergere offers.