Is your pulse still racing from all the moody drama of last week's ode to Elle Decoration France? I know mine is--so let's slow it down with these more sedate (though no less breathtaking) images from the magazine's softer side. It's just what I need to get me through a hectic Wednesday!
At first glance I thought this was an entryway. But (brace yourselves) it's a bathroom. Yup, those sculptural consoles are sinks, and that big black door opens onto a lush garden. It's a tropical toilette paradise!
I envision this space as part of a home high in the French Alps. Can't you picture Heidi's French cousin* traipsing down this staircase for a day of herding very elegant goats?
Hmm...shopping cart as decor. Proof that the French really can get away with anything and still look gorgeous (if a little odd). On a more practical note, don't you adore the teeny mirror on the wall?
Ah, every French chef's arsenal: a bright and airy pantry stocked full of herbs. And don't forget about the dried lavender and braids of garlic suspended casually from a peg. This scene puts my messy spice drawer to shame!
Of course anyone would be inspired to get the pantry under control if the kitchen windows looked onto such a patio as this! Brew a cafe au lait, smear a croissant with nutella, and greet the day as the warm breezes of Provence wash over you...
I'm loving the contrast of this romantic wallpaper with the sharp angles of the warm wood headboard. I don't usually go for florals, but the simple palette of chalk white and charcoal grey has stolen my heart.
Ornate bed, slouchy pillows, mismatched frames and a single shot of color: just throw in bright natural light and some seriously cramped quarters, and you have a picture perfect illustration of French decorating insouciance. Swoon!
All images courtesy of Elle Decoration France .