January 07, 2013

A Very French Sunday

We spent yesterday picking up a beautiful vintage French Provincial bedroom set that I've been dreaming about for years.  Not for myself, it's for my 3-year-old's room... but really, it's for me.  All that vintage frou-frou and goldleaf just beckons me.

There are lots of French Provincial bedrooms on the market, but I wanted a Parisian look that matched this gorgeous custom-painted dresser I found years ago:

That was easier said than done.  Most of the French Provincial styles have these flourish handles, but few have greenish tones to the paint, and even fewer are painted in a dark hue.  
I also wanted a set that included one of these - a nightstand with a metal lattice pair of doors to the front.  I'd found a pair of these nightstands a few months ago in my vintage travels, but they were already promised to another lucky Vixen.
So when I came across this set - in pale green & ivory, with a lattice front nightstand and a fabulously femme vanity to match, I knew my girl and I would love it.  The set was Thomasville's Camille design, and though the look is much earlier, the set is stamped with the year 1979 on the back.
I actually considered painting panels to match the dark green of my custom-painted find, but now that we're setting up the room, I think more dark hues would be too heavy.
The vanity's already getting a try-out.  It has a pop-up mirror and still smells of sweet vintage perfume... the prior owner said she had many fond memories of playing make-up at this vanity with her grandmother.  Indeed it was still in use, with combs and powder inside, when we looked at it.
But we're a little young for blush and such, so instead we played a game of Hi Ho Cherry-O on its gilt-edged surface.

Until next time, Vixens!

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