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Gosford Park: Lady Trentham Room

Gosford Park is one of my favourite movies and I was so glad to watch it again now that it’s available on Netflix. The movie features amazing set designs and costumes, and a great and original story that includes one of my favourite actress, Kristin Scott Thomas.

The upstairs cast

We follow a group of rich and snob people who gather for hunting at Gosford Park, an English country house. We see the whole action through the eyes of the servants, specially Mary Maceachram, a new maid working for Lady Constance Trentham. The house is magnificent and full of contrasts. The upstairs are opulent and highly decorated. The downstairs, in the servant quarters, are functional and austere.

The downstairs cast

The house rooms are all different from each other, some are very full of heavy details and others more delicate. There are different wall colours, linens, furniture…. Some masculine and feminine designs.

I understand Lady Trentham is an honoured guest and she stayed in one of the most beautiful bedrooms in the history of the movies. That’s what I want to show you today.

Mary stands in the middle of bedroom

The bedroom features a peacock and flowers wallpaper with a soft light blue background. I love the blush curtains, the tall windows and brass details in the furniture. The fringe lamps on the nightstands and dresser are so charming and well placed. The canopy frames the bed beautifully and I cannot forget to observe how the pastel rug connects everything harmonically.

Mary brings some breakfast

We enter this bedroom through a door beside the large wardrobe. Above we can see Mary bringing a wood tray with the breakfast for the lady (I love the silver pieces on it). I won’t show the pictures in the chronological order. Instead I’m showing the bedroom during the day and in the evening. I’ll start with the morning sun.

Sylvia and Constance talk while Mary is packing the luggage

Beside the large wardrobe there is a tall mirror and then the bed set with two nightstands. Although the wallpaper pattern is very fluid and organic, the furniture placement keeps the structure and symmetry, reinforced by the table lamps and round picture frames.

Lavínia waits while Sylvia sits at the dressing table

I found interesting how the dressing table is placed right in front of the window. The same happens with the desk, in front of the other window. The triptych mirror certainly make it special, what a beautiful piece! Notice how the wallpaper behind Lavinia shows much more flowers, it’s a very interesting pattern alternating flowers and birds.

Sylvia is ready to go

How about the tassels everywhere? Tassels on the curtain holder, tassels on the table lamp, tassels on the perfume bottle. There are fringes and tassels everywhere, I love it!

Did you notice the objects on the silver tray? I think those are beauty products. Don’t you want to exchange all modern plastic packages for those? I do.

Mary lit the fire, it’s freezing
On the mirror you can see the lady holding a bag of warm water

Here we go, composition, contrast and symmetry again. The wallpaper pattern is asymmetric and dances around without following any grid. But the structure is there, notice the repetition of another triptych mirror, symmetrical amphora vases and twin sconces. Everything is ornamented, from the picture frames to the fireplace golden details. I also love the tall white baseboard, make such a neat edge.

Sylvia between the black cabinet and the fireplace

Beside the fireplace there is a door that I’m not sure where it goes. There is also this black and gold cabinet that is shown very little during the movie but it’s very unique and got my eye, it looks like a Chinese cabinet. I find intriguing how the black doesn’t look heavy, but it’s well balanced with the large wardrobe and all patterns of the bedroom. The wardrobe is not shown on this picture but I like how it makes a pair with this black cabinet and it’s opposite to the pair of the windows on the other side of the bedroom. Also note the vase of flowers on a stand, it’s also placed opposite to the large vase of flowers that sits between the bed and the dressing table (check the first picture).

Mary helps Constance while Lavinia and Sylvia talk. Louisa reads a magazine on the bed.

The bedroom is a social space and the ladies enjoy talking and gossiping while the men go hunt. Here we can see how the wallpaper pattern is heavier on the bottom and lighter on the top. Also we can see the sofas and chairs around the fireplace (in front of the bed). I really like how the structure of all seating is apparent and slightly golden. The only thing that we feel it doesn’t belong the the bedroom is Mary, dressed in all black with no ornaments. I’m sure that was the director’s intention, to show how the servants were there almost like a shadow, with no life of their own.

The symmetry of the round frames and bed lamps around the bed contrast with the wallpaper

Here is a nice shot of the bed and its canopy. Notice how all shapes reinforce the heavyweight on the bottom and lightweight on the top. Mirror, lamps and canopy are all wider in the bottom and narrow on top creating a illusion of a heavy base that communicates perfectly with the wallpaper pattern.

And again we see fringes and tassels everywhere, on the canopy, on the table lamp and even in the reflection of the curtains on the tall mirror. The wallpaper behind the bed is the richest and most original, peacocks with yellow orange tails and some very asymmetrical branches, probables inspired by old Japanese prints. It’s the contrast of the wallpaper with the furniture that makes this bedroom special. Can you imagine the same furniture with a regular pattern wallpaper? Or with no pattern on the walls? How traditional and boring!

Lady Trentham prepares for the first evening

In the evening light I cannot tell if the wallpaper is green or blue, it looks greenish for me in those scenes. Here is a good view of the beauty containers and the gorgeous table lamp. Maggie Smith portraits such a detestable and self absorbed lady, it’s hard to forget her character and poisonous remarks. It’s so natural how she distills her disdain, she is a master in the art of contempt.

Sylvia and Constance get ready for the evening, Mary is on the floor fixing the lady dress

Here’s a last look on the bedroom with a good view of the wardrobe and the bed. I absolutely love the bed head and foot, specially the curve that holds the mattress and the golden ornaments. The mirror and wardrobe are very beautiful, unfortunately I don’t know a lot about types of wood but you can’t help but notice how the wood veins on the wardrobe door and nightstand drawers are strong and rich. And although I’m focusing on the decor, how not to notice the gorgeous dresses of the ladies? The antique pink of Constance dress even matches the pink pleats of the canopy over the bed, such an achievement from the visual department in this movie.

So that was it for today. Lady Constance Trentham is an old snake and Sylvia follow her steps closely, but behaviour and class struggles aside, I can’t help but to love this bedroom and find it a masterpiece in decoration and visual composition.

Did you like it? Leave a comment! I’ll post about the kitchen and the rest of the house another day, keep in touch!

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Knob searching, organizing floss and crochet ideas

Hello!

Remember I was searching for a nice mother petal knob for my nightstand last week? It turns out the knob I wanted is only available in United States… so I started to check alternatives. After looking at my usual favourite stores I again got inclined to shop at Anthropology, they have the most interesting and well made choices. Look at this adorable flower knob!

This might be the one! But since I’m not going to order just one thing, I was checking other products to justify my shipping cost. I found this very feminine and lovely apron, I wish I feel more like cooking with such a cute attire.

I don’t know what’s up to me lately but I just don’t feel like cooking at all. Blame the weather, my work, I don’t know but I haven’t been inspired lately. I wish I could wear an apron and feel ready! Wouldn’t that be great?

Now what I’m doing a lot is having fun with stitches. I got an organizer for my embroidery floss, now everything looks nice and neat.

And I also remembered an old hobby from many years ago: crochet. It’s been forever I don’t crochet anything but I bought needle and thread another day and for a few minutes I tried to remember the basic stitches and I couldn’t. I checked YouTube but that made me just more confused as people hold the needle in a completely different way and they are all right handed. So after a few tries I was able to remember. It’s so funny how some thing in life is just like riding a bike, even after years you won’t forget! So here is where I’m now:

I decided to make a throw for my sofa. The cool thing about crochet is that I can do it with almost no light. I like to do embroidery during the day but it’s hard to see the colours when it gets darker. So crochet is a great hobby for evenings or watching TV as I don’t need to check for a nice colour composition. I saw so many beautiful pieces in crochet lately I feel I want to make them all, look at these gorgeous textures:

Just wow! Lately all I want is to make a beautiful and warm house. It’s a lot of work and of course you can just buy everything but I love things done by hand and with lots of history and meaning. So it’s been fun to crochet this throw and work on the table runner embroidery, slowly I hope I can cover the whole house (and even myself) in special beautiful handmade pieces. And now I’ll have to go to work because life unfortunately is not just hobbies! Have a great week!

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A few updates

These last few weeks I’ve been busy with a few DIY projects. First of all I finally finished painting my nightstand. I was expecting it to be more cream/sugar color but I added a dark wax and almost ruined it! The end result was more yellowish and darker than what I desired but it’s not bad.

Here it is for now

It’s been a while I want to change my lamp and I also think a different knob for the drawer would be much more cute. The nicest and cheapest lamp I found so far was from Ikea.

I think it will be fine with the nightstand, more delicate and it looks more like a bedroom lamp. I also like the proportion, I think it looks tall and elegant, can’t wait to get it. As for the knob, look at this one from Anthropology:

So gorgeous! It looks so vintage and stylish, I believe it will change the whole look of the nightstand and make it more classy. After I do these 2 changes I’ll review my accessories, like my storage box and the picture frame. One thing at a time.

My plan is to make a fabric cover for the bed panel and change the bed linens for something more interesting. I would love to make a quilt cover for my duvet, I found some very nice fabrics the other day but I’ll go in that direction only after buying a sewing machine.

I’m in love with florals lately
I’m dreaming about a quilt bed with a light headboard

While things happen very slowly, I decided to do something even more slow. My new hobby is embroidery and I started the hard way, a table runner with waaay too many stitches.

I already regret some of the color choices but now I’ll just keep working on it, it will be nice once it’s done. Next time I’ll get less saturated colours.

Embroidery is fun and I’ve having a great time doing it, I’ll write a post about it another day, now it’s time to go! Thanks for reading.

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The bedroom make up: Part 1

This weekend I started working on my bedroom plan. Our room looks so boring and dull and everything screams “rented house with Ikea furniture”. There is nothing on the walls and even my bedsheets are Ikea… Take a look

The view as you get in (sorry I made the bed after)
I didn’t have a nightstand (just bought one I’ll paint and share soon)
I absolutely hate what I call the 3 black towers

When we moved we had to buy a dresser but the budget was tight. I didn’t want this Malm dresser but that was what fitted our budget. I just hate this dresser, it’s heavy, it’s boring and looks very dark. To make it worse, this tv was giving us troubles so we bought a new tv for the living room and we put this one here upstairs. Now I have the big black tower! The TV is larger than the dresser and looks completely out of proportion. I still don’t know how to solve this. When I’m on the bed all I see is 3 black towers: the dark mirror, the tv and the closet.

This is the other side, with our closets.

I want my bedroom to be more romantic and cozy, and I want to add more personal touches. I cannot change the color of the walls or the closet and my contract doesn’t allow me to make holes in the wall larger than 1mm ( so no shelves or heavy frames). And as usual, my budget is very tight.

My plan is to cover the bed headboard with fabric, get new bedsheets in pastel colors, make a new duvet cover ( I’m thinking patchwork with blues and pinks), add some art to the walls, put some curtains, get a nightstand and a new table lamp, find a way to disguise tv. I started by painting one of my 3 towers, my mirror.

I use folk art chalk paint (dries super fast!)

For my mirror I mixed Folk Art Glacier with some white and black to reduce the vibrancy of the color.

Paint paint paint

I didn’t sand it or did any preparation. Usually when I paint furniture I sand, primer, sand and then paint, always sanding between coats. But we barely touch this mirror so I just painted 2 coats and just lightly sand in the end.

I love this part!

I protected the mirror with tape and paper, nice and easy to clean. On Monday evening I dissembled and painted the first coat, on Tuesday I did second coat, sand, waxed and assemble again. It took me about 4 hours of work total (I let it dry about 2 hours each coat).

Nice and polished

I always finish with a coat of wax, chalk paint looks very matte and the wax give a satin feel. It creates a protective coat that makes much easier to clean.

The final piece
It feels less aggressive although I don’t like the dark screws on the side, I might paint or change for something else.
Before
After

I put a piece of fabric on the window to simulate a curtain, it makes it more cozy, can’t wait to have some real curtains here! My husband didn’t like the blue mirror, he thinks it looks too much “beach furniture” what I kinda agree. I don’t dislike but it would be better if the walls were white, I feel it clashes a bit with the warm walls. When I buy the sewing machine I’ll make the cover for the bed and the curtains and then rethink about the mirror color. One alternative we talk is to simply paint it cream. It would look nice for sure, but for now it will remain blue.

I also don’t know how to decorate the area under the mirror. I had some pictures frames and a teddy bear my husband gave me but now it looks a bit baby room, so I just put a box and a plant.

So what do you think? Yay or nay? Leave a comment!