Antonia's Notebook: Armoire

PUBLISHED: 10:48 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 17:36 20 February 2013

Antonia’s Notebook: Armoire

Antonia’s Notebook: Armoire

All the latest interiors news and trends from Sussex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards. Check out Antonia's design blog

Armoire answers

Where can I find a white painted armoire for our bedroom?

Eighteenth and nineteenth century French style furniture remains as popular as ever, particularly for bedrooms. I can recommend three designs by And So to Bed, Handcross 01444 401789. For something simple and understated, there is the neoclassical Nathalie painted wardrobe. For something a bit grander, the Eclectic two door wardrobe would make a great statement piece and is available in a number of finishes including painted or gold and silver leaf. For a French country feel, check out the Louis panelled XV which has lovely cream panelling with blue coach lines.

The French Bedroom Company specialise in this style of furniture and have gorgeous accessories and bedlinens to match. A lovely Parisian Armoire is exquisitely hand carved from mahogany, and hand-finished in an antique distressed cream (Haywards Heath 08456 44 80 22 by appointment only).

New nursery lines

Im decorating a nursery for our baby girl. How can I avoid having to redecorate for a few years?

Decorating a nursery for a new baby can be great fun, but it wont be long before it evolves into a toddlers playroom. Its worth choosing simple pastel colours that will create a soothing environment for the baby, but thinking long term, you might want to pick more versatile fabrics and wallpaper in a theme thats not too babyish. One option is to go for a simple pattern such as gingham, florals or hearts that could be easily adapted as your daughter grows up.

If you are after something more visually stimulating, the Blossom Flower Fairies range in turquoise by Jane Churchill would be charming for both a nursery or a girls room, available from a range at Marks and Ayling, Petworth 01798 343943. Also look at ranges by Anna French such as the Flutterby wallpaper or Pretty Kitty for cat lovers, available at Carvills Furnishings, Uckfield 01825 763456.

Making more of less

Ive moved to a small flat and to keep it looking tidy would like as few possessions as possible on display. How can I prevent it from looking bland?

Nobody enjoys dusting and in most cases more stuff equals more dust. If youre worried that clearing everything away will leave your living room looking like an empty shell, think of ways to add character through surface decoration and texture. Consider upholstering the chairs in a bright and funky fabric or wallpapering one wall in a colourful, dramatic print. Personalise with quirky fittings such as unusual curtain tiebacks or intricately carved doorknobs for cupboards. Something like an Art Deco light switch can be a great talking point.

Small spaces will feel more spacious when the surfaces are clear of objects but sometimes a one statement piece is all you need to make a room sing. Create a focal point with a great painting, chandelier or a decorative antique mirror which would also be ideal for creating the illusion of space. Antiquities in Arundel do a great selection 01903 884355 .

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