Home Tour: A French Colonial Bedroom with Personality

After the last Home Tour post on our new nursery, I had requests from readers wanting to see what my bedroom looks like. So here it is! I have to admit that when I took the pictures and started thinking about the post, I realised that I had no idea what the style of my bedroom was. And then inevitably THAT WORD pops up: eclectic. Anyone who knows me will know that I really despise that word. It’s a term thrown around all too loosely for when you don’t know what else to call something. So I started to think about the items I have and decided that I’ve kind of got a French colonial thing going in there: There are some French influences, an Indonesian teak bed, country elements and a bit of Oriental. All thrown together in one happy South African farm house! So here is my French colonial bedroom with farmhouse personality.

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I love chairs. In fact, it’s one of those things that I ended up collection without meaning to. This one was a freebie when I bought a living room set some years ago – yes that happens! I also love a gallery wall and this is a collection of random gold frames that I feel work really well. A painting, sketches and photos all thrown together.

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The headboard you may know by now! I made it when Margaux and I wrote our book a couple of years ago.

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The natural linen has an amazing texture and the deep buttoning gives it a lovely plush look.

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The cushion with the bunny print is still one of my favourite projects! I did a lot of screen printing in art school and wanted to try an alternative technique by printing through vintage lace. And the results were great. Our book has step-by-step instructions on how to make both the headboard and the bunny cushion – you can buy yours by clicking on the link in the side bar.

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This is the corner of the room that leads into the bathroom. The painting is my Irma Stern. Well, not really. But until I can afford an Irma Stern, this painting will fill the void! My mom painted it some years ago and when we returned to South Africa after being abroad for many years, she gave it to me for our new home.

And then another chair of course! This one was bought from a client when I revamped her entire flat in Hong Kong. She wanted to throw it out because it wouldn’t work with the new design, to which I politely offered her R500 to take it off her hands 😉 You can also clearly see the unevenness of the walls in this picture – I wanted to preserve the authenticity of our home. It is probably more than 100 years old after all!

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This time of year, we have fields full of arum lilies on the farm. They’re some of my favourite flowers and always signal the end of the winter. They are endangered because of a rare frog that uses them as its habitat. I did check them, and no frogs – and I still left hundreds of them for the wee little amphibians, so no harm done. The gorgeous vase was part of a massive flower arrangement that I received from my previous company when my 2nd boy was born. I absolutely love it and keep in filled with flowers throughout the year. For more information of the Arum Lily frog, click here!

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This tiny leather needlework box was my gran’s. Look at the hand-painted flowers and clasp detail in the shape of a pair of scissors – amazing!

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And a rare look into my closet. I only show it because it is one of my favourite things about our home. Originally, this arch was the entrance to the bedroom. But when we renovated, the newly created passageway allowed for another door in, which meant that I could close off the last 3 meters of the passage to create a walk-in closet. It’s snug, but it has shelving up to the ceiling on 3 walls so it provides all the storage I need! A sliding door in front hides it from view when I’mm not using it. And I’ll be honest and say that I tidied it up for the photo – obviously!

So that’s my eclectic  French colonial-ish farmhouse bedroom. Hope you’ve enjoyed this home tour – and please let me know what you’d like to see next!

Germarie Signature Featherly

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