Annie Brahler’s French Home

House Beautiful showcased Annie Brahler’s home bathed in white with absolutely drop dead gorgeous French antiques. Antique gilt wood mirrors line the stairway, and are grouped together to make a statement.

1. Like Annie Brahler did, consider layering two mirrors that are like one another together above a fireplace, or on the wall behind a sideboard.

2. It has been fashionable to paint mirrors white, although the original giltwood often looks quite rich. 17th and 18 century gilt wood was fashionable, and stately. Gold is still rich today when paired with muted tones such as gray and beige. Gold is also the perfect accessory for bold colors such as Kelly green, and lemon. Gold is the perfect accessory in any interior.

3. A gilt wood mirror in the kitchen or bathroom automatically dresses things up. Consider putting gilt mirrors anywhere that you need a punch of design.

4. Mirrors open the room up, like nothing else. The perfect way of adding light into a dark painted room is to add lots of mirrors and fresh vibrant oil paintings.

A French parlor’s daybed sits in the living room with a gilt table with a white marble top used as a coffee table. On a mantel two gilt wood mirrors and an over sized empire chandelier are paired together to make a big impact. A massive empty picture frame, propped against the mirror, along with antlers her children collected on hikes. Glass domes shelter antique taxidermy.

Here she grouped linen-covered Belgian bergères and a Louis XVI side table with a 19th-century French gilt settee and Dutch footstools. A gilt neoclassical mirror hangs above a mantle with white washed antlers. A Belgian crystal chandelier and sconces sparkle against walls. A beautiful magnolia flower sits on Annie Brahler’s coffee table adding to the white palette that her house is based around.

See more of Annie Brahler‘s home in House Beautiful.

4 Reasons To Invest In Slipcovers

The popularity of slipcovers has been ever increasing, as decorators and homeowners realize the possibilities that slipcovers offer. They are not only decorative, but practical. At one time, slipcovers served the means of protecting upholstered furniture from the dust of summer months, although they have evolved over the years, from just large sheets which covered furniture, to be tailored to fit the shape of sofas and chairs, even having decorative pleating, ruffles and embroidery, which have been used for furnishing rooms for all-year-round use.

Why To Slipcover Your Furniture:

1. Get The Look Of A Set For Less

Buying an entire set of furniture which matches is next to impossible. Although with slipcovers, fabric can unite several pieces of miss-matched pieces of furniture with ease. Consider painting the frames of the furniture, and have them slip-covered in the same material. Several ebay sellers offer bolts of fabric, which can be shipped to your home without having to drive from store to store.

2.  Maintain Expensive Furniture With Slipcovers

Antique sofas and armchairs can be quite expensive.  If you have a set you want to maintain, consider investing extra money in slipcovers.  Cats tend to scratch furniture, which can destroy the upholstery of a special piece.  In addition dogs which are allowed to roam outside will bring the dirt indoors and on to the furniture, which can soil a nice sofa overtime.  Slipcovers give you the opportunity to wash the fabric, and maintain it’s good looks.

3.  Slipcovers Can Conceal Badly Worn Fabrics Or Ugly Lines.

We all have that ugly chair or sofa that looks dated in our homes.   We have all been to an estate sale where a sofa is priced right, yet we toss and turn over the purchase because the cost of upholstery is 5 times as much as the price of the sofa itself.  Then there is that sofa that has beautiful feet, yet the overall fabric looks worn and outdated.  What do you do that makes sense?  For a piece that could function well in the home, but isn’t worth spending the money in upholstery, creating a slipcover may work best.

4.  Slipcovers Offer You Change For Less

Wouldn’t it be great to change up an entire room in the winter and summer?  Slipcovers make that possible.  Linen looks crisp in the summer, while in the winter, wool might lend more of a comfort through those cold evenings.  Winter slip covers can be made of thicker materials, and offer that extra warmth through those cold nights.  Lighter materials can be made for the summer, which offer a pleasant coolness and crispness which is welcome during hot days.

Additonal Links To Inspire You:

– Drop Cloth Slip Cover Tutorial-beneathmyheart.net

-How To Make A Club Chair Slipcover- lisaroy.ca

-DIY Ottoman Slip Cover-dittledattle.blogspot.com

-How To Sew Double Cord Welting –littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com

-Upholstery Adhesive – Beacon Magna-Tac 809 –littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com

-How to Make a Sofa Slipcover- makethingsforhome.blogspot.com

-How To Bleach Drop Cloth- myjoyinthejourney.blogspot.com

-Slip Cover Tutorial – 6 Part Video Series- missmustardseed.com

-How To Make A Chair Slipcover- honeybearlane.com

-Wing Back Slipcover- thebrickpathstudio.blogspot.com

Darcy Chair With Oyster Linen Slip

Linen Slipcovers From Country Living Magazine

 Antique Daybed, – Kay O’Toole Antiques

Embroidered monogramed chair slipcover designed by Betty Burgess

Michelle Fritz is the talented seamstress from the blog Make. Her work was featured in Country Home February 2006,- Scanned in & Photo Credit- Heirloom Philosophy Blog

Seamstress Blogger Michelle Fritz- Heirloom Philosophy Blog

French Chairs From Full Bloom Cottage Blog

Full Bloom Cottage on Etsy

The chair slips are actually two pieces, one piece covers the back and
one covers the seat.  There is a down cushion inserted into the bottom
slip to make the chairs look and feel softer.   Ties run down the back
of the slips.  The skirts are double pleated for extra frill.   The
checked linen is Chelsea Editions – cotedetexas.blogspot.com

Joni Webb’s Library French Chair With Slipcover

Joni Webb’s French Chair Slipcovers- cotedetexas.blogspot.com

rachelashwellshabbychic.blogspot.com

French Chairs From Full Bloom Cottage Blog

French Chairs From Full Bloom Cottage Blog

French Chairs From Full Bloom Cottage Blog

Slipcovers made from  French Linen by Anita –Cedar Hill Ranch Blog

Lavender & white slipcovered chair- freckledlaundry.com

Slipcovers made from  French Linen by Anita –Cedar Hill Ranch Blog

French chaise with a custom slipcover and white piping- megbraff.com

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French Dining Room Chairs With Slipcovered Seats and Backs – lonny.com