I have a guest room that I like to refer to as British Colonial or the Hemingway room. Getting away from the shabby and chic and cottage and elegant a little bit, I thought you might enjoy seeing a room incorporating, sand, black, white and taupes with a touch of worn and faded color here and there. British Colonial, among other things, features bamboo, sisal, dark wicker, plantation shutters, light and airy cotton window coverings, globes, flora and fauna, all with a tropical flair. It is a melding of Indian, African, Asian and British style and decor and combining my love of OLD and NEW and Bobby G's talent.......with a touch of the unexpected.
The "unexpected" here being the curtain rods made from old weathered tiki torches. The torches were by the pool when we first moved into this house. Not caring for them there, I hit upon the idea of making them into curtain rods. Secured with roping and black wrought iron brackets, they hold simple cream muslin tabbed curtains. A pair of binoculars hanging from them, provides our guest with a fun way to spy on the animals at the lake.
One of my favorite pieces, fun and very useful, is this old wooden banana box I found at an auction this past summer. I totally fell in love with the graphics on the old box and it's iron handles and metal details.
It stores magazines for my guest to read and a warm vintage quilt for chilly nights. The quilt was a lucky yard sale find.
Bobby G. painted the tromp l'oeil banana leaves on the wall and I can't tell you how many people, on seeing them, thought they were real. It's been a fun conversation piece.
I found a dark wicker desk, chair and chest of drawers one day at an antique shop. Although not antique or even vintage, I loved the look. They were worn and beat up but in excellent shape. They came home with me the next day and work perfectly in this room, with the desk doing double duty as a bedside table.
The bed is an antique Jenny Lind bed that we inherited. It almost has the feel of bamboo I think and works great in this room. Other found pieces from my treasure hunts include elephants (new), black seashells, black books, an antique stained glass window, and some very large iron old clock hands I was lucky enough to find. They add a lot of architectural appeal to the room.
I loved showing you this room and I hope you got a little bit of inspiration. Keep on decorating! See you for Pink Saturday! xoxo