Wednesday, March 10, 2010

More French Details

I had such fun with yesterday's post on details in Paris and Versailles Palace that I decided to do another one - details at the Petit Trianon. My family laughs at my interest in Versailles. I told them once that if I lived in France I'd have a season's pass to Versailles. For some reason that caused uproars of laughter. I don't care. So I have a few quirks.
This window is in the gatehouse at the entrance to the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette's retreat from the formal life of court at Versailles. I think it charming.

Blue and white is my favourite colour combination and this room, painted blue with white details and furnished with blue upholstery is gorgeous. Not everything is white - the parquet floor and wooden furniture pieces provide a nice balance to what could be overwhelmingly matchy matchy.

I think this red ribbon bow accenting the chandelier adds a touch of whimsy to the room. The ribbon matches the red upholstery in this room, the dining room, if I remember correctly. And the colour up towards the ceiling certainly draws the eye up so we noticed the ornate ceiling medallion.

What's not to admire in this photo - a checkerboard floor, not high contrast, but softly grey and creamy white, a stone staircase with that oh, so graceful curving railing, the round oeil de boeuf window, limestone walls - wouldn't you love to sweep down that staircase trailing a long silk gown behind you?

And last, but not least, white roses, full and blowsy with hints of pink deep inside.

Beautiful details are all around. You don't have to go to France to find them. Having a digital camera has made me look at objects in a different way as I try to capture not just memories, but moments and emotions with the lens. What's beautiful in your world today?


  1. Despite living in France, I've never been to Versailles, much to my sadness. Maybe one day.....

  2. Good Morning Lorrie!

    I am right there with ya on that season pass to Versailles!! My kinda gal!

    Thanks for sharing part of FRANCE with us today. You are right, you don't have to go as long as there are great pics to share.

    Have a HAPPY Thursday.

  3. Thank you for showing us that retreat. Poor Marie Antoinette...there's a story in my corner that tells of plans to bring her to Maine and then on to Quebec. I can't imagine what she'd have done her other than LIVE.

    Loved your last paragraph and now leave you pondering...

  4. I love the staircase. Great to be able to take indoor photos of these places in france.

  5. Beautiful, Lorrie. Thank you!! Can you imagine living in a place like that? You could walk for miles and never be outside!

  6. Lorrie, thank you for such a sweet comment on my blog about the roses and the photography skill, sugar. I can assure you though that it takes practice to get things just the way I want them. Thank goodness for digital cameras! It's a passion of mine - along with a few others!

    I understand you passion for Versailles and all things french. Don't we all have a bit of passion for those things? I think so.... ;-)


  7. Lorrie, I loved this post... such beautiful architectural details and lovely flowers. I am truly ready for spring and some sunshine! It is gray, gray, dreary here. Not very inspiring for the artwork. Your stitching is really beautiful, and I love that you are doing the squares randomly.



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