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alicelovester
« on: March 15, 2008 03:07:24 AM »

I'm moving in to my first apartment soon, and I'm stuck on decorating. The problem is a little weird, though--I know WHAT I like, just not how to describe it. I heard my grandma describe some of the furniture I like as Grand Revival, but my Google searches have pulled up practically nothing on what that style is.

I like:
- Tiffany blue and pink
- Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette
- domino magazine
- chandeliers
- lots of framed pictures, especially in big gaudy gold frames
- tea sets
- The type of chair in the right picture here:
         



If there is a specific name for this sort of style that you all can pin down, or at least some keywords that will help me in my online shopping venture, I would forever be in your debt. Well, I would appreciate it, at least.
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« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2008 03:42:18 AM »

i think that the best way to combine all of those themes (which is completely gorgeous btw) would be to first sketch out your idea in your head...like you want a chaise, and a chandelier and gold frames..

tiffany blue and pink accents and french revolution style furniture...

it will take alot of looking, but if you have a good idea in your head, then you can find what you need (or something close)

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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2008 05:32:26 AM »

You can always ask the lovely people at Apartment Therapy!

www.apartmenttherapy.com

I would also go to your local mall and find the Anthropology store. I think their decor looks a lot like yours.
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2008 07:17:32 AM »

Oooh thanks for the link!

::sigh:: If ONLY we had an Anthropologie here. I have to get by by staring at the website.
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2008 07:36:22 AM »

I'd be tempted to call it elegant traditional.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008 08:37:08 AM »

I don't think that this style has a name name if you know what I mean. There is a lot of French reference here though. I would say it's a little French Rococo even slimmed down more. The little footstool is French but was inspired by early Greek folding stools. The upholstered arm chair reminds me of the George IV Library Chair but again it looks slimmed down.

I would say to check out Rococo work from France or even Germany and use that as an inspiration. You'll see though that it's really decorative but that is pretty much where Domino gets their stuff from.
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2008 09:00:36 AM »

That's pretty much like my grandma's house, and she's french..they like that open and clean look.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2008 11:58:43 AM »

maybe shabby chic
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alicelovester
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2008 01:45:38 PM »

Thanks for all the replies, you all! I really appreciate the help. It's so frustrating when you don't know how to describe or search for what you want, and these references have helped a ton.
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2008 10:32:26 PM »

i'm thinking shabby chic too.  but cleaner and more formal looking.
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