I picked up the June 2012 issue of House Beautiful Magazine and almost immediately honed in on an article showing a beautifully painted antique French daybed. What appeared at first glance to be a beautiful indoor room, with the daybed artfully placed at an angle in front of the fireplace, is actually a loggia opening to the home's pool and garden.
The article, entitled "Go Light," features an English Country style house in Atlanta "lightened up" by local Atlanta designer Beth Webb. The 10 page article features picture after picture of beautiful rooms which previously, as Beth Webb describes, were "dark and darker." By using white or light hued paints on the walls (including 12 coats of high-gloss enamel paint on the living room ceiling), painting dark furniture, and adding cerused oak floors and limewashed cypress, Webb transformed the overall mood of the home.
The antique French daybed on the loggia is painted a soft white and detailed in blue. Adding to the inviting appeal of this daybed are beautiful blue and white French linens. I'm not certain, but it looks like the foundation of the bed is covered in either vintage grain sacks or similar reproduction fabric. The painted wood combined with the plush linens give this daybed a more formal look than the typical iron daybed evokes. (For pictures and a previous post on iron daybeds, click here: http://myblog-myfauxfrenchchateau.blogspot.com/2012/05/napping-in-garden-on-antique-french.html )
The designer, Beth Webb, refers to the design of the loggia as "an homage to blue and white." I'm a lover of overall neutral tones in a room with splashes of blue and white. This room makes me happy.
Au revoir, Mitty