Apart from being a hot new buzz word in interior design ( which doesn’t really matter to me,as you may have deduced from my random style) it seeks to epitomise the spirit of “authenticity of the old” i.e. rough and raw juxtaposed with something smooth and lustrous with a luxurious edge .
I wasn’t aware that the feel and style we are tentatively settling on at the French village house had a name, but it has now! This large piece of embroidery-left- was another bargain because I could see how beautiful it could be despite the state it came to me in.
It had clearly been stored somewhere slightly damp for decades and had the worse sort of old, musty, smoky smell emanating from it in pungent waves. The previous “keeper” had been nervous about washing it due to the apparent fragility and the colour runs here and there caused by being folded away in a musty cupboard.
I have posted before about rescuing vintage textiles;as preserving a deteriorating piece without cleaning it is pointless (unless it will be behind glass), I did my usual small pieces treatment and placed it into the gentlest 40 degree , “no or low” spin machine wash with two of my restoration miracle workers, the “colour catcher”sheets available in every supermarket ( Tesco’s are very good)
The result is perfect, all traces of colour run gone, the satin stitch embroidery silks are clear and bright and the humble coarse unbleached linen fabric ground is clean and characterful again…. now one of my very favourite pieces.
Right- we have this ex-shop display and storage box for “Sylko” threads. Each drawer is the perfect size to hold 36 wooden bobbins of sewing thread.
The shabby patina is genuinely time-worn, and I have NOT been anywhere near it with the sandpaper!
Last , we have this cotton bed linen, which is new but looks old and faded (like me in the mirror this morning) in perfect terrace bedroom colours by Janet-Reger.
The faded plaster period pink/grey lilac colours are just what I like, maybe they reflect Ms Reger’s lingerie design heritage.
Chinoiserie theme creeping in again.