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September 11, 2015

A Parisian apartment on your wardrobe

How about a little magic to trick your eyes so that every morning you wake up in Paris…. Exclusive to Christophe Living is a wonderful range of trompe l’oeil [an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create an optical illusion] murals that depict Parisian apartments, libraries, beautiful rooms, and Louis paneling. These are printed either…

October 17, 2014

Filtering Sunlight with Curtains

With the imminent arrival of summer, now is a good time to think about filtering the sometimes harsh light and create a relaxing atmosphere in your home. The right curtains will also protect your furniture, upholstery, floor covering and art from damage from the sun. We’ve had a great response to our light linen sheers,…

September 3, 2014

Romantic French Bedrooms

A treasure trove of personal objects and a delicate decorating touch give these bedrooms a rich and intimate feel. Walking in to the master bedroom, the first feature you see is the bed, crowned by a swag and tail with pale cream silk dress curtain held by beautifully carved and gilded tiebacks. Complementing this soft,…

A Very French Provincial Kitchen

The sunny colours of Provence bring warmth and joy to this family home. The idea for this kitchen was to create a friendly and convivial space; one which drew on the owner’s European origins and evoked a slightly provincial lived-in quality. In this space, the design was done from the ground up, with the floor…

February 11, 2014

The French Kitchen

By putting a fresh finish on existing antique pieces, Jean-Christophe gave this French style kitchen a sense of country comfort. Jean-Christophe was asked to give this kitchen a fresh look and add his touch of the French style.  The room already contained many beautiful pieces, some of which were antiques, so Jean-Christophe decided to simply…

January 22, 2014

The Louis Entrance

With a few key pieces, Jean-Christophe creates a seamless transition between the outside and inside. First impressions last, which is why creating an inviting entrance is key to your home’s appeal. This stunning hallway, reminiscent of the Venetian baroque decor, really has the effect of etching a lasting memory on the visitor’s mind.  It provides…

November 28, 2013

Designing an Elegant French Lounge

Given the task of redecorating an existing lounge to become a more formal area, Jean-Christophe decided to create a Louis style salon, taking influence from the romantic and decadent Louis XV style. One of the first things that was completed here was the design and application of the Louis style wall panelling. This helped to…

Make Your Bedroom Unique

Scatter cushions can be a fun and interesting way to incorporate character and personality into your bedroom. Use cushions in a range of styles, colours and patterns to give your bedroom more depth and create soft and inviting ambience. Incorporating different textures can also be a great way to give that extra dimension.