I am regularly approached for "a word" of design advice. What would YOU do in this and that case?
This is not a rare occurrence and as flattering as it is to be asked, giving advice for a space you usually have not seen is not exactly like driving blindfolded but it does feel a little like driving without a rear view mirror; not really impossible, but pas très comfortable. 

Hence, my new column: 
au secours! -

I will post  general advice in answer to non site-specific questions I have been asked. You may participate, of course. That would be so much fun. Just keep it relatively general, if you could. 

Here we go:
Stephanie: I love my neutral bedroom's all white bedding. Can I keep it , change only a few  things, and still make  my bedroom more inviting?

To break the neutral+white look of a bedroom and put a little spice in the mix, there are a number of ways to go about it. There are in fact as many ways as there are places to act: ON the bed, AT THE HEAD of the bed, BEHIND the bed, ABOVE the bed, and of course all AROUND the bed. 
A great and inexpensive way to jazz up a white bed is to add a throw or a pillow or both; it's like a fabulous scarf: color, texture and pattern. Instant life.
Of course a new headboard or a new slip cover for it is a perfect  way to bring some pizzazz to your bed.
GREAT IDEA:This headboard was given a brand new look with a graphic throw slung over it.
A large bold piece of art behind a bed will do wonders for a room by bringing in style and warmth and by modifying the volume of the room visually without touching the bed. 
Just a bench at the foot of a bed will make a huge difference.
A canopy will also crown a bed with unimaginable drama. It can be large or small, fancy or very plain, but it never fails to draw the eye up above the bed, like a large finial or a sumptuous shade on a lamp.
Colorful panels on the windows.
A vibrant playful rug.
I hope this will successfully show you that yes, you can keep those beautiful crisp white sheets and still retire to a cosy bedroom.
images decorpad, marcel marongiu, design wonderland, belle vivir, vosges paris.

au revoir.


  1. My cherest Jeanne-Aelia,

    This new feature is BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!

    I cannot tell you how much I love it. Everyone is going to love it. This is exactly what the world needs now.

    Bravo, bravo, bravo. Gorgeous solutions btw -- simply stunning.


    P.S.: More reasons for me to be proud to be your partner on Mondays(!)

  2. Super post.
    You gave me a great idea. I have a three panel screen from Japan in silver, greys and blacks that I will hang over the bed in my guest bedroom. All white sheets and pillow cases and a grey/black and white throw at the bottom of the bed and voilà.

  3. Letitia: I am so glad you like this column and "Rendons a Cesar ce qui est a Cesar", it was YOUR brillant suggestion! UN GRAND MERCI, ma partenaire.
    Joelle: I have to come and check on this idea in situ. Sounds just perfect.

  4. Looks like you are well on your way to helping already. great suggestions and simple ones. thanks for your comments and hope you will visit again. Have a great weekend. XO

  5. terrific post! i think this is your best yet! i look forward to reading your next style solution.

  6. Great hints on how to break an all white room and make it less stark.

    Looking forward to exploring this blog further, and just became follower'no 76'.

    xx C