Life at № 42
This is one of those things that we only really know once we see it. I was going through my Maison Jansen books yesterday after posting and I decided to take the plunge. I’ve been a Jansen fanatic forever, so I came to the conclusion that if in their original plans the florettes were gilt, then I’d surely like them gilt as I’ve rarely seen anything from their early period which I didn’t like. I decided to use a liquid gilding medium to have an idea of the overall effect before forking over the cash for real gold leafing.
… and I’m very pleased. It just adds that little something extra that wakes up the hall. I considered doing the little spheres as well, but I don’t think it’s necessary.
That being settled, I still need to find a tapestry to fill up the space over the stairs, and choose a runner for the stairs themselves. For a bit of fun I’m seriously considering a Madeleine Castaing style leopard print.
The tapestry will be a verdure. If I can find find a Chinoiserie verdure for a reasonable price, that would be fantastic- but if not I’ll make do with a regular verdure.