A little while ago I asked here what you would like to see on my blog, if you have any questions or to set me a little styling challenge. I decided to call this series "over to you" and have taken your answers on board. Now it is up to me to work my way through your ideas starting today with a challenge set by Tina who asked me to create a vignette based on a movie.
After a chat, we decided to go with "Midnight in Paris", a film I'm certain you're all familiar with. So, determined to get creative and not to buy anything for this challenge (after all, buying lots of stuff doesn't exactly stretch the mind), I got to work and pulled together the things that for me epitomise the essence of the film's style, especially the 1920s part of the film. Now, since I don't actually own any original items from that era, I was left trying to convey the feeling of the interiors of that period with the things I do have.
Of course we know that Art Deco was one of the major styles in France during the 1920s, but the interiors of the intellectual characters in this film had a kind of opulence and bohemian darkness which appears to have less to do with fashion and more with how we'd imagine artists and writers to have actually lived. The rooms were full with various small furniture items which in turn provided space for books, paintbrushes, trinkets and plants. Deep colours, dark wood and chinoiserie were used to great effect, but do at the same time give a feeling of something of a decorative overload especially by today's standards. No minimalism here.
So, as this was a challenge, the question now is whether I have succeeded or not. Going for the completely overloaded look isn't generally my style, but I had to step out of that in order to "fulfil the brief". What do you think?