she just never gets old

hey guys, happy monday, and more importantly, happy spring! hope yours is off to a bright start. please excuse the fact that these photos have no links. i was searching through images of marie antoinette and as usual, started saving to my desktop absent mindedly. i will try to figure out what came from where i promise, but i know you’re probably sick of my empty promises to do that cause i never seem to have the time to go back. i’m a bad blogger…it’s one of my pet peeves so again, apologies!

have you ever googled marie antoinette? she’s got to be one of the most searched celebrities of all time and never seems to go out of style. these are just random images that surfaced and it’s just reaffirming my passion for 1700s design.

this above is from way before her time, but you can see the influences (it’s louis xiii, she was more louis xvi so there’s a couple kings between her). of course, m.a. didn’t create all this style but she definitely left her mark with her colors, clothing, and interior decor.

anyway, these are just some pretty pics of stuff that came up. for some reason, i look to her every spring to renew my love affair with all things french, and paris in particular. it’s funny how with all that’s new under the sun, this era never seems to get tired.

ok, i do know where these came from, it’s one of my favorite sites, in fact she has some pics up of even more ways this style stays au currant.

i mean, this is an antique and looks like it’s just off the runway!

anyway, maybe it’s your thing and maybe not, but suffice it to say that there is something in this period that translates to every modern room today, even if it’s just one element.

so marie, this is just a nod to you, thank heavens you’re just a search engine click away for inspiration.

and she may have nothing to do with all the paperwork i’m about to tackle, but somehow, it’s just nice to be around her pretty world.

well, that’s it! enough play time, it’s time to tackle my overgrown inbox! have a beautiful day with whatever inspires you!

March 22, 2010. Design, Marie Antoinette.


  1. Vicki Archer replied:

    These images have certainly inspired me Claudia….gorgeous as ever, that must be some fabulous desktop you have…. xv


  2. yvonne replied:

    I did a post on her and her house in Maine, This is awsome, the floors are beautiful, love it all.
    That taupe color on the walls in one room was a surprise. You have to say shoes have come a long way baby.. Great post



  3. theparisapartment replied:

    yes, i’ll agree with you there, yvonne, thankfully we have come a long way baby on the shoes!!


  4. Noel replied:

    Happy Spring to you too Dew Drop!

    Sighh.. I just love all these pictures!

    xo Noel


  5. Bonjour Romance replied:

    Bonjour Claudia,
    It seems Marie had that ‘certain something’ we just can’t get enough of. That first photo is fabulous.
    A bientôt,


  6. Christine replied:

    Welcome Back, Friend!!!
    I just pulled out my Sophia Coppola film yesterday to watch again! Great minds and all that…



  7. ElizaWard replied:

    Great images! I agree, her style is inspiring. You might be interested in the book _Queen of Fashion_ by Caroline Weber. It is about clothing, rather than interior design, but it discusses M.A.’s styles and her influence on fashion in France in the 1770s and 1780s.


  8. Hope Ava replied:

    So nice to see you on your blog again! And I love your theme…Marie Antoinette is a wonderful point of inspiration for style and design. I just had a new shop banner and character designed…a little french mouse bedecked in Antoinette style! Those are wonderful interiors you found. I especially love those canopied and curtained beds…I have a whole file on my desktop with pictures like those. I desperately want to have a guest room with one of those bed some day and I’m determined to have the perfect one!

    Bonne nuit!


  9. a la parisienne replied:


    I must admit that your book, The Paris Apartment, and Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette, are the cornerstones of my decorating preferences.

    I hope all is well in your world. Joyeux printemps!



  10. theparisapartment replied:

    oh i just loovvveeeeeeeeee that we have the same appreciation and passion for all things, well, fabulous! it’s so much more fun to enjoy all this with you. what did we DO before blogging?! i’m coming to visit!


  11. Vivi replied:

    Wow! Those shoes are just the loveliest!! Let me know if you ever seen any modern day knock-offs! :)


  12. theparisapartment replied:

    lol…sounds like a new niche market to me! i see it…platforms, strappy, wedges, espadrilles! you should do it!


  13. Josephine Tale Peddler replied:

    I love her as well. I was excited to read in Rachel Ashwell’s new book that Marie and Versailles are a big inspiration. Lovely images. Such a dignified and courageous woman at the end. xx


  14. Karena replied:

    Ooh, yes, love the shoes!! Quite and era! I may have lived another life in France during that time.

    Art by Karena


  15. Punctuation Mark replied:

    She definitely is one of the most intriguing women of all time… have a lovely Spring!


  16. françoise replied:

    Wonderful subject!
    I’ve been reading Antonia Fraser’s biography of Marie Antoinette. I adore the descriptions of her love for interior decorating, the furniture pieces she commissioned, her favorite hues, textiles and fashion. It’s no wonder why she’s remained popular after all these years.


  17. Trish replied:

    Hi Claudia. Just so craving plump Bourbon (Marie Antoinette style) roses now…and her gorgeous turquoise ribbons…polonaise beds. I think I’d go for a pair of be-flowered and ruffled pumps this spring…perhaps a more pointed toe. Lovely post, thank you. XO Trish


  18. Paulette replied:

    Lovely post about what inspires me everyday and for the last six years !! Plus of course your book Claudia, the decor, the dresses, the roses, the architecture….so much. So happy to see that the trend hasn’t faded !!
    xoxo, paulette


  19. Amy replied:

    I really need to start decorating with decadent fabrics. It would up the luxury factor in my house considerably.


  20. Kimberly Kostka replied:

    Oh that bed! I just posted a bed that has the same feeling that I was able to visit at the Getty. The one I saw had feather plumes on top! I could see Marie in a bed with feather plumage……..


  21. Teri Reynolds replied:

    Great, great post. I love MA too! Such a misunderstood creature… so delicate, and yet, so strong. I really hate that she became such a scapegoat!


  22. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    These pics are fabulous. I’m going to search for Marie Antoinette


  23. Judith replied:

    Hi Claudia! What a perfect post for me today!!! I am in a Marie Antoinette like haze today among furniture, fabric, accessories, etc. You are right to spend a litle bit of time in her world is all a girl needs! I love this post!!! I think I say that with every single thing you post!


  24. Elaine B. replied:

    Lovely images! There is nothing more quintesentially French than Marie Antoinette. Just precious!


  25. Sarah @ Natural History (was Passementerie) replied:

    Hmmm… might be time to give the movie another whirl this evening, especially seeing as this season’s Gossip Girl has been such a washout – no amount of sartorial eye-candy can make up for such bad writing, so maybe it’s time to change period for my eye-candy fix!


  26. Therese Waddell replied:

    Hello Claudia,
    Maria Antoinette certainly had an impact! I have a lemon butter recipe to have on cake that she would have loved. (Just thought you might be interested!) All the best,Therese


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