14 Things About Home Design I Learned From Marie Antoinette

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I love Marie Antoinette, the movie if not the long-dead queen, and I think Sofia Coppola’s 2006 is vastly underrated — especially as a live-action lookbook for palace interiors. Who doesn’t want to live in a palace? Gilded moldings, tremendously ornate wallpaper, formal gardens? Oh, and your very own private palace in addition to the main one?

I got so into Marie Antoinette that I started visiting all the castles around Paris — and indeed, Versailles is amazing, but so are the Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne (where some of Marie Antoinette was filmed), the Chateau de Vincennes (in a more medieval way), and the Chateau de Maisons. (For even more castles near Paris that aren’t Versailles, see here.)

I also started collecting palace-type pieces — like gilt-framed mirrors and delicate little vases. Louis XVI furniture is mostly beyond my price range — but I’ve seen everything here (or variations thereof) for affordable prices at the Paris flea markets.

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For more on Marie Antoinette, see All the Best Flowers in Marie Antoinette and The Marie Antoinette Home Shopping List.

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1. A chandelier is appropriate for all circumstances, including “random outdoor pavilion on the border of France” and….

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2. Palace interiors! I just don’t know why I don’t already have a chandelier.

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3. Gilded doors moldings are the best door moldings. (Here’s a slightly more modern take on the gilded door accent thing, from Lonny.)

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4. File under: “Too much is never enough.” Why not do fabric panels on the walls? And gilded moldings? It’s not like gold paint costs much.

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5. The more ornate the headboard, the more streamlined the bedding.

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6. Upholstery can do wonders for a couch. There’s actually a moment in this movie when Marie Antoinette and her friends pick out upholstery fabric.

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7. A superior way to have a bath. Look at all that gold on the walls!

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8. Wallpaper has its place, especially when it’s sympathetic to your dress.


9. Every pastry deserves its plate. I have a plate like this and I have yet to live up to its standards, pastry-wise.

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10. Get you a husband/king who doesn’t mind giving you your own private palace (a.k.a. le Petit Trianon).

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11. Blue walls with white molding: It’s maybe the only thing I could love more than white walls with gold molding.

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12. Who needs a castle when you can have a meadow?


13. Gauzy fabrics have their place.


14. Sigh. IDK, buy a house with a garden? Some things it’s hard to do on a budget.


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