Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Home: How to Decorate Your House like a Fairy Tale

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Home Goods' Home Decor section recently posted an article about how to decorate your home like a fairy tale by focusing on certain central fairy tale elements: 
Think of all the instances where fairy-tale characters interact with elements of nature: Hansel and Gretel get lost in a forest; Snow White shares a forest cottage with the seven dwarves. In some versions of Rapunzel, the story begins with her parents stealing from a sorceress’ garden.
One of the easiest ways to achieve a fairy tale-inspired look is to bring the outdoors into your home. Jennifer Duchene, a designer and author or Le Chic Cocoon, suggests a few ways to create the feeling of being in a forest. "Maybe have side tables that use twisted wooden pieces, as if from a forest. I might introduce roses. I would create drapes made up of hundreds of fake roses in a mix of shades of pink," she says....
Like nature, animals are a key element in many fairy tales. Characters often transform into animals or receive guidance -- both good and bad -- from the animals they encounter. To work creature elements into your home’s style, decorate with faux-fur throws, pillows or rugs. Adorn the wall with photos or artwork featuring classic fairy-tale animals such as wolves, birds, bears or horses....
Kings, queens, princesses and princes are common characters in fairy tales. They live in luxury -- and you can too. To design an area that reminds you and others of these classic stories, be prepared to give the space the royal treatment.
Interior designer Laura Michaels offers several tips that are particularly helpful for decorating a fairy tale-inspired bedroom. Describing a bed fit for a princess: "The headboard would be covered in white satin with small rhinestone nailheads. It would be quite high and have a tall arch. In the middle of the arch I would have an oval mirror inset and the nailheads would outline the shape of the mirror inset as well. The running boards would be covered in the mirror." (Full Article)
You could always add a bloodstained key and some dead wives in a closet, or a witch-sized stove, or maybe a dummy of a kid with an apple in his hand whose head falls off if you touch it.

But these are some nice basic starting points! I always reccomend Pinterest to find decor with a fairy tale aesthetic. Here is my Dream House page, you can judge for yourself! Gypsy from Once Upon a Blog has a fantastic fairy tale board collection!

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