The bedroom décor in the card was probably from the late 1800s, but you can see in the image to the right how it was updated during a recent and extensive re-do of the Petit Trianon, which reopened to guests last year.
While I was there in November, it was too late in the day to visit Marie-Antoinette's on-site getaway, but I did take in the controversial Jeff Koons exhibit that was installed throughout the rooms and the grounds of Versailles. I can understand how people might be disappointed to see Versailles taken over by Koons's contemporary work, but it was also an opportunity to see the centuries-old palace literally reflected in a different light.
While impossible to miss his in-your-face installations like the hanging lobster in the Salon de Mars or a porcelain sculpture of Michael Jackson and Bubbles, I walked right by this bouquet of flowers that was perched in Marie Antoinette's big-house bedroom.It has a semi-naughty name that's not safe for family reading, so I'll retranslate it into "140 jerks," a term I'm sure could have described some among the the royal court who used to hover around the queen's presence almost 24 hours a day.
For more décor sure to keep your mind wandering, pick up The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, Amazon or Powell's.
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The Elegant Thrifter
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