Décor Dictionary: Bombé

Bombé:  is a French term for any furniture piece with a rounded or convex shape – fronts and sides. The word bombé literally means bomb-shaped, cambered, or bulging. Popular during the French Regency period of Louis XV, the bowed shapes where often found on bureaus, chests of drawers and commodes. Because of its French pronunciation, the term is occasionally incorrectly spelled as “Bombay”.

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Decorating Dictionary: Define Semainier

Decorating Dictionary: Semainier

LEFT: A handsome fruitwood and walnut veneer French semainier with holly inlay and marble top, circa 1880. RIGHT: A super cool contemporary semainier by Rougier in teal high gloss lacquer.

What is the definition of Semainier?

Have you ever heard someone mention the term Semainier and wondered what on earth it meant? Well, now you have to wonder no longer – we will define Semainier for you! Here is the latest addition to our Decorating Dictionary

Semainier:   is a tall, narrow chest with seven drawers – one drawer for each day of the week. Popularised in 18th-century, the name derives from the French term, “semaine”, meaning “week” and was designed for storing lingerie, personal linen and other unmentionables. 

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Décor Dictionary: Bolster

Round & rectangular bolster cushions via The Design Tabloid
On the left a cylindrical bolster cushion and a rectangular bolster on the right.

Bolster:  is a long narrow pillow or cushion. Most often cylindrical, bolsters can be added to a bed or sofa as a decorative element. They can also function as head or back support and are often used as bumpers in cribs or act as barriers in the beds of small children. 

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