The Carnavalet Museum In Paris

French MuseumsThe Carnavalet Museum in Paris is dedicated to the history of the city. The museum occupies two neighboring mansions: the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau.

Situated in the historical Marais district, the Musée Carnavalet is dedicated to the history of Paris from its origins to present day. Opened in 1880, the current museum occupies two mansions from the 16th and 17th centuries. In this remarkable architectural setting, you can discover medieval and Gallo-Roman archeological collections, mementos of the French Revolution, paintings, sculptures, furniture and items of (Read More...)

Decorating With Dark Brown- French Styling

1930s French Arm. Upholstered in fine leather and silk velvet with nail heads.Chocolate, caramel, cinnamon and mocha are all the colors of a toasty atmosphere of elegance and refinement.  The color brown can be masculine enough for men yet also can be made feminine by adding in the right accessories.

Warm colors can instantly make a room feel cozy and intimate. Muted and deep tones can have the coziest effect.  Consider painting your walls a brown-tinted red, while accenting in (Read More...)

Easy Country Provence Decorating- 7 Ways To Get The Look

Country Provence DecoratingFrench country decorating has been one of the most popular decorating choices because it invites comfort into the home like no other style. Lived in furniture, distressed wood tables and chairs, cotton throws, aged plaster walls are just some of the hallmark elements found in this style.

Choose Earthy Colors

The French have always taken their inspiration from outside. Use vivid colors in your home, by painting your kitchen cabinets, or accenting with bright floral centerpieces. Colors like poppy red, sunflower yellow, cornflower blue, (Read More...)

Decorating With French Furniture

Michele Bonan's New HotelThe recently opened Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré, consisting of 15 luxury suites, is housed in a historic 1730 mansion that once  belonged to the Marquis de Lafayette.  Keeping a consistent palette from room to room—such as Bönan’s combination of deep-toned walls and ivory-colored
furnishings—helps a compact home feel larger. While infusing the structure with traditional luxuries, including carrara marble bathrooms and Louis XVI mantels, the iconoclastic Bönan also introduced such playful modern touches as chartreuse satin draperies and sleek, (Read More...)

Apartment of French Designer Florence Baudoux

Parisian Apartment by Florence BaudouxPaint Shades of Gray and Beige

Gray can be anything but bland. Once a pigment is added to a mixture of black and white,it actually becomes a color.  The slight undertone to the color can make a significant difference.

Hints of purple, green or blue can be added in larger quantities  to gray and will produce cooler  shades of gray.  Adding colors such as red to gray will create a warmer paint tone.

French Style Wall Stencils

Ted and Lillian WilliamsPicture Of Elegance featured a number of stunning pictures on their blog of Ted and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France. The chateau was built ca.1765, and reflects a French Rococo architectural period of style, which is quite similar to those found in Sweden in the 17th century. The house features a large amount of french furnishings. The highlight of the pictures are the amazing stenciled walls.  The Trouvais Blog featured some (Read More...)

Parisian Affair - Interview With Claudia Strasser

French DetailsParisian Affair – Interview With Claudia Strasser – Author of The Paris Apartment Blog , was featured in Luxe Magazine….

FAVORITE DECORATING SOURCES:

When I have restoration projects, I’ll pop into Pariscope Antiques in Lake Worth for
anything from restoring a frame, to gold leafing to upholstery. Up the road a bit, I’ll
hit Revue Antiques in West Palm Beach for boudoir chairs and vanities. There’s always a
wonderful surprise around every corner.

I ALWAYS CARRY…

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World's Most Beautiful French Hardware

P.E. GuerinP.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative hardware firm in the United States, and the only metal foundry in New York City. The company was started in 1857 by French immigrant Pierre Emmanuel Guerin and is at the very location in Greenwich Village since 1892. Pierre Emmanuel Guerin was one of the pioneers in artistic metalwork in New York City. His work can still be found in various public buildings, and important residences throughout the city and the country.

“Our products can be found almost anywhere around the country,” says Martin Grubman, manager. “They’re in the White House, the Henry Ford Mansion (Read More...)

Beautiful French Furniture In The Metropolitan Museum of Art

French Museum FurnitureBeing a blogger, you sometimes see the same picture 10 times.  That is the case with these pictures below. I admired them so much that I found myself ecstatic to finally discover where the pictures originated from.  The beautiful French images show incredible patina in the paint which I originally thought was a cabinet, but happen to be the paneling on the walls.  The combination of colors show a rich blue gray with burnt orange details.  The photographs were taken by a professional photographer Jamie Beck, found in this post (Read More...)

Add Dimension To Your French Furniture

French FurnitureFrench styled furniture has the advantage of structural shape that it almost begs to be painted.  Painting the curved and carved details on these ornate pieces can draw attention to the ornateness of this style. One significant advantage of painted furniture is the variety of colors and shades that are available to you.  No matter what your taste, you can bring forth a particular look with a shade of paint and a paint brush.  Such versatility exists with French furniture.

Above we see a glossy black French desk featuring heavy ormolu (Read More...)

Borrow The Best Ideas For Your Home From French Decorator Jean-Louis Deniot

Jean-Louis DeniotDesigner Jean-Louis Deniot, is considered to be the best of the new generation of French Decoration, and yet Jean-Louis Deniot’s career began just 12 years ago. After launching his own firm in Paris in 2000, he expanded his design business just two years later with his sister, Virginie.  Since 2009, his firm has been counted as one the most prominent interior design firms by Architectural Digest (US), AD France, AD Spain, and AD Russia, and he is currently nominated in several prestigious selections of the Top 100 international interior design firms.

In this post, we (Read More...)

Extravagant French Marquetry Tables

French Marquetry Tables Seen at Regency Gallery IncAbout Marquetry:

Marquetry is the decorative art of applying pieces of veneer to a piece of furniture or any structure for that matter to form decorative designs or patterns. The technique is often applied to furniture, small decorative objects, picture frames, boxes and any object that has a flat or solid surface to work with.  Parquetry is very similar in technique to marquetry: in the former the pieces of veneer are of simple repeating geometric shapes, forming tiling patterns (Read More...)

French Style Partner's Desks

French-Style-Partners-DesksThe grandness and luxury of French design culminate in this partner’s desk and multiple-drawer cartonnier, crafted by master cabinetmaker Paul Sormani. Sormani created this exceptional work after the model by Simon Oeben, one of the most successful ébénistes of the 18th century. The original set, made circa 1765, belonged to the Duc de Choiseul-Praslin, Prime Minister for Louis XV, and can be recognized in one of the gouaches by Van Blarenberghe of the interiors of Choiseul’s house, circa 1770.

The contents of Choiseul’s house were sold in (Read More...)

Absolutely Breathtaking French Painted Furniture

French Heritage French FurnitureFrench Heritage’s furniture is some of the most spectacular painted furniture on the market.  This company is only twenty years old, yet has so much talent when it comes to getting the right paint finishes and style for their French pieces.  The expertise came from a passion for antique furniture that co-founder Jacques Wayser grew up around.  As a young boy, Jacques would accompany his parents on their weekly visits to the Paris antique market.  Through years of living and breathing his grandfathers business, he learned the art of (Read More...)

Furniture Terms Explained

French Style DesksBachelor chest – A small straight front chest of drawers with a fold-over top. The name derives from bachelors having small sets of rooms where limited space allowed the fold-over top to be used for writing.

Blind door – The doors of a bureau cabinet that has wooden panels and not mirror plates.

Bobbin turned – Sections of turning, used on tables and chairs, that are ball or bobbin shaped.

Bole – A clay in liquid form that can be used over gesso before gilding. Bole can vary in (Read More...)

Hotel du Marc in Reims, France

Hotel du Marc in Reims Seen In Architectural DigestLonny magazine’s October issue yet again is filled with tantalizing interiors to salavate over.  Veuve Clicquot is one of the world’s most distinguished makers of line champagne. Lonny was honored to be granted a tour of its historic estates. French styled Hotel du Marc located in Reims, France is featured serves as a guest house for Veuve Clicquot.   In the (Read More...)

Michael Smith's Fabulous French Upper East Side Apartment

Michael S. SmithInterior designer Michael Smith’s fabulous upper east side apartment was the backdrop for designer Barbara Tfank.  The photos show off extravagant French antiques, such as French Louis Desk, paired with a white painted and leather upholstered chair.  The bedroom is done all in a French style, showing a carved French styled bed, with custom bedding and upholstery.  A Louis XVI styled chest is featured in the room, amongst custom cabinetry that is painted the wall color.  A french bergere accent chair sits in the corner of the (Read More...)

A Little Bit Of Provence In Your Home

Provence FranceProvence is not only one of France’s best-loved regions; it’s also the one which has, arguably, had a greater influence on design than any other.

Provence is, of course, a hot region. So its design concepts are usually all about cool minimalism – but in a very traditional farmhouse type of way. And Provence oak furniture is also well-known for its warm, welcoming glow – as reflects the region itself.

Search on Provence interiors on the web and you’ll soon get a feel for what the region’s designs are all about; simplicity, quality, rustic charm and utility.

Some furniture (Read More...)

Designer Hutton Wilkinson's 4 Tips For A Unforgettable Home

Hutton WilkinsonLonny’s September 2012 issue featured a spread on Hutton Wilkinson’s grand estate located in Beverly Hills that once belonged to mentor Tony Duquette. The lavish home is whimsically decorated with bright colors, rich accessories, and 18th century venetian baroque antiques.

Hutton Wilkinson gives Lonny a couple of designer tips to consider when creating a home that is unforgettable:

1.  Layer your rooms; don’t just paint them. Paint your walls, then cover them with fabric, (Read More...)

An Intimate Look Inside Versailles Restoration

Robert PolidoriOne of the very best books you can buy for your library is the three volumes of Robert Polidori’s Parcours Museologique Revisite, which is a twenty-five year photographic project charting the renovation of the palace at Versailles.

In an effort to keep France’s vibrant history alive, each room in the palace is carefully restored to mirror its original state.  Polidori’s extensive photographic (Read More...)

Book Review: Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of the Ambassadors

Historic Houses of ParisHistoric Houses of Paris, written by Alain Stella and photographed by Francis Hammond, is one book that you need to have in your library.  The book is packed from front to back with numerous tours of extraordinary historical homes that are  closed to the public but opened up in this exceptional volume of twenty-two embassies.

You’ll browse a number of estates that were once (Read More...)

French Gardens

Versailles - Allée des MarmousetsThe gardens of Versailles are remarkable to experience in person. The gardens cover roughly 800 hectares of land, which is landscaped in the classic French style.  he meticulous manicured lawns inspire millions, as they are the most visited place in France, and receive more than six million visitors a year. 210,000 million flowers are planted annually, 200,000 trees and 50 fountains with more than 620 jets of water.  Sculptures and fountains accent the beautiful hedges and grasses in a symmetrical pattern. (Read More...)

French Style Children's Furniture

French StyleAntique Furniture on ebay is selling a terrific pair of Miniature Louis XV Style Carved White Painted Child Arm Chairs for just over 1,300.  The pair most likely  originated from France in the late 19th Century. The set has wonderful proportions built for a child to sit in a formal room. With a delicate carved crest featuring a bouquet of flowers flanked by multiple complicated borders of twisted rope and three beads and short reeding that (Read More...)

Decorate With Bright Pops Of Color In Your Home

Plant a miniature lemon tree in a terracotta pot an place near a window.When professional decorators want to brighten up a room or space, they reach for the brightest color on the color wheel -yellow. Yellow is the perfect home decor accent. If your home is based around beige, and gray, the color yellow could be just what is needed to brighten a room. Consider using false lemons in a bowl on the counter, or as a centerpiece on your dining room table. With a few items from your home, you can create a (Read More...)

Extravagant Marie-Antoinette Pet Beds

The French CatPrestige Houses is a Toulouse-based company that makes historic reproduction dog (and cat) beds inspired from designs from Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI in the 18th century.Prestige director Pierre Zordan uses specially trained upholsterers, wood-carvers and decorative painters to build canopy beds in the à la Polonaise style that Marie-Antoinette favored. They also make a restrained Roman-columned cat box with Marie-Antoinette coat-of-arms carved roses.

Affordable French Pet Beds……

Are you a lover of French design, canopy pet beds are something you don’t see to often (Read More...)