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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

How to Add Color Into Your Home With Confidence

How To Pick Paint ColorsHow to Add Color Into Your Home

Many of us are afraid to use color. How can you possibly pick a color for the walls? There are thousands available. How do you know if you have the right hue?

Painting a wall sort of seems like you are getting married to the color.

1. Look around in your own home…….

One very easy way of picking paint shades is to take a good look around your home. If you already have a nice collection of furniture and accessories, take a good look at what you already have to decide what direction to go in. If you are just (Read More...)

5 Ways To Get The French Look For Less

Set of 4 French Belle Epoque Gilt Brass Wall Sconces1. Pick One Focal Piece For Each Room

If you are starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, consider focusing on buying one main piece for each room.

Spending some extra money on larger pieces of furniture, as they can be harder to find.

If you are just starting out, and don’t have a particular fabric that you are married to, consider purchasing a sofa that is neutral colored.  Over time your taste may change, and exchanging out the throw pillows is (Read More...)

Really Hot French Decorating Advice From Top Designer Charles Spada Part 2

Charles SpadaSpada continues to tell Veranda about the keys to great design, as he discusses flooring…..

4. Great Wood Flooring.   Spada highly recommends that a great floor is the foundation on which to build a room design.  Spada prefers unfinished wood floors.

Unfinished flooring often doesn’t have the gloss shine that many of the finished wood floors do.  When it comes to cost, unfinished hardwood flooring will be more expensive than (Read More...)

French Style Directoire Tables

French Style Directoire TablesCG Sparks sells this stunning iron and glass Accordion Side Table in Brass for only $169.  Inspired by the timeless accordion table, this table can function in any environment. A mirrored top creates a bit of sparkle while the brass finish makes a warm tone.

This (Read More...)

Decorating With Pastels For A French Styled Home

French FurnitureIf you truly love the luxury side of 18th century France, and adore anything to do with Marie Antoinette, you will love yourself for choosing this color palette.

Try working with the color wheel when deciding on the fabric for your chairs. Velvet can be extremely rich and vibrant for French furniture. The orange chairs above, would be ideally paired with coral, or a lighter pastel orange. Or having a settee in a lighter mint green, and choosing a coordinating pastel green for two accent chairs would be very striking.

The Louis XV style gilt Rococo parlor suite comprising of love seat, (Read More...)

French Interiors:The Belvedere In The Park of the Petit Trianon

The Belvedere In The Park of the Petit TrianonThe Petit Trianon was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel by the order of Louis XV for his long-term mistress, Madame de Pompadour, and was constructed between 1762 and 1768. But Madame de Pompadour died four years before its completion. Upon his accession to the throne in 1774, the 20-year-old Louis XVI gave the château and its surrounding park to his 19-year-old Queen Marie Antoinette for her exclusive use and enjoyment. Marie longed to escape Louis and his court, and he gave her just the place.

This (Read More...)