P.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...)
Interior 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...)
Lonny’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...)
One 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...)
Antique 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...)
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...)
Prestige 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...)
Spada 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...)
CG 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...)
The 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...)