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.

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.

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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...)

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...)

How TO Decorate With Purple In French Styled Interiors

French Interiors Decorated Around PurpleMost people would shy away from purple, because it is so bold, and frankly it is a very hard color to decorate around. Here are just a couple ways to combine purple into your own home.

One of the first elements to decide upon is the upholstery.  Upholstery is more expensive than paint, so deciding on a direction with either new furniture, or uph0lstering antiques or vintage furniture needs to be one of the first decisions that needs to be made for a room.

Take a good look at all the furniture that you already own and see what you really need.  Invest in a (Read More...)

10 Ways To Use Pink, Orange and Coral In Your Home

Paint Colors - Pink Paint - House BeautifulWhen we think of French interiors, we think of pale blue, gray and white, yet French decorating isn’t just one a one-color palette. Pink, salmon, and coral are often associated with the Rococo period and was in fashion until the end of the 18th century. Today we don’t see many interiors based on these colors alone, and I ask myself why? Pastels are some of the most beautiful colors that a person can work with, and yet most of us gravitate towards the neutrals such as the gray and beige tones. I think for the (Read More...)

Really Hot French Decorating Advice From Top Designer Charles Spada

Charles SpadaVeranda featured Charles Spada’s home in their February 2012 Issue, and most everyone’s mouths dropped at the breathtaking photographs of his country home in Normandy. His home also was featured in the March 2011 Architectural Digest in Italy. Spada has achieved House Beautiful magazine’s “Ten Most Beautiful Showhouse Rooms” award and was voted by House Beautiful as one of their “101 Favorite Designers.” He was also awarded Traditional Home magazine’s “Outstanding Designer” award, amongst many other awards.

Charles Spada’s Normandy house gives us a glimpse of the (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...)

Touring The Best Of France

ChamberyChambery is a beautiful town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Chambéry is the birthplace and historic capital of Savoie. Throughout history, it has been both Italian and French. It lies in a valley in the Alps surrounded by the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges and provides almost 360-degree views of the French Alps. To the north, it is bordered by Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France. Chambery has long been a “crossroads to the Alps” dating all the way back to the 11th (Read More...)