The 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...)
Paint 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.
Being 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...)
French 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...)
The 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...)
Bachelor 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...)
Lonny 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...)
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...)
Provence 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...)
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...)
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...)
The Devoted Classicist Blog featured some of the pictures of the furnishings from the Paris Apartment of Suzy and Pierre Delbee in the Christies Auction Catalogue.
A stand-out piece was a red lacquer secretary signed by Francois Rubestuck dating to circa 1766. The decorative, fragile piece was not usable, however, because of the narrowness of the room (as noted (Read More...)
Black furniture has been one of the most popular furniture paint colors in history, and a close second is white. Today, no other color comes close to these two basic colors which always seem to be a public favorite.
No matter what the style is, black paint has been fashionable choice for French furniture,and also for primitive early American, regency and modern furniture. While the color of the furniture the same, the surrounds of these (Read More...)
Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles featured Interior designer Amy Morris’s home which was filled with lovely distressed Swedish antiques, and an eclectic mix of furnishings making her home comfortable and inviting to her family and friends. Here in her bathroom a Neoclassical Louis XVI French Chair is painted in white and upholstered with a white and green greek key design in velvet.
Several antiques really shine in this home such as a distressed wood pedestal market table in the basement paired with Louis XIII reproduction chairs.
If you like the look of the Louis XIII primitive style chairs, consider the Bailey Street Lassiter (Read More...)