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.

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

Exceptional Rare French Antique Furniture

Suzy and Pierre DelbeeThe 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...)

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...)

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...)

How To Paint Black Furniture-A Dozen Examples Of Exceptional Black Painted Furniture

A Louis XV Gilt Bronze Mounted Black Lacquer Chinoiserie Commode.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...)

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...)

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

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...)

Neoclassical French Furniture

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...)