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...)

Mantua Court Gowns

18th CenturyKnown as a mantua, the gown consists of a bodice with a train at the back.  A very wide petticoat of matching silk completes the ensemble along with a triangle of silk known as a stomacher, in the centre front.

Although considered stylish day wear in the early 18th century,  the mantua had become very old-fashioned by the 1750s and was worn only for court dress.  Wide hoops were beginning to go out of style, but kept their extreme width at court.  To make up for its conservative cut, court dress was always made from the most fashionable as well as expensive fabrics and trimmings.   This gown was (Read More...)

Marie Antoinette Behind the Scences For Vogue Magazine

Kirsten DunstKirsten Dunst shot by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue for the September 2006, are some of the most cherished pictures by admirers of the French style today. The pictures of Kirsten Dunst give us a whimsical glimpse into the period that we love the most. From the luxurious gowns, to the hair and the French furniture, this issue has become a collectors item for many people who enjoy the French style world wide.

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens traces the arc of Annie’s photographic life, her aspirations to artistry and the trajectory of her career. The film depicts the (Read More...)