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...)

French Style Wall Stencils

Ted and Lillian WilliamsPicture Of Elegance featured a number of stunning pictures on their blog of Ted and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France. The chateau was built ca.1765, and reflects a French Rococo architectural period of style, which is quite similar to those found in Sweden in the 17th century. The house features a large amount of french furnishings. The highlight of the pictures are the amazing stenciled walls.  The Trouvais Blog featured some (Read More...)

Parisian Affair - Interview With Claudia Strasser

French DetailsParisian Affair – Interview With Claudia Strasser – Author of The Paris Apartment Blog , was featured in Luxe Magazine….

FAVORITE DECORATING SOURCES:

When I have restoration projects, I’ll pop into Pariscope Antiques in Lake Worth for
anything from restoring a frame, to gold leafing to upholstery. Up the road a bit, I’ll
hit Revue Antiques in West Palm Beach for boudoir chairs and vanities. There’s always a
wonderful surprise around every corner.

I ALWAYS CARRY…

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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...)

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...)

Exclusive French Cabinetmakers Of The 18th Century

Jean-Francois HacheJean-Francois Hache (January 10. 1730 – August 19. 1796) was a member of a famous dynasty of 18th century cabinetmakers that included his grandfather, Thomas, and his father, Pierre. The Hache family played a major role in France for over a century.

Jean-François Hache (1730-1796) is probably the most famous of the Hache craftsmen. In 1756 Jean-Francois made a four-month stay in Paris, where he was very much influenced by the Louis XV style and particularly by the work of Jean-François Oeben.

Jean-Francois was also known for his mosaic (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...)

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...)

French Style Directoire Tables

French Style Directoire TablesCG 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...)

White and Cream French Furniture

French Directoire Painted Bench Jean-Marc Fray French AntiquesWhite upholstery can be daunting with pets and kids, but there are ways around having white furniture without having it ruined in a months time. One practical way of having lighter colored fabrics in your home is to create an additional seat cover with the same fabric. When guests come, or your kids, animals and guests sit on your furniture, there is no anxiety that your upholstery will get stained. Your seat cover can easily be thrown in the wash every two weeks (Read More...)

Decorating With Pastels For A French Styled Home

French FurnitureIf you truly love the luxury side of 18th century France, and adore anything to do with Marie Antoinette, you will love yourself for choosing this color palette.

Try working with the color wheel when deciding on the fabric for your chairs. Velvet can be extremely rich and vibrant for French furniture. The orange chairs above, would be ideally paired with coral, or a lighter pastel orange. Or having a settee in a lighter mint green, and choosing a coordinating pastel green for two accent chairs would be very striking.

The Louis XV style gilt Rococo parlor suite comprising of love seat, (Read More...)

Napolean lll Style Rope Twisted Gilt Furniture

Twisted Rope Wood Ottoman.While the illusion of twisted and knotted rope, which is associated with the work of the Parisian upholsterer A. M. E. Fournier, is indicative of the mid-nineteenth-century’s flair for novelty, the chair’s curvilinear outline is characteristic of the Rococo Revival. The voluminous tufted upholstery, which was complementary to the popular style.   

Upholstery springs, first employed in the eighteenth century for carriages and gymnastic chairs, came into more general use in the 1820s, (Read More...)

Queen Marie Antoinette's French Bedroom

Diane Kruger Marie AntoinetteEveryone wants a view into Queen Marie Antoinette’s personal French bedroom.  Bonnefoy du Plan oversaw the creation of the furniture pieces which sit in her bedroom.  The furniture feature carved and painted trellises, basketwork, floral forms and rustic garlands. The furniture is called “wheat-ear” furniture, so named for lily-of-the-valley, pine cones, and ears of wheat found in the design The third floor is known as the Mezzanine and was for the Queen’s staff.

The comparison between the (Read More...)

French Styled Commodes

Elaborate ChestsBombe chests gained popularity in the French Regency period. After Louis XIV died in 1715, his five year old great grandson was crowned the king of France.   At the time, Louis XV was too young to rule, so Phillipe d’Orleans, the nephew of the late Louis XIV, was named regent and ruled in his place.  During this time, French furniture-makers created newer styles distinctively different from the Louis XIV classical forms.  Shapes became more bowed and round.  The signature style through this time was the bombe commode.  This chest had curves, and reminded them of the voluptuous curves (Read More...)

Louis XV Style

Louis XV style swept France during the years of 1730-1775 and has remained popular ever since. Louis XV style has been known to have a soft appeal, often generous with its curves and delicate features. In fact, Louis XV furniture is known for its unbroken curves. Everything is curved, even the architecture. Louis XV desks are quite hard to find in any local area, which leads many people online to search them out. In the past, a kitchen table was where everyone gathered to eat, play games and learn. It was the most functional pieces of furniture of the typical family home, today it is the desk. With Internet strapped to everyone’s hip, a nice desk is worth the investment.

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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...)

French Style Baroque Rococo Beds

French Baroque Rococo Bed Victoria Beckham Harpers Bazaar December 2009Baroque styled furniture is for the person who loves pompous detail, and awe-inspiring first-class luxury. Baroque beds are not commonly found in your local furniture store, as they are a very specialized rare bed that can only be found online.

These stately looks feature grand carvings, and incredibly ornate detail. It seems as though within the last few years this bed as been featured most painted black or in (Read More...)

French Style Guéridon Directoire Tables

French-Guéridon-Directoire-TableWhat is a guéridon table? Guéridon Tables are often small, circular top tables which are supported by one or more columns. Some times the columns can be metal rods, or the opposite, ornate styled legs.

Guéridon Tables originated in France towards the middle of the 17th century, and the design concept was borrowed from the ancient Egyptian and Greek cultures.  These tables were often small and would hold a candlestick or vase, or today a coffee cup and some magazines, or a lamp.

The style of the table back then was highly (Read More...)

French Styled Homes

Exceptional French AntiquesBack in the November issue of 2009, Canadian House and Home featured the French styled Montreal home of Luce Gayrard. Gayrard, a Canadian lawyer, has refined taste collecting French styled furniture, and a unique way of pairing antiques with raw materials such as metal and leather.  In this home you will see natural colors such as wood tables, mixed with upholstered French chairs with leather, and a pop of red for interest.

The pictures below are of both homes; the loft and the country home. Lovely velvets circulate the room, giving a cozy feeling amongst the (Read More...)

Louis XV French Styled Furniture

Louis XV style is one of the most beautiful styles of French design.  Louis XV style took place between 1730-1775 and often feature curvy furniture such as bombe chests, sexy desks, and ornate mirrors.  If a French piece of furniture is exaggerated in its curves, chances are, they flow from the inspiration of Louis XV.   The key feature of  unbroken curves is the principle behind the inspiration of Louis XV furniture style such as graceful curves seen in Louis desks, where the legs sweep with delicate lines and shape.  Chairs are often seen curved at the back which flows through to the front often seeing curved cushions. Louis XV architecture is likewise as ceilings are seen with curved features such as doomed ceilings, and archways.  Round ornate gilt rosettes sit in 3D paneled designs on the walls.  Walls, doors and decorative moldings are featured (Read More...)

The Romantic Side Of Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren HomeMore than a fashion clothing designer, Ralph Lauren has been the master of marketing to every aspect of upscale elegant living.  Every seasonal collection is different but very edgy and of supreme design.  Rarely do you see a designer design a number of different styles as well as Ralph Lauren has.

Ralph Lauren’s life wasn’t always so glamorous, as he grew up in a middle class family working at department stores in his youth and attending business school at night.  At a young age he worked after school to buy suits, and (Read More...)