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...)
Picture 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 – 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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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...)
Jean-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...)
Spada 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...)
CG 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 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...)
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...)
Everyone 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...)
Bombe 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 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.
Baroque 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...)
What 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...)
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...)
More 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...)