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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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 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...)

Decorating Around The French Styles- Designer Alessandra Branca

Alessandra BrancaA European designer at heart, Alessandra Branca  incorporates antique designs into a mix of modern day elements for new takes on old world elegance.  The 16th through the 18th century is where she draws her inspiration, as she is an avid reader always looking for an opportunity for a new direction.   Her keen eye for color and a willingness to take risks on dramatic style is what is so interesting about her. Drawn to classic looks, her intuition kicks it up a notch with bold color palettes and contrasting designs.

“If you don’t love your things, it’s much better to (Read More...)