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.

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...)

Borrow The Best Ideas For Your Home From French Decorator Jean-Louis Deniot

Jean-Louis DeniotDesigner Jean-Louis Deniot, is considered to be the best of the new generation of French Decoration, and yet Jean-Louis Deniot’s career began just 12 years ago. After launching his own firm in Paris in 2000, he expanded his design business just two years later with his sister, Virginie.  Since 2009, his firm has been counted as one the most prominent interior design firms by Architectural Digest (US), AD France, AD Spain, and AD Russia, and he is currently nominated in several prestigious selections of the Top 100 international interior design firms.

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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...)

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...)

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.

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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...)

Famous Composer Maurice Ravel's French Styled Home

Maurice RavelFrench musician Maurice Ravel will always be known for his beautiful music, but not many people knew about his incredible taste for furnishings.  Ravel lived outside of   Paris in the town Monfort l’Amaury.  One glimpse of the home shows one side of the home credited to Maurice Ravel.  Ravels Home is supposed to have written Le Tombeau de Couperin.  By (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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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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