Exceptional Rare French Antique Furniture

Suzy and Pierre DelbeeThe Devoted Classicist Blog featured some of the pictures of the furnishings from the Paris Apartment of Suzy and Pierre Delbee in the Christies Auction Catalogue.

A stand-out piece was a red lacquer secretary signed by Francois Rubestuck dating to circa 1766.  The decorative, fragile piece was not usable, however, because of the narrowness of the room (as noted (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 Add Color Into Your Home With Confidence

How To Pick Paint ColorsHow to Add Color Into Your Home

Many of us are afraid to use color. How can you possibly pick a color for the walls? There are thousands available. How do you know if you have the right hue?

Painting a wall sort of seems like you are getting married to the color.

1. Look around in your own home…….

One very easy way of picking paint shades is to take a good look around your home. If you already have a nice collection of furniture and accessories, take a good look at what you already have to decide what direction to go in. If you are just (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...)

How To Paint Black Furniture-A Dozen Examples Of Exceptional Black Painted Furniture

A Louis XV Gilt Bronze Mounted Black Lacquer Chinoiserie Commode.Black furniture has been one of the most popular furniture paint colors in history, and a close second is white.  Today, no other color comes close to these two basic colors which always seem to be a public favorite.

No matter what the style is, black paint has been fashionable choice for French furniture,and also for primitive early American, regency and modern furniture.   While the color of the furniture the same, the surrounds of these (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...)

Neoclassical French Furniture

Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles featured Interior designer Amy Morris’s home which was filled with lovely distressed Swedish antiques, and an eclectic mix of furnishings making her home comfortable and inviting to her family and friends.  Here in her bathroom a Neoclassical Louis XVI French Chair is painted in white and upholstered with a white and green greek key design in velvet.

Several antiques really shine in this home such as a distressed wood pedestal market table in the basement paired with Louis XIII reproduction chairs.

If you like the look of the Louis XIII primitive style chairs, consider the Bailey Street Lassiter (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.

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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...)

Touring The Best Of France

ChamberyChambery is a beautiful town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Chambéry is the birthplace and historic capital of Savoie. Throughout history, it has been both Italian and French. It lies in a valley in the Alps surrounded by the Bauges and Chartreuse mountain ranges and provides almost 360-degree views of the French Alps. To the north, it is bordered by Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France. Chambery has long been a “crossroads to the Alps” dating all the way back to the 11th (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 Interiors:The Belvedere In The Park of the Petit Trianon

The Belvedere In The Park of the Petit TrianonThe Petit Trianon was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel by the order of Louis XV for his long-term mistress, Madame de Pompadour, and was constructed between 1762 and 1768. But Madame de Pompadour died four years before its completion. Upon his accession to the throne in 1774, the 20-year-old Louis XVI gave the château and its surrounding park to his 19-year-old Queen Marie Antoinette for her exclusive use and enjoyment. Marie longed to escape Louis and his court, and he gave her just the place.

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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...)

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...)

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...)