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Posted on July 17, 2013

Beautiful Inspiration ~ Rough Luxe

Antique/ Carolyn Quartermine/ Distressed/ Fireplace/ flea market/ Louis chair/ Old Europe/ Reclaimed/ Restoration Hardware/ Rough Luxe/ Rustic/ Salvaged/ Sela Ward/ Unrefined/ Versailles/ vintage/ Warwick Castle
I hope you’re having a great week so far!  I’ve always been enamoured with weathered pieces.  There is something alluring and charming about pieces that have a past. Where they have been, who has loved them…

The Carolyn Quartermaine fabric on this antique chair has me swooning
Distressed silk wall panel at Warwick Castle
I love the mix of unrefined  and elegance in this bath.
Perhaps it’s my love and appreciation of the craftsmanship that went into them.  Each piece is a reflection of the dedication and precision of the craftsman who spent days, weeks, or longer, laboring over each detail.
Reclaimed doors from southern France conceal the bar at Sela Ward’s Bel Air home.
 This door would give a fabulous welcome home!
 Distressed mirrors are a favourite.  I’ve incorporated mirrored furniture into my bedroom… giving it a feel of glamour and a nod to the golden age of the 1920’s.

 Salvaged antique fireplace utilized as headboard.  This piece is so unique and impressive.

If you want to incorporate the look of antique and period pieces in your home but don’t have time to search antique markets, Restoration Hardware offers collections of classical pieces that are inspired by “Old Europe.”

They offer various finishes and 70+ fabrics for the upholstered dining chairs.

I plan to order a set of these chairs in a darker finish with velvet upholstery.  I haven’t decided on the colour yet but the lilac shade featured above is stunning.

The Versailles chair is one of my favourite pieces and it comes in a child’s version as well.

xoxo, B
Posted on July 15, 2013

Designer Crush ~ Jean-Louis Deniot

abstract art/ Antiques/ chandelier/ chevron flooring/ chic/ eclectic/ French design/ hammered cabinets/ Interior Design/ Jean-Louis Deniot/ Luxe Interiors/ molding/ Paris/ Pierre Frey/ serene/ vintage
Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  The weather was beautiful here and we enjoyed much outdoor time.
Paris-based interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s work is amazing.  There are very few designers that I find their interiors, all of them, to be flawless but his I do.  I remember the first time I saw one of his designs, it was love at first sight.

Preferring to mix styles from various eras, he claims he aspires his work to be “eclectic chic as well as serene.”  The classically trained Deniot describes the use of vintage and antique pieces as “super important to have that element in design”, claiming they give more personality than mass-produced pieces.  I completely agree!

The dining set gives this space the personality he was referring to, wouldn’t you agree?

This is hands down, without a doubt, one of my favourite top five interiors.  The intricate moldings, the grey, cream, and black colour palette, and the coffered ceiling.  How fantastic are the lamps and cocktail table?  I also love how the rug mirrors the ceiling.  I have seen this duo used in his designs before.  Perfection.
Pierre Frey wall upholstery ~ another favourite.
Not all of Deniot’s spaces are elaborate but they are rich in historic preservation.
My beloved Klismos chair (I wrote about one last week in this post).
The lighting, chevron flooring, and abstract art are my favourite elements in this space.
Deniot has an impeccable sense of balance and proportion paired with luxe and drama.  He gets it right every time.  The sunburst mirror is by Hervé Van der Straeten from Ralph Pucci International.
The glamorous kitchen is comprised of hammered silver cabinetry with marble countertops and flooring.  The brass light fixture is by Stilnovo and the sink by Franke.
I’ll stop here… otherwise, I could go on and on.  Deniot has a line of home furnishings that can be seen here.
Wishing you a fabulous week!
xoxo, B
photos via Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Pinterest, and Architectural Digest
Posted on June 7, 2013

Bon Weekend, Plus Antique French Textile ~ Toile de Juoy

Antique French Textiles/ Bon Weekend/ Chopard/ Dita Von Teese/ Fabrics/ IIDA/ Indian Printing Techniques/ Jouy-en-Juoy/ Paris/ Toile de Juoy/ Toile dress/ vintage
It has been a busy week here… lots of networking, an IIDA committee meeting, and summer activities with my children.  Summer is in full swing and I am loving it!
This is by far one of my favourite applications.. love the mix of styles in this photo.  I am especially swooning over the royal blue chesterfield sofa.
One of my favourite things is antique French textiles.  The last time I was in Paris, my husband and I were walking down a street and I spotted a lovely shop with rolls of fabrics.  I stopped in my tracks and I gazed at what seemed to be endless spools of fabrics; however, I did not enter because we were on our way to some place and at the time, I had no use for them.  I cannot tell you how many times I wish I had entered that boutique regardless of needing it or not.  I still think about it and hope to find it again.
via pinterest
When I hold a vintage textile, as with any antique, I often wonder of the incredible journey that it has made, surviving the passage of time.  I wonder of the artist that dreamed it, the inspiration that it came from, and the mill workers and tools that created it.
Blue & white settee via here
Toile de Juoy has been a favourite for.. well, forever.  It can be utilized in so many applications from a girl’s bedroom, dinnerware, upholstery, and a dress to name a few.  The possibilities are endless. 
purple chair via here
Toile de Juoy was inspired by traditional Indian printing techniques.  During the first years, wood block printing was the only process used to create patterns of relief.  After 1770, etched copper plates replaced the wooden blocks.  This technique enabled monochrome printing and this began the process of scenes with characters, which has made Toile de Juoy famous. Soon after, the copper roller was introduced.  This greatly improved production and allowed 5,468 yards to be produced in one day.
Dita in a lovely toile dress, source unknown
Have you been to the Musée de la Toile de Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France?  If so, I would love to hear about it about your experience.  You can read more about Toile de Juoy here.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
xoxo, B


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