Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Postcard From Nice…

I took a plane a few days ago from Nice (France) to Austin (Texas). Since I was delayed a bit, I had a few days to stroll around my city…

Fresh coat of paint on a classic fishing boat in the Port of Nice.
“Les Pointus” (pointy boats) – I would love to own one sometime in the near future…
Nice is surrounded by mountains which help maintain a splendid climate all year long.
Russians, English, poets, and artists have made this heaven their home for centuries.
Many vestiges of this glorious past overlook the bay.
The chateau from Cocteau’s “La Belle et la Bete”.

The Port of Nice.

Sur la mer…

Pin Parasol (umbrella pine).

The old “Plongeoir” (diving board).
Seaside route.

Ship in the Port of Nice.

Soaking up some rays…

Building in the Vieux Nice (Old Town).

Facade nicoise.
A la prochaine…

Do you have any favorite promenades you’ve made on the French Riviera?

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 09:38:00 PM
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Designer Profile: M Interiors

Introducing: M Interiors
M Interiors was founded over six years ago by Melissa Morgan and is located in San Antonio, Texas. After practicing corporate law for 10 years, Melissa decided to follow her passion and start designing. She’s never looked back…

Shop Talk: Five Minutes With Melissa Morgan

How would you define your approach to interior design?
I enjoy creating beautiful and timeless interiors by bringing together comfort and a balanced mix of styles.

What would you say has made the greatest influence on you as a designer?
Traveling, and in particular, spending time in France, whether Paris or the South of France. Also, there have been certain people who have made a tremendous impact on me – their style and eye for the unexpected is very inspirational to me.

What do you think is the key to a successful designer/client relationship?
Working with a client’s preferences and design requirements in order to create homes that are tailored to each particular client.

How has the “going green” trend impacted the way you work today?
It has definitely made an impact. More and more people are conscious of where and how the items are made. It’s just one more reason to love beautiful antiques – they are the original going “green”!

Where do you go/what do you do for inspiration?
Anywhere and everywhere. Definitely travel would be the most inspiring, whether it’s around the corner or far away. A glimpse of certain color combinations, the hand embroidery of a textile, or the line of a piece of furniture can also be just as inspiring.

What do you do when you are not designing?
Spending time with my family and friends and playing tennis whenever I can!

Melissa Morgan’s Designer Picks from Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques:

For more information about M Interiors:
Melissa Morgan
phone: 210.592.9600

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 03:58:00 PM
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A History of French Styles: Régence

French Regency: 1715-1730
Following the death of Louis XIV, his 5 year old great grandson (and heir to the throne) became Louis XV. Since he was too young to take the throne, his uncle Philippe, the Duke of Orleans, was appointed as Regent. The transition between the monarchs became known as the French Regency. Offended by the spectacle of Versailles during the Sun King’s reign, the Duke moved the royal court to Paris, where courtiers lived in less extravagant hotel particuliers or private residences.

It was in this period that the apartment came into being. An apartment of this time, although lavish by today’s standards, would have been a much more intimate setting than the fortress and cathedral like homes of the prior periods. The smaller scale of these homes introduced an era of lighter, more graceful furniture. Asymmetrical curved lines replaced symmetrical straight lines and simple wood veneer replaced extravagant marquetry.

Bureau Regence.

Salon Regence.

Flowing curves are found throughout Régence furniture. The “bombéstyle commode was developed with plump sides and a convex curved front. Perhaps one of the most important characteristics of the period was the introduction of the cabriole leg. This carved ‘S’ shaped leg was used in armoires, bookcases, desks, sofas, and chairs.

Bombe chest from the Regency period.

Regency Commode by Charles Cressent. Wallace Collection.

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 02:00:00 PM
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