Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer Design Trends: A Splash of Color

As we continue to share our favorite interior design trends for Summer 2011, we move on to… splashes of color!

Vintage pieces in orange – Murano lamps and a Modernist gueridon – add a bright flare to this room

Bring the colors of summer into your home with bright splashes of your favorites. Vibrant hues in vintage and antique pieces will add variety and interest to your rooms. Bold colors will add freshness and light to your interior after the dreary winter.

Colorful flowers and textiles add a pop of yellow to classic pieces

Keep things coherent by sticking with a simple palette – try honeysuckle, sunshine yellow, or spring green on top of neutrals in white or grey. Make sure to choose pieces with character in colors you love. Just remember to keep it bright and light – the look of the season is color!

Make the trend:

Get the look:

Reds & Pinks: Restoration period meridienne; Louis XVI armchair; Vintage Lucite and brass armchair; Napolean III gold leafed stools
Oranges & Golds: French Modernist gueridon; Murano glass lamps; Spanish gold leafed sunbursts; vintage anduze pot; Italian Murano glass sconces
Blues & Greens: Murano glass lamps; vintage Murano glass chandelier; “Water Lilies” by Kathryn Goodnite; vintage green Murano glass lamps; vintage green Murano glass sconces

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 11:01:00 PM
Links to this post
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Festival de Cannes 2011

The 64th Cannes Film Festival is well underway in France and La Croisette is buzzing with excitement! Jury President Robert De Niro opened the ceremony with an honorary Palme d’Or for Producer-Director Bernardo Bertolucci, and Tuesday, 78-year-old Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of France’s cherished actors of the French New Wave, received a Palme d’Or in honor of his 50 year career.

Barbara Gandolfi and Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Stars the world over grace the French Red Carpet this year: Robert De Niro, Jude Law and Uma Thurman (Jury members for Feature Films), Melanie Laurent, Nathalie Baye, Marion Cotillard (just a few of the locals), Owen Wilson, Jodie Foster and of course Brad Pitt, Sean Pean and Terence Malick presenting their highly anticipated film “Tree of Life”, which was filmed right here in Austin, TX!

Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt.

We’ve been following the excitement on Le Grand Journal, our favorite source for French news, which airs the show live, right outside the Palais des Festivals every year especially for the event.

Marion Cotillard and Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.

Kirsten Dunst charms the paparazzi.

Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The Festival runs through May 22nd. Bonne Chance a Tous!

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 08:23:00 PM
Links to this post
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Summer Design Trends: White Living Rooms

As we start changing our wardrobes for the 95℉ weather in Austin, we start looking for other design trends emerging, too. We already know that Pantone chose honeysuckle as the color of 2011, but what about spring and summer? There are specific looks for the seasons as well as the year, and we’re sharing a few of our antique and vintage favorites that will help you achieve a fresh, summery look with quality pieces.

Photo by William Abranowicz

First up is white living rooms. Fill the room with timeless, antique and vintage white pieces that will never go out of style. This look creates a clean, open space that is a great palette for artwork and accessories. It’s simple and classic, but never dull. Plus, changing is easy – just add a pop of color or your favorite accessories to complete any look!

Murano glass chandelier, antique mirror add drama to a contemporary living room.

Vintage chrome side table, shimmering antique crystals and white cow hides make for a clean, warm living space.

Make the trend:

1 French Régency period mantle; 2 Vintage Murano glass sconces; 3 Art Deco leather club chairs (in the style of Jean-Michel Frank); 4 Vintage Lucite and brass side table; 5 Pair of vintage Italian Murano glass vases; 6 Fragonard scented candles; 7 Murano glass lamps; 8 French Art Deco Bergéres

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 01:12:00 AM
Links to this post
Tuesday, May 03, 2011

A History of French Styles: Louis XVI

Louis XVI – 1770 to 1790

Louis XVI Mahogany and Marble Buffet from France

The Louis XVI period marked a return to symmetry, straight lines and classical ornamentation. In 1748, the unearthing of Pompeii brought about a classical revival in furniture making. This Neo-Classical style offered a contrasting response to the Rococo of Louis XV which came to be thought of as frivolous.

Louis XVI style bouillotte side table in mahogany

While the motifs of the natural world survived (garlands, urns, laurels, dolphins and eagles), they were paired with geometric designs. One of the popular woods of the period was mahogany, which had to be imported and was therefore used only for fine furniture. Instead of the cabriole leg of the Régence and Louis XV periods, a straight, tapered and (often) fluted leg was preferred.

Louis XVI mahogany petite armoire

Case pieces, such as commodes and buffets, became more angular. Chairs of the period were fashioned in a wide variety of styles. The medallion and oval backed chairs are the most notable, although lyre or vase shaped backs were also common.

Louis XVI Salon

For the first time, during the Louis XVI period, chairs were made for solely for decorative purposes rather than comfort or function.

Louis XVI style brass side tables

See examples of Louis XVI style furniture in our inventory.

Posted by Jean-Marc Fray French Antiques at 03:15:00 PM
Links to this post