Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Design by Fashion: A Look Into France’s Fashion Houses

Almost no one is a stranger to the names that invoke French fashion design. Chanel, Dior, among others have become iconic in the world of luxury, but that high class elegance does not stop with their clothes.  A look into the headquarters and studios of some of the most famous French fashion houses shows just how interior-design savvy these brands really are.

Photographed above is a custom rug at the Chanel HQ in Paris. The interlocked double C’s of the brand are unmistakable in this image. Having peeked into the studios of showrooms of some of France’s finest producers of beautiful clothing, we couldn’t help but share some images of their decor that reminded us of our own pieces we have in our gallery.

Jewelry designer Delfina Delletrez’s home studio is stylishly decorated.  Using a pair of smaller pieces breaks the common practice of using a single, larger piece as a wall decor, such as a painting or mirror. It provides more decorating options, and gives the room a more formal look when done right.

Murano Glass Leaf Wall Sconces from Italy



This fabulous pair of Italian sconces are perfect for getting that formal, but airy look. The hand-blown glass and brass details  give them an effortless elegance. They’ll provide some ambient lightning at night, and simply look great during the day.


Murano Glass Wall Sconces by Toso and Barovier


Consider this pair for a similar look. Three hand-blown glass leaves mounted on a brass base give these pieces a structured, yet ornate look.


Jazz up corners with a pop of color like this bright yellow chair in Isabel Marant’s showroom. A well placed contemporary piece is a simple way to fill up space and brighten up a room.

Vintage Wassily Chairs in Leather & Chrome


Contemporary meets vintage in this pair of Wassily chairs. They feature chrome steel tubes frames, thick high quality leather and stitching. 


Vintage Modernist Armchairs



For a bold burst of color, check out this pair of vintage Italian armchairs. The red and black vinyl reflect a soft sheen that definitely catch the eye. 



Dior has always been the epitome of simple elegance. In their headquarters in Paris, it seems as though the same philosophy applies to their interior design. Dior HQ looks clean and sophisticated in gray and white combo, and the Louis XVI style chair in the photograph looks familiar.  


Louis XVI Style Pair of Hand Painted Side Chairs


Voila! Stately and subtle, this pair looks strikingly similar to the chair in Dior’s hallway.  Reupholstered in a gray velvet blend, this antique pair of Louis XVI side chairs are both comfortable and stylish.  



More often than not, lighting sets the mood in a room. Back at Delfina Delettrez, this beauty hangs to be looked at and lusted over. A very appropriate fixture for one of France’s best jewelers.

Italian Murano Glass and Chrome Chandelier



Back in Austin, our gallery has a chandelier very similar to the one in Delettrez’s studio. Beautiful and unique, this Sputnik chandelier looks like a star might have fallen out of the sky. The gorgeous branches extending from a chrome structure for a stunning silhouette as light comes through the dazzling glass. 


Italian Murano “Avventurina” Glass Sputnik Chandelier


For a slightly different feel, our “Avventurina” Sputnik chandelier is a stunning gold color – reflecting the gold leaf flecks blown into the glass. This marvelous hue makes for a warmer, softer feel, while the striking shape of the chandelier maintains a modern, contemporary look.


 For more design inspirations and ideas, watch the video below of a tour of Coco Chanels’ legendary Rue Cambon apartment. To transform your home, visit 


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Holiday Shopping Card 2012

Oct 25th-November 4th, 2012: 
Support the American Cancer Society and Save 20%!

We’ll give you 20% off your purchase in our gallery when you use your 2012 Holiday Shopping Card*. Cards are available in our gallery ($50), and valid at all participating Austin merchants. Card proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

This is a perfect time to  get your holiday shopping off to an early start, and shop for a good cause!

Support the American Cancer Society today.

*Fine art excluded.  Offer cannot be combined with any other store discounts.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Meredith Pardue Opens “Terrain”

Meredith Pardue’s newest work, a series of mixed media paintings on panels, entitled “Terrain” wowed the audience Thursday night October 11th.  Eight new paintings graced the walls of our newly expanded space which looked, quite frankly, stunning. Natural light pouring in, soft colors on the walls, a luminous glow from the Murano glass chandeliers,  and open space offered an ethereal atmosphere in which to enjoy these superb works of art.

In the TERRAIN exhibition, Meredith Pardue explores the parallels of the seasons of our lives with the formation of the Earth’s terrain.  She likens the amassing of geological changes, one upon another, to the psychological and physical wounds of our own human lives.  “It is a celebration of the transitional beauty as the seasons move across our landscape, as life moves forward, mirroring the Earth herself,” says Meredith of the series.

Admiring “Terrain XVI”, opening night.
“Terrain XXIII” was one of our favorites.

“Terrain XIX” and “Terrain XX” look exceptional side by side. 

Shiree Flume and Meredith Pardue.

Jacque McCall and James Blair, enjoying the show!

Show runs through November 30th.
View all of the series at

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