Monday, August 29, 2016

The modern-day man cave

The man cave has always had a derogatory “vibe.”  We think of a frat-house; dark dingy rooms with old sofas and recliners and oversized TVs. A room completely untouched by a woman (let alone an interior designer). We’re here to dispel that generalization, and reimagine and reinvent this legendary space.

A man cave doesn’t have to be dull, and definitely not dingy or dark! We’ve curated a few design inspirations, and a few pieces of our own to find the perfect blend of masculinity and luxury.

Pictured below: A prime example of a well-executed man cave. We love the smooth, vintage leather, antique lighting and natural wood elements.




If you’re working on or envisioning your own space no matter the set up, we’d recommend our Italian Brass Sputnik Chandelier. Eclectic and bursting with light, it’s the perfect bold addition to your new, manly space.



Every gentleman’s room needs a good bar. The texture and color of the wood in the Ralph Lauren bar below is absolute perfection. Pair with dim lights and some Pappy Van Winkle, and you’ll have a night cap to be rivaled anywhere in the world!




Of course, we personally love our very own Mid-Century Italian Paolo Buffa Style Standing Bar. Rich mahogany, brass and glass come together in perfect harmony with this vintage dry bar and stand alone case. Did we mention it’s lined with velvet on the inside?




Like all intellectual men, you’ll need a good reading chair. This chair is everything. In fact, we’ll just be here. Lounging.



Jean-Marc Fray has a host of great seating options. From club chairs to arm chairs, to sofas – we truly have it all. See for yourself!







What we love most about any space are the statement pieces that we build a room around. This Restoration Hardware buffet is a perfect example. Anyone can appreciate a little industrial-chic added into the mix!




Statement pieces are our “bread-and-butter.” Check out some of our new arrivals below.





And then of course, accent lighting and pieces are an absolute must.







So you see, a man cave doesn’t need to be devoid of style, class or function. A man can have it all – brass hardware, vintage lighting, robust pieces… bold statements come in many different styles!

Jean-Marc Fray Antiques is located in the heart of Austin, Texas. Open daily from 10a-6p CST,  Jean-Marc Fray Antiques also provides interior design services. Stop by anytime for a little inspiration or for a curated design for your new home! You can also shop Jean-Marc Fray Antiques’ unique finds on 1st Dibs.

P.S. We love spending time with designers/buyers and can locate specific styles and pieces for your clients beyond our showroom.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board!








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Monday, August 22, 2016

Bold in Brazil: Eclectic Mix of Color & Texture

With the buzz of the summer Olympics wrapping up in Rio, all eyes are on Brazil. Brazil’s vibrant, multicultural heritage has inspired more than just it’s Olympic viewers. The first word that comes to mind when we think of this summer’s games is bold. It’s no wonder that Brazil has a global influence in the interior design industry too!

Take the opening ceremonies for example. An explosion of color and Samba music, the event was a true display of Brazil’s design prestige. All the colors and patterns, and a mix of mid-century Modern, it appears that Brazil knows how to throw a party.

Brazil has always been a leader in the world of fashion and design – some of the world’s most influential designers, architects and artists are native to Brazil. Famous names include Arthur Casas, Carlos Rossi, João Mansur, and Sig Bergamin. We’ve gathered some of our favorite looks below. You can also check out our latest Pinterest board for extra inspiration. We hope you enjoy our finds as much as we do!

A raw and vibrant home designed by Ouriço Arquitetura & Design. We love the use of color against natural materials and light.


An urban masterpiece by architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. There is something remarkable about concrete and glass structures in the midst of nature. We love the pops of color throughout this home, particularly the red tufted leather sofa!

Living room overall view

Amazon-inspired textiles by fabric and furnishing house, Pierre Frey. Their Maya collection is nothing short of exotic and adventurous.


European glamour mixed with contemporary design, by Brazilian designer Christina Hamoui.


The elaborate use of color and glamour make a bold statement in this home photographed by Celine Ayana-Gaultier.


Texture and contrast are featured in this home located in Rio de Janeiro. The ornate wall panels are made from butterfly wings!


An eclectic mix of bold color and traditional european design gives this room a perfect mix of old and new.


Architect & designer Sig Bergamin’s home in Brazil. His use of color, texture and patterns provide a vibe of true comfort and happiness.


Another prime, Brazilian example of bold use of color and pattern. We adore this design by Paula Neder, especially the ornate emerald chair in the final photo below!



Bold. Eclectic color. Brasil.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Unusual and Impressive Hotel Interiors

Hotels were created to serve as a place to rest while you’re away from home. But they have evolved to become much more than that; hotels are now hubs of entertainment and relaxation, offering spa services, Michelin starred restaurants, luxurious pools, and over-the-top decor. We’re always inspired to see what designers and architects develop each year and have recently collected a list of unusual and impressive hotel interiors. We hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we have!

Casa de Madrid

With only seven rooms and a prime location by the Royal Palace and the Teatro Real, you’ll need to reserve your spot well in advance. This 18th-century retreat used to serve as an aristocrat’s abode, and today, each room has its own look and feel, dazzling you again and again.

Image courtesy of Casa de Madrid
Image courtesy of Casa de Madrid

Get The Look:

Pair of Antique French Directoire bergères. All original hand-carved frames, velvet fabric and nail head trim. A charming pair with tons of character from a villa in Mougins in the hills of Cannes on the French Riviera.
Bergères by Jean Marc Fray

Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

You’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the world’s first ice hotel, called Icehotel. Room themes changes every year so no room is ever the same. Of course, everything from the decor to the walls are made of ice and snow, taking full advantage of the atmosphere near the arctic circle.

Image courtesy of ICEHOTEL
Image courtesy of ICEHOTEL

Raffles Singapore

This isn’t just any building––this 19th-century hotel was declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government. It’s hard to miss the Colonial-style grand exterior, setting the stage for its elegant interior.

Image courtesy of Raffles Hotel
Pic 3 - Raffles Interior
Image courtesy of Raffles Hotel
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Shop This Look:

Ornate Gold Leaf Louis XVI Mirror 16B123
Ornate Gold Leaf Mirror by Jean-Marc Fray

Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, Spain

In the heart of Barcelona you’ll find a home away from home that’s bright and airy. This urban space, just a stone’s throw away from Passeig de Garcia, offers all the modern comforts you could ever ask for, and chic architecture inside and out.

Image via the Mandarin Oriental
Image via TripAdvisor
Image via Wikipedia

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udiapur, India

Nestled along the banks of Lake Pichola, lies a palatial construct with gardens, pavilions and domes for as far as the eye can see. The Oberoi, Udaivilas holds carefully collected artifacts, hand-painted frescoes and out-of-this-world panoramas. Your experience will be nothing short of majestic.

Image via The Oberoi Udaivilas
Image via The Oberoi Udaivilas

Aman Canal Grande, Venice, Italy

It’s hard to describe the essence of Venice in just a few words. But, the Aman Canal Grande’s decor is (impressively) able to capture the passion, history and culture of this mysterious city.  Leather wallpaper, 18th-century terrazzo floors and opulent lighting awaits.

Image courtesy of Forbes
Image courtesy of Aman Canal Grande Venice

The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield, UK

Originally a 15th-century coaching inn, The Crazy Bear Beaconsfield was restored and elaborately designed into the bizarre and opulent atmosphere you can experience today. Pulling inspiration from a range of eras and aesthetics, you’ll discover something different in every corner––fur-lined ceilings, crystal encrusted chandeliers and blacked-out windows.



What are your favorite destinations for unusual and impressive hotel interiors?





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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

16 Best Cities For Art and Culture

For those of us who prefer meandering through art galleries and admiring jaw-dropping architecture over yet another trip to the beach, our list of top cities to visit for art and culture will be right up your alley.

You’ll find some familiar hotspots, as well as up-and-coming destinations with noteworthy art scenes. Let us know if we missed any…

Seattle, WA

With a quirky blend of attractions, art mavens flock to Seattle to see everything from the colorful glass sculptures in the Chihuly Garden and Glass, to gliders design by the Wright Brothers in the Museum of Flight.

Seattle art - Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass | via

Houston, TX

The largest city in Texas holds some of America’s favorite destinations, including the Children’s Museum of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Menil Collection. (And the gourmet restaurants featuring international cuisine aren’t too shabby, either.)

Menil Collection, Houston
Menil Collection | via

Chicago, IL

Although often overlooked, there are 365+ properties in the Windy City dedicated to cultural activities. Among the most famous are The Bean in Millennium Park and Wrigley Field.

Museo Botero, Bogotá | © Eli Duke via Flickr
Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2006 | © (vincent desjardins) via Flickr

Miami, FL

It’s impossible to get bored in Miami. To get your creative juices flowing, head over to Miami’s Art District, where you’ll catch vibrant murals and graffiti artists in action. The Pérez Art Museum comes highly recommended, showcasing contemporary pieces from across the globe.

Miami | via Travel Channel
Miami | via Travel Channel

Bogotá, Colombia

Bogotá has recently made a name for itself as an emerging arts hub in Latin America. Simply walking around the city will allow you to see world-class street artists, like Colombia’s own DjLu and Australia-born CRISP. Be sure to visit the Museo de Arte Moderna de Bogotá and the Museo Botero for some local flair.

Museo Botero, Bogotá | © Eli Duke via Flickr

Rome Italy

You could spend a lifetime exploring and getting inspired by the Eternal City. Incredible minds have left their mark here, from Michelangelo to John Keats to Federico Fellini. Take your time visiting the ancient ruins of the Coliseum and the Roman Forum, and soak in the grandeur of the Vatican City, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Plus, there are museums, theaters and art galleries galore.

Trevi Fountain | via Conde Nast Traveler
Trevi Fountain | via Conde Nast Traveler

Vienna, Austria

Music as we know it today wouldn’t be possible without Vienna. Dozens of legends called this city home: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler, just to name a few. Boasting more than 100 museums, such as the Belvedere and the Museum Moderner Kunst, you can experience the fruits of their labor. It’ll be hard to miss the unique architecture of this region.

Art Austria Art Fair | via Notorious Magazine
Art Austria Art Fair | via Notorious Magazine

Budapest, Hungary

Marked by Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau architectural marvels, plus the ruins of an Ancient Roman settlement, Budapest is a must-see. Museums abound, this city is a hotbed of opera, music, theater, dance and history. Stop into Hungarian National Gallery and the Museum of Music History to see it firsthand.

National Gallery | via Conde Nast Traveler
National Gallery | via Conde Nast Traveler

Prague, Czech Republic

One of Europe’s leading cultural centers, Prague offers a bright, bold skyline at night, and artistic ventures during the day. Film, theatre, religion and art are all celebrated in its museums, namely, in the Prague Jewish Museum, National Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts, and Prague National Gallery. Not to mention, Prague offers world-class architecture.

Prague Skyline | via Conde Nast Traveler
Prague | via Conde Nast Traveler

Santiago De Compostela, Spain

Home to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela––and the remains of Saint James the Great­, one of the 12 apostles­­––this town boasts Romaneque and medieval architecture that’s sure to impress. You’ll also enjoy the Galician Contemporary Art Centre, where you can explore the region’s culture through a modern lens.

Cathedral Santiago de Compostela | via Conde Nast Traveler
Cathedral Santiago de Compostela | via Conde Nast Traveler

Luxor, Egypt

Just stepping foot here is majestic; you may know this 4,000-year-old settlement by another name, Thebes, or by its nickname the “open-air museum.” Get lost in an ancient world of temples and pharaoh burial sites, which contrast greatly against a now contemporary city along the Nile.

Luxor, Egypt | via Tourist Destinations
Luxor, Egypt | via Tourist Destinations

Kraków, Poland

Switch things up a bit and visit this city, home to three Nobel-winning writers: Czeslaw Milosz, Wislawa Szymborska, and Ivo Andric. More than 30 book festivals a year take place in Kraków, and there’s a wealth of museums to peruse, including the Czartoryski.

Czartoryski Museum | via Google Images
Czartoryski Museum | via Google Images

Tokyo, Japan

Because Tokyo has no defined art district, you’ll need to bring comfortable shoes to see it all. A great place to start is Roppongi, home to the Mori Art Museum, National Art Center and smaller spaces, like Ota Fine Arts. Then, head over to Taito too see SCAI The Bathhouse, a modern gallery in a 200-year-old former public bathhouse.

Mori Art Museum
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo | © Yuya Tamai via Flickr

Paris, France

With more than 1,000 art galleries scattered throughout the city, Paris is truly a mecca of culture. Must-see stops includes the Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Galerie Daniel Templon, La Maison Rouge, Modus Art Gallery and pretty much anything in the Belleville neighborhood.

Louvre | via Google Images
Louvre | via Google Images

New York, NY

Iconic institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the Guggenheim Museum and the MoMA, heavily occupy the city that never sleeps. Explore the boroughs of NYC and you won’t be disappointed; take a look at the street art in Brooklyn and stop into the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan if you’re a fan of contemporary creations.

guggenheim museum
Guggenheim | via The Thrillest

St. Petersburg, Russia

Described by Novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky as “the most intentional and abstract in the world,” this metropolis was built by Peter the Great to be an artistic masterpiece in and of itself. Literary geniuses–– Pushkin, Nabokov, Rand­––and musical minds like Stravinsky and Shostakovich thrived here in the past. Now, everywhere you turn you’ll find theatres, art festivals and concert halls.

St. Petersburg Russia
St. Petersburg | via Getty Images












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