Monday, September 26, 2016

Lush Meadow – the ‘it’ Pantone color this fall

Lush meadow – the fall pantone shade that everyone is raving about. Regal and sophisticated – it’s no wonder we’re crushing on it too.

While you’ll probably find most articles are about implementing lush meadow into your closet this fall, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to be the source for interior + home inspiration. This vivacious green evokes a feeling of tranquility and excitement all at the same time. A hue of elevated elegance, it’s perfect for sprucing up any neutral space, or for adding additional color to an already colorful palette. Lush meadow is an optimistic and earthly shade of green and we’re so excited to share our favorite looks with you.

Check out our carefully curated gallery below – a mix of lush meadow and emerald greens. For further inspiration, visit our Pinterest board, and be sure to send us your favorite hints of this lush color on Instagram and Twitter!

Lush Meadow – Our Top Ten

  1. Mixing shades of green and brass




2. (P)lush Sofas

Sofa Inspo 1





3. Green with pink accents





4. Bold walls




5. In the bedroom





6. Bathrooms fit for a king + queen



7. Gray + White + Green



8. An eclectic dining space



9. Bringing the outdoors – in



10. Final Favorites






If you’re in search of a material green muse to complete your space – Jean-Marc Fray has a one-of-a-kind selection and a knowledgeable staff who can help you source the perfect piece. Be sure to visit our furniture page or on 1st Dibs, and check out some of our current favorites below – all very complimentary to anything green, emerald, lush meadow – or otherwise!


Spanish Mid-century Carved Giltwood Sunburst Mirrors16b52-pair-of-art-deco-french-green-velvet-armchairs-main

lush meadow André Arbus Style Art Deco Buffet

















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Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall is finally here – recipes, decor and more

When we woke up this morning, it finally felt like fall in Austin. There is a steady breeze, the air smells different, and it’s actually bearable to be outside. It’s a special time of year to be in Texas. Between the trees beginning to turn, and college football season – the entire state seems to be in a happy state of mind.

A few things we love about fall are of course the fall fashion trends, the comfort food and fall dining. Whether it’s an at-home dinner party, or a night out on the town, there’s something for everyone. The thought of comfort food had us instantly perusing the web for the best fall recipes and here are a few we’re going to try over the next few weeks.

Creamy mustard chicken

mustard chicken fall recipe 1

Prep time // 15 min
Cook time // 1 hour 5 mins
Total time // 1 hour 20 mins

Serves: 4

– 8 chicken thighs bone-in, skin-on
– 6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
– 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 5 tablespoons Crème fraîche
– 1 cup chicken stock
– 10-15 sprigs thyme
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 small onion, sliced
– 1 small shallot, sliced
– parsley, for garnish
– salt, pepper
1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and rub with mustard.
3. In a Dutch oven or a big oven-proof skillet melt butter on a medium high heat. Add chicken and brown from both sides.
4. Transfer chicken to a plate.
5. Add shallot and onion to the same pot and sauté for about 5 minutes.
6. Add chicken stock, scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
7. Add thyme and bay leave and bring a mixture to a boil.
8. Add Crème fraîche and transfer chicken back to the pot.
9. Braise in the oven for 50-60 minutes.
10. Garnish with parsley.
11. Serve hot with rice, pasta or roasted potatoes and crusty bread!
Adapted from // Recipe from: Lavender and Macarons

Chicken & seafood paella

chicken and seafood paella - fall recipe 2

Prep time // 10 mins
Cook time // 50 mins
Total time // 1 hour
Serves: 8
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 4 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless cut into 1 inch pieces
– 2 chorizo sausages, cut into 1 inch pieces (I used Italian sausages)
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 6 garlic cloves, minced
– 1½ cups arborio rice*
– 1 can (14 oz or 398 mL) diced fire roasted tomatoes
– 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
– 1 tbsp hot sauce such as Tabasco or Sriracha
– 2 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp saffron
– salt and pepper to taste
– 1 lb large shrimp, shelled and deveined but keep tails on
– 1 lb clams, scrubbed and soaked
– 1 lb mussels, scrubbed and soaked
– fresh parsley for garnish
– 1 lemon cut into lemon wedges
1. In a large paella pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and sausage, season with salt and pepper, then cook for about 5 minutes until the chicken is no longer pink.
2. Move the chicken and sausage to one side of the pan, then add the onion to the other half, season with a bit of salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and soft. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
3. Add the arborio and fire roasted tomatoes to the pan and stir well. Let the rice cook in the sauce from the tomatoes for about 5 minutes, you will notice it will start to brown on the bottom, which is what you’re looking for. Add the broth, hot sauce, smoked paprika, saffron and season with salt and pepper if needed. Stir everything together and cover with a large lid. Cook for about 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rice. The rice will not be cooked through at this time.
4. Turn down the heat and stir the rice around a bit, you will notice the crust on the bottom of the pan, that’s what you’re looking for. Arrange the shrimp, mussels and clams over the rice, cover with a lid again and cook for another 10 minutes or until the mussels and clams open up.
5. Turn off the heat and garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.
*Arborio rice is an Italian short-grain rice.Author used vegetable broth here, that’s why the color of the broth is so rich and dark, if you use chicken broth it will be a lot lighter in color.If you don’t have a paella pan, a large skillet will work just as well.Nutrition information
Serving size: ⅛ of recipe Calories: 437 Fat: 13.0g Saturated fat: 3.6g Unsaturated fat: 0.0g Trans fat: 0.0g Carbohydrates: 47.8g Sugar: 6.2g Sodium: 1224mg Fiber: 2.5g Protein: 30.7g Cholesterol: 125mgRecipe from Jo Cooks

Wild mushroom chowder with bacon and leaks

mushroom chowder - fall recipe 3

Serves 4


– 4-6 strips of thick bacon, sliced into 1/4 inch strips
– 2 tbsp butter
– 1 cup leaks, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
– 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
– 8 oz chanterelles, roughly chopped
– 1 tsp fresh thyme
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 tbsp flour (optional)
– 3/4 cup dry white wine
– 4 cups chicken stock
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
– 1/4 tsp nutmeg
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– 1 lb baby yukon gold potatoes cut in half
– 1 cup cream
– 1 tbsp raw honey
– 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice

  1. In a large, dutch oven, cast-iron, or soup pot, over medium heat, fry the bacon pieces until slightly crispy. Add the butter, leeks and celery. Sauté the leek mixture for 5-7 minutes until the leeks and celery begin to soften.
  2. Turn the heat to medium-high and add the chanterelles, thyme and bay leaf. Sauté for 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms begin to darken around the edges.
  3. Add the flour and stir to incorporate. Sauté with flour for 1 minutes longer.
  4. Deglaze the bottom of the pan, by slowly pouring the white wine in and scraping the bottom of the pot. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until the wine reduces by half.
  5. Add the chicken stock, potatoes, salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Bring to a boil. As soon as the stock begins to boil, turn heat back down and simmer for 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  6. Add the cream and raw honey. Heat through.
  7. Finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and adjust seasoning to your liking.


*The inspiration for this recipe came from Ashely Rodriguez of the blog Not Without Salt. Recipe from The Modern Proper.

The perfect fall tablescapes

Food brings people together. It’s the perfect way to build community and spend time around the table with friends or family. Because we love every aspect of entertaining, we’ve also provided some decor inspiration for your next gathering.

Elle Decor tablescape


woodland tablescape


table scape


Tables for fall entertaining

From Jean-Marc Fray

If you’ve just purchased a new home, or you’re looking for a new table to be the centerpiece of your home, we recommend some of our beautiful tables shown below. We have a wide variety of tables and chairs from a variety of eras. If you don’t see what you’re looking for right in the gallery, our in-store designer can help you source the perfect piece! Visit us in the heart of Austin, here on our site, or on 1st Dibs.

French Antique Art Nouveau “Guinguette” Folding Table

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French Antique Art Nouveau “Guinguette” Folding Table


Antique French Solid Oak Monastery Table

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Antique French Solid Oak Monastery Table


Mid-Century Ico Parisi Style Dining Table

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Mid-Century Ico Parisi Style Dining Table




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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Murano glass – perfect for any room

Style. Luxury. Power. Murano glass has long since been known for its symbolism. Since 1291, these ornate chandeliers have been used to finish out the palaces and homes of royalty.

So what is Murano glass you ask? Traditionally, the term “Murano Glass” refers exclusively to hand-made glass products manufactured on the Italian island of Murano – these may include anything from small figurines to elaborate chandeliers. The term is often used more broadly to describe the style or type of glassblowing, the design, the ornamentation, or the coloration of the glass being typical of the region, when the piece may not be from Murano itself.

Today, Murano glass is highly sought after by antiques and art collectors far and wide. You can usually find ornate chandeliers in the midst of a room with modern pieces or clean lines – a beautiful juxtaposition of old and new.

One of the things we love most about this glass is that no two pieces are alike. That said, we’ve provided a list below of the basic things you can do to assure your Murano glass is authentic.

Buy from a trusted supplier – like us!

Ask the store or seller for the certificate stating the name of the manufacturer, so you can check to make sure the artist exists online. You can also request written warranties from certain specialized websites. More information can be found here.

Murano glass is clear and lightweight compared to heavier mass manufactured glass

Most authentic glass has a Pontill marking on its base where the glass blower released the metal rod used to shape the glass. If the base of a piece is smooth, then it may be a mass-produced copy.

Below are some of our favorite design inspirations:

Manhattan penthouse decorated by Rees Roberts + Partners

ad magazine lighting fixture manhattan

Game Room featured on Architectural Digest

game room billards

Coastal Living

coastal living display

Glass lamps in a contemporary space by MR Architecture + Design

living room lamps contemporary

David Bromley’s Eclectic Home

blue chandelier modern home

Smoked gray mercury glass chandelier – available now!

jean marc fray murano glass smoky chandelier

For more inspiration visit our Pinterest board, or check out a few of the available pieces we have available shown below!

Jean Marc Fray – Murano glass

Murano “Pulegoso” mercury glass table lamps

lamps jean marc fray

Vintage Mazzega Murano glass chandelier

chandelier mazzega

Mid-century modern Murano glass and brass sconces

midcentury modern chandelier

For our full inventory of Murano glass, click here.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Coffee Table Books – The 7 Best

A coffee table that makes a statement is an important aspect of decorating any room. Even more than the coffee table itself is the importance of great coffee table books – in honor of #nationalreadabookday, we’ve gathered a list of our favorites for 2016!

Every coffee table book should serve a purpose. Yes, it should complete the decor on the table and add to the color in the room – but it should also draw you in. Pick it up, feel the pages, escape in the imagery; it’s the perfect addition to any room!

Our top 7 coffee table books

Our first book on the list probably won’t come as a surprise to any interior design junkies out there: The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney. An eclectic mix of prints, colors and plants – this book will add color to any room and you won’t be able to put it down!

The New Bohemians

Book number two: Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past

We love this book. As longtime collectors of antiques, we’re always looking for new inspiration on mixing old with new. The gorgeous photography evokes interior designer, Suzanne Rheinstein’s, relaxed, elegant and fresh style.



…And for the days when you just need a change in perspective, pick up Unseen City by Nathaneal JohnsonUnseen City is a love letter to nature; a call to humans to take a quick minute to capture all the wild in an urban setting.

Unseen City

For a great travel book, we recommend Follow Me To: A Journey Around the World Through the Eyes of Two Ordinary Travelers. As avid travelers, we’re just stumped how we didn’t come up with this idea first!? This photobook of a globetrotting couple is chock full with incredible photography, culture and stunning surroundings. Don’t believe us? Just check out the Instagram feed that inspired the movement and the book.

follow me to book

Our next book on the list is a joyful mash up of black and white interior design inspo with splashes of color! Celerie Kemble’s Black & White (and a bit in between) is a timeless classic filled with beautiful photography and design info. A great addition to any table.

celerie kemble


Our last travel favorite this year? Gray Malin’s photography book, Beaches. Soaring views of beaches in over 20 cities spanning 6 continents, this book is the perfect escape from your coffee table to the great unknown.


Our final book on the list is, of course, French! My Stylish French Girlfriends by Sharon Santoni is an intimate collection of her friends and their apartments or cottages, their style and simply put, their joie de vivre! We hope you love it as much as we do.

sharon santoni

The list could obviously go on and on…but these are our top seven. What books live on your coffee table? Let us know in the comments below!



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