Monday, November 28, 2016

Chalet Design Inspirations in the French Alps

Chalet-inspired design

As the holidays continue to draw near, we’ve shifted our mindset from hearth designs to holiday travels. This brings us to the most popular travel destination for the French – the French Alps.  When we think of mountainside getaways, we’re immediately inspired by chalet design. We’re talking about architecture, furniture, overall look and feel, and lighting.


The home above is nestled in Courcheval, France. There is something so inviting about the clean lines, mix of wood, metal and glass. Endless views of snowcapped bliss.


What would we bring to a space like the above? To start – vintage rugs, leather armchairs, textiles from our friends at James Showroom, antique tables from our gallery…just to name a few.


Neutrals with a small pop of color – a great way to cozy up this winter-time home.


This eclectic space was part of a renovation of a structure from 1870, located in the town of Megéve in the French Alps. A perfect holiday hideaway, decorated by Lionel Jadot.


We are taken back in time with this antique-inspired approach to a French Chalet. This room is rich with solid wood and art. We have several rustic tables and columns to support a space like this.


Ralph Lauren always knows how to bring together antiques with raw wood materials – and even organic material like antlers. While this particular chalet is not located in the French Alps, we can imagine how after visiting you’d never want to leave! This space is full of navajo textiles and western memorabilia, but we think this space would be well-suited in the French Alps if you simply switched out a few pieces for some of our latest accessories.


This bedroom is striking and therapeutic. Between the lofted wooden beams and the vintage rug spanning the raw wooden floors, it wouldn’t take much to compliment the overall space. The room would be perfection with the addition of an antique bench, nightstands and a pair of  vintage armchairs, and this bedroom would be complete.


This chalet screams “holiday” – mostly because of the Christmas tree in the background, but also because of the warmth provided by the chandeliers and the stacks of books sitting closely by the sectional. We imagine that our Murano Glass chandeliers could bring an absolute awe-factor to a space just like this.


Chalet Gentianes is a luxury chalet located in Courcheval 1850 in France. No detail was forgotten in designing and outfitting this beautiful home – from the elegant decor to the amenities given to guests from the moment they arrive. We’re ultimately in love with the simplicity of this particular bedroom – natural oak beams, warm recessed lighting and ivory bedding and furniture. We just can’t get enough.


One can’t forget the element of detail and design when it comes to the architecture of a chalet. We love the wrap around terraces on this beautiful home.


We can appreciate the drama with the space above. Velvet sofas, hand-carved wooden case pieces and tables, elegant lighting, and vaulted ceilings – this is what we would consider ideal for an unforgettable mountain escape.


No chalet is complete without a perfect place for apres-ski, and this decorated nook next to the hearth is everything we’d envision in our own interior design as well. We’ve gathered a few pieces from our own collection that we feel would seamlessly outfit an idyllic French chalet.



For endless inspiration visit our French chalet Pinterest board and stay tuned to our website and email list for our latest arrivals!



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Monday, November 21, 2016

Hearth for the holidays – design inspirations

Hearth for the holidays…

If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace, then you know it’s the focal point of your home. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we know it’s the time of year you’re looking to bring warmth and ambiance to your space. From modern to over-the-top, we’ve gathered some of our favorite hearth designs and have paired them with our favorite Jean-Marc Fray pieces. If you’re looking for design inspiration on how to cozy up your fireplace or living room for the upcoming holidays, look no further!

Modern Abode


We imagine this room would be perfection with the addition of our new Mid-century modern Murano glass chandelier.


Mosaic hearth inside 18th Century Apartment


This room is already dripping in vintage decor and evokes a very cozy vibes, but there’s always room to add a chair you can sink into while sitting by the fire. These Italian Paolo Buffa style armchairs would be our top pick.


Antique fireplace with vintage gilded mirror


Probably one of our favorite looks – a vintage mirror over a beautiful hearth. Below is one of our current favorites in the gallery – a 19th century Louis XVI gold leaf trumeau mirror.


Minimalist living by D’Apostrophe Design


We love the clean, stark white appearance of everything in this holiday spread. The room simply doesn’t need much, but if we were decorating this space ourselves, we’d recommend providing additional light with our Murano glass opalina urn lamps.

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Monochromatic Brooklyn apartment – the marriage of antique and modern


Though we adore the monochromatic look taking place in the photo above, we’re really more interested in talking about the English Chesterfield couch, and how nice it would be to cozy up there, by the fire. We’re in love with the green vintage Chesterfield pictured below –  another new arrival in our gallery!


Strike up the ambiance of your fireplace or your home for the holidays and visit our new arrivals page or check out our Pinterest board.






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Monday, November 14, 2016

San Miguel de Allende – a peek into the past

A week and a half ago, one of our team members had the opportunity to experience Dia de los Muertos in San Miguel de Allende. This week, we’re reliving her visit through the doors, architecture and local colors of this up and coming city.

Reliving our trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I was hesitant to visit interior Mexico – it seemed strange to go there in November, without the coastline or any beaches nearby. It’s a city centered around it’s well-preserved Colonial and Spanish architecture, history and vibrant art scene, and local culture. So much so that upon arrival, it didn’t even feel like Mexico – it felt like we had just arrived in Europe.

The history of San Miguel de Allende dates back to 1542 when it became known as a hub for silver trade. Today, visitors appreciate the moderate cost of living and the readily available silver, textiles and more. Increasingly, this richly historic city is becoming an ideal retirement location for expats, especially for artists and designers. You can see that reflected in the eclectic shops all around this quaint, walkable city.

My favorite thing about San Miguel? Doors on doors on doors. Below is a gallery of images taken throughout our trip – from the vintage doors to the Parroquia in the center of town, I’m already dreaming up our next visit.

Courtyard to Casa de Rosalinda




Bedrooms filled with vintage decor and Spanish influence




Doors to the Parroquia de San Miguel Archangel. The tallest building in the city, built with beautiful pink limestone. 



A lit corridor along a residential street on the outskirts of the city



Dia de los Muertos festivities





Traditional saloon doors along the cobblestone street



Interior – Church of San Francisco



Hand-carved, solid wood door to entry of the Church of San Francisco (Iglesia de San Francisco)



Courtyard of eclectic shop off of Mesones in San Miguel de Allende



Original architecture (Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel)



Early morning hillside views




The famous Rosewood Hotel



The clear night skies of San Miguel de Allende


It was a wonderful visit and we can’t wait to return sometime over the next year. The first place on our list the next time we go? Fabrica de Aurora – an art and design center located in the heart of the city. Have you ever been to San Miguel? Share your favorite spots with us to add to our list!


All images credit: @TheSouthernInfluence



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Monday, November 07, 2016


As a European business, it’s no wonder we’re always in search of the best European food in the city. Luckily for us, Austin is a city known for it’s food culture. From the recent food truck craze to farm-to-table, there are endless options for choosing your next date spot. We’ve put together a list of our favorite European eats – bon appetit!

Our favorite European eats in Austin, Texas

Baguette et Chocolat

Baguette et Chocolat is a local favorite in Austin. Nestled in the midst of the hill country on Bee Cave road, this quaint little bakery is owned by Anne-lise and Chi-minh Pham-dinh, French natives who relocated to Austin nearly a decade ago. Everything is made from scratch with ingredients imported directly from France. Our favorites include their light and buttery croissants and breads, macarons, and their decadent desserts. They’re also known for their crepes and their Croque Monsiuer. Go any morning of the week between the hours of 7 and 9, and there will a line out the door.

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Justine’s Brasserie

Another French power couple – Pierre Pelegrin and Justine Gilcrease – knew they wanted to open a bar on the East side of town. They decided to open up a bungalow and serve exquisite cocktails and aperitifs, with French classics. Bistro lighting and the essence of coziness meets you at the door. We personally recommend the Escargots à la Bourguignonne, Steak Frites and the Salade de Crabe. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. They have a perfect cocktail list and a fabulous wine selection – perfect for a quiet date night, or a dinner with friends.

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Ahh, South Congress. The epitome of old Austin. Perla’s sits right in the heart of it all, with a great patio perfect for people watching – a fun pass time when visiting the SoCo area. Even better – they have a great menu chock full of good eats, and they’re known for their brunch menu. Think shrimp and grits, crab florentine, lobster rolls and delightful cocktails. But it doesn’t stop at brunch – our favorites from the delightful dinner menu include Bouillabaise, the Crispy Texas Gulf Snapper, oysters – and we can’t forget the melt-in-your-mouth lobster shells and cheese.


360 Uno

360 Uno is our go-to spot to eat. Their homemade pasta and crispy thin pizzas are the perfect takeout meal for a Friday night at home. The restaurant itself is a quaint little spot, great for a glass of wine or dinner for two. Our favorite part about 360 Uno? The Lavazza coffee. Whether you fancy a cortado or a simple shot of espresso – this is the best place in West Austin to get it.

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It’s simple – we love Clark’s. Located right across West 6th from our gallery, this has become one of our regular spots. Clark’s has a great happy hour, and believe it or not this seafood bistro is actually famous for it’s burger (among other things)! The winning menu item in our book? The ceviche. Hands down.

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La Patisserie

And now for dessert. La Patisserie is tucked away on South 1st next to the “Greetings from Austin” mural. They’ve gained a reputation for their cronuts, but we’re here to talk about the macarons. Scrumptious, light and flaky, colorful and sweet, your mouth will water just looking at them! They have a variety of flavors – vanilla, pistachio, lavender, rose, strawberry – the list goes on. We have to consciously avoid visiting this authentic French bakery too often for the good of our health, but we all agree it’s a must if you’re in the area.


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