Thursday, March 30, 2017

History of the Chair

History Series – An Evolution in Seating

This week, we’re talking the history of the chair. If you focus in on the details of the chair you’re sitting in right now, you may be able to see the trends in architecture, design, style, culture and society. Because we’re in the business of antiques, we find it fascinating that every chair we bring into our showroom has a story and a soul. Was it a chair that was used for working, does it hold the stories of Christmases and Thanksgivings, of ancient rulers or simpler family times? It’s incredible to think that each chair belonged to someone before us, and probably someone else before that! And now, these chairs have the opportunity to belong to someone new, all over again.

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The earliest record of chairs appeared in ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. History tells us that chairs were a sign of wealth. We love to see the difference in chairs between then and now, but there are some things that haven’t changed. All chairs need legs, a back, sometimes arms, and of course, a seat – and though the shape, materials, and fabrics constantly change, one thing remains the same: chairs are a constant in every practical and well-designed space.

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Fan Favorite: The Klismos Chair

Originating in Greece, the Klismos chair has been around for centuries. With it’s enduring design, it’s compelling to see the different interpretations of the Klismos chair throughout the ages. Notice in the image below that despite history, the Klismos chair continues to showcase the stylistic comfort and proportion of classic antiquity. A timeless style, and one you’ll find in our showroom quite often!

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To learn more about the history of the chair, stay tuned to our website, and be sure to stop by the gallery to see our current seating collection!

Posted by Arielle Olfers at 09:24:14 AM
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Our Travels – Spring Break Series

Our European Travels

Working in the antiques industry is an amazing way to see the world. Our travels take us all over the globe sourcing the best pieces we can find, but our favorite place to return to while vacationing or searching for new pieces are Nice, France, Venice, Italy and Ventimiglia in Northern Italy.

Since March is the month of Spring break, we’re sharing some tidbits from our our travels. Enjoy!


Produce from local markets available in this part of the world is a cut above the rest. Walking around these markets in the early morning is one of our favorite pastimes.

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Who doesn’t love indulging in local flavors during vacation? Pictured: the famous San Remo Linguini with Clams – our mouth is watering as we type…

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A delightful and vibrant salad.

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Our favorite dish – Octopus galore!

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This is where the magic happens – in the local flea markets. We find some of the best pieces, with the most incredible stories in the heart of the Cours Saleya Market in Nice. Jean-Marc grew up spending his weekends at this market unearthing items that spoke to him. Needless to say, this is a must-see if you ever find yourself in Nice!

Read more about Jean-Marc’s passion in the about section of our website!

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And after a day of shopping and adventuring, there is nothing like the reprieve you feel while relaxing at the beach. We love the simplicity of European beaches and any time we’re able to spend by the water.

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At the end of the day (as always), the best part of any time spent traveling is the time we get to spend with our family. We love this photo of Jean-Noel and Juliette!

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We hope you’re able to take a moment to relax during the Spring break season – whether you’re traveling or having a stay-cation!

 

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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Penthouse Design – New & Now

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We interrupt our Spring Break/Travel series to talk about PENTHOUSE INTERIORS.

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming of what it would be like to live in the penthouse of a one-of-a-kind high rise? In Austin, that’s becoming more and more of a reality. With high rises popping up on nearly every downtown street corner, real estate prices continue to rise and people continue to flock to the downtown area, scooping up the best units on the market. Whether it be in New York, Paris, Chicago or Austin, we find some of our favorite design inspirations from penthouse interiors. Even better? Every single piece we have in the showroom would look stunning against the skyline amidst floor-to-ceiling windows spanning an entire home. Take a look at some of our favorite penthouse inspirations right now – get out your pocketbooks, some are even for sale!

We love this industrial loft space in Miami. Especially how they’ve glammed it up with a neutral color palette, indoor plants and crystal chandeliers.

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Another glamorous Miami penthouse dripping in stark white finishes. We love how vast everything is in this shot – from the chandelier to the large indoor plants. These large pieces provide great juxtaposition to the slender furniture too!

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Refined elegance decorates this prewar penthouse home in New York City. We love it so much we had to post two images of this home! The lighting, color palette and antique touches finish out the space in an unforgettable way. We can’t get enough of the sunroom in the second image. A perfect place to read a book or enjoy an afternoon tea!

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Fashion designer Naeem Khan’s penthouse in Miami provides beautiful light and simplicity. We adore the neutral colors and stark whites contrasted against brass, greenery and art.

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This space coined the “Murdoch Pad” is for sale right now with the Corcoran Group. If you’ve never heard of this firm, be sure to check out their Instagram – one of our favorites feeds to scroll through when looking for design inspiration!

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Another great penthouse property located in New York City features stunning light fixtures, modern furniture and clean lines. We love the contrast of the iron black window frames.

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And finally, our last featured penthouse located in New York City. From the over-the-top chandelier to the natural light and zebra print rug – this property really has it all!

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For more penthouse interiors, visit our Instagram and Pinterest accounts.

 

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Top Hotel Interiors

With a surge of nice weather, we have our minds set on jet-setting. Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to feature everything to do with travel, from hotel interiors to some of our favorite travel destinations and more.

This week, we’re divulging our favorite hotels from Lake Como, Italy to St. Barths!

Hotel Providence – Paris, France

In the heart of the Eastern district of Paris, sits a beautiful boutique hotel featuring eighteen beautifully designed rooms. Each room is individually decorated and showcases stunning wallpapers, carefully chosen vintage furniture, and gorgeous architecture with stunning windows and terraces. A must-see and must-stay if you’re planning a trip to Paris!

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The Ritz – Paris, France

Another Paris wonder, the Ritz, was recently renovated and now features a dreamy combination of historic and vintage pieces alongside a modern lifestyle. We love that the room below encapsulates the beloved French flat look-and-feel, and really appreciate the mix of pattern, fabric and finish.

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Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge – Botswana, South Africa 

The design of this beautiful hotel was influenced by the African armadillo. The overall structure is rich with curves and scales. Even better? The hotel is built completely from bio-degradable materials and is made up primarily of wood. We appreciate the simplicity and organic nature of this design, and its ability to live amongst the wild. We’re adding this to our travel bucket list asap!

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Hotel Henriette – Paris, France 

Yet another Paris great, the Hotel Henriette provides an intimate, boutique experience to all of its guests. Designed by Vanessa Scoffier, its 18 rooms feature bold color pallets, brass fixtures and our ever-favorite – wallpaper!

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Hotel II Soreno – Lake Como, Italy

Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola was involved with all aspects of the design of Hotel II Soreno, from the architecture and bedroom furnishings to the private boats! We love the coastal-inspired color palette against the beautiful wood grain throughout the room pictured below.

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Belmond Villa San’Andrea – Sicily, Italy

If this gorgeous hotel setting doesn’t give you the travel bug, then we don’t know what will! Ocean views, airy furniture with bright pops of color and a stunning vintage chandelier will captivate anyone who enters the room. The photos just don’t do it justice!

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Hotel Panache – Paris, France

We have this thing with Paris…and we can’t get enough of the contrast between the clean ivory walls and stunning orange velvet seating areas. And don’t even get us started on the brass details! This hotel seems like a beautiful place to relax and curl up with an espresso and a good book.

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Lords South Beach – Miami, Florida

Relax and unwind in Miami, Florida at Lord’s South Beach amongst yellow and white striped wallpaper and leather-studded chairs with pops of bright blue throughout. Retro, fun vibes make this the perfect spot for any trip among friends!

 

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Ville Marie – St. Barths

When Jocelyne Sibuet began designing and refurbishing Ville Marie (formerly hotel François Plantation) she knew she had to pay homage to its history with a plantation/colonial style in mind. From the moment she purchased the property, she spent all of her time researching the hotel’s history, West Indies culture and design. She then traveled all over India, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru and Tunisia with her daughter sourcing elements and pieces for their new project. From stonewashed Indian fabrics, rattan furnishings and gypset accessories throughout, this hotel is rich with culture and history – each room thought provoking and full of soul.

She said “I start with one piece, one important piece, and add many things around it, so that eventually I get something that’s a little bit cool, a little bit funny, all of it thoughtful, but not too precious.”

All of this said, we think this one may be our current favorite – and the next place to visit on our list!

 

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We hope you enjoyed our feature on our favorite hotels of the moment. In honor of Spring Break season, we’ll be featuring even more travel inspirations over the next couple of weeks. Next up? A feature on one of our favorite vacation spots!

Visit our Hotel Interiors Pinterest board to see more! 

 

 

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