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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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wallpaper Wonder – Top 6 Designs of the Moment

This week we’re talking about (and gushing over) wallpaper. Wallpaper is back in style, and we’ve seen a variety of ways to incorporate it into any space. From bold colors and prints to delightful textures and more, we’re sharing our top 6 inspirations of the moment.

We love the moody vibes that his Flat Vernacular wallpaper from Supply Showroom evokes. Photo courtesy of Stone Textile.

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Here’s another fantastic wallpaper from Supply Showroom. We love the depth it provides to this vignette, and the way it complements the pieces – from the lamps to the throw pillows. Photo courtesy of Christina Turknett Interiors.

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If you’ve ever heard of the book, The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney , then it will be no surprise that the designer behind this gorgeous wallpaper is Justina herself! We love the mix of yellows and golds against the leather armchair. We think this paper would pair beautifully with any of our vintage leather armchairs and sofas!

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This bathroom design by Bunny Williams features beautiful wallpaper by designer Peter Fasano. As evidenced here, it too pairs well with antique pieces – just like the 19th century French iron-and-marble sink from Treillage pictured below! We’d love to see it with some of our marble-topped case pieces or vintage mirrors.

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This hotel room at the Hotel Providence in Paris, France is exquisitely decorated. Not only is the wallpaper impactful, but the carefully curated design with antique pieces also provides great decorative impact to the overall space. The large windows to the terrace really round out the look.

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The use of florals in decor is on the rise – and this detailed wallpaper mural is one of the most impactful uses we’ve ever seen. We love the look and feel of the design – rich pops of color while maintaining an erratic vibe with the high-contrast dark gray background. The side table complements the space used up by the mural quite well too!

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If you’re looking to add depth your space with the use of wallpaper – we highly recommend working with our friends at James Showroom or Supply Showroom. And if you’re in search of a piece to complement your new wallpapered space, look no further than our showroom!

Visit our showroom to find pieces to match your wallpaper decor!

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