Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gregory Grammer – Designer Spotlight

A Peek into the Life & Style of Gregory Grammer of Shorelines Interiors

Gregory Grammer of Shoreline Interiors is a cut above the rest. His design influence is rooted in travel and his love of fine arts. When he enters a clients’ home you won’t find him pulling out paint colors or fabric swatches, rather you will be pulling out historic family photos, antiques and art from your closet, attic or basement. His design will surround your lifestyle, history and taste in an atmosphere that embodies your soul and personality. Read our Q&A with Gregory below to hear more about his interior design history and influence.




What did you do before becoming a designer?

Before becoming a designer, I owned a bookstore in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia Canada.  I spent a decade remodeling a 19th century home on the coast…see photos of the project here.

When did you know that you wanted to be an interior designer? Or that you wanted to own your own business?

I did not want to be an interior designer, but I had a party in my Canadian home 20 years ago, and a guest of a friend, visiting from San Francisco, told me that I should be doing design work and to just go for it.


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How did you get your start? // What were your first steps?

Friends asked me to help with their homes after seeing my bookshop renovation and my home.  Antique stores in the area led me to some big clients.

Tell us about your design/creative process.

 I treat all of my projects with a point-of-view derived from my training in television production.  I “see” clients’ spaces through an imagined “camera lens” to see where the eye lands and wants to follow the natural energy of a home.

What project are you most proud of so far? Why?

 I am proud of the projects where the client has trusted my advice and the result was beyond their expectations. Below are some of my favorites:

A fireplace I designed in conflict with the builder and architect:
It’s 22’ x 15’ with the mantel at 7’. The goal was to keep the eye from focusing on the 60’ screen. The plans called for a center fireplace with the television above…room-destoying configuration.




A home transformed with wallpapers and exquisite lighting: Master Bedroom featuring Pierre Frey wallpaper and Jean-Marc Fray Murano glass lamps.
Transforming a window view with an antique Burmese board carved with griffin. It took several months to prepare the space and the boards, build the cornice, upholster the cornice, then install the whole thing.
Knowing your book collection – what are your go-to design books or your favorite book?
Below are a few faves from my extensive design library.
Glamour: Making it Modern by Michael Lassell
American Modern by Thomas O’Brien
The New Eighteenth-Century Style by Michèle Lalande
Moorish Style by Miles Danby
Where are your favorite places to shop/source for projects?Jean-Marc Fray Antiques, Antique Swan, Negrel, Lotus, James, Supply, Circa Lighting, and Designer Showrooms.


Besides interior design, what are your hobbies?

World Travel to study art and architecture and photography to record.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to enter the design field who doesn’t necessarily have the degree or the experience?
Take a lot of photos to record your work, then create a website and Instagram your work-in-progress.
Do any of your travels inspire your style? If so, where?
Istanbul was a major influence the past 5 years. Any travel destination offers insight on ways to live as long as you want to see!
Favorite design blogs, local design shops/boutiques/etc., favorite place to eat in Austin?
I don’t spend much time with blogs but I do look at Belgians Pearls at times…classic. Clark’s is my favorite bar/restaurant in town for it’s atmosphere and on-point Vesper martinis.
Do you attend any professional events/workshops in the design industry? Or markets? What do you recommend?
I don’t attend many workshops, as I am rarely interested in the latest product.  I mostly read books and travel to inspect great houses of the world in person.
Tell us about a favorite JMF piece that you’ve previously purchased for a project or for your own home?
The Murano glass that I induce any client to obtain to enrich their homes (e.g., the lamps in the project above).
Favorite design period? (e.g., Mid-century Modern, Art Deco, Industrial, Neoclassical, Art Nouveau, Contemporary, Scandinavian, etc.)
Favorite design period is the age of the Country Houses in England, Ireland, and Scotland…layers that tell a story.
Visit Shoreline Interiors’ website to learn more, or to work with Gregory on your next design project.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Murano Glass Chandeliers & Modern Homes

Murano glass chandeliers & the homes they live in


Murano glass – a material we’re always talking, searching and obsessing over at Jean-Marc Fray Antiques. Jean-Marc and Jean-Noel are currently spending time in Venice doing just that! You may have seen some fun photos on our Instagram over the last couple of weeks. Whether it’s sourcing rare, antique pieces or designing new chandeliers and lamps – we’re always working with this exquisite material and style. On theme with their current buying trip, we’re talking all things Murano glass chandeliers on Le Blog this week. Specifically, how to mix this historic and unique glassware with modern interior design.


We sourced the image above through a quick search on Pinterest, but we would recommend using a similar chandelier from our gallery (of course)! This aquamarine Murano glass chandelier by Barbini is a striking and magnificent way to add color to a space filled with a primarily neutral color palette.


We love everything about this modern farmhouse kitchen. From the shiplap walls to the cornflower blue cabinets and mirrored kitchen island. The real statement in this image though, is the floral Murano glass chandelier. This is a great way to dress up an otherwise fairly simple space!


It’s no surprise that we love statement lighting at JMF, and we have a couple flower chandeliers in stock at the moment just like the image above. Both Murano glass, flower chandeliers are by Cenedese. Information for the chandelier on the top can be found here, and information about the chandelier on the bottom can be found here.

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A cascading chandelier is always a good idea. We love the juxtaposition of this glamorous fixture against the vintage tulip table and chairs.


You too, can own a cascading Murano glass chandelier. We have a variety available, but this one is one of our favorites.


Sputnik chandeliers – a widely popular style right now in interior design. Authentic vintage design, prisms for days.


We seem to have a thing for the sputnik style, and have a wide variety of this style available in the gallery right now. To see a full range of our available lighting, click here.




Our relationship with Murano glass is a bit of a long time love affair, and we have no interest in ending that anytime soon! Stay tuned to our blog, emails and website to see our latest Murano glass arrivals, and for even more – visit our Pinterest board!



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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.


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.


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!


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!

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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.



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…


A delightful and vibrant salad.


Our favorite dish – Octopus galore!


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!


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.


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!


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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