La Maison Fassier…


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Antiquarian Alain, and his wife Claude, Fassier turned an old

nineteenth century French girl’s boarding school in Rémalard,

a newly chic country town 90 miles southwest of Paris, into a

remarkable home and antique shop. When Alain carefully peeled

away coats of paint on the second floor landing…  the original

celadon green paintwork of the landing, with trompe l’oeil

fluted columns and pilasters, came magically back to life…

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A glass bell displaying a paper-mache algae plant by

Farfelus Farfadets, Paris

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A worktable from an electronics atelier is strewn with

19th century globes, engravings and posters in gouache…

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Glass cases of haughty winged creatures and shelves burgeoning

with books infuse the room with a scholarly atmosphere.

” I wanted to respect an ambience that is a little boarding school

and nineteenth-century,” Alain says.

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Antique chairs and a vintage leather chesterfield sofa, a set of

antique lanterns leaning in a corner, antique paintings hung

somewhat haphazardly in the living room …

you wonder whether items regularly rotate between the

downstairs antique shop and the family quarters…

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In the living room Alain inserted double doors

with stained glass panels…

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Maison a Vivre

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Elle Decoration

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Sources: House and Garden Maisons a Vivre , Elle Decoration

click links in text for slide show…

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Stephen Sills…


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The main room of a midwestern home has multiple seating areas

with movable chairs and a parchment center table…”

Note the fluidity of mirror and wall surface…

“In a midwestern bedroom, walls are covered with burlap stenciled

in a pattern that echoes the motifs found in the

English crewelwork curtains.”

“Romantic stenciling in a Connecticut country house…”

Soothing tone on tone…

“In a Park Avenue bedroom, cotton voile drapery

is edged with an antique ribbon.”

Note the detail at top of window drapes…

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“The entry to a country bath is market by an Italian Baroque

painted screen.  The tub is painted to look like marble…”

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“The walls of our Manhattan apartment are stenciled

and a plaster cornice was installed…”

” ‘What I offer is an original approach….a cleaned up version of

eighteenth and nineteenth century styles for a 1988 lifestyle’

says Sills. His spare Neoclassical is enhanced by a almost

surrealistic juxtaposition of objects and his hallmark

painted finishes, which can duplicate wood, wallpaper,

or soft wisps of color…

Stephen Sill’s apartment in 1988

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Another view of same apartment in Dwellings

“A monochromatic palette of rich golden creams and beiges

make the space seem larger. The motif on the carved mantel was

the inspiration for the stenciled cornice (above) …

…the marble urn is Roman.

“In our guest cottage, a circular Roman marble bas relief

echoes the round window.”

I have to tell you I’m nuts about round windows

Dreaming about installing a line of round dormers

on the view facing side of our roof line

“In the library of our house, a German

eighteenth century Louis XVI desk …

…is accented with a pair of Sevres

bisque porcelain caryatid lamps.”

“The small writing table is by the French cabinet maker Carabar,

the mahogany chair is Directoire. An English fireman’s ladder

from the nineteenth century is used to reach the shelves…”

“Painted Italian cabinets from the eighteenth century

hold globes and obelisks

“In a gentleman’s Manhattan apartment…that is flooded

with light, wood furniture from various periods add up to a

harmony in brown…the strié effect on the walls adds depth…”


Living with Great Style

Stephen Sills and James Huniford

c. 2003

Full of design advice: add texture to walls by adding inexpensive

wallpaper and paint over it, warm and cool polarities will

energize a room, hang pictures a few inches above eye level

to add drama to the room…*

Stephen Sills Associates

click to see website or here for earlier Stephen Sills post …

French garden antiques…

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Antique Bourbon roses…

The original Bourbon rose traced its lineage to the reign

of Louis-Philippe (1830 to 1848), when residents of Ile de Bourbon,

planted hedges of China and Damask roses that cross-pollinated.

These rose hips were sent to the king’s gardener in France,

and the Bourbon class of roses was born.


Madame Issac Perrier

c. 1881


Honorine de Brabant

beautiful in a border and bouquet…


Madame Ernst Calvat

c. 1888

Souvenir de Malmaison

Souvenir de Malmaison

this image is from here

c. 1843

Marie Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at Versailles

Named for the rose garden of Empress Josephine (Bonaparte)

Most gorgeous tinted pink organza cupped blossoms…


Bourbons are my favorites of all antique roses …

Retaining the beauty represented in 18th century portraits…

they are more vigorous, hardy, and remontant (repeat bloom).

Their fragrance and history are intoxicating.

Pierre-Joseph Redoute

Pierre-Joseph Redoute

“Pierre Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) illustrated approximately

50 botanical books during his lifetime making him one of the

most prolific and widely celebrated botanical artists

of the 18th and 19th centuries.”


Pierre-Joseph Redoute

The Glory of Roses Lacy

The Glory of Roses


Vintage Garden

Couture Atelier…



I fell in love with this Model as Muse photo from…

Couture Millinery Atelier

Couture Millinery Atelier

and learned that Anya Caliendo has a collection of wonderful

images on her blog, designs beautiful hats, and is off to spend

the entire Fall Season in Europe to design with Stephen Jones

( John Galliano, The Dorchester Collection, Comme des Garcons).

“I was born in Russia, a country of white sparkling snow,

gold-headed churches, magnificent history and above all

kind and beautiful people…”

Click on all links to enter the beautiful world of hand-made couture

hats including Anya’s family history in Russia. Fascinating.


And the world of hats includes the art of flower making…

Bruno Legeron 3 Marie Claire Maison Jan 99

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Bruno Legeron

“The house of Legeron was founded in 1880,

includes amongst its clients such prestigious names as

Dior, Courreges, Ungaro. The firm today is managed by the

founder’s great-grandson and its manufacturing processes

including the tools used are still rooted in tradition.”

As short film on the process on the fun Perrier-Jouet website

Couture Millinery Atelier on Legeron here

Photos from Marie Claire Maison (Jan ’99)

On the Road to Damascus…

Vincente Wolf

Utterly entrancing design by Vicente Wolf…

English eighteenth century mirror

seafoam green glasswalls…

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Tubular steel bed designed by Wolf, softened with rounded

headboard and gauzy curtains in chartreuse shades…

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Adjacent to the seating, on either side of the classical

stone fireplace, Vicente uses dark, simply framed antique

wall paper panels..

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Best I could do…but can you imagine the drama of the

tall antique French grisaille wallpaper scenes

on either side of the fireplace…

Click here to see a similar one at Gracie…

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As Vicente points out in the book, the term “Damask”

comes from Damascus, the capital of Syria…

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“At the northwest edge of the great Syrian desert that stretches

toward Jordan and Irac, Palmyra was a port of call as far back as

two millennia B.C. for caravans traveling between Mesopotamia

and the Mediterranean, and later the Silk Road…”


Crossing Boundaries

A Global Vision of Design

by Vicente Wolf


The book travels photo by photo through Ethiopia, Madagascar,

Myanmar, Borneo and Syria, intermixing design photos and

adding helpful paint chips…top photo is  Benjamin Moore 1675

Inspired by Cote Texas’s round table and Topsy Turvey’s

and of course Vicente Wolf himself…

note: photos were sliced to give you up close look…



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Hogspear is an outstanding Ebay UK seller of museum grade

militaria…his descriptions alone bring history to life…

Click on link to explore his attic treasures…

“…totally genuine and fresh to the market from some of Britain’s

finest attics. Occasionally, some ladies’ items are offered,

mostly belonging to the Captain’s elderly mother, the

Dowager Lady Hogspear.”

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“A very good and scarce example of a late Victorian

17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge‘s Own) officer’s

full dress uniform…”

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“A Victorian 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) officer’s

cross belt. Complete with matching pouch with ornate

silver cover with King’s Crown cypher.”

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The officer’s lance cap is sold separately…

“The gilt lance cap plate is mounted with a white metal/silver

17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) badge.

Two gilt metal lion head boss’s support a velvet backed chin chain. “


My own antique silver epaulets bought from Hogspear

…incredible detail


I lost on the first try but luckily another came up 4 months later

packed into tin styled to keep the silver coils suspended…

France framed epaulet 19th c $800 1stdibs

Here is a 19th century gold epaulet framed…

Sarlo at 1stdibs

More Sarlo here

Hogspear antique picnic tea set

Antique picnic tea set…

Hogspear archive…sadly already sold

Hogspear picnic tea set detail

For the officer who takes tea very seriously

Hogspear sketch book 1914

“A dated 1915 Houghton-Butcher, London First World War

British Army military sketching board. The board has an

integrated clinometer and compass.  The artistic sketching ability

of the Military in the late Victorian and WWI period was a

key to their effectiveness as cameras had not really come

into play.”

Hogspear sketchbook c 1914 detail

”  This board allowed to officer to orientate his image correctly

and the device was often used by the Royal Artillery or

Royal Engineers.”

Vintage leather collar box Hogspear

Vintage leather collar box…

Click  Hogspear,or here for his fabulous website…

More militaria on Campaign post here

Over the top…


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French Home 2

The updated Louis XV chairs seem to chat amongst themselves…

charmingly unaffected  by the massive riveted doors,

the medieval volume of the space…

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Late summer figs on old pewter…

the aubergine color a lovley accent for grays…

Both photos from:

French Home

Josephine Ryan

Paris Style

An architectural conversation piece…

the simple upholstered furnishing refuses to compete

with the fireplace…

Paris Style


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Literally over the top…

this gold fringed mirror hung from the ceiling

of the Baroque 18th century Frederiksberg Palace…


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Artefact Design & Salvage

If you don’t have a castle or a sculpted fireplace…

and want to import a little architectural drama….

Artefact Design and Salvage in Sonoma is counting

down to their new website launch…

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The owner travels the world for the very best in architectural salvage…


Enormous fireplaces and stone fountains, antique clock faces…

Tall wooden doors that can lean against a wall as art…


Big Daddy’s Antiques

Is always a good resource for oversized clocks, mirrors,

tables made out of salvaged iron or wood…

Big Daddy's Antiques

a gorgeous antique pediment…

Art and Decoration May 2009

Don’t forget the Regency canape…

Love amongst the ruins…

Giles Nouailhac

As we walk in fields of gold…


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Many years have passed since those summer days

Among the fields of barley

See the children run as the sun goes down

Among the fields of gold…

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Love the rough plank floor, the amber leather chairs,

heavy blond pine table legs,

griffin and arabesque scrolled stone fireplace mantle…

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Gold and tans…

ebony, and burnt gold trimmed black lacquer…

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Incredible embossed gold detail inset into top molding,

potable wall color…coffee and cream…

all House and Garden archives

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The collector…

the objects in the room, set against the lovely cream boiserie…

tell the color story…

Paris Style


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Gorgeous antique Italian terra-cotta medallions are portraits

of laurel crowned Roman emperors…

A trilogy of russet accents the tonal blend…

Designed by Alessandra Branca

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Stephen Sills Dwellings

“A Louis XVI gilt tester bed, and a Regency

traveling money changing cabinet…”

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“An Indian traveling trunk holds an Etruscan Attic vase

and an Art Nouveau sculpture…”


Living with Style

Stephen Sills and James Huniford


Click to hear Fields of Gold