A Louis XVI lit a la polonaise in an 18th century townhouse in Arles…

Vogue Living: Houses Garden People

Hamish Bowles

casually tossed period clothing…

House and Garden archives…

“The painted backdrop is a scene from an opera

produced at the Paris Opera Housearound the turn

of the century. The bed, believed to be 18th century

French, is upholstered in raw silk…”

Domestic Art

Curated Interiors

Holly Moore

Parisian Interiors

Cote Sud candlelit table Trouvais

Cot Sud

Rue Monsieur-Le-Prince

Parisian Interiors

Jean Demachy,  Francoise Baudot

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Little dramas….


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Pascale Palun

French artist  Pascale Palun…

of  Vox Populi

Interieurs France sculpture 1stdibs

Handmade sculpture light…


Creator unknown? Hmmm…*

(*Cote Sud Jan 2008 article on Palun)

wire sculpure


For great pictures, more story visit…

ullabenulla‘s archives…

Ulla Norup ullabenulla

Ullabenulla may 2 2006

In addition to having a great blog…Ulla teaches classes at

Castles in the Air

a great European style shop in Berkeley, Ca.

selling Florentine books, leather journals, quills and craft items…

HABITANIA N°33 Sept 2003


France bronze and crystal c. 1930 1stdibs

France c. 1930

“Unique bronze and crystal beaded miniature chandelier hanging and illuminated like a jewel in a glass display box.


England c. 1860 Skeleton clock 1stdibs

England c. 1860

“English skeleton clock, attributed to Smith and Sons, Clerkenwell, the pierced brass plates of scrolled and gothic pattern housing a fusee timepiece…”


Abigail Brown

…hand crafted by Abigail Brown using both new and recycled fabrics and buttons

London artist

Abigail Brown


Luxembourg artist

Pina Delvaux

Shadowbox drama le Divan F

Künstlich gezeugt


Pina Delvaux

Secret Postal

Shadowbox drama Trapped secrets le Divan F

Trapped Memories


Le divan fumour shadow box blog

My daughter has a blossom heart


found in the wonderful archives of…

Le Divan Fumior Bohemien


Antique french music box…

“from Chateau de Lantheuil…

House and Garden archives

augusta auctions2 madona statue bodice18th c

augusta auctions

18th century madonna statue costume

Augusta Auctions



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The Swing 1777-1779 Hubert Robert French MET

The Swing

c. 1777-1779

Hubert Robert

Metropolitan Museum of Art

What is it about swings and hammocks…?!

Happy weekend everyone!


Rococo Style

“First emerging in the decorative arts, the rococo

emphasized pastel colors, sinuous curves,

and patterns based on flowers, vines, and shells…”

Pair Gilt-Wood Rococo Girandoles, Italy c. 1770 1stdibs

Pair of  Italian gilt-wood rococo girandoles

c. 1770



You can even find a little rococo at Anthropology…

sans the nest and bird…

Italian c. 1750 1stdibs 2

One of a pair of Italian Rococo console tables…

c. 1750

“… with silver gilt base and faux marble painted tops, mid 18th Century. The curvilinear movement of the serpentine top is followed in the frieze by an undulated open garland and flower motif joined in the middle to form this typical “Barocchetto” pierced cartouche with carved, stylized leaves. The ornamental motifs are linked with two boldly carved double scrolled legs ending in modified hoof feet.”


catalogue Rococo exhibit cooper-hewitt

For more on Rococo style visit

Rococo, the Continuing Curve




Bleached and paint-rubbed foot board of

a just barely antique french bed…

The Swing by Fragonard, 1766

The Swing

Fragonard c. 1776

via  La Couturiere Parisienne

Rough meets refined…


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“Lit Directoire, Polonaise en bois et toile…”

Maison Cote Sud

Dec. 2003


“Overscaled objects in the entry, including a huge Italian

Baroque mirror, are used to stand up to the

concrete floors and walls of a large Aspen house…”


“In the guest cottage, rough meets refined in the mix

of cobblestone floors, a Louis XVI gilt tester bed…”



Living with Style

Stephen Sills and James Huniford


Maison Cote Est

Nov. 2003


…bought this from a concrete yard eons ago…

Clock face table bds

Big Daddy’s Antiques


Marie-Paul Pelle

via vintage House and Garden magazine

French Blue blog

Love the incongruity in this photo…

via Frenchblue and AbsolutelyFabulous blogs

Coronelli blue…


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La Art de vivre en Bourgogne

Maison Cote Est

Nov. 2003

Le divan fumour 2blog

Les Cartouches

le divan f .3jpg

Vincenzo Coronelli


“Coronelli’s maps and globe gores represent the most complete

geographical knowledge of the world in the late 17th century.”

le divan Jan 07

“The national library of France presents on its site a virtual exposure on the spheres of Coronelli which come to be again offered to the curiosity of the public, after being garaged in cases during almost all the XXe century…painted details of an extraordinary richness: zodiac, constellations, fauna, boats, inhabitants…”

Le Divan Fumior Bohemien

archive Jan 2007


18th century french barometer

Heather and Company


New Orleans antique Dibs

Maison de Provence


the paris apartment

via The Paris Apartment...

Sept. 2007


“The vast birdcage in the garden shelters white doves.

The wooden blinds and garden furniture have all been painted

a Mediterranean blue …”

Provence Interiors Lillian Williams

“A view of what was originally a private theater in the garden...”


Provence Interiors

Lisa Lovatt-Smith

Bastille Day!


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Marie-Paule Pelle

journalist and interior designer…

“strikes a pose in the Palais-Royal…”

via vintage House and Garden magazine


Her flat in Paris…overlooks the Tuileries on that celebrated part of the Rue de Rivoli which, despite the noise, traffic and tourists is surely one of the most beautiful places to live in the city.

Paris Interiors

Lisa Lovatt-Smith


…colorful mise en scene, commemorating the bicentennial

of the French Revolution…styled by Marie-Paul

via vintage House and Garden magazine….

shoes 1792 UTEXas

French mule shoes with tri-color cockade

c. 1792

Shoes through the ages

click link to view…

The Bed
Alecia Beldegreen

Tiny french gift shop in San Francisco…
graced by it’s lovely dark haired owner
(french bangs…think Leslie Caron)…

Inspired by an 18th century book that chronicled

how the placement of a beauty mark, or “mouche,”

conveyed some secret message …

One of the most mundane household objects, the sewing needle,
is elevated by these fanciful domestic scenes…
Marie Antoinette in better times…


French milliner who specializes in historical design reproduced
a tricorne, bicorne and topper hat …


Doesn’t everyone need their own bicorne?

My hat on a vintage French Flag….

via United Planet

Antique sample books…



le divan nov o6 c

“A collection of  sample albums,

marvelous mixtures of paper and fabric…

sample book le divan 11 06

“…by all the large (fabric) houses of mode

and the private archivists of the textile.”

Le Divan Fumior Bohemien

archives Nov. 2006

le divan

le divan jan 08

Le Divan Fumior Bohemien

archives Jan. 2008


samples french 18th c satin cooper-hewitt

French 18th century satin sample…

Sample france 1800 Cooper-Hewitt

French 1800 sample…

Sample book Cooper-Hewitt

Leather bound salesman’s sample book

late 19th century…

from the exhibition:

Multiple Choice

From Sample to Product

Cooper-Hewitt Museum



French ribbon samples…

19th centuryRibbon 2


Lyon, France

Both past listings  Ebay UK

Les Tissus Indiens du Vieux Perou by R & M Harcourt; Broderies Chinoises, and Tapissieries et Etoffes Coptes KT 08

Les Tissus Indiens du Vieux Perou

Broderies Chinoises, and Tapissieries et Etoffes

Bicornes Hats…

Sample book KT

Book of printed chemise and and dress fabrics,

roller printed and gauze…

c. 1860

book of gouache designs and off-strikes dating from the 1860s KT 08

Book of gouache designs and off-strikes

c. 1860

Kelly Taylor auction archives

sample book 2

Close up French Fabric Sample Book

Charles A. Whitaker Auctions

Room with a View…


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Villa Cicogna…

“the garden is brought into the architectural fabric of the house through frescoes of flowers and trellises...”

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell


Merchant Ivory’s

Room with a View

filmed in Florence, Fiesole, and surrounding hillside…


Medusa in terracotta…….


both from vintage House and Garden magazine pages…


Vacation rental in Chianti, Tuscany…

the most wonderful stone window ledges…

perfect for enjoying the view of the Florence hillside..

Castello di Bibbione


Boboli Gardens, Florence

“By1785 Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo of Lorraine had transformed what was previously a little zoo and animal keeper’s house into a hothouse for orange and lemon trees from the island garden of Isolotto, and created a garden in front of it.”

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell


“No mere description of this plan can convey the charm of this exquisite little theater approached through the mysterious dusk of the long pleached alley, and lying in sunshine and silence under its roof of blue sky, in its walls of unchanging verdure.”

Edith Wharton commenting on Villa Gori

Edith Wharton’s Italian Gardens

Vivian Russell

click link for more…