Judging a book by its cover…

Flowers for the home book

Prudence Designs New York florist

This picture says it all to me…

A week of gray skies and gray paint chips…

The rough dark walls and delicate caned French chair…

Scintillating purples against smoldering gray…

Trove Laguna 18th c trestle table, 19c Belgian chandelier

And my favorite images of the week…from Trove

19th century Belgian chandelier

dangling incandescently above the rough French trestle…

Astier in store at Trove Laguna

A glimpse of Astier de Villatte…

Seems to drift almost as lightly as an apparition…

over the more earthly surfaces

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My last tip for the week…

grow Japanese Anenomes…

they’re”invasive” , which means they’re perfect for the lazy gardener,

and they really do something for the last  roses of the season…


It’s been a “Rough Luxe” week for me…

Stormy power outages and candlelight and roses…

Hope everyone is having a lovely day…

YSL and Pierre Bergé and Jacques Grange, oh my…


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The stunning collaboration between Jacques Grange, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé

on the Normandy manor Château Gabriel was inspired by Marcel Proust’s

À la Recherche du Temps Perdu.  Marcel, who spent the summers in nearby

Cabourg,  is said to have visited the house…

YSL Berge HG 4 TrouvaisThroughout the ground floor reception rooms, the walls are covered

by murals created by Paul Meriguet in homage to Monet’s Water Lilies…

Madeleine Castaing chair covered in pale pink velvet sprinkled with flowers,

“…reminiscent of buxom ballerinas in fringed tutus.”

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The opulent overabundance of the Napoleon III period almost overwhelms the eye in the

grande salon. Grange calls it ” a blend of a Visconti film and the style Rothschild”

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A photograph of Marcel Proust amidst an arrangement of Minton porcelain

and a vintage Baccarat crystal box. Saint Laurent named each of the  nine bedrooms

for characters in Proust’s novel. His own named after the cultivated and sensitive

Charles Swann…the pseudonym that the couturier used when he traveled incognito.

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The black and beige marble floors extend from the main dining room into the smaller one…

French 19th century neo-gothic chairs surround an English mahogany table…

Lit by 19th century antique chandelier, 18th century Strasbourg cabbage…

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Continuing the conversation of Little Augury here and bolstering my claim that the US cover of

The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berg is more representative of the interiors…

and therefore better than the French cover…visit her and cast your vote…

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All photos (except book):  House and Garden December 2005

Blog award…

I am so honored that the estimable and delightful  P. Gaye Tapp of Little Augury fame…

has bestowed upon me the Kreativ Blogger award.

My duty is to thank Little Augury (thank you Gaye!),

Tell 7 things about me that readers might not know about me,

and nominate 7 more Kreativ bloggers…click for larger view

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1) Except for the peonies in the spring, where more is more…

I prefer scantly dressed fall and winter gardens..the surprise

of an unexpected bloom…yesterday, after the rain…

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2) I’m very sentimental… my husband and I bought this $20

chair on the navy pier the summer of ’86 in Chicago. We took turns

carrying it back to our apartment on our heads…still have it.


3) Fell in love with my husband at 19, married him at 29.

Once I make up my mind, though, I stick with it.

Though occasionally annoying, he still awfully cute…

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4) These are my favorite painting pants…

permission to get messy…

Love painting walls, furniture, canvases…

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5) My son took this picture of his faithful cat (no fish were harmed in the shooting of this photo)

All my pent up design ideas will keep me busy next year when my “baby” is off to college…

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6) Have always been a big reader (Comparative Lit major)…

favorite novelists are Falkner, James Joyce, Charlotte Bronte…

Loved Wallace Stegner’s Angle of Repose …several years ago I

neglected my kids for a full day to read it. Trying to make sure I

catch most of the top books of all time…a couple good lists here

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7) One of my favorite photos of my childhood…

I have an older and younger brother, and a little sister…

Little did she know she’d grow up to have a Belgian Garage

It’s good to remember the kid inside you…

Kreative Blogger award

Trouvais’s 7 picks for the Kreative Blogger award are

French Kissed

52 Flea

Le Divan Fumoir Bohemien

The  Duchess of Devonshire’s Gossip guide

Endless Inspiration

Plays with Needles

The Neo Lifestyle

All wonderful, with unique points of view…please visit them…

Poetically Juxtaposed…


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Trove Laguna 18th c trestle table, 19c Belgian chandelier

A few last enchanting bits from the wonderful Trove

in Laguna Beach, California

An 18th century French trestle table, below a 19th century Belgian chandelier…

Modern painting by Dennis Ekstrom…

Trove Laguna store interior

An 18th century Irish double sided, handmade, pine utilitarian cupboard here

possibly used as room divider, doors on front and back, handmade nails.

Adjustable Belgian antique oak architect’s table c. 1910

19th century American oil portrait.

Trove Laguna store Architect's model of Chateau

Architect’s model of French Chateau…

Trove Laguna window display

Important reclining chaise lounge chair

Paris, France c.  1920-1926.

Brass plaque under proper right swing arm:

“Le surrepos du Dr. Pascuad”

Purportedly, this was the chaise that directly inspired

Le Corbusier’s famous Chaise Lounge


Trove Laguna antique french campaign chair c. 1870

Antique French campaign chair…

c. 1870

Trove Laguna late 19th c phonograph horn chandeliers

A trio of phonograph horn chandeliers

late 19th century

Trove Laguna new bronze line with Belgian horsehair satchel

This is part of Trove’s new bronze line, table base modeled after an ancient Chinese root …

Atop sits an18th century traveling trunk made of horsehair, hand stitched, with

a hand forged lock…found in Belgium…


Though Trove has been around for several years, has a wonderful collection of

estimable antiques, riveting one of a kind finds, and a masterful artistic mix of objects

“poetically juxtaposed”, it really seems to illustrate to me the “Rough Luxe” trend

that was written about here….It’s definitely a trend I love.


Scroll down for more Trove in yesterday’s post…


The Shop Talk interview at 1stdibs here

has additional photos and background story on

store owners Heather and Bobby Lee

Rough Luxe in Laguna Beach…


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French aviary c. 1910-1920

This store just makes my heart beat a little faster…

Located in Laguna beach, California,

it pairs wonderful patina laden, one of a kind antiques

with quirky, “where did you get that”  finds…

Just look at the rolling back of this stripped to the jute…

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Louis XIII style canape from 1920’s France…

still stuffed with original horsehair…


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One gorgeous arm of a pair of massive French sconces from the 1930’s


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Déshabille (“undressed”) French chairs on a worktable in the show room…

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Detail of lamb on architectural fragment from a French church

Second quarter of 19th century…


Married store owners Heather and Bobby travel extensively to furnish their

six year old store with Swedish, Belgian and French antiques, and one of a kind

foundry cast tables and stools… softening the rough edges with luxurious

mohair throws, hand-made Astier de Villatte, antique French linens,

19th century portraits, and even bundles of hand made paper…

Astier in store at Trove Laguna

Astier de Villatte in situ at the store…

Trove Laguna 18th century assorted Astier de Villatte stacked plates in store

Heather told me that the store originated as an antique jewelry, antique clothing,

antique smalls shop and morphed into what it is now, when a larger space became

available a block north of their original shop on the North Coast Highway in beach

heavy Southern California. Their last buying trip was to Belgium, where they

were lucky enough to get a tour of Vervoordt’s castle and Kanaal, which she

called major inspirations. They’ll be heading to Belgium/UK in a few months.

Trove Laguna French leather club chairs in store

Leather club chairs from France are highlighted by one of Trove’s

incredible hand-loomed mohair throws from Finland

that pick up the vibrant turquoise of the antique Swedish cupboard…

Huge range of colors available here

Trove Laguna 18th century Swedish cupboard in store

Close up of the Swedish cupboard,

carved sculpture still emerging from the stone …

Trove Laguna Swedish Rococo style chairs c. 1750-1760

In an atmospheric dark corner of the store, a pair of antique Swedish

c. 1750 chairs pull up to one of Trove’s many antique tables…

This c. 1790 French table has a tripod trestle base with beautiful

worn oval top. Top comes off and trestle base folds shut.


antiquehorn shaving mirror 2 TroveAntique Victorian shaving mirror…

See more Trove in my Naturalism post here

or my Simply Sublime post here

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Trove’s unique solid bronze horn table or stool,

an antique that they had cast…

All Trove merchandise can be found at their website here

or 1stdibs site here

1233 North Coast Highway

Laguna Beach, CA



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Bed hangings

If you ever feel like crawling back to bed (or not getting out)…

How about hiding behind a few lengths of deeply embroidered silk bed drapery…?

Italian giltwood mirror c. 1880 1stdibs

Italian giltwood mirror

c. 1880


Bathrm HG

The sky is alternately damp with rain,

or cloudy, gray and still…

Every once in a while birds fly in an alarmed flurry past my windows…

1stdibs Pair of life size lighted Venetian blackamoors

Life size Venetian blackamoors



Power out last night and again most of today…

Cooked simple meals and read by candle light

All the assorted candles holders came out…

Actually a little bit wonderful…