Erin Martin…

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St. Helena, California designer Erin Martin…

meets Napa Valley guest house…

In the living room, gorgeous 16th century Italian Renaissance

pillars were made into lamps, in the background three framed

18th century French fencing engravings joust…

Painted pelmet over drapes from an old blue theater curtain

bought in Lyon, France. Limestone fireplace and French

chandelier, 19th century mirror topped French coffee table…

Antique Venetian doors to the left conceal a TV…

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Textural close-up in the dining room:  Serment D’Aimer, a Nobilis toile

on the dining room chairs, French wood and iron chandelier,

Italian neoclassical gold-leaf mirror, opposite the heavy stone

dining room walls…

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Pale blue French armoire, 18th century Baroque mirror on desktop…

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Antique marble double sink…

sconces from Habité

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In the loggia…a 17 foot long  French monastery table

made of cast iron and slate…

Antique French bottles …

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Views of the St. Helena hills…

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Traveling further down California towards San Francisco,

the waterfront enclave of Belvedere is perched,

with beautiful views of the bay…

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Front entry…

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In this powder room off the entry hall, a round alabaster,

coral and shell mirror is placed on top of another mirror,

the sink vessel appears to be a large shell…

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Onyx countertops in the light filled kitchen…

“The light goes through it and it just glows…

Vietri Incanto pottery gathered on open shelves

under island…

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SF artist Michael Duté painted walls to resemble overblown,

large scale, but tone on tone wall paper design…

Antique monk’s chest from Formations as side table…

Iron lamp from Lucca Antiques…

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View of the Belvedere lagoon from tub…

Trompe l’oeil tiles by painter Michael Duté

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“The owner is a girlie girl. It was a challenge for me,

because I’m not known for my feminine touches.

See the rest of Erin’s style at her website…

Erin Martin Design

House Beautiful May ’07, August ’09

Antiques by the Bay…

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Lovely day at the flea market…

Here’s a few quick shots…

Lots of busts…

this was a particularity serene one…

Antique French linen sheets

Loved and bought these antique French linen sheets with

embroidered initials…

Seller Karen Silen sells periodically on

Ebay under “La Maison Violette”

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always French street signs…

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and succulents in metal drawers…

something about the glaucose tones of both plant and container

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Bright fall morning casting sunshine over shutters, urns…

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Do you have one of these in your garage?

somehow more charming with a wee bit of rust…

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A cache of antique photos

in rusty wire basket…

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Big Daddy’s merchandise

…all in a row

he brought these gorgeous doors here

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Have eyed these Belle Époque chandeliers

and sconces for months…

another view of the gorgeous detail here

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Huge  assortment of friezes

and moldings..

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and other architectural salvage

from antique French churches…

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Lots of books, antique wooden shoe forms

nice mantle clock…nice colors…

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This vendor arranges her displays in the dark…

does a lovely job with this grouping of arrows,

American Indian and wood framed bird etching…

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Tiny Belgian sachets…

don’t let a bit of your Belgian grain sacks go to waste…

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first Sunday of every month…

Found…

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Antique French canapé

signed Roumaion

c. 1780

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The canapé was missing its left arm, half of a back leg,

the right arm was partially detached…

Arriving from Paris, it had virtually been destroyed by Customs,

and languished for years in the store’s storage room…

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Found it lying on its back on the furniture showroom floor,

bargained it down to $400, and with no idea where it

would go, it was in my car with the Detroit 93 Saint-Ouen

Déménagements Transports tag still attached to a leg…

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It wasn’t until I got home that I discovered that it was signed…

as was required by all furniture work in pre 1790 Paris..

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This name compelled me to have a new arm and back leg carved…

and stopped all thoughts of refinishing it with a light gray

wash.  The V stumped me, then found out it was how they did U’s.

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Here is another piece made by Roumaion…

CANAPE en bois naturel mouluré et sculpté de fleurettes.

Epoque Louis XV. Porte une estampille ROUMAION

Found through Drouot documentation

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Here’s the new arm…absent 230 years…

It amazes me to think of what Roumaion’s canapé

experienced as it moved its way through history …

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If you’re considering whether you want to invest in a broken

antique…woodwork and re-glueing cost @  $700, staining and

distressing to match a few hundred more. Luckily the caning

was nearly perfect..a colored fixative was applied to the few

weak spots. Complete re-caning is one of the most expensive

parts of a restoration.

Belgian garage…

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My “baby” sister just traded in her “done” house on a small lot…

to a more “modest” house.  Older, humbler… but on 1.8 acres…

My favorite feature was her garage…

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One day after she’s received her key, floor finishers are whirring

away inside and her treasures are charmingly amassing

on the somewhat ragged garage built-ins. Painted an

ignoble brown.. the cabinets run the length of the garage…

could see them refinished, re-hardware-d…

The industrial overhead lights a delightful surprise…

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The garage is being eyed greedily as a living room conversion…

as it lines up alongside the kitchen and family area with

endless possibilities imagined through the 70’s ranch style

windows and the rickety pull-up garage doors…

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Imagine the florescent lighting gone, the extraneous wood

pulled down, and the white painted beams stripped and sanded

to match the ceiling. Imagine a polished concrete floor or cobbled

large pavers that extend past a bank of French doors to

the backyard…

Imagine a chandelier…

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From the lovely Greet of Belgian Pearls

from Garnier

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great post about Belgian design elements…

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Wonderfully lost in authentic Belgian design…

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Greet, an interior designer from Belgium, also runs

Lefevre Interiors, along with her brother. A family owned business

of cabinetmakers for four generations…

She makes me look at garages in a totally different way…

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My sister, already entranced with Belgian style and Alex Veervordt,

visited Belgium in January…

Just imagining the possibilities

is the best part of starting something new…

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The view from outside the garage towards the street

Sanctuary…

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A  rural driveway in Normandy…

Photographer Vincent Thibert

via  The Style Salonist