18th century follies, 18th century French design, 18th century interiors, Antique Fabric, architectural elements, Boiserie, French Antiques, French curiosities, French design, Les Pavillons, Rough Luxe
The strong lines and structural materials dominate this
image of the sitting room at Maison Leo in the south of France…
When my children were young, pouring my energy into the garden gave me an
outlet for my creativity, and a way to work alongside them, teaching them lessons
about patience, hard work and reward…
I read copious amounts of gardening literature… learned the difference between
geraniums and pelargoniums, the best lavender to grow for fragrance and cutting,
and how deep to plant herbaceous peonies in a Northern California garden.
Though originating in China and endemic to the snowdrift winters of the upper Midwest,
rumor had it that peonies would set buds in milder climes if planted ever so slightly
closer to the surface to take maximum advantage of any chill that might settle over them.
And lastly, all books belabored the ubiquitous garden terms: softscape and hardscape.
These photos all show the hardscape of interior design…
the hard lines of pathways and vertical interest…
The permanent elements around which drapery and upholstery,
and various small accessories can drift in and out from year
And century to century…
The Pavillon de Musique de Madame
Avenue de Paris, on the outskirts of Versailles…
Part of the Le Grande et Petit Montreuil estate
French Pavilions of the Eighteenth Century
Jerome Zerbe & Cyril Connolly
Recommended by designer Timothy Corrigan via Diane at The Style Saloniste
and checked out from UC Berkeley’s vast library system for me by my daughter Austin…
Previous check out date: Dec. 1999…I have this beauty for month, oh joy….
In Paris the Féau & Cie warehouse is full of preserved and reproduced
boiserie….elements of historical hardscape…
For those of us who have less palatial environs, architectural salvage
can be functional or “installation art”….
I can imagine these gorgeous mirrored villa doors throwing
the reflection of a candelabra lit dining table about the room…
And sometimes a very simple hardscape,
the beauty of an almost bare wall…
can make our treasures stand out even more…
Sources: House and Garden (British) Oct. ’09, HG archives,
San Francisco Interiors Diane Dorrans Saeks