I travel to France once or twice a year to search for treasures for my shop. The day the shipment finally arrives in the showroom is full of joy and activity. Not only have these pieces existed for many years (if not centuries!), they have made the journey from the dusty flea markets in Paris, across the ocean and into our space. I am happy to keep them and enjoy them until they are off again to their new homes.
My team and I painstakingly unpack and inspect each item, then evaluate where to place them among existing pieces in the showroom. We measure, debate, lift, shift, huff and puff until the work is done and the treasures are nestled beautifully in the space.
Some of our finds:
This Louis XVI style painted and parcel gilt four-paneled screen is absolutely gorgeous. Screens add a bit of dimension to a room, especially one that doesn't have a lot of architectural detail. They can also serve as room dividers. This one can add a bit of glamour to a space without being too fussy.
Sunburst mirrors - I will never tire of these. Sometimes one adds just the right finishing touch.
Murano glass lamps--I love sitting these works of art atop a very traditional chest or table. The juxtaposition makes both pieces shine!
Large plaster neoclassical panels--these caught my eye and I think they would be fabulous in any setting, particularly in a contemporary setting.
Coffee tables--the Willy Daro table with the sculptural metal base is a work of art that also serves a practical purpose.
Louis XVI dining chairs are classic--I love their clean lines and quiet elegance. These will look even better once I gave them a bit of a facelift by pairing them with fresh, contemporary fabric.
Paris delivery day is truly a special day for me. But even more exciting is knowing that each of these special pieces will soon find a beautiful home where they can shine and bring joy to others. Until my next trip to Paris!