Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Richness of Antique Textiles!

Chers Amis,   Bonjour students of Bon Gout!!     There is a unique "old world" richness and feeling that just happens when you use antique textiles in your décor, that doesn’t seem to happen by any other means!  No matter whether it is an entire wall paved with a fabulous antique tapestry or just a few throw pillows on the sofa, these textiles "season" the space like just the right spice does in a gumbo!  In the middle ages through to the end of the 18th c most chateaux in France had the walls of their major reception rooms completely covered with tapestries, finished fabrics or straw matting!  This is certainly the most deluxe approach, however just some isolated panels of fine fabric, hung loosely on the wall can also make quite a strong statement.  Fabric panels are also great for highlighting framed engravings as they add color and texture and in the end achieve this "old world" warmth infused into the room's décor.   Rugs have long been the mainstay of decorators to achieve affects of this nature, however I propose that the walls are not to be overlooked because they are also quite a viable venue in this regard.

Find following for your inspiration, five photos of some finished installations in France as well as ten photos of some of the tapestries, finished fabric and rugs available now at Au Vieux Paris Antiques.  Please plan a visit soon to see these items as well as other items newly arrived from my winter trip to France.

Cordialement,  Robert( 337 332 2852)

















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Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Upholstery"transformation"

Chers Amis du Bon Gout,  Bonjour d'Uzes!!  Even though we are continuing to enjoy incredibly sunny "Spring like" days here drawing us outside, I have been doing several indoor decorating projects.

A few years ago I was successful in changing the yellow color of the damask upholstery of the head and foot board of a bed into a blueish green color which then matched an antique velvet bedspread I had acquired.  This was accomplished by sponging on a mixture of ordinary latex matte wall paint and water.  Remembering this, I decided to take on the transformation of two pairs of Louis XIII armchairs, which had machine-made "tapestry" upholstery from the 1940s and 1960s in rather "faux du gout" shades of orange.  To have a successful transformation by this means, the choice of the color is all important.  I chose a "vert olive" ( medium toned, muted olive green). My idea was to tone down the existing upholstery and end up with a look that would coordinate with the colors of the large early 18th century tapestry which is a dominate feature in the room.   Using a mixture of about 1 part paint to 4 parts water, I applied the paint mixture with a sponge.  For the bed I had totally soaked the fabric with the mixture and ended with a solid color.  For the chairs I rubbed the mixture on more sparingly allowing a good bit of the original fabric color to come through which gave an "aged tapestry look" to the fabric.   This procedure only makes sense if both the existing finished and under upholstery structure is in good condition.  Today there are many great fabrics available in traditional patterns which are even more affordable now than 10 or so years ago , so reupholstering  seat furniture with new fabric is obviously still a very good and easy option. 

At Au Vieux Paris Antiques there is a very good selection of large and comfortable armchairs and some sets of 6 to 8 dining chairs now on hand.

Find following, 5 photos of my "transformation" projects here, followed by 7 photos of seat furniture available at  Au Vieux Paris Antiques.

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Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

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A wonderful treat by day & by night.

Chers Amis du "Bon Gout" ,  Bonjour d'Uzes!!  Here in Uzes, the weather has been miraculously warm and gloriously sunny by day with intense blue skies overhead. With such great bright natural light days, at night I have noticed, all the more, how important candle and fire place lighting is to me and my guests.  Besides candlesticks and chandeliers, pairs of wall sconces play an important role in the night lighting of my rooms. Besides providing lighting, they are also one of the easiest ways to bring visual attention to a focal point in a room setting. This enhancement also continues to function by day, even when the candles are not burning. Most sconces, like their "cousins", chandeliers and candlesticks, have lots of sculptural and material appeal and are virtually works of art in themselves.

Find here six photos of pairs of sconces, seen by day and by night, in focal point settings, followed by seven photos of sconce "cousins" which are available in pairs at Au Vieux Paris Antiques, in case you are inspired to experience this medium of "Bon Gout" enhancement in your own home.


Also please know my "20% off discount" in Dec was so popular, I am continuing to offer this discount for now!!


Shop phone # 337 332 2852


cordialement, Robert

















Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com