Posts Tagged: Paris


“The eye has to travel.”- Diana Vreeland
As I have mentioned in my previous posts about Paris, this trip was a creative pilgrimage for me. For the past few years, I have been juggling my design career, being a working mother, and trying to fuel my passion for arts education through volunteering. This seems to be the eternal struggle of every working mother I know!  Now that my youngest is in school all day (woo-hoo!), I finally have the time to get back into design full time.  While I am very excited about this opportunity, I also knew I needed some serious inspiration to ignite that creative spark. These are just a few of the many many pieces that inspired me on my trip…
Brilliant Vignette at
Galerie Vero-Dodat
1940s Art Deco Club Chairs
Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
Chinoserie gilt on Mahogany Veneer
Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
Tony Duquette Inspired Beetle
Perfect base for a Cocktail Table
Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen
Mid Century Chaise
Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen
Mid Century Modern Heaven
Marche aux Puces de Saint-Ouen
1940s Brass Side Chair
Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen
Unexpected juxtaposition of
Schiaperelli Pink Meets Horn (Naturally Shed)
Maison et Objet
Architect & Designer Nicola Falcone
Maison et Objet
21st Century Tufting
Maison et Objet
Rorschach Rug, Agate Floorcovering, Vintage Settee
Maison et Objet
Bedroom enveloped in
architectural installation by Denis Mantel
Peacock Chair and Ottoman
Maison et Objet
Nevelson-Inspired Cabinet
Maison et Objet

If you are interested in any additional information on any of the objects seen here, please do not hesitate to contact us at the design studio.



Jacques Grange in front of Damien Hirst
via The Selby

It is rare and glorious event to come face to face with an icon one has admired, studied, and been inspired by for years.  My recent trip to Paris was truly the trip of a lifetime….and I actually experienced a few of these “pinch me” moments.

We visited the atelier of Jacques Grange and the legendary designer gave us a personal tour of where he creates his design magic. His client list includes some of the world’s most sophisticated tastemakers: Yves St. Laurent,  Pierre Berge, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Valentino, Alain Ducasse, Karl Lagerfeld, Jacques Chirac, Francois Pinault, Ronald Lauder, Aerin Lauder, and Mathilde Agostinelli.

via The Selby

In contrast to many of today’s designers, Grange received a strict, classical education. After studying at the Lycee Janson de Sully and L’Ecole Gerson, he went on to L’Ecole Boulle, where he learned the crafts of cabinetmaking, plasterwork, and weaving. At L’Ecole Camondo, he studied the history of architecture, design, and decorative arts. Upon graduation, he worked for the renowned designer Henri Samuel and antiques dealer Didier Aaron. He was greatly influenced by Madeline Castaing from whom he says he learned the “poetry of decorating.” He opened his own design firm in 1970.

Master of the Mix

“Combining good taste and audacity is a subtle art that interior designer Jacques Grange has perfected  for over four decades…From rococo elegance to modern chic, and with Oriental and North African influences blending with Western styles, Grange’s touch is unique.”- excerpt from  Jacques Grange Interiors

Living Room of Jacques Grange

Art plays a major role in his interiors which is why he designs for some of the world’s most serious art collectors. He effortlessly combines antiques from various periods with modern and contemporary art. His living room shown in the 2 images above is a perfect example of his mastery. He combines a contemporary carpet from Iran with a 19th century chaise longue, a 1950s Jean Royere low table, boxy 1925 club chairs, an 18th century desk, and art by Damian Hirst. According to Grange, this work by Hirst “has the quality of all great art: First it shocks you, then you realize it’s great.” 

It is no wonder that Grange received the designation of Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the Minister of French Culture.  His passion and charm are contagious.  In a recent interview with Architectural Digest, Grange is described as “a whirlwind of energy, hopping between continents and clients. ‘I’m lucky I’m not a dancer,’ he says with an engaging laugh, ‘I can work until the day I die.”

Images of his work and from our visit are below…

Living Room of Mathilde Agostinelli
with distinctive Madeline Castaing carpet
Dining Room of Mathilde Agostinelli
Yves Saint Laurent below Leger Painting
Library  of  Yves Saint Laurent
Art by Brancusi, Picasso, Cezanne, Leger and Vuillard
Valentino’s Apartment
Art by Prince, Basquiat and DeKooning
The Mark Hotel
Our Gracious Host
Behind the Scenes
Nerfiti & Library
Contemporary art ready for installation
With Steven Shadowitz
via Peyton Haslip
Glass Art
Aimee: Precious Pug and Atelier Mascot

To purchase Jacques Grange’s book, please click here.


Sublime Shagreen

For the first timer going to Maison & Objet (like myself), it can be incredibly overwhelming!!! The show is comprised of 8 different themed pavilions covering everything from textiles and kitchen items to furniture and ethnic chic accessories. As an enthusiastic design observer, it was pure heaven to wander from pavilion to pavilion taking in the best of international design, identifying trends and seeing those same trends also appear in High Point furniture market just this week.

Below are some of my favorite accessories that stood out at the fair….

Gorgeous Graphic Pillows
JuJu Rainbow
Multi-Colored JuJu
atop JuJu Table-Brilliant!
Precious Parisian Pachyderm
The Creations of Marisa Meijeurs


More of Marisa’s Accessories
Holding Court in Black and White
Cabinet of Curiosities
Mohair Madness
Malachite & Brass Objets
Bronze and Rock Crystal King Neptune
Mid Century Brass Palms

If you are interested in any additional information on any of the objects seen here, please do not hesitate to contact us at the design studio.

Next post….Fabulous French Furniture!!



Multicolored Glass Clusters Illuminated from Within

Before I head to High Point market tomorrow, I wanted to share some of the amazing finds from my trip to Paris last month.  There are too many to share in one post, so I am going to start with all of the unique and glorious light fixtures I discovered at Maison & Objet, the markets, and galleries during my visit. Please check back in for more posts on accessories, furniture and rugs found on my Parisian adventure!

Bronze Branch Chandelier with Crystal Teardrops
Rock Crystal Obelisk Available in Various Sizes
with Bronze, Brass or Silver Accents
Feathers Galore
Bold blue glass
Mid Century Crystal Spheres
Whimsical Birds on a Wire
Rattan Pendants from Award Winning
Kenneth Cobonpue
Sculptural Beauty at Donghia
Industrial Reticulated Pendants
Cascading Murano Chandelier
Antique Candy-Colored Murano Confection
Detail from Musee Rodin Rock Crystal Chandelier (not for sale)

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these exquisite works of art!



Surrounded by Good Vibrations

Forgive me friends….it has been 368 days since my last post! After a year dedicated to volunteering and fundraising for The Mint Museum Auxiliary, I am back to solely focusing on interior design and easing back into the world of blogging.  Special thanks to my VERY patient and supportive clients that allowed me to fuel my passion for arts education and acquisitions while working with them this past year.

Over the past twelve months, I have met some of the most inspirational and creative people I have ever encountered. From fashion designers and fundraising gurus to interior design icons and volunteers, I have been blown away by the passion and energy of these talented individuals. The common trait that they all possess is their positive energy and their willingness to share their passion with others.

I was fortunate enough to attend a design conference in Paris this fall and visit Maison & Objet for the first time. I was blown away by the words of the Maison & Objet Observatoire, a small group of French design experts that analyze the current dynamics and changing influences in art, media, home, fashion, and architecture each year. This year’s theme was “ENERGIES” as described below….

The time has come to recharge our batteries. Where design is concerned, we should not save our energies. Quite the reverse. We are encouraging use when circulating GOOD VIBRATIONS… Positive , optimism-inducing waves are electrifying the established order.  This is a beneficent motion that is freeing our imaginations, reinvigorating unexpected aesthetics and activating alternative currents. (To see the full video, click here.)

This idea summed up everything I have been experiencing over the past year and strive to apply to my design practice. From collaborating with clients and workrooms to brainstorming with fellow colleagues, feeding off of each other’s positive energy only yields better results.

Tomorrow, I am off to Nashville on another adventure to attend The Southern Coterie Summit with designers Holly Hollingsworth Phillips and Margaret Fisher for more inspiration with some of the South’s most creative minds. The organizers have put together a fabulous line up of speakers to help us connect, collaborate and create. Stay tuned for details….updates to follow!