Jan’s Notebook

PARIS REDUX…..PLUS MORE FALL INSPIRATIONS

Rainy day in Paris
Even though I wrote about Paris on my last Notebook post, we just returned from there, and I am even more inspired. The city was at its best! I love late September and early October in the City of Light.
Here are a few of the things we found—there is so much more---this is just a sample. The shipment will be in by mid November.
Flavio Polli Murano blue glass lamp with original gilded bronze fittings and base c. 1940
Iron gold leaf coffee table, c. 1940
Silver over copper gallery table with eglomise mirrored shelves, c. 1940
It is always so inspiring to visit the fabulous antique shops on the Left Bank. My favorite periods are still late late 1930’s, all of the 40’s and early 50’s, but there are some incredible pieces that mix well from the 60’s and 70’s. I am particularly fond of the bronze (or brass) lamps, coffee tables, and, we found a wonderful opaline and brass console with doors that I would use in almost any interior.
One of a pair of Willy Daro bronze mineral lamps
I saw some wonderful new textiles as well……I am going to use this Boussac in a little girl’s room.
Boussac - Dora Fuschia
We loved our hotel---The Lancaster on Rue de Berri----it is a small hotel just off the Champs and the staff is simply wonderful. We had not stayed there in years as we love to stay right on the edge of the Tuilleries. We stayed at The Lancaster on an important anniversary many years ago and since we are approaching another important anniversary, we thought it would be nostalgic. It was---we stayed in the same suite (which was quite by accident as they had no record).
Lancaster Hotel View from our hotel room
MAD MEN/ THE 60’S AND 70’S
Even though it is not being shown yet in France (it will be soon), Mad Men’s influence is everywhere. In case you haven’t noticed, it is here in the U.S. as well----hairstyles, makeup and clothes----see Drew Barrymore channeling the look of Sharon Tate, Jean Shrimpton and Verushka from the 60’s in the October Harper’s Bazaar. Don’t miss the bed and coverlet---over the top glamorous!
Drew Barrymore Sharon Tate
EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Why is it that classic things have a way of looking chic again and again? Here are a few classics that are on my mind this fall......
FORTUNY--- it has been around forever, but suddenly it looks fresh---especially these lively colors.
Fortuny textiles
TUFTING--- have never liked overdoing this, however touches of it are great.
Custom tufted corner banquette by Jan Showers
Custom tufted banquette by Jan Showers
SUMPTUOUS RUGS---These rugs add such a luxurious feel to any room.
Kyle Bunting rug / Stella Sofa, Baxter Coffee Table,
India Table & Chiseled Lamp from Jan Showers Collection
DRESSMAKER DETAILS---I love pleats…..we are using them for drapery detail in a wonderful house we are doing.
Bed by Mary McDonald
GLAM TABLES TO GO BY CHAIRS----nothing can add a small touch of glamour to a room quicker than this. The one pictured below is bronze Bagues form the 1940’s and is in our showroom now…..a true work of art!
Pair of cigarette tables by Bagues with shelves, c. 1940
GRACIE WALLCOVERING---timeless forever!
Wallcovering by Gracie
TWO X TWO---don’t forget to look at Two by Two’s website
http://www.2x2catalogue.org/2010/catalogue/catalogue.html
2010 Honoree – Christopher Wool Untitled
Enjoy!
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