vintage finds for a modern world: francophiles.
by victoria comment

3/30/10

natasha

via .natasha.

I love a bit of French flair. Crazy, over the top ornate, or elegant with feminine detail, it’s all got a great sense of drama and seems to tell a story. Rooms decorated this stylishly have history and make you wonder more about the prior life of each piece of furnishing.

ghost-dress

I looked for some images that had that European feel to me, tall ceilings with wide crown moldings, bits of gilt and baroque details, or an old dress form, found at a Paris flea market that just had to be had. But I also included a few images representing a modern twist on the classic Parisian panache. Bright colors adorning older, vintage objects and pattern running amok over ornate chairs.

chair

baroque chair via Hotels Paris Rive Gauche.

cookie

a very parisian apartment, via cookie magazine.

pia

feminine lines and colors via pia jane bijerk.

3b

stylish comfort via aphrochic.

ochre

via ochre.

design-sponge-mantel

beautifully ornate mantel via design*sponge.

so-sylvie

blue velvet sofa via so sylvie.

light

pendant lamp via paris hotel boutique.

miles

a paris apartment via miles202.

1f

french giltwood portrait mirror via factory 20.

canal

a little bit bohemian gothic, via canal apartments paris.

23 responses to “vintage finds for a modern world: francophiles.”

  1. Such lovely photographs! I adore the pendant lamp and the gray-blue velvet sofa. You could wear almost anything and look wonderful sitting on this sofa — a pink frock, a little black dress, a white cotton nightgown, a stern suit.

  2. This is sooo pretty! I love Parisian decor! This book has more gorgeous pictures that I love to look at for inspiration: French Island Elegance by Michael Connors

  3. That floral chair next to floral wallpaper is unusually lovely to me. I don’t usually go for that look, but it really works there. The gray background really helps settle it I think.

  4. Sigh. If only two nicely groomed and delicately perfumed wire fox terriers could be part of some of those photos … our Moma (she helps us write) found you and dreams of other days. In this case, days in Paris. With her doggies. One of our wirey friends has enjoyed Paris (and Rome) with her people. We can only dream. And your lovely blog makes the dream come alive!
    Jake and Fergi xxoo

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