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This new series I heard about while reading  Stylecourt. I’m sure most fans of the store, Anthropologie, will be checking out this one. I didn’t even realize when it would be premiering when I get home this evening and saw it on my On Demand a full day before it officially airs. I do not mind paying so much for cable if I can get an early viewing on shows like this one.

I got to check out the first episode this evening, in France! Every girls dream right? It is not just that this is a cool job or an exciting shopping trip. It is that you get a peak at what it is like working with someone like Keith Johnson. He is the Buyer at Large for Anthropologie and is not surprisingly very grounded and thoughtful while also being able to make good decisions quickly.

The Anthropologie stores have a very curated feeling, like great care and thought are given to the items that are in each store. They are like your favorite vintage or antique shop. Each item feels like a unique piece even if it isn’t. I started as a buyer and manager for an up and coming furniture and lifestyle store recently and it is definitely those unique and one of a kind pieces that bring life and real character to a space. I want this guy as a mentor!

The show lets you in on that intangible, that feeling you get in a really great shop and how it is created. It reads like an artistic professional diary with carefully pasted in photographs.

I couldn’t help, but feel the need to do my own search for french antiques even if I had to do it from the comfort of my computer. I would really rather be trudging through the rain and actually be in Provence.

Click on each picture if you want to check out these online antiques dealers yourself.

Ambiance Antiques

Ambiance Antiques

I want this footstool. This would be so glamorous in my bedroom, or maybe as a unique side table with a stack of books on it. The mirror above, well that would make any space feel more like Versailles.

French Accents

I can’t help it I guess most girls love things that sparkle, but ever since I was a little girl staring in awe of my Grandmothers dining room chandelier I new I must own one someday.

French Accents

I think I would love this bench as part of a comfy seating nook inside a dining room. Maybe with some bright and funky pillows to play down the formality of the piece.

Speaking of pillows and French inspiration.

I want these for my guest room from my new favorite store on Etsy, Petit Coterie.

I can’t help myself, really. I keep coming across wonderful French inspired items that I just have to share. I don’t care if Toile is considered ‘over’ because I still love its classic nature inspired themes.

And boy if you want Toile then Pierre Deux is the place for you. I am especially tempted by this lovely tote. The neutral tone on tone is perfect since one of my least favorite things about tote bags is that they inevitably do not go with everything. This one really would go with everything in my closet.

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Remember my obsession with antique chairs. Well I have this dream of a breakfast room table that has mismatched upholstered chairs around it. These two would be perfect candidates. Now I just need a settee…..

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Okay really my taste is not always this formal or traditional. Honestly I like these things mixed in with modern color schemes or other furnishings. I found the most beautiful Baroque mirror at the Neiman Marcus website. This thing has got enough ump to hold its own on a seriously brightly colored wall,  say in a powder room?

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I love furnishings with a sense of history. I especially love reupholstered antique furniture. I dream of a set of Louis IV dining chairs reupholstered with bright fuchsia and zebra print. So of course I am addicted to the before & afters on Design Sponge. I don’t have the room to do any of my own furniture renovation projects so I must live vicariously and dream of scouring antique shops and thrift stores for that perfect piece to reinvent.

Design Sponge recently featured Chairloom, a company that specializes in just such renovation of old treasures. I have inherited one really cool piece that is very much like the wing back chair shown below. I love the playfulness of this pattern, although for my own piece I want something a bit more classic and contemporary like wide navy and ivory stripes.

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Chairloom

I am currently looking for a job in the Atlanta or Savannah areas of Georgia so I have been researching all of the great shops and design centers. I found one located in the ADAC that had some truly beautiful antiques.It also has a really cool name Bjork Antikt. I love the Norwegian clock below. It looks like something out of Dr. Seuss. I also have to pause whenever something is described as Norweigen since I have a fondness for a certain NC family with viking roots. The chairs, well, they kind of speak for themselves. I love the print and the seriously comfortable looking shape.

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Bjork Antikt

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Bjork Antikt

In a recent issue of Traditional Home I was drawn to the elegance of the home of Loi Thai. As someone who tends to be attracted to bright rich color, like a raccoon to shiny things, it was so wonderful and strange to me that a home with so little color could be so intriguing.

Photographs by Erik Johnson

Photographs by Erik Johnson

I do love how the only really vibrant color is introduced through books. Even the accessories are muted tones and soft golds.

Photographs by Erik Johnson

Photographs by Erik Johnson

It is the subtlety that is so beautiful. I feel like I need to look at each item closely and take my time in this room. It inspires quiet time and thoughtfulness. This kind of simplicity in color creates that same since of peace that I was talking about in a previous post, creating Zen at home.

Loi Thai is clearly a talented designer and it is really cool that he furnished many of these items out of his own antique store in Bethesda, Maryland. Funny enough the name of his shop is Tone on Tone. It seems that he really nows how to live by that design principal. Best of all once I discovered his shop online I was thrilled to brows the beautiful and clean website full of beautiful and intresting pieces.

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone

Tone on Tone

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