Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Paris Chic meets Dark Espresso

Anyone who has seen my apartment (and not many people have, since it is still in the final stages of renovation.) will note that most of my furniture is dark espresso and fairly contemporary. Bedroom set? dark espresso with black leather insets in the headboard. Dining room chairs? dark espresso with beige ultra suede. Book shelves? You guessed it, dark espresso with pictures in dark espresso or silver frames. Even my crown molding and baseboards are now painted in Behr # 790B-7 Bitter Chocolate Espresso. And I don’t even like coffee.

So I find it a bit interesting that recently I have become drawn to French style occasional furniture. Perhaps it is a reflection back to my stay in Paris in my oh-la-la bed & breakfast.

I like the chipped and peeling antique look of this gorgeous hand carved Louis XIV style dresser from the 1930’s (above).It would look lovely in the same room as this carved mirror (right).

Both are available from Karina Gentinetta

Imagine my surprise when I found myself enamored with this coffee and end table set at a local antique store. Even more surprising was that I bought them, even though they are pretty much the opposite of the rest of my furniture.

But maybe that’s why they work so well. A little bit of French je ne sais quoi in the middle of my living room.


  1. Beautiful table! I'm sure the contrast and splash of white will bring character to your living room :)

  2. thanks! I intend to add a hidden bottom and then remove the top and re-attach with hidden piano hinges to give me extra storage for magazines and such.


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