Ahhhh, Magazine Street Shopping for antiques and Interior Design. The stores are located in beautiful old houses- built with the fabulous New Orleans proportions. The architecture is unique and the history is tangible. Here are a few shops that sum up the look nicely. They are actually located in a 2-3 block stretch of great Interior Design resources on Magazine Street. (see map below)
Today I bring you the New Orleans French Quarter Guide- a primer in food, drink, shopping, and language lessons. In a matter of weeks, thousands will descend upon New Orleans for THREE major interior design events- KBIS, Vision and BlogTourNOLA. If you are attending one of them, you may have booked your flights and hotel but are perhaps now wondering where to go and where to eat. Fear not, no worries of falling in to the jaws of a tourist trap if you are a first timer to the Crescent City. Note: today’s post is just on the French Quarter. Stay tuned for upcoming posts on other areas of New Orleans- there is PLENTY to do so plan to pace yourself.
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Today I stopped into the Dallas International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show to say hello to New Orleans Antique dealer Bill Rau of the well-known MS Rau store in the French Quarter. You may have shopped with him in New York as well after Katrina. MS Rau has been in business for three generations, providing collectors around the world with the finest jewels, art and antiques. One of my favorite possessions came from there.
It is always nice to see Bill, he is knowledgable and fun to catch up with. He brought some jaw dropping art- the kind you would expect to see in a museum. But.. could see in your home if you like… Lets take a look at a few of the works he brought to Dallas:
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“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
A note about hand door knockers- the hand, or “hamsa” is an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, a talisman to ward off the “evil eye”.
What a difference interesting hardware makes to a visitor’s first impression. The details are always worth the extra effort.
Do you have interesting door hardware? If so please share!
There is nothing better than a relaxing morning browse through the Wall Street Journal Magazine, just to stumble upon a gorgeous London home- wow! Anybody who has ever been to the posh clubs Annabel’s, Mark’s Club, George, Harry’s Bar or The Bath & Racquets Club might expect the look of this handsome London flat for Robin Birley, son of billionaire businessman Mark Birley- well known for his members-only nightclubs. Chock full of massive collections of art and accessories, this charming Knightsbridge flat weaves textures, patterns, and color magnificently into a warm eclectic look.
Images courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.
What are your thoughts on this style? Handsome London Flat or too much stuff?
Gracing traditional and contemporary design schemes with style through the centuries, the Klismos Chair has more staying power than any chair design in history.The curved, tapered legs of the Klismos chair sweep forward and rearward, offering stability. The rear legs sweep continuously upward from a single piece of wood to support a wide concave back rest like a curved tablet, which supports the sitter’s shoulders, or which may be low enough to lean an elbow on. The seat was built of four wooden turned staves, morticed into the legs; a web of cording or leather strips supported a cushion or a pelt.
“Every good room should have at least one antique in it; an elder statesman making the youngsters behave.” - Greg Tankersley
photo via Traditional Home Magazine