Throwback Thursday! How Cathy and Pierre Négrel brought Antique French Flair to the Austin Scene

*UPDATE* In case you missed it, back in 2016 our very own Cathy and Pierre were interviewed for a local publication. Since then, they've consolidated their Whit Hanks gallery into a new large showroom in North Austin. And to celebrate their 25th Anniversary, we decided to repost this fun article. Take a look!

When you meet Cathy and Pierre Négrel, you simultaneously marvel at their contradictory personalities and also how wonderfully cute they are together. He is quiet and charming, with a cool exterior punctuated by hilarious one-liners. Oh, he's funny. Funny without even kn...   read full post »

posted on 11/7/2019


Cathy Négrel's Childhood North Dallas Home Revamped and Revisited

Cathy Négrel, co-owner of Négrel Antiques and remarkable Austinite, grew up in the rapidly growing city of Dallas, Texas in the 1960s. And a key contributor to her taste in decor and style was the home in which she and her family lived during her formative years. A contemporary home on...   read full post »

posted on 9/22/2019


Get The Look with Négrel Antiques!

If you're anything like us, you spend HOURS looking at design magazines! Well maybe not that much time, but we do draw inspiration from some of our favorite designers and it often influences how we shop for our collection in the south of France. Sometimes, Cathy and Pierre will even select items at ...   read full post »

posted on 8/22/2019


Our Favorite Vignettes: 2019 Edition!

It's time again to look back at our year in vignettes! If you recall, we did a recap in 2018 of some of our favorite images, in which we show our pieces "in situ" to demonstrate how they may feel in your own home. We take pride in organizing simple yet sophisticated rooms to show how we envision som...   read full post »

posted on 7/22/2019


Pétanque: The Classic French Game of Skill and Strategy

Pétanque is a French team game of skill and strategy that involves throwing hollow metal balls, called boules, on a playing field as close as possible to a small, wooden goal ball called a “jack” or “cochonnet.” The modern version of the game, which can be seen in this...   read full post »

posted on 6/22/2019


Evolution of French Decorative Arts: Louis XV

It wasn't exactly out with the old and in with the new when Louis XV ascended the throne in 1723. The baroque fashion of his predecessor, Louis XIV, remained in style until the 1730s. We love baroque, but all good things must come to an end! Enter rococo - the style synonymous with Louis XV’s ...   read full post »

posted on 5/22/2019


Evolution of French Decorative Arts: Louis XIV

One does not earn the title “Sun King” for being lackluster. If you have yet to visit the halls of Versailles, enjoy these photos of the grandiose hallways and rooms filled with gilded furniture and mirrors to get an idea of its flamboyant glamour....   read full post »

posted on 4/22/2019

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