Designer Showcase: Nathan Anthony

For those of you who don't know, Nathan Anthony is a remarkably creative furniture design firm based in California that produces hands-down some of the best looking and most well-made contemporary pieces we've seen. Having bought and sold old-world French antique furniture since 1994, we have a bias toward fine craftsmanship, and so it's no wonder that their offerings caught our eye....   read full post »

posted on 4/20/2021


French Copper

If you think that copper cookware and decor is the greatest thing since sliced bread, you are definitely not alone. We have always had a penchant for the shiny stuff: chrome, polished silver, gilt, and yes copper. It strikes us as a wonderful confluence of warmth and cold in one spectacular material...   read full post »

posted on 3/9/2021


Pulling Their Own Weight

Ever wonder about the history of scales? They've become so ubiquitous, and these days digital, that we sometimes forget what fascinating necessity must have led to their invention. Let's take a quick look at how the scale came into our lives, and then we'll share some of our favorite scales that we'...   read full post »

posted on 1/26/2021


Perfect French Dinner Party

What makes the perfect French dinner party? You may assume that it's all about the food. And given how the French feel about food in general, you wouldn't be far off. But most French will attest that it's more about the people you're spending time with. And we will argue that the room you are in can...   read full post »

posted on 12/30/2020


David Alan Rugs

For years we've been friends with our colleague, Paul Alan Davison, the proprietor of David Alan Rugs, and his amazing team, Rod Avila and Fernando Hernandez. And, for years we have also been neighbors of the finest floor rug experts in Austin. Their selection and expertise has put them at the foref...   read full post »

posted on 11/24/2020


Bring French Country into Your Home

One of the most famous of the French decorative styles is easily French Country. But do you know its history? One might call it an amalgam of other styles, but it's a little more complicated than that. It all started with French King Louis XIV. Of course, there were other styles of design prior to h...   read full post »

posted on 10/7/2020


Designing with the Elements

When we talk about "building materials," we are usually referring to what holds the roof up and the windows in place. And make no mistake, there are a wealth of beautiful choices for such structural materials: wood, brick, stone, metal… But we don't always consider using some of these same ma...   read full post »

posted on 8/28/2020

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