Sunday, January 22, 2012

Furniture What-a?

There are fashionistas…
then there are furniture – istas?

Come again?
FURNITURE – ISTA!!!

I’m a self-proclaimed furnitureista.  My husband can attest to this fact.  Some women buy tons of clothes, but me, I buy furniture. (I’m also a Francophile, but that’s another story).


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When I was in interior design school ages ago, my favorite courses were the History of Interiors I and II. I loved pouring over design books and learning all about furniture styles and their origins. I spent hours doing line drawings of every piece of furniture known to man, including legs styles, carvings, etc.



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Although, I love to alter and rescue furniture  on occasion (furniture refinishing was also a course in college),  my real love comes in STUDYING furniture styles. I truly appreciate a quality piece of furniture. It is art in it’s own right.


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Take the French commode, for example. When we hear the word commode, we tend to think of a toilet. But in France, it is a loosely defined type of chest or cabinet, not usually found in the loo!  It is usually low, used against a wall, and may have doors or drawers.

(How’s that for a quick furniture primer? Interesting stuff, right?)

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This is the typical style we associate with the commode – the bombé.
Bombé means a swelling or convex surface with bulging fronts and sides, as found in furniture of the Louis XV period.

But, below is an example of an Empire period commode.


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Both rooms below contain commodes flanked by chairs. The commode was a very important and 
functional piece of furniture used in French interiors and their decoration was plain to very elaborate.


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The following photos are of the two commodes that I own.  They are both bombé and have burled and inlaid wood.  The first one below is in my dining room.

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I absolutely love studying types of woods and the patina it develops over time.

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I appreciate original marble and all the character marks and cracks it contains.

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This petite bombé commode is in my sunroom.  It has the most gorgeous ormolu mounts, gray marble, and inlay.

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I think at heart, I’ve always been a furnitureista. I guess if there can be fashionistas in the world, there can be furnitureistas, too.

So who’s with me?  Any other furnitureistas out there?
We should start a club…maybe I just did!  lol

Blessings,
Kim

I’m joining my lovely blog friends over at the following parties:
Wow Us! Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
{Primp} Your Stuff Wednesday at Michele Raven Designs
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Voila! French Inspiration Thursday at French Cupboard
Show and Tell Friday at Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence

4 comments:

Cat said...

Ah-hem....mon amie. I think you may also be a 'fashionista'--I have just read your post from the 17th....I am drooling over your shoe collection and fantastic shelving system...as my poor shoes still remain in seasonal plastic bins in a 3rd floor closet.... quelle dommage!

Love you post about styles and periods--this is a passion of my husband....we can barely watch a period-film without hitting the pause button and identifying the Louis XVI daybed or the set of Nap III chairs....

The strangest feeling was bringing all of our precious French antiques all the way BACK to France when we moved here. We have a few pieces that have seen a lot of mileage over the years!

Enjoying your blog as always!
xx, Cat

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kim, Your Bombe chest are gorgeous! Love the giant clam shell too. xo, Sherry

Stacey @flickerwhips said...

Love this post, thank you for the info, i'm a bit of a nerd that way!!

I have given you a liebster award check it out here!

http://flickerwhips.blogspot.com/2012/01/liebster-fever-its-contagious.html

sd said...



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