After a short break from blogging the past couple weeks, I am officially back in the saddle. My husband and I celebrated our 12th anniversary in Atlanta weekend before last, and we had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week.
This has panned out to be a very Frenchy month for me much to my delight. After receiving two gorgeous French baskets in the mail from Cat at Sunday Brocantes, my husband took me to a great little restaurant in Lexington where I had the most delicious traditional French la bouillabaisse. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s basically a seafood stew. Our anniversary dinner was at Bistro Niko, the only French restaurant in Buckhead. (my husband obviously knows about me being a Francophile!)
But if that wasn’t enough, guess what was delivered the Monday before Thanksgiving?
Yep, there she is in all her glory. At 87” tall and almost 5’ wide, it is one honkin’ piece of furniture.
Finally, my French armoire. My dream piece of furniture. You may recall the story of me making an offer on it this summer, finally getting it early fall, then having it delivered to an antique furniture guru for touch-ups, then to the upholsterer for covered shelves. Shew! This process took almost 5 months. But it was worth it.
It’s been authenticated as most likely a wedding armoire from Normandy and made in the late 18th century. It’s made of cherry on the outside and some walnut on the inside.
It has all the original hand forged iron hardware and is peg-joined. It even has the original very large key which I am told is actually quite rare. Lucky me !
It has the most beautiful hand-carvings.
The steel ferrures are gorgeous, too.
Wanna take a peek inside?
I chose a traditional black and cream toile for the padded shelves.
I think it turned out very nicely.
I really don’t need the storage, so I’m gonna style the shelves with linens and Hermes boxes.
Now I feel like I can finally finish my master bedroom. My dad hung the toile cornices.
Here’s my new modern chair by Barclay Butera that is covered in vintage French linen. A friend of mine brought the fabric back with her on one of her shopping trips to France. The orange linen pillow is studded with Swarovski crystals. I love this combo.
I absolutely love the shape of this chair and it’s so wonderfully unexpected with the antiques.
I just ordered the Alexa Hampton swing arm wall lamps in dark nickel so hopefully they’ll be here soon.
Yes, that’s Murphy’s bed on the floor. He gets to sleep next to the armoire. He’s a Francophile, too!
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