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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Has Come Early At My House

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!


Linking to:

WOW! Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style


Susan said...

Kim, your French Ar moire is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the toile on the inside and on your cornice. You have a beautiful home!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, your armoire is stunning! The toile makes such a great statement! Your room is coming together beautifully...love the chair, too! Happy Belated Anniversary!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kim, it is over the top wonderful. I know you are thrilled. My French vaisselier also has five of those same double locking locks and all five keys. I couldn't believe it. Your room looks so good.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kim your room looks fabulous!! Your new French armoire is GORGEOUS!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful Kim! You have a wonderful hubby!

Deserae said...

Your bedroom looks so gorgeous.....I LOVE your new armoire!!! The upholstered inside is just lovely too!

Rooms by Ann said...

Your new armoire is Gorgeous. I love the black and white touch you added to the inside.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Stunning piece of furniture and I love the toile upholstery! The vintage linen on the modern chair and pillow are icing on the cake.

Sooner Laura said...

I loved this armoire from the first post and the fabric lining makes it even more wonderful. I know you must be estatic!

Pamela said...

Oh Kim it is fabulous!! Congrats on your 12 year! We have such similar taste it isn't funny. I have that exact same toile in our home as well. Congrats on your new beloved piece!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Exquisite, exquisite....the armoire look gorgeous in the room!!...The time it took for the small "touch-ups" and fabric install was worth it...What a incredible find..it was meant for you to give it a home.

Happy Anniversary...Love Buckhead..Glad you had a wonderful time!

lvroftiques said...

Kim it's gorgeous! I love everything about it! The toile interior is dreamy! Your bedroom is looking beautiful!...Oh and Happy Belated 12th Anniversary! Vanna

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