Sunday, November 1, 2009

Je t'aime, Maison Française




Je ne comprend pas much of the text in Maison Française, but I read shelter magazines for the pictures, anyway. I find myself drawn to foreign interior design magazines since I can't afford to travel abroad right now, but I still want to know what the trends are in other parts of the world. Ever since I worked in the Designers Guild shop at Marshall Field's, I found myself fascinated by the ways in which European designers reconcile the often ornate interior architecture of centuries-old buildings with cutting-edge furniture, textiles, and accessories. Somehow, baroque and beaux-arts moldings don't fight with contemporary lamps and chairs. Here are a few of my favorite images from the April-May 2009 issue:








Maison Française can be hard to find in the United States. I usually see it at bookstores with a substantial international periodical section. If you want to subscribe to it, there are several dealers online that carry it.

If reading this makes you yearn to have some French style of your own, I suggest you take a look at French-Brand.com, a great source of French linens online that delivers to the United States.

Michelle plaid by Bassetti



Chan granfoulard by Bassetti

Wash blue by Diesel


Champs de mars by Robert le Héros

Regnskog by Ekelund

Tzigane bleu By José Houel

Princesse marguerite by JC de Castelbajac pour Garnier-Thiebaut

Sunrise oceane by Essix



Monochrome2 by Möve



"Chocolate Gâteau" made up of a serviette/towel by le Patissier

So often what you need to give your room that certain je ne sais quois is the right textiles, and this site has plenty of them, from bedding to tablecloths to towels. It is a great source for both Provencal and contemporary patterns.

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