25 March 2015

Two For Tuesday

 

First, today,  I want to introduce you to a new Cote de Texas sponsor:

Maison & Co.

maison

Maison & Co. is an importer of fine French, Swedish and European antiques.  Besides antiques, they also have a selection of new merchandise like furniture, accessories and lighting.

 

image

You can go directly to their web site to see all their merchandise – or you can go to their shop on 1st Dibs HERE.

I picked some of my favorite items from Maison & Co:

image

Like these Swedish antiques.  That secretary is beautiful.  I am such a sucker for Swedish pieces.  The simple lines are great with both classic and contemporary designs.

 

I love this cherub.

 

image

Alabaster grapes – you can never have too many!  A few in a large white bowl is an effective centerpiece.

 

image

Both Swedish and French antiques.

 

Such a pretty Swedish clock – painted green – whoa!!!

 

image

I asked Maison & Co. to show some photographs of clients with their pieces that they bought.  I thought it might give you an idea of how their furniture looks in a home.   They sold this Swedish desk and chair to a client.   I love how the inside is painted blue.  This would also look great in a more contemporary styled room painted dark navy!

 

image

This owner mixed an antique desk painted blue – in a room with lilac walls.  OK – that sofa is to die for!  Beautiful tufting.

 

 

image

A mix of antiques with a contemporary lamp.  I love the Swedish chair next to the modern lamp.  Really pretty.  It shows that you can mix the old and the new to create interest and contrast.

 

image

To visit Maison & Co. go to their web site HERE.

Welcome aboard Maison & Co!!!!

 

AND:

I have a new book recommendation today.

                                                                             

image

Atlanta based designer Barbara Westbrook’s book just came out.  Westbrook is one of those gracious designers – who creates pretty homes, classic rooms, and beautiful spaces.  In fact, her book is named:  Gracious Rooms – which is the perfect title.  Westbrook is the exact type of designer that I love  - her interiors are warm, comfortable and welcoming – my favorite three adjectives.  Her rooms are casual – but sophisticated at the same time.  She uses a mix of antiques and linens – textures and soothing colors.  There aren’t many contemporary looks here – instead there are timeless looks, elegant and feminine. 

 

Barbara Westbrook for Workbook 

Westbrook worked on her book for two years – it’s a compilation of her 20 years in the business.  It’s a beautiful book – just as pretty as all her rooms are. 

It’s big – a full sized coffee table book, not one of those shrunken books that are becoming more popular.  (Why?)  Instead, the book is luscious, with thick pages, and full sized glorious photographs. 

But, it’s not all pictures – there is a lot to learn here and read.  It’s a keeper – a book that will stay on your table for a long time.

 

 

image

My first exposure to Westbrook was this cover story – I still love this house so much.  It’s just perfection!!!  I love the mix of the casual slips with the tapestry pillows and antiques.  I love the shutters – inside instead of outside.  Love this room!!!

 

image

Another view of this beautiful room.  I love that antique wing chair!  Fabulous!!!!  And I love the tapestry on the wall.  I would never leave this room!!!!

 

image

Another favorite is this bedroom – with its mix of new and old.  Lilac is really such a beautiful color.

 

image

And another view from across the bed.  Beautiful silk curtains – they make the room.  So pretty!

 

image

The book has page after page of beautiful interiors.   Love this breakfast room and that French sign which becomes the focal point. 

Besides working on her book, Westbrook has also created a new web site.  There is an exciting feature called Workbook with in depth stories.  It’s worth reading HERE.

To order Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook – just click below: