06/12/2017

Interior Design Projects

It's been a while since we did a Designer Showcase , so here are some photos of full projects we did in Mission Hills and La Jolla . We are happy to help you on small projects when you need some consulting with colors to repaint , re-upholster some furniture or accent decor a room !

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In this home we worked with the Japanese client to fit her collection of Asian art . We kept the colors in a natural palette and designed all the cabinets , some furniture , as well as the special sofa with built in walnut shelf .DSC_2955 (Large).JPG

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Custom lamp and pendant with linen bottom bring soft lighting to the rooms.DSC_2900 (Large).JPG

French linens and glassware mix well with the simple Japanese lacquerware .Copy of DSC_2911 (Large).JPG

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Display in Wenge wood where kimonos changes with the seasons DSC_3098 (Large).JPG

Historical house in Mission Hills . Our clients loves France so much they even thought about buying a second home there ...but didn't ; so I helped them bring France to their San Diego home !DSC_4740_10303 (Large).JPG

Lime paint finish on the walls have very subtle nuances . It is a very traditional finish in Provence DSC_4742_10305 (Large).JPG

Custom made ottoman covered with linenDSC_4747_10310 (Large).JPG

Chicken wire chest showcases a collection of dishes .DSC_4782_10345 (Large).JPG

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Antique Italian buffet ....the art of mixing real old with reproductions and new contemporary pieces to keep the look authentic while still fresh and updated in these rooms .DSC_4758_10321 (Large).JPG

Custom made pergola brings privacy and charm to the back yard DSC_4815_10374 (Large).JPG

Antique fountain from Provence DSC_4852_10411 (Large).JPG

Gravel and stone wall just like in the South of France !DSC_4854_10413 (Large).JPG

Custom zinc table and chic but comfortable chairs for long outdoor candlelight dinners DSC_4829_10388 (Large).JPG

Plastic dishes and antique silverware  or how to entertain outdoor in style ...DSC_4840_10399 (Large).JPG

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Concrete stairs with river stones detail ...just like it was in our farmhouse in ProvenceDSC_4849_10408 (Large).JPG

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Elegant and peaceful bedroom with lime finish walls , antique linens and a good balance of warm wood  and soft greys .DSC_4709_10274 (Large).JPG

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Custom furniture in this dinning room were a must as all the tables were too big and  bulky  or too small . This one can extend on each sides to fit large Holiday dinners . Custom finishes with wax coating give a slight natural shine like antique painted furniture have . DSC_4652 (Large).JPG

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05/10/2017

Bonne Fete maman !

Mission Hills Garden Walk is Saturday ! Perfect excuse to come in the neighborhood : Shop for Mother's Day , have brunch ...then walk it off !

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Entertaining season is just around the corner !

Melamine plates and platters are perfect for parties or outdoor picnics !

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The new dutch oven : lightweight ceramic coated aluminum, non stick and easy to clean ...

For the modern mum ! Sets of 3 small individual ceramic are perfect for that French onion soup !

18268337_1622400131106770_171050070682171905_n.jpgSoft modal scarves in every colors ...

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Everything is better when it's pink ! Mother's day gift basket idea...rose drawer liner , lotion and body oil, felt tote bag , lavender sachet and flower scented soaps ...perfect gift checked !

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Flowers always looks their best on beautiful linens !

 

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04/12/2017

New Laguiole knives delivery...

These are the nicest Laguiole knives we ever had. All special ordered and made just for us, one at a time by the best craftsmen. Amazing details and finishes.

The big ones are hunting knives but can be use as steak knives for meat lovers. On the one on top all the detail is in the wood grain and the amazing dark damask blade. Bottom one is more traditional with light cow horn and polished stainless steel.

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04/08/2017

Easter is just around the corner !

The same lady we buy our Christmas decorations from has made some very cute things for Easter this year !

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IMG_4895 (Large).JPGLavender honey egg soaps

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04/05/2017

One of my favorite Easter lamb recipe !

This is a very traditional lamb shoulder recipe typical from Provence and the perfect Easter meal . Lamb shoulder are almost impossible to find here but you can make this sauce with any other lamb roast .

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In your baking pan  put a lemon ( sliced , seeds removed ) and a whole can of anchovies in olive oil ( do not be scared by the anchovies ..their bones will melt during cooking and they won't give a fishy taste to your lamb at all but a nice deep salty flavor ...this is actually the secret ingredient ....if you don't tell , they won't know but they will love it ! ) , then some garlic cloves ( i usually boil them first for 15 mns to pre-cook them , that avoid to have them dry out and still be hard ...this way they will melt in your gravy )  If you are doing a leg of lamb you will probably have to double all these proportions . Lay over you lamb ( shoulder , leg or rack) . Insert a few garlic cloves rolled in thyme and salt under the skin. Rub with herbs, rosemary works very well , salt and olive oil ;  bake .Once the meat is done , put aside . Remove the slices of lemon , take the skin of the garlic cloves and mix it all with the cooking juices to make the best gravy to accompany a lamb dish .

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DSCN3066 [800x600].jpgI like to serve my lamb with green beans, a potatoe gratin ( gratin d'auphinois de preference ! ) and an eggplant gratin too ....

For the gratin d'auphinois : slice with a mandoline thin slices of potatoes . Layer them in a baking dish  with herbes de Provence ,sliced onions , salt and pepper. Cover with whipping cream or chicken broth if you do not want the dairy and fat !In Provence we do broth but in the rest of France they do cream and sometime cheese ....up to you .  Bake until done ...make sure it doesn't get to dry ...ad some liquid if necessary .

The eggplant "papeton" : skin and cube the eggplants ( 2 ) saute in oilve oil , ad salt , 2 bay leaves and cover immediately so the eggplant will give out water . Ad 2 crushed garlic cloves, thyme and cook cover until the eggplant make a mash .Ad a bit of water if it gets too dry . Take off the heat and ad 2 eggs beaten. Pour in a baking dish and bake in a double boiler until done ( 1 hour or so ) VOILA !!!

I appologize if my photos are not the best because I always remenber to take them when I'm in the midle of the cooking process and my hands are a mess or in a rush when I serve it because we really want to eat  right away !!! Can't wait when it's that good :)

 

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03/23/2017

It's officially spring !

IMG_4868 (Large).JPGNew Candles from Provence in sweet Linden blossom, fresh Lavender, Mimosa from Nice, Pine trees from the Luberon, Fresh Verbena/green tea and soft Rose petals

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Flour sacks towels with delicate water color designs from Cynthia Dunn an artist who leaves in Washington State and has her designs made here in the USA . She loves French things and it shows in her line . We have about a dozen different prints including a cute little "lapin" /bunny for Easter !

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Spring has arrived !

IMG_4831 (Large).JPGPeony - Magnolia soap ...2 of my very favorite flowers in one bar of hard milled soap !

IMG_4814 (Large).JPGLinen and silk sachets with a button hole to hang in your closet : Rose petals , Cedar wood and Lavender

IMG_4817 (Large).JPGPlain simple refinement of linen and french lavender at its best !

IMG_4811 (Large).JPGWe are very picky when it comes to lavender and this one is now our most pure lavender line made  with essential oil . Candles are eco-friendly , renewable soy wax, paper core, cotton wick , diffuser will perfume your home , bath salts and shower gel will relax and soothe muscle tension...a spa at home !

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IMG_5032 (Large).JPGNew line of kitchen accessories from France : the mini "cocottes" have a more modern look (still oven , microwave, dishwasher safe ) knifes blend rustic maple wood handles and modern steel blades .

IMG_5034 (Large).JPGSlate cheese boards,paring knives , new kitchen towels and pot holders ...rustic chic !

IMG_4835 (Large).JPGShopping in style ...French ! Made in France since 1860 , these "filets " will go from the grocery store to the gym or beach ...stretching and holding everything in your life! 100% cotton , machine washable and available in 8 stylish colors ! No excuse not to always have one on hand ...

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IMG_5035 (Large).JPGColoring books, posters, cards , maps, placemats to keep the kids at the table ....get your pens ready !

 

 

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