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Monday, January 26, 2015

French Decor in the Wrightsman Galleries

On our recent trip to New York City, we visited the Wrightsman Galleries at Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gallery contains some of the most beautiful collections of 18th century French interiors. Illuminated with soft candlelight from the many chandeliers, it was fascinating to see how the Grand Salons of that period might have looked during the time of Marie Antoinette! Several of the pieces belonged to Marie Antoinette herself, while others have been acquired from various Parisian townhouses and hotels of the period. 

The Sevres porcelain pieces at the gallery is absolutely exquisite!

The intricate detailing, motif, and the gilding of the Sevres porcelain is so beautiful! Ordered by Louis XV, this wine-bottle cooler is one of the the eight produced by the Vincennes factory in 1751. 

The original owner of this drop-front secretary was a famous opera singer of the late 18th century! The graceful lines and the Sevres-porcelain-embellished plaques make this gorgeous piece of furniture a work of art! Imagine how pretty it must have looked in the boudoir of the soprano singer as she sat down to pen down her correspondences!

The richly embroidered bed hangings and the beautiful silk tapestry on either side of the bed date back to the reign of Louis XIV, one of the most powerful monarchs of France. The detailed embroidery work is absolutely amazing!

Aptly named as the Bordeaux room, the decorative arabesque wall paneling of this pretty circular room is from a private residence (1785) in Bordeaux, France.

This magnificent bed with the domed silk canopy belonged to the wife of a distinguished statesman from the court of Louis XV. I loved the muted colors of this room and how the soft blue of the bed linens stands out so prettily against all the neutral hues. Note the beautiful tapestry above each of the doors in the room. 

Richly upholstered chairs lining the walls, beautiful paintings on white and gold paneled walls, and elegant console tables and cabinets crafted by skilled artisans dominate this luxurious formal reception room and provides the visitor with a glimpse of the opulence and refinement of an aristocratic French residence during the final decades of the monarchy.

The flickering candlelight from the gorgeous chandeliers reflected in the textured walls transform this room into a luxuriously elegant reception room!

The wall paneling in this room with its exquisite carving done in high relief came from the Hotel de Varengeville, an 18th century Parisian hotel.

Another beautiful example of French decorative interiors from The Cabris room:

 Many of the furniture pieces and the fireplace screen partially hidden from view is from Marie Antoinette's boudoir in Fontainebleau.

The mechanical table on the bottom left corner belonged to Marie Antoinette as well as the gilt-bronze wall scones. Both are from Antoinette's Chateau de Saint-Cloud. Among all the paintings in the Wrightsman galleries my favorite is this beautiful painting by Rose Adélaïde Ducreux's ~ Self Portrait with Harp (Salon 1791). The silk taffeta of her gown is so realistic and absolutely gorgeous!  

I hope you have enjoyed taking a tour of the French interior decor from the time of Marie Antoinette. The Met Museum has done an excellent job recreating the opulence and grandeur of a bygone era. Don't you think?

I would also like to thank these wonderful hostesses for showcasing my 2014 Holiday Tablescape at their weekly linky parties! Stop by and visit their beautiful blogs for loads of inspiring ideas and projects or simply share your creative side at their linky parties :)
Christine @ Rustic and Refined
Jann @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson
Jody and Stan @ Rooted in Thyme
Thank you ladies!

Thanks for stopping by!

~Hugs, Poppy~

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 Holiday Tablescape in Scandinavian Colors!

Wishing everyone a very Happy and blessed 2015!
Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season.
Today, I'm sharing with you our Holiday tablescape for 2014.
I wanted to keep the color theme for this tablescape predominantly red and white, reminiscing of Scandinavian holiday colors:

For each place setting, I have a silver charger topped with my Red and White Saint Germaine dinner plate from Sur La Table.

and a Crate and Barrel square salad plate sits atop the dinner plate.

The silverware is called "Versailles" from Sur La Table:

Love the rose detailing of the silverware.

Chalk board tags with the initial of each guest and simple enameled number tag wrapped in baker's twine and evergreen sprigs serve as the napkin holder.

French linen napkins complete each place setting beautifully.

A pretty red goblet 

paired with Cristal d' Arques stemware.

As centerpiece for the table, I have used two branches of poinsettia garland mixed in with different mercury glass accents and glitter cone trees.

Love the contrast between the vibrant red color of the poinsettia and the shine of the mercury glass owl from Walmart.

Silver and red Christmas ornaments scattered around the center of the table add texture and shine.

Glittery white reindeer from Jo-Ann craft store makes a pretty table accent.

The silver cone trees also from Jo-Ann and the tall mercury glass candle holders add wonderful height to my centerpiece.

Creamy white pillar candles wrapped in red and silver holiday ribbon tops the mercury glass candle holders with a berry wreath tree ornament adorning the base of each candle.

Smaller mercury glass candle holders scattered throughout the tablescape add sparkle, shine,

and beautiful ambiance.

Glittery ornaments tied in red chiffon ribbon hangs from the dining room crystal chandelier

The hanging ornaments add to the festive mood of the tablesetting.

Thanks for stopping by and gracing me with your lovely visit!
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my Holiday tablescape.

And my sincere thanks to the pretty hostesses for featuring my Christmas Potpurri and Christmas Luminaries  at their linky parties. I am honored to be a part of their lovely parties. Stop by and visit their beautiful blogs for inspiring home decor ideas, tablescapes, DIY projects, mouth watering recipes, or simply join their weekly parties and share your own creativity!

Sherry @ The Charm of Home
Tammy and Cathy @ Share It One More Time
Christine @ Rustic and Refined
Maria Elena @ Our Home Away From Home
Kathy @ A Delightsome Life
Deborah @  Green Willow Pond

Thank you, ladies!
~Hugs, Poppy~