Pair of 18th c. Stone French Cheminees

Pair of 18th century stone Cheminees from a Mas (Farm) Outside of the Provencal Village of Rochefort du Gard, close to the Town of Avignon.

Rochefort du Gard is “A charming village clinging to the side of a hill, Rochefort is – like Saze, its immediate neighbour – a very active village which organises a great many sporting and cultural events. From the parvise of Le Castelas, the village’s twelfth century Romanesque church. A superb vista is from the site of the Sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Grâce, set on a hill outside the village. Built in the eighth century and extended during the seventeenth century, this sanctuary was inhabited by Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. It is a magical venue for groups or individuals interested in a religious retreat. The parish church of Saint-Bardulphe, the former chapel, now hosts the town hall & the stone wash house.”

Excellent condition. Shows markings consistent with material and age. Measurements: height: 10 ft. 2 in./depth: 43 in.width/length: 9 ft. 4 in.

Photography provided by Chateau Domingue

Chateau Domingue
3615 West Alabama St.
Houston, TX, 77027
Phone: 713-961-3444

I need therapy after Bravo’s “Interior Therapy!”

I need therapy after the first episode of “Interior Therapy“ aired this past week on Bravo. Besides an intrinsically flawed premise – interior designer and assistant drop everything for five days, move in with their clients, install a superintendent and crew on sight to work around the clock to deliver a remodel at the end of their five day stay – REALLY? Flawed premise aside, ideally, the creators of the show want to introduce a new show with a spectacular season-opener. Flawed premise? Meet lack luster first episode. Oh, I see you two know each other.

To be clear, I am a fan of Jeff Lewis – the personality, anyway. Handsome, fastidious, neurotic, unyielding attention to detail – what’s not to love? However, this first project was a disaster on several fronts. Jenni Pulos returns as his put upon but resilient assistant and as always, his housekeeper, Zolia Chavez, tags along for acerbic comic relief. Shouldn’t Zoila be able to have her own housekeeper at this point? Anywhoo…

If the word therapy is indeed in the title of the show, yet the only therapeutic aspect is a (thankfully) brief shopping excursion involving an emasculated husband and a thoroughly unpleasant ’housewife,’ one might reconsider the content or at least the show title. The fact that the warring couple may have reached a compromise by acquiescing to allow Jeff to select the bed for their master bedroom could hardly be considered a worthy, series-naming, therapeutic activity.

The bigger problem was the lack of content ANYONE could take away from the show. Virtually NO viewer could gain any useful knowledge from anything that happened on the program. There was nothing that remotely resembled a real world design project. Even the wealthiest clients I have had or known would never expect me to live in their home during the project (I know, everyone needs a gimmick). There are also few clients that would or could afford to have the building process condensed into five short (or long), days nor would they want to risk the harried pace leading to mistakes, accidents or compromises in craftsmanship – some of which were evidenced during this first endeavor.

Obviously, all of the design decisions were made prior to the staged first meeting. All of the building materials were ordered ahead of time along with the plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, custom cabinetry, stone slabs and hardware. Building permits were applied for and issued, building and demolition crews were organized along with movers, tile setters, plumbers, electricians, drywall hangers and finishers, trim carpenters, wallpaper hangers and painters et cetera.

All this background preparation with not even the slightest reference by the hosts. Really? Then there was the complete absence of any reference to a budget figure which one would easily have had to quadruple to achieve a fete resembling the remodel presented in a mere five days.

Completed? The "Interior Therapy" Master Bedroom


The only component of the project that appeared legitimately impromptu were the furniture selections, as they did not look custom nor expensive (after all, this was a home in an affluent Los Angeles suburb). I do not even need to discuss the butchering of the walls in the stairwell to allow the headboard to enter the space – over a few inches. The scale of the wallpaper on the bed wall was completely wrong. It was installed on the shortest of the four walls containing two windows and featuring the tall headboard (I will not even discuss my disdain for accent walls). The bed linens looked like they came out of a bed-in-a-bag. I noticed a shot of Jenni steaming the towels. First, um, ewww; they should have been laundered.  Second, she needed to run the steamer over the bed linens as well!

Now, this is not an attack Jeff Lewis piece. I am a professional interior designer. As such, I just have had enough of the Johnny-come-lately, flavor-of-the-month, I-am-not-a-designer-but-I-play-one-on-TV, hybrid handing out advice. This is a modern day variety show, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (first talk show, not the most recent permutation), of shelter television and it should be presented as such – NOT as an interior design offering. This is my humble (and occasionally preachy) opinion, but it is high time that a little reality finds its way into ‘reality TV!’

Wrought Iron Table with Gilded Leaf Chains

Casamidy Wrought iron table with hand-cut tin gold leaf chains. This must-have handmade piece is $3650.00 and available through David L. Merryman Interior Design.

Casamidy is owned by the talented husband and wife team Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy. Their online site is filled with a trove of furniture & accessories treasures and includes fabulous accessories, lighting, furniture and even some tres jolie apartments and homes; some of these well-appointed spaces are for rent.

Materials include clear lacquer over metalwork. Dimensions are 35W X 16D X 33H/89L X 41L X 84H cms.


American 1940s Martini Glass Trade Sign

Swingin’ 1940′s martini glass trade sign from a cocktail lounge in Denver. What an impact when illuminated!  Great displayed up high or on the floor as a cocktail table. Wonderful original blue paint surface.

“Along with helium, xenon and krypton, neon was first extracted from the air in the late 1890s. Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers discovered a category of gases missing from the periodic table and the Greek names they assigned to these elements paid tribute to their occult source. Helium refers to the sun, in whose chromosphere it was traced; xenon means strange (as in xenophobia, which warns against foreigners); and krypton implies that the gas is cryptic, in need of decoding. Neon simply identifies something new, enigmatic and unclassifiable.” Guardian U.K. 

Price $10,500. Condition Expected patina from use as a trade sign. Very stable and substantial. Has been rewired by an electrician. Two sockets near the base do not work.
Measurements: height: 36 in/depth: 13 Base/width/length: 31 Top

Materials/Techniques: Sheet metal and iron.

provided by 1stdibs

Location Urban Country
218 Main Street
Venice, CA, 90291
Phone: 310 315 1927


Maison Jansen Pair of Red Velvet & Gold Leaf Leg Chairs

MAISON JANSEN 1940s pair of red velvet and gold leaf leg chairs

Maison Jansen (House of Jansen) was a Paris-based interior decoration office founded in 1880 by Dutch-born Jean-Henri Jansen and continuing in practice until 1989. Jansen is considered the first truly global design firm, serving clients in Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East by 1900.

Maison Jansen provided services to the royal families of Belgium, Iran, and Serbia; Elsie de Wolfe, the German Reichsbank during the period of National Socialism; and Lady Olive Baillie’s Leeds Castle in Kent, England. The firm’s most published work was for the U.S. White House during the administration of John F. Kennedy.

These fantastic chairs are in excellent condition, are newly reupholstered in red velvet and newly regilded legs

Materials/Techniques: red velvet and gold leaf leg

Photography provided by Galerie Andre Hayat
Galerie Andre Hayat
23 Rue de Lille
Paris, ile de France, 75007
Phone: 336 12863389





A Pair of 19th century French Chenets (Andirons).

A Highly Unusual and Unique Pair of 19th c. Brass and Iron Crowing Rooster (“Coqs Saluaient”) Brass and Iron Andirons, also called firedogs, andiers, and chenets.

Most cultures embrace the Rooster as a solar symbol, and a sign of illumination, with the exception of the Nordic and Celtic cultures. Celtic and Norse lore describe the Rooster as a creature of the Underworld. Specifically, the cock served as a messenger of the Underworld, screeching out warnings in danger, and calling out for the souls of the fallen in battle. In Christianity the Rooster is noted for crowing three times after Peter denied Christ. As such, it became a symbol for Christ’s passion. Later, the Rooster would signify the repentance of the saint and religious vigilance as well as resurrection. To this day the Rooster seen on a weathervane is steeped in symbolic meanings that deal with watchful vigilance against evil, as weathervanes are commonly seen atop churches.

Height: 26 1/2″; Width: 9″; Depth: 23 1/2  Materials/Techniques: Brass and iron

C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom
1301 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Napoleon III Ivory Mirror

Circa 1860 Napoleon III period Dieppe ivory mirror of oval form. Ducal coronet over the Manners family crest with the motto of the Order of the Garter, “honi soit qui mal y pense”;
Beaded border within a frame of carved oak leaves, lions masks, female terms, shields, cherub terms and scrolls.

Cypher with the initials “CR” for Charles Manners, the 6th Duke of Rutland, 1815-1888.

See Manners Family, Bloxholm Hall:

Lord Robert Manners of Bloxholm. General Lord Robert Manners (c. 1721 – 1782) was an English soldier and nobleman. He was a son of John Manners, 2nd Duke of Rutland and his second wife, Lucy Sherard. He was promoted to General on 25 May 1772 and died May 1782. Bloxholm Hall was built toward the end of the 17th century. It was enlarged and beautified in 1825. The manor was formerly the seat of the Thornton family. It was purchased by the Duchess of Rutland and passed from her to Lord Manners. The Anglican parish church was dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin. The church dates from the Early English period. John de Bloxham, who died in 1334, was a Carmelite Friar, highly distinguished for his learning.










Measurements: height: 32 in. width/length: 21.5 in.

Materials/Techniques: carved ivory and bone. Wooden back. Mirror plate.






Banner underneath reads, “pour y parvenir” which means “To attain.”

Yellow Church Antiques

2545 Rte 44, PO Box 59

Millbrook, NY, 12545



Rare Silver Crab Boxes

1950s Rare Silver Crab Boxes.

Whimsical, ornate and unusual this set of rare silver crab boxes were made in Spain.

Perfect for a seaside bungalow, the largest crab is 8.5 inches long.




Mantiques Modern
146 West 22nd St.
New York, NY, 10011


A Pair of Gilt Metal Garrison Rousseau Benches with Red Leather


Price: $14,000

Measurements: height: 19.5 in./depth: 18 in./width/length: 28 in

8744 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
Phone: 310-657-0665


The Ultimate Desktop Accessory

March 2, 2012  |  Product: My Daily Obsession  |  , ,  |  No Comments  |  Share

A rare and stylish leather and silver-plated desk compendium, or ‘Weather Station’ by Paul Dupré-Lafon (1900 – 1971) for Hermès, the stepped base section covered in hand stitched leather, the compendium fitted with clock, compass, barometer and calendar. Marked HERMES PARIS, French.

Designer Notes: Paul Dupré-Lafon (1900 – 1971). Interior architect and furniture designer who from 1929 through the end of the 1950′s collaborated with the leather good purveyor Hermès to produce a wide range of items for the office and home, all embellished with leather supplied by Hermès.

Dupré -Lafon had a keen affinity for both practicality and luxury – his furniture is modern and functional yet at the same time sleek an luxurious, it is crafted from the finest materials and woods in lieu of extraneous ornamentation, and it is often grand in scale and geometric in form. Each piece from his limited repertoire was uniquely created for special orders. He worked independently for a small group of patrons and rarely participated in the salons or exhibitions.

Measurements height: 5.12 in. depth: 5.91 in. width/length: 5.91 in. Desk compendium silver-plated, the base is hand stitched leather. Creator: Hermès
Photography provided by Pullman Gallery
Pullman Gallery 14 King Street, St. James’s London, UK, SW1Y 6QU