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Category Archives: French History

We’re Loving This…Collection de Boucherie

Over the years, some of our favorite items originally decorated or served functional purposes in French boucheries and Italian macellerias. Zinc animal heads indicated the type of meat for sale, while marble-topped tables kept the product cool. This iron sign … Read the rest of this entry

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An 19th Century Orangerie in Houston, Texas

This 19th century Orangerie* – comprised of one stone entry surround, six iron windows with stone surrounds, and limestone flooring, was reclaimed from a chateau near Tourtoirac, a commune in the Dordogne region of France. When discovered, the original terracotta … Read the rest of this entry

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From a French Convent to Houston…

Reclaimed terracotta has a rich history as one of Europe’s earliest and most popular floor covering! We just brought back whole sets with a most unusual provenance… The first item we love is a special lot of reclaimed Spanish terracotta … Read the rest of this entry

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Fireplaces Aren’t Just for the Living Room…

Think fireplaces are just for living rooms? Think again! Interior designers are finding inspiration in the past and incorporating fireplaces (or as the French call them – cheminées) into every room of the home. Here are some of our favorite … Read the rest of this entry

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French Design Inspiration From the Met

Beautiful rooms filled with furniture and architectural antiques similar to pieces we have reclaimed from across Europe are alive within New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Here’s a look at some of our favorite spaces, along with period pieces … Read the rest of this entry

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