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Adventures on the West Coast

Leaving rainy Houston for sunny L.A. is never a chore. Last week the Chateau Domingue team trekked to the city of angels for the La Cienega Design Quarter Legends event – three days packed with key-notes, cocktails, and mingling with the best of the design world.

After three busy days of learning and networking, we helped participants unwind by co-hosting a finale party with one of our favorite designers and friends, Kathryn Ireland.

Kathryn’s Spanish-style casita in Santa Monica served as the backdrop for the evening.

Ireland Party-2Guests arrived hungry for traditional Mexican fare and ready to sway to the mariachi beat.

Ireland Party-11 Ireland Party-30 Atelier Domingue‘s Lyle Davis mingled with designer Laurie Steichen and host Kathryn Ireland at the tequila bar. Ireland Party-69 The mild California weather kept the party-goers sampling appetizers outside and enjoying the relaxing pool area.Ireland Party-73 Kathryn always has Ruth, our proprietor, and the rest of the team in stitches.Ireland Party-156We would like to thank all the LCDQ Legends participants for making our weekend away fabulous and productive. What’s our next excuse to visit the west coast?

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We’re Loving This…18th Century Stone Basin

Swan Fountain resizedThis 18th c. stone basin, accented by an iron fountain center, originally graced the garden of a property in Aix-en-Provence, France.

IOTW-ALL_DIMSThe fountain center dates back to the 19th century and depicts a small child riding the back of a regal swan – perhaps a reference to the Greek god Apollo.

Apollo is often depicted riding on the back of, or in a chariot pulled by his sacred birds.

60045-M_3The stunning patina of this piece would add a provençal element to any garden or courtyard.

Center fountains are some of our favorites…Browse our other options below…

18th c. Fountain Center with Stone Basin from a Village Fountain in Chauvigny, a town in the Poitou-Charentes Region of France:

60025-m_118th c. Basin with Panier de Fruit Center from the Garden of a Provençal Bastide near Velleron, France:

60057-MContact us here to find out how to make any of these fabulous fountains a part of your personal collection!

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What we’re loving…Collection of Finials

Pair of Early 19th Century Stone Finials from Chateau Domingue Finials, decorative stone or metal elements, were often commissioned to embellish the tops of columns, roofs, the corners of buildings, or ends of walls.

Found in a variety of designs and sizes, antique finials are perfect for decorating a garden or flanking an entryway. Browse our collection below:

Pair of Early 19th c. Stone Finials from the Entrance to a Property in Montendre, a Commune in the Poitou-Charentes Region of France:

Pair of Early 19th Century Stone Finials from Chateau Domingue Pair of Iron “Boulles” from the top of Columns on a Property in the Provençal Region of France:

Pair of Iron "Boulles" from Chateau Domingue Pair 17th c. Carved Stone Pot a Feu from a Chateau Clos Minjoud:

Pair 17th Century Carved Stone Pot a Feu from Chateau Domingue Pair of 18th c. Pots a Feu from the Chateau d’Ebblinghem, a Chateau outside of the Village of St. Omer in Northern France (2 pair available):

Pair of 18th Century Pots a Feu from Chateau DominguePair of 18th c. Pots a Feu from a Property in Uzes, France:

Pair of 18th Century Pots a Feu from Chateau DominguePair Late 18th c. Carved Stone Corbeilles:

Pair of Late 18th Century Corbeilles from Chateau Domingue Pair 18th c. French Stone Finials:

Pair of 18th Century Finials from Chateau DomingueContact us here to find out how to make any of these unique pieces a part of your personal collection.

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What We’re Loving…19th century Spanish Lantern

Accented by a crown and other intricate details, this 19th c. Spanish lantern is monumental in both size and design.

This unique piece once hung at the entrance of una casa importante in Madrid.

With its beautiful patina, this lantern would make an elegant addition to any entry way or living space.

Contact us here to see how to make this unique piece a part of your personal collection!

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A Lookback: Italian Doors

Since we opened our doors in 2002, hundreds of amazing antique Italian doors have passed through our gallery halls and into the homes of our clients. During her voyages to Italy and beyond, our proprietor Ruth Gay scours vendor after vendor to find the perfect pieces to bring back to the Chateau Domingue showroom.

Ruth examines each item carefully – while not always perfect on the surface, Ruth chooses doors that will become striking pieces once the original patina is restored.

Sometimes its an exciting style that draws Ruth in, and sometimes it might be the well-preserved antique hardware that makes the door.

While there have been many, we still have fond memories of our favorite Italian doors imported by Chateau Domingue:

This ornate 18th century door originally graced the interior of a palazzo in Florence, Italy. The hand-carved decorations and beautiful faded tones made this door a spectacular find.

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Ruth discovered this beautiful piece hiding in the corner in a vendor’s warehouse:

This style of antique hinges were indicative of their Italian provenance.

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These tall and strikingly colored 18th century doors were made for an important residence on the Canal Grande in Venice, Italy.

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Here we see the Grand Canal as depicted in a painting by Canaletto – note the large palazzos that line the waterway.

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The muted yet dramatic colors of this tall pair seem to almost reflect the coloring of the Grand Canal.

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Classically Italian in shape, these 18th century doors’ most unique feature was the inlaid paintings perched atop the sturdy frames.

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The calming landscapes transport the viewer back to the Italian countryside that would have surrounded the castello near Cuneo, Italy from where they were reclaimed.

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While these unique finds have already found their permanent homes, we always have a wide selection of antique doors…Explore our current selection here.

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