Frederic Mechiehe’s Provence Home In Hyeres

When Frederic Mechiehe arrived at this chateau in Normandy, he was faced with decaying floors and a missing roof. Everything in this home had to be reassembled or "faked". Period style wooden stairs were installed and artificially worn and hollowed by an industrial sanding machine. The stone floor with black marble lozenges were also added. In this picture, the only thing genuinely to be period is the Louis XVI barometer on the wall. Taken From-Rooms To Remember - Interiors Inspired by the Past By Barbara Stoeltie.

Interior designer, Frederic Mechiche is known quite (Read more....)

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Distressing Painted French Provincial Furniture

The best way to practice distressing techniques is on an old piece of furniture that is either a thrift store find, or something you don't mind donating if the end result is not what you expected. Don't begin your experiment with pieces that are valuable or antique furniture passed down in your family until you have tried this technique and are confident in the results.

Distressing adds a lot of interest and detail on painted furniture. It is the one technique that will improve a painted finish guaranteed! Over the years of selling white furniture, I have had more men love distressing than women. Distressing can look primitive, rustic and even (Read more....)

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Reproduction French 18th Century Chests

This chest is an antique reproduction of a chest originating from the countryside of Southern France typical of those seen in the 18th century. This fabulous chest is made from solid pine wood and wrought iron, and features a beautiful aged patina.  The process that Laurel Crown goes through is they layer their paint, and then scrape it and then sand it down by hand. Charles Faudree is known as a French Country Designer, and features a lot of solid wood 18th century style chests in his French Country Living book.  In his book he details (Read more....)

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