Wednesday, September 30, 2009
We got these fantastic crates with huge wine bottles in them. For some reason it looked like they might make a cute table if you put a top on them! So we found two pieces of broken marble in the shed, and voila! what cute tables. A piece of glass or a mirror would work too.
The antique English chest got moved too, with a new vignette above it.
So look around the house, see what you can move around and maybe you have something you can make out of nothing!
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If you see anything you like, phone us at 504 -899-2122 and we'll tell you all about it.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Corey Amaro of the famous blog Tongue In Cheek, stopped in the store on her way to Round Top, with Lynn King from Side Door. They had a truck filled with French antiques that Corey had helped Lynn find in France.
Corey took a ton of pictures in New Orleans and a couple in perch., and has a wonderful road trip post about Round Top and getting there on her blog now HERE
And here's Corey's story..
"I am American who has lived in France for nearly 20 years. My husband is French, and when we met, at I-BEAM, (a dance club,) in San Francisco, he spoke several words in English and I spoke three words in French; moi, beaucoup-bucks and oh-la-la.
When I arrived in France, French husband had a tiny apartment. Without any "feather-fluff!" That is how my flea market passion started, transforming our tiny apartment into a nest.
This blog was created on a dare, November 29th 2005, after having lunch with fellow blogger Kristen, "French Word A Day." Kristen, daringly, encouraged me to write about my, (as she called it;) "Tongue in Cheek," collection of French flea market finds.
My tales are woven from my experiences of living and loving France. Mostly stories collected at the, marché aux puces, (flea market,) in the south of France. Tales of linens, letters, vintage scraps, and moments of these worn true objects whispering in my ear.
...life is too short to say no...
I left a beautiful country on a yes for love...
love has lessons that nothing better can give
A leap of faith has given me many adventures- most I never dreamt possible!
Dare to be yourself, there is nothing better to be!"
We are adding her to our blog list so you can become a regular reader.
Friday, September 25, 2009
It adds an edge to any decor.
The October 2009 edition of Elle Decor shows this Geisha by Julian Schnabel hanging in Jill Stuart's home.
Bunny Williams did a wonderful room for the Kips Bay Showhouse in New York, and used two oversize images.
It was so striking, it made the cover of House Beuatiful August 2009.
Here's a look at one of the oversize drawings by Sarah Graham.
These over size prints of botanicals are just right in this dining area.
The Septmeber 2009 issue of House Beautiful showed how Windsor Smith used a large scale photo.
We love this polar bear by William Curtis Rolf. You can read more about it HERE
This pair of vintage anatomy charts are a unique way to use something oversize.
Go HERE to see more.
Come in and see the over size photos perch. is carrying by John Michael Smith.
Or visit the web site in the art category.
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Fellow blogger Brooke from Velvet and Linen HERE does it just right!
Her husband Steve is the artist of the drawings she hangs perfectly in their beautifully designed home.
She also used this fabulous flea market painting in their living room. .
The collection of Steve's drawings in the master bedroom are so romantic.
We love the drawings hung on the book shelf in their library.
Brooke purchased an antique drawing of a reclining nude from us when she and Steve visited New Orleans some months ago.
Nude displayed on an antique Swedish secretary at perch . in New Orleans
It's been very hard to replace! We finally have a few very pretty paintings in the shop now.
You can also see them in the art section on our web site perch-home.
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There is another post on this subject HERE and HERE
Friday, September 18, 2009
The gondola is a symbol of Venice, an elegant black boat that can be driven easily with a single oar by one man, or perhaps by one woman? Up until now, no woman has been admitted in the official gondola service because female candidates have failed to pass the exam. The official reason is inexperience and lack of skill. But everybody knows that admitting a woman to this profession would break a die hard tradition.
How do you drive a gondola? As you may recall from endless photographs, the gondolier stands up and turns to the direction of movement: this is called "voga alla veneziana", rowing Venetian style. The oar is supported by the characteristic "forcola", made from a single piece of walnut, like an arm folded at the elbow.
It was made for a movie about Casanova
The gondola was not only a means of transportation. The closed cabin ("felze") placed in its center (not in use nowadays) offered both a shelter from bad weather and privacy for the passengers, who could enjoy reading, food, drink, conversation, or romance without being seen. The dark side is that escaped criminals and kidnappers have favored the felze. With open cabins, Venetians cooled off on hot summer nights ("fresco") while showing off their finery.
The gondola as we know it today is the result of an evolution responding to the need for increased manoeuvrability and practicality. For instance, the original wooden cabin disappeared as tourism spread. The view of Venice from a gondola is so exceptional that it would be a pity to hide it from passengers. The gondola chair we have is from the 1700's when the closed cabin was still in use.
And look at the faint but beautiful hand painted decoration
The origin of the name "gondola" is uncertain. It may come from the Latin "cymbula" (little boat) or "cuncula", diminutive of "concha" (shell). It made its first appearance in paintings in the late 15th and early 16th Centuries in works by Gentile Bellini, Vittore Carpaccio, and Giovanni Mansueti. According to documents of the Serenissima Republic (the ancient state of Venice), the gondola was born in the early 1000s. With time, the gondola acquired characteristics that distinguished it as a boat designed for the private transport of persons of a certain rank.
Thirty six feet long, 1323 pounds in weight, made with eight different kinds of wood in 280 pieces (the only elements in metal are the "iron" of the head and the "risso" of the stern), the gondola is asymmetric. The left side is larger than the right by nearly a foot. The asymmetry makes it inclined on one side. The bottom is flat, so that the gondola can navigate in shallow water, only a few inches deep.
The iron of the gondola head, used to gain stability by counter-balancing the gondolier's weight, is a mini-map of Venice: the six strips called "pettini" (comb) represent the six "sestieri" (quarters); an additional long strip represents Giudecca Island; the double "S" bending represents the Grand Canal; on top is a stylized dogal horn and, under that, a lunette representing the Rialto bridge.
Nowadays in Venice, it's common to see gondolas used for tourists (called "charterage gondolas", as they are hired), the gondolas for celebrations (weddings), the gondolas "da parada" (or "traghetto") for the quick crossings of the Grand Canal. Their hulls are all black thanks to pitch, which is used for waterproofing.
The upper and inside parts may have decorations in gold and colored velvets and carpets (usually red or yellow). These are the gondolas especially used for marriages or special occasions. By contrast, it seems tawdry and meaningless to see the plastic flower bouquets that sometimes adorn them.
Our find is on the perch-home web site (look in antique seating).
It's waiting for a true collector...
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
perch. has a huge line of custom furniture. we have put a few of our favorite pieces on the web site perch-home.com for you to take a look at.
one of the sofas we really love is called the baldwin. it is inspired by the great hall of fame interior designer mr. billy baldwin (read more about him here)
this sleek and sophisticated interpretation is the perfect transitional sofa that will look great in any decor.
mr. baldwin often used his classic sofa in white.
he added colorful toss pillows for the wow factor.
perch. has a huge fabric room filled with to the trade only goodies. it's like having a mini D & D building here in new orleans. so if classic white is not your cup of tea, you can choose something from our wonderful selection for both the sofa and the toss pillows.
custom. just for you!
Friday, September 11, 2009
caroline and jack went to market this week. they got tons of good stuff including a gondola seat from an antique gondola from venice, a bust of maximillian, a pair of murano lamps, and tons more.
stop by in the next couple of weeks and see how we fluff up the store!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
If you love Swedish style, you might choose a Louis style chair. The one shown is at the beautiful Swedish Secretary in our shop. It is custom, white patent leather, a great contrast with the antique finish on the desk.
Square back chairs look are very Gustavian.
This one from perch. would b e perfect, and it is very comfortable too.
Nothing like a Kartell chair to add to the mix.
perch. is the exclusive Kartell dealer in the South, and we can get any chair in any color for you.
We also carry this glam Lucite chair, that would make a wonderful desk chair. Who says your work area can't be glamorous?
The Kartell Hi Cut chair is another wonderful desk chair option. It comes in white and black with any color top you can dream of.
But the best Kartell chair of all time is the Ghost chair. It is the so versatile and classic and hip at the same time. And it is one of the most comfortable chairs ever made.
It's little sister the Victoria chair is also another good option to add a lift to your decor.
No matter how traditional or modern your interior is, the Ghost chair enhances a space as no other chair can.
We have four brand new clear Ghost chairs in the shop, so stop by a pick one up for your desk chair.
Another great option for a desk chair is the classic Louis chair. We have a linen covered blank chair with a natural unfished wood frame. We can custom cover it in one of hundreds of designer fabrics we carry, and paint or stain the frame to your specifications. The blank chair is pretty as is, and it's is a real steal.
If you're short on space a folding chair can be a good desk chair choice. The Kartell Honeycomb chair is so chic and very comfortable.
We have these two colors in the shop, and of course can order any color Kartell offers. It takes only a week or so turn around time.
If you'd like another folding chair opton, this fabulous Lucite folding chair is spectacular.
The Kartell Thalya chair is hot this season, especially in the color purple. We use the smoke color chair at our own desk here at perch.
And another favorite is the sassy Mademoiselle chair. It can't be beat for comfort and high style. It's available in several different fabric choices, and also your choice of the clear legs, or black legs.
After a great summer, it feels good to be back to school!
We hope we inspired you with a few ideas for a new desk chair.
Go to our web site to order any chair shown: perch-home.com
Or call us at 504 899-2122
Or stop by and say hi~