Thursday, December 31, 2009
This table setting is filled with winter sparkle.
Fleur di lis are on the flatware handles. The china is Italian hand made pottery by Fortunata.
Over size antiqued Christmas balls are used as a centerpiece.
We loved them so much we put them under a tall glass cloche on a stack of antique books.
The dining table is nine feet long, a beautiful hand waxed wood table in a soft shade of Swedish gray/blue.
Etched wine and water glasses are so pretty. Vintage silver candle holders and a jaunty little fox had more depth. Classic white linen napkins had another layer to a stacked plate place setting.
Laura McKibbon pottery with a set of Fleur di lis handle cheese knives.
Call the shop if you'd like to purchase anything you see:
Happy New Year!
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Go to Between Naps On The Porch to see more great table settings.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
It's been our color at perch. since day one! Our signature color is a pale aqua, first cousin to turquoise. Our logo, our stationary, our shopping bags, the paint color on the exterior of the store, our sign - all are what we call perch. blue.
So we are delighted with the color forecast for 2010! We have many beautiful things in the shop in all shades of turquoise and aqua.
We'll show you how to add a little or alot to your interiors in a series of posts called The Turquoise Files. This is number one, the first for the new year ahead.
Stay tuned, we have enough turquoise inspiration to last the entire year!
Taking down the Christmas tree? Try a turquoise ceramic garden stool to get to those top branches.
perch. turquoise sky blue garden stool - $255.
Come in get one, or call 504 899-2122 to order one fro shipping.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
perch. will be open tomorrow Christmas Eve Day.
We will stay open until sometime in the afternoon so call ahead 504 899 -2122 to make sure we're still here.
Closed Christmas Day
Open on the 26th. 10 - 6
Closed Monday the 28th.
Open Tuesday, the 29th, Wedenesday the 30th, and Thursday the 31st. 10- 6
Closed New Years Day, and closed on January 2 and 3
Open Tuesday January 4. 10-6
50% off all holiday merchandise (while it lasts) Dec. 26th - January 10
Merry Christmas Y'all
Caroline, Andre, Jack, and Valorie
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
She proudly perches on the dining room table!
We love getting press! And we especially love it when it's about one of our favorite clients we have helped with their interior design project.
The December issue of CUE features a story about Jackie and Vincent who rebuilt their house after Katrina. You can read all about it in CUE (the article starts on page 29).
Jackie is incredibly stylish and has a wonderful design vocabulary. Vincent inherited a treasure trove of family antiques. Together they built their villa from the ground up, and combined forces to make it their new wonderful home.
perch. was called upon to do draperies and window treatments, and that brought perch. in-house designer Jack Mayberry on board.
perch. owner Caroline Robert brought her expertise of combining vintage, antique, and contemporary things from the shop to the project.
The beautiful silk drapes are custom made from perch.
The project was well underway, when Visual Vamp Valorie Hart joined the perch. team.
Valorie brought a fresh point of view and her experience as a stylist to help fine tune the home for the photo shoot.
The daybed and chandelier are from perch.
Sorry the pictures captured from CUE are so small.
Below are some that we snapped as a reference for our files. Click on images for a larger view.
The antique trumeau and sconces are from perch.
A combination of family collections, and contemporary pieces from perch.
We love working with you!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Philippe Stark: I first came to Burano 25 years ago. When I arrived, it was a shock. I felt like I was in the middle of western culture, and at the same time at the origin of life. I love everything, if it is of high quality, and in Venice, you have the best of everything: the quality of the people, the architecture.
Back then, there was no hotel, so I had to find a room to rent. It was very poor, and I remember it had six beds in it — I still don’t know why. Afterwards, I bought my first, tiny Burano house. In a way, there is a successful type of communism on the island: everybody has the same size home, the same small boat. They’ve all known each other’s families for centuries.
My dream was to be part of this community. The people in Burano are incredibly smart, perhaps because they eat seafood every day. So I said to myself: “If I can be accepted by this community, I will be proud.” Now they protect us and help us. For example, there is a special Venetian way of tying a knot for your boat when you park it. After 25 years, we still fail to do it. And every night we park the boat, we come back the next morning and someone on the island has retied the knot. They say nothing, but they always redo it. I feel there is a certain magic positive bubble around us, and it is so comfortable.
My first house was not very costly, especially by Venice standards, but buying it was complicated, because the island is protected and you need authorization for everything — you even need the colour approved if you want to repaint your kitchen.
Knowing this, I hired Paolo Piva, one of the best architects in Italy. He turned this tiny, 2.7-metre-wide house into a sort of jewel. It’s like the inside of a yacht, all in mahogany and very high quality, with one main room, a kitchen and a bathroom, and no space for objects. There is a Louis Ghost chair by Kartell — one of my designs — and a lamp from Flos. The sink, toilet and shower are all my designs, because they are the best. By the time you’ve added an iPod, the house is full.
I love Burano because it is sur-rounded by water, and I think this is appropriate for the modern way of thinking, which is fluid, more liquid than solid. There is never a rush hour, and you can get to the airport in five minutes. (I travel everywhere by private plane.) There are no cars. I hate cars — the more of them there are, the less humanity there is. My way of thinking relates to this absolutely.
We have two boats. I have a very cute Pedrazzini, a Swiss boat from the 1970s, and my wife, Jasmine, has a classic Venetian boat called a topetta.
One of Philippe's boats - his ride in Burano
The material of Venice and Burano is mud. It is very symbolic for me, and gave me a direct connection with the place when I first came here. It is the same stuff the primordial soup was made of billions of years ago. If you’re creative, then living in it you feel a direct connection with the origin of life. The best way of living is with your feet in the mud and your head in the stars. The other place where we live is an oyster farm in the southwest of France, near Bordeaux, which is also on a tiny island.
After I did up my first house on Burano, I said I needed another for friends when they visited, so I bought a second. After that, I thought it was too tiny for us, for my work. So I built a new, bigger house. Then I said, “Perhaps for the children we need another one.” So today we have four children, four houses, and each of them will have their own home in paradise.
Now, with the bigger house where I have a real place to work, and a gym, we shall stay more. Then maybe we will live in Burano full-time. Perhaps.
perch. is proud to sell several designs by Philippe Starck...
Friday, December 18, 2009
We have been selling these chairs to use as a desk chair, a vanity chair, or a pull-up chair that adds sparkle plenty to any room.
Donna Russell, who owns ProVisions Interiors ( in Metairie), got the Lucite ballroom chair from us for one of her clients, and used it as a vanity chair for the master bathroom project. The client loves the chair!
Donna started ProVisions in 2004, and she's incredibly talented. She started out in New Orleans at 18 working for a shipping company, spent time modeling and doing some commercials, doing fashion shows and events for Canal Place and even tried court reporting before finding her true calling. When it comes to design, she is fearless.
perch. is so proud to be a design resource for design professionals.
Get the Lucite ballroom chair HERE
And call us about ordering a custom seat cushion 504 899 -2122
Thursday, December 17, 2009
We know some of you guys wait until the last minute to get a Christmas present for your wife or girlfriend or fiancee or mom or any other important woman in your life.
It's not that you like waiting, it's that you don't know what to get, and then all of a a sudden you have zero days to shop.
Let us help you. We have a wonderful selection of jewels!
Come into the store, or give us a call at 504 899-2122.
We can express ship in time for Christmas.
You will be a hero!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Come in a get one for your last minute Christmas gift giving or getting.
Also note the cute tapestry pillows on the Barclay Butera sofa.
The pillows are $144. each and the paintings are $300. each.
Mary Ann O'Neill also did this fabulous pair of drinks paintings. One is a glass of white wine and the other is a martini. What a perfect gift for a guy's kitchen, or bar area, or dining room.
Price: $360. each.
And here is something priceless! It's one of our favorite little shoppers Gracie!
Call us at 504 899-2122 and we can ship these out to right away in time for Christmas!
Friday, December 11, 2009
And when they grow up they can use it as the perfect little charming accent piece in their own grown-up home.
We have eight chairs in the store now ready to go under the Christmas tree, or to wrap up for a Hanukkah gift.
There are five pink ones and three blue ones.
We can order it in several other colors, but not in time for Christmas.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
We hop in the perch. truck and it's off to Lowes to get a tree.
The tree is 11 feet tall - we have super high ceilings and could go a couple of feet more, but we're on a budget.
The tree skirt is several yards of beaded vinyl fabric.
This year we just decorated the tree with clear large bulb lights, and chose not to do ornaments on it. We have the antique dryer rack all decked with ornaments. We like the clean look of the tree and the lights.
The tree is at the far end of the hall, it's twinkly lights beckoning, the scent intoxicating.
You see the ornament tree? One of our favorite ornaments is the fortune cookies on a red satin ribbon.
The lady head moss covered planter got a festive poinsettia, and we think she looks grand sitting in front of the Stacy Garcia wallpaper.
Come by and see our tree! And click on images to get a larger view.