Archive for September 2014: Page 2



This is a bergère. Not to be confused with Folies Bergère, which is where you went to see topless ladies in banana skirts in Paris during the twenties, which sounds amazing. Up until five years ago, you could also see a terrible American reproduction at a place called the “Tropicana”. I think it was in Las Vegas. Thank GOD that tragedy is gone.

Let’s get back to furniture. Louis XV invented the bergère, and every castle deserves one. Fortunately, estate sales are full of these things, but unfortunately, they usually smell bad and are seventy years out of style because “Estate Sale” really means “Someone I Love Just Died And I Need To Get Rid Of All This Stuff.”  It’s depressing to think about dead people when you’re shopping for furniture, but if you bring a friend it lightens the mood, and they can help you look past the obvious (stains) and embrace the innumerable possibilities (lacquered fuchsia and cowhide would be AMAZING).

Here is a recent addition to my seating collection, and trust me, it did not look like this when I bought it. First, I ripped off the floral chintz that had been there since 1977, which felt awesome. The bullfighter repaired the cane back and I re-dressed it in a delicious eggplant velvet. Voila. A brand new spot to pretend to read the Economist.

  1. Mackenzie Wirth said...

    The roaring twenties would have been ten times more fun than than all of that drug-addled crap of the sixties. Just sex and literature.

    September 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm
  2. Petra Lenz said...

    Every estate sale I’ve ever been to ends in me crying over the fact that someone, who loved this THING so much, is no longer around. It really is sad!

    September 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm
  3. Gwendolyn H. said...

    Les années folles ont été une grande partie de l’histoire française.

    September 16, 2014 at 11:12 pm
  4. Christine said...

    Only now at 66y young, have I discovered that I have always loved French decor/furnishings! Have re_decorated almost every room! Please include my email address to your “ website. Adieu, Christine.

    March 10, 2015 at 1:09 am
  5. Nancymclain said...

    Please use my email to send interesting’s French inspired !

    March 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm