A Home Inspired by French Châteaus

While enduring this extremely hot summer and longing for an escape to the French countryside, we came across a beautiful home inspired by Paris in Veranda Magazine. When the owner of the home wanted to add a Parisian feel to her beach side home, she went to interior designer Betty Burgess, who is known on the West Coast for her classic European style. The California residence features a soft palette of blues, greys and creams with black and chocolate accents gives the home the rustic charm of an old French château while still complementing the home’s West Coast location. We loved that Burgess used many of the homeowner’s antiques and art work to complete the look with a personal touch.

Take a look at some more images from Veranda that we also found inspiring.

We’d love to hear from you, what did you think about the Paris-inspired home?

Photos: Veranda | Photography by Roger Davies

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Classic Elements in Aerin Lauder’s Living Room

Elle Décor always has beautiful photos of beautiful interiors, but many of them are a bit modern for our taste. Of course, this doesn’t stop us from flipping through pages of the magazine or browsing Elle Décor’s website from time to time, and we felt we struck gold when we spotted the traditional elements in Aerin Lauder’s living room, which was featured on the site amongst 12 other celebrity spaces.

Although many of the larger furniture pieces have modern lines, other objects in the room nod toward a more classic style. We’re sure you didn’t miss the display of Chinese porcelain pieces from Estée Lauder’s collection, but also note the traditional armchair and pedestal side tables, which help balance the two periods blended in this space.

If you’re looking for similar traditional accessories, antiques or lighting for your clients, visit Marvin Gardens in Wilton CT today!

Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Décor

A New Twist on Traditional Plate Groupings

We’ve talked before about transferware—one of our favorite things—and hanging plate groupings the easy way, but we just came across an interesting development that may make it even easier: this Studio Ditte wallpaper pattern, which pictures porcelain blue-and-white dinner plates.

Like decor8 points out, part of the charm lies in the variety of plate patterns and multiple shades of blue, which work together and complement each other beautifully. And that’s not to mention the current popularity of indigo and softer shades of blue in all design accessories these days, including transfer-ware.

This wallpaper pattern is a new take on a design classic. We think it might work well on an accent wall or even as a bookshelf backing. What do you think of the look? Is it overwhelming, or just the right amount of a good thing?

Images via decor8

3 Reasons to Plant Mountain Laurels in Your Garden this Summer

If you want your garden to look amazing, why not incorporate the Mountain Laurel?  Not only is it a good addition to the garden, but they are also abundant in Connecticut. Here are 3 reasons why Marvin Gardens recommends planting Mountain Laurels in your garden this summer.

Pink flowers
Adding pink and white blossoms can be a great addition to any summer garden.

1. Its beauty- The Mountain Laurel is the most beautiful of Native American shrubs. It has white and pink blossoms. This can create a great contrast  if you have planted darker plants. This shrub will catch the attention of anyone who walks past your garden.

2. Its fragrance- Not only is this plant pleasant to look at, but it is also pleasant to smell. These plants give off an amazing fragrance that  help your garden appeal to the senses. Most gardens are only appreciated for their beauty. However, with a few of these in your garden, it will be appreciated for its warm and welcoming fragrance.

3. Its the state flower- There’s a reason that the Mountain Laurel is the state flower. They are amazing shrubs that bring life to your garden. Also, it shows that you take pride in your state and appreciate the beauty that grows there.

Why not  plant some of these wonderful shrubs today?

A Closer Look at a Quaint Townhouse

When it comes to sophisticated traditional design, Marvin Gardens just can’t get enough. We recently took a look at some photos from an installment in the latest edition of Architectural Digest of a townhouse renovation and we absolutely fell in love. According to AD, the residence is Thomas Jayne’s 19th-century home in Philadelphia. Take a look of a few of our favorites below form the spread!

The drawing room is furnished with a custom-made sofa and chairs upholstered in silk and a camelback sofa covered in a Clarence House damask. Rembrandt Peale’s portrait The Odalisque hangs over the mantel. The curtains are made of a silk faille from Claremont.
A custom-made runner stripes the staircase.
An Italian rococo secretary from Foster-Gwin stands in the drawing room.
Fluted columns separate the drawing and dining rooms; the chandelier is Italian Empire.

If you’re n the Wilton, CT area and interested in creating a cozy transformation like this in your own home, contact Marvin Gardens today!

Photo Credit: Pieter Estersohn via Architectural Digest

French Farmhouse Luxury: Oui, s’il vous plaît!

It’s officially summertime which means many folks all over the continental U.S. are hustling and bustling with sunny holiday plans. But if you’re like the growing number of Americans who will choose to stay close to the home front for the summer this year, you’ll have to enjoy the globe’s offerings vicariously through photos and illustrations. Marvin Gardens would like to spoil you with a few of our favorite pretty pictures from a quint and cozy 18th-century farmhouse in Province, France known as Le Mas de Baraquet. Recently featured over at Habitually Chic, these pictures are originally from UK House & Garden Magazine and depict tranquil gardens designed by Dominque Lafourcade and her husband Bruno Lafourcade. Aaah, the site of these lush gardens just screams, “Won’t you visit us in France, please?!” What are your summer vacation plans?




Photo Credit: UK House & Garden Magazine

Make Walls Come Alive with Urban Metallic Wallpaper

When it comes to wallpaper, there’s an infinite supply of patterns, colors and textures to choose from. This new Urban Metallic collection by Carnegie Fabrics can now be added to the list. We found these wall coverings on Design Milk.

The Midas pattern is sure to add sparkle to any space. At first glance, this pattern would be fitting in either a bathroom or a dining room that often accomodates lots of guests.

Midas wallpaper pattern
Photo Credit: Design Milk

This deeper, more serious bubble pattern is known as Helics. The darkness of this print is appropriate for a quiet room like an office. It might also work for a dining area where quiet meals are held.

Helics wallpaper pattern
Photo Credit: Design MilkThe Glint pattern, a wall of endless colorful stripes, gives off a light, happy aura. This is perfect for a kitchen. Photo Credit: Design Milk

Which of these three wallpaper patterns do you like the most? Leave a comment and let us know!

The Comeback of Chesterfield Sofas

The term chesterfield means couch or sofa in Canadian. Over in Europe a Chesterfield is identified by a plethora of buttons and a low back. The great thing about a Chesterfield sofa is that whether you dress it up or down, it’s going to look fabulous. Period. Take a look at what we found on the Belle Maison blog.

In a goldenrod shade of yellow, this butter soft leather Chesterfield can fit into a feminine or masculine setting.

Sofa
Photo Credit: Belle Maison

This black Chesterfield boasts feminine flair as it’s dressed up with a mini coffee table and a rug.

Sofa
Photo Credit: Belle Maison

It doesn’t get much better than this. A golden and velvety Chesterfield against a bright plum backdrop.

Sofa
Photo Credit: Belle Maison

Turquoise Chesterfields surrounded by polished wooden walls creates a formal yet stylish setting.

Sofa
Photo Credit: Belle Maison

A plush white Chesterfield adorned with touches of navy and midnight blues is ultra chic.

Sofa
Photo Credit: Belle Maison

What do you think of the Chesterfield style? Leave a comment and let us know!