creative reuse ...

Monday, March 29, 2010

We adore vintage glassware at Mignonne ... we are constantly "on the hunt" for interesting pieces, both in California and in France.

Vintage glassware definitely adds character and pizzazz to your table settings and can also be repurposed in interesting ways to bring charm to your décor.

Glasses can make lovely vases ... or when paired together you can create unusual centerpieces when entertaining. Take these vintage brandy snifters, for example. One would make a pretty vase ... line the four down the center of a rectangular table and float one beautiful flower (poppy, small rose, magnolia) in each to make a statement.

Let your imagination be your guide and add some character to your tabletop. Its fun finding new ways to express yourself! and at Mignonne, we have the inspiration ...

express yourself!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Your home décor can be a reflection of you and your indvidual style! Whether colorful, muted, rustic or mod ... We can help you bring out your taste and style in your home environment... here's a sampling of recent pieces ... give us a call if you need some support translating the real you!

Before & after ... Choose your custom-design chairs!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We know you love our before and afters ... here's an example of our custom-redesigned dining chairs ... now on offer at Mignonne.

You can choose from an array of custom colors AND handscreened fabric for the seats. Johnelle partners with Gina Perincini to create your one-of-a-kind dining chairs (sets of at least four). We can scout the chairs for you or you can provide your own. The selection of styles are diverse and can be customized to fit your décor.

Here's some ideas of the other 'looks' .. give us a call for more information regarding color, cost, payment options (we do layaway!) and your transformation project!

baroque meets boho!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I just loved the 'trés moderne' hot pink juxtaposed on the classic bombé chest. I spotted it at January's Maison et Objét design fair in Paris and was inspired. No, transported in fact! I even risked a stealth snapshot so I could share ...

The bombé chest originated during the French Regency period (early 1700s). With the death of Louix XIV, french furniture-makers were a tad more adventurous and went beyond the classical styles popular with the King. They experimented a bit ... styles and shapes changed, rounded and relaxed. It was during this time that the bombé chest was 'à la mode'! Also during this premier episode of popularity, the shape was combined with chinoiserie decoration and lacquers. As the experimentation continued, the chests became more and more ornate with intricate decorations featuring birds and animals, as well as flowers.

By the time Louis XV achieved the throne, the curvy bureaux were very popular. Because the mistress of Louis XV, Madame Pompadour, adored the bombé style ... it quickly became the 'bomb' (lol) of the mid-1700s.

Nowadays, you can really make a statement with a bombé chest by selecting an unexpected pop of color and shine.

Like this darling piece!

If you have an old chest that seems dated or past its prime ... we can help you transform it into something spectacular ... just give us a call to learn more about our affordable options.

this one'll go fast ...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jut in time for spring vacation and summer break! when I see this, I can almost feel sunshine on the sidewalk ... imagine chalk hopscotch ... hear the click click whoosh of the sprinklers ... and smell the backyard BBQ... all those classic neighborhood signs of family time.

Johnelle used some TLC to give this baby another lease on life ... she's all ready to befriend the next kid in her future ... and spend summers (and spring and fall and week-ends and ...) sparking the imagination of a lucky someone who gets to host her for a spell...

Before wasn't bad ... but that after's pretty snazzy! :>)


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