The Color Gold

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Gold is the color of success, abundance, luxury, and prosperity. 

Gold is always optimistic and positive.

Gold is equated with power and energy.

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It illuminates all things with its richness and warmth.

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Wearing gold infuses the body with a feeling of well-being.

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Gold never wears, corrodes, or tarnishes.

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Some ancient cultures still believe in the restorative qualities of gold; that it rehabilitates and rejuvenates and that it cures a multitude of diseases.

Gold can have excitingly edgy and dangerous associations:

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Throughout history, and to this day, people are still fascinated by the prospect of buried golden treasures:

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Here at Le Barn, from our interior decorator’s perspective, we acknowledge the beauty and the power of gold. Gold is incredibly accommodating because it pairs well with any color.

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 The possibilities are endless!

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~~Le Barn

Rooms We Love

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You may not like the idea of using nickel in interior design, but one thing is definite; nickel brings an unusual and sophisticated light into darker homes. It blends perfectly well with classic furniture, and gives a modern clean edge to an older home.

The image below depicts a chandelier we stumbled upon in a popular furniture store in Greenwich. Doesn’t it look slick and clean?hl3599

Here’s our version of the same type of chandelier that we created by using one of our vintage French nickel mirror shades.

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Another of our favorite combinations is this incredible Knolls bird chair against a copper wall. Imagine being in a room like this and experiencing the energy and power it projects. The sheepskin seat cushion provides the ultimate juxtaposition of hard to soft.

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Below is Le Barn’s version of the same room featuring one of our original Knolls chairs. This attention-getting geometric combination of metals is always a great conversation starter!

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~~Le Barn

Rooms We Love

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We are very inspired by the room below. French grays combine and play off of the warm colors in the small painting of the mother and cherubic child. LEBARN BAKERS RACK shabbychicroomsilove20129 2

We’ve recreated our version of this room based on our original inspiration using Le Barn’s versatile inventory. The difference? Our room suggests warmer, earthier golden tones. Our tinted Venetian glass collection compliments our elegant French Napoleon mirror.

The florid Rococo style sconces echo the hand-carved foliage of the mirror.

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Tell us which one you prefer. We’d love your feedback!  You can call us at 203-253-7286 or email us at info@LeBarn.com.

Call to schedule a visit. We have so many other ideas to share with you!

 To create this room we used the following  Le Barn items:

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French antique baker’s table with marble top to keep your pastry dough cold! An exceptional original period piece!

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French Napoleon-style antique mirror with ornate hand-carved foliage on the top. Intact original mirror. Elegant, clean lines.

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A pair of French antique bronze sconces, Rococo style.

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Art deco period pieces – a wood and brass tray with frosted water glasses.

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An absolutely stunning original gold and blue Venetian glass liqueur set.

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An antique French print, recently reframed, depicts a fun game scene in a park, so typical of this period in French art.

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~~Le Barn

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Have you ever dreamed about a dining room like this? This breathtaking room makes a strong, yet subtle statement with its worn gray-tone plaster walls and large stone fireplace, which is central to the room. While the fire roars during family meals, the warmth surrounds the diners as the red-gold embers crackle and dance behind the screen.

From spring into summer, imagine this French window opening onto a lush flower garden.

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No need to dream any longer. This room can become a reality when you visit Le Barn.

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Watch, while we recreate a room straight out of a French Château with the many fabulous items that we’ve collected for this sole purpose.

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Le Barn’s French antique farm table, in light fruitwood. Seats 8-10.

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Le Barn’s French antique cabinet, painted in French blue-gray tones on natural wood.

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Le Barn’s Chinese antique bench, made from Chinese elm wood (this blends exceptionally well with French pieces).

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Le Barn’s Early American country bench, with weathered wood.

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Le Barn’s modern pottery, reflecting the five elements; fire, earth, metal, water, and wood.

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Le Barn’s French antique crystal chandelier, just one from our collection of many. Visit our website to see more.

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Le Barn’s Early American wooden trencher bowl, once used for dough.

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Le Barn’s Early American round wooden bowl, great to display fruits.

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Le Barn’s Chinese antique wooden bowl, to store wood by the fireplace.

We can help with furniture selection as well as creating a complete antique room, from the gray plaster walls, to the vintage fireplace, or we can simply advise on scaling furniture to fit the size of your room.

Come to Le Barn for a visit. We have so many interesting ideas to share. We truly have everything you could ever want to make your home a palace.

Call Le Barn at 203-253-7286 for more information or to schedule a visit. Subscribe to our blog at: lebarnantiques.com.

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~Le Barn

Le Barn’s Predictions for the New Year!

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We foresee a happy, safe, and successful start to the New Year in January.

We know that the warmth of family and good friends will surround you in February.

We envision a peaceful and serene March.

We predict that April showers will bring spectacular May flowers.

We expect that the warmth of June, July, and August will nurture your soul.

We anticipate that you will take time to slow down and relax in the month of September.

We are confident that you will notice nature’s gift of beauty in the changing color of the leaves in October.

We wish you, in advance, the best holiday season in November and December.

 

We predict that youll visit Le Barn many times in the coming year!

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Thinking of the Holiday’s

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Everywhere around the world, the warmth of the holiday is in the hearts of all people of all religions. What do we have in common with each other? Here’s a thought that can be shared in all contexts of life and in all places. 

“Pay it forward.”  What does that mean? Paying it forward is an expression that we’re beginning to hear more and more these days, although the expression has been around for some time. The concept is simple. For every good deed done for you, instead of returning the favor to the person who performed that good deed, you repay the good deed to a different person altogether. Therefore, good deeds build and perpetuate in a chain reaction that continues to give forward to those in need.

Yes, each good deed deserves another, as the old saying goes. How would it feel to wake up each morning and ask, “What can I do for someone else today?”

At Le Barn, we believe that this is a small way to begin to make a big difference in the world, especially now during this holiday season. And here’s our suggested upgrade to this concept. Don’t wait until something good happens to you to pay it forward. Pay it forward right now! Think about the people you know, or even a stranger that might be in need and do something wonderful for that person. This single act of kindness doesn’t have to cost money. It could be something as simple as shoveling an older neighbor’s driveway, or cleaning off the snow from their car.

Making the world a better place is a very achievable resolution to promise ourselves during this holiday season and throughout the year. The pleasure of performing a good deed goes beyond words. It makes our souls happy, and provides the warmth of generosity to both the giver and the receiver. This holiday season remember to pay it forward. Ask now and everyday, “What can I do to help?”

Enjoy your holiday and our best wishes to all. 

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Visit Le Barn for some good cheer.

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Muhl in the Morning Room

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We take a lot of inspiration from the artist, Roger Muhl. Its no surprise that Muhl knew very early in his life that he would become a painter. The Strasbourg, France native focused his studies on painting at the National School of Decorative Arts in order to hone his skills. He painted continuously and as a result he eventually began to be noticed and very soon thereafter embraced by the public. As with many artists, light was his passion and he was especially attracted to the spectacular tone of light in the South of France, specifically Mougins, where he resided until his recent death in 2008.

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Muhl’s much loved still lives and seascapes, Mediterranean gardens and vegetation, and lucious landscapes are a true inspiration to any interior decorator. His calm and contemplative approach to the subjects within his work resulted in simple compositions which created a refreshingly light, crisp, and casual atmosphere. Mulh 2

Imagine a room in your home with the same uncluttered feel. We’re sure this room would quickly become your favorite place to relax with family on weekend mornings while savoring the first cup of coffee of the day. Our experienced team of designers at Le Barn can effortlessly translate Muhl’s style into a three dimensional living space. For example, many of Muhl’s works incorporate a single color that dominates the canvas. The majority of the rest of his color palette uses analogous colors close in tone and value, which when paired together create serene and contemplative feelings. However, a touch of a complementary color usually appears in small quantity in order to create a bit of vibrancy and contrast.mulh 3

In very much the same way as the artist working on canvas, Le Barn selects a dominant color for a room along with several colors that blend together well. This dominant color could be the tone of the furniture itself, a piece of fabric or upholstery, or perhaps the accessories in a room. The complementary, or accent color selected would be bright and stimulating, but used sparingly.

What inspires a painter to paint? So many things that it’s impossible to account for all of them! One thing we’re sure of is that all artists are enticed by lush and seductive colors, as well as the presence or lack of light

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 Visit Le Barn to create your own work of art!

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~Le Barn

Thanksgiving, 2013

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At Le Barn, we’re so thankful that we’ve been able to continue to live and work on this beautiful property…the same property that has been in our family for over 100 years. When our family first purchased this land, the Merritt Parkway was just being built and it took over a half day to travel here from New York City, as hard as that is to imagine in these modern times!

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As I walk the property today, the fall leaves are turning gold, red, yellow, and orange. I notice that my favorite tree, a 350-year-old specimen maple, is starting to shed its incredible palmate leaves. For me, the fallen leaves trigger the beginning of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is close at hand, and as always, it reminds me of all the good fortune that I’ve experienced throughout my life.

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Once again, as I’ve done for so many years, I bend down to pick up and admire one of the many brightly colored maple leaves. The leaf reminds me of my family.  A five lobed pointed leaf; three of the lobes representing generations past, the fourth representing the newest generation that we continue to nurture and grow, and the fifth lobe holding the promise of a future generation yet to be born, a distant hope in my heart.

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The strong mid rib runs through the central part of the leaf to each of its lobes. It provides support and delivers essential nutrients to the smaller veins and netting that combine to shape and sustain the leaf. A family works in much the same way. Memories of previous generations act as mid ribs, which are the roots of each family’s history, foundation, and strength. More recent generations depend and build upon older generations to continue to establish and maintain family values and traditions. The old and new generations bond to create a strong web of netting that can never be broken. What better time to remember this, and cleave to family than during this Thanksgiving season?

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Simply said, from my family to yours, best wishes for a wonderful, warm, and nurturing Thanksgiving!

Rooms We Love

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE PINTEREST!

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But today’s inspiration was found on Tumblr.

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If you want to create a similar room design for the coming holiday’s, look no further. Le Barn has it all!

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There are still two weeks left till Thanksgiving, and more than a month till Christmas and Chanukah. Come to Le Barn to create the ultimate festive dining room to share meals with family and friends as you celebrate the most cherished holiday’s of the year!

Obviously, this beautiful room setting is not just for the holiday’s, but for your family to enjoy year round. The white decor with gold and brown accent pieces are crisp, clean, and refreshing, just like a sunny, snowy holiday morning. Our oval vintage English table can accommodate up to 20 diners. Our chandelier’s and sconce’s with their hanging crystal pendants will sparkle and shine like the light in your children’s eyes (or yours) when they begin opening their holiday gifts. The prisms cast rainbow colors against the walls, which usher in warm, magical holiday feelings into any room.

We would be happy ship directly to you, or even deliver it ourselves if you’re relatively local.

You’re just a phone call or a visit away from having a room just like this:

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A room that reflects our inspiration for the holiday’s.

Come to Le Barn for a visit. We have so many interesting ideas to share. We truly have everything you could ever want to make your home a palace.

Call Le Barn at 203-253-7286 for more information or to schedule a visit. Subscribe to our blog at: lebarnantiques.com.

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I love Pinterest!

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It’s fascinating to me that somebody could have come up with such a simple concept, which makes it so much fun for users to share ideas and get inspiration from others.

For example, just yesterday, I found the image below posted on Pinterest:

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I immediately loved the stone walls and floors, and the archway leading outside to the green tree-lined walkway. It was interesting to see how the decorator paired the fruitwood desk with the ladderback Rush sitting chair. The chair’s seat is well worn, and the book has been paged through many times. A small glass of wine invites the viewer in; invites that person to sit in the chair, look though the stone wall arch, admire the trees, the grass, and wonder at the possibility of a vineyard at the end of the pathway.

“It’s definitely France,” I told myself.

At that moment, I felt quite inspired and up for a challenge. Could I possibly create a similar environment right here at Le Barn in Stamford, Connecticut, using this photo to conjure up the feeling of the French countryside?

With the help of my assistant, we selected one of our favorite fruitwood desks. We found a cane-backed armchair with a classic marsh colored velvet seat cushion. We carried both pieces to one of Le Barn’s many fields on our 100-acre estate where we attempted to compose a parallel scene along the 200-year old authentic stone wall fence. The walls were built the traditional way, with stones fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle without the use of mortar (a separate art form on its own to be discussed in a future blog). We placed both pieces near an already existing wrought iron gate. We positioned an antique French confit pot, a vintage American green glass vase, and a vintage French picture frame on the turned-legged table.

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We took few photographs. Our cane chair beckons you to sit down, relax and take in the beautiful rambling greenery, which lie just beyond the stone walls.

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We were so pleased with the similarities and contrasts to our original photo that we continued to shoot these pieces in different locations on the property to create a variety of settings.

Here’s what we came up with:

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Have we succeeded with our challenge? What do you think? We would love to hear from you.

Come to Le Barn for a visit. We have so many interesting ideas to share. We truly have everything you could ever want to make your home a palace.

Call Le Barn at 203-253-7286 for more information or to schedule a visit. Subscribe to our blog at: lebarnantiques.com.

Some images posted on this page were taken from the internet and are assumed to be in the public domain. We try to credit the original source whenever information is available. The omission of copyright information is completely unintentional and the material will be removed or corrected immediately at the request of the owner.

~Le

Wine Tasting Table

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Our rustic French wine tasting tables, circa 1800–1850, were created specifically for sampling the latest vintage ready for release to the pubic. This much anticipated occasion was festive and joyful, yet serious. Wine producing families, friends, and favored patrons unfolded this table and gathered ‘round in the vineyard to evaluate the clarity, aroma, bouquet, weight, flavor, finish, and the potential success of a particular harvest.

These vintage tables were also found in wine cellars throughout France. The flip top feature enabled the table to be set up as needed, and then fold back up tightly and tucked against a wall for compact storage in order to conserve space in small wine caves.

Le Barn has several sturdy, yet elegant wine tasting tables in a variety of shapes and sizes. These versatile pieces are perfect for placing in any room where space is a concern. Simply open the table to its horizontal position when you need it, and refold it vertically when you don’t. These lovely fruitwood tables are certainly durable enough to be left open permanently and used as the main gathering table in any dining room or kitchen.

It’s worth noting that even today, at some of the finest vineyards in France, wine tasting tables await you. Upon your arrival, these spirited tables come away from the wall as if they were a piece of enchanted furniture from the fairy tale La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast), and presto! A wine tasting is in progress! Think of the stories these authentic tables could tell!

Schedule a visit to Le Barn today to see our amazing collection of wine tasting tables. Call us at 203-253-7286.

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Charles Lapicque

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Charles Lapicque was born in 1898 in the Pyrenees between France and Spain. He was a well educated Frenchman with interests in art, science and philosophy. The arts won out as he moved through his 90 years of life, concluding in Paris 1988. He lived in Bretagne, Paris, and the french country side. He loved the sea shore and the mountains, studied at the Ecole des Beau Arts and l’Ecole de Fontainebleau.

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He painted with the best of French artists at the beginning of the twentieth century, fascinated with form and color. The Fauves had a great influence on him, bringing out the bold colors,  as well as the use of line shown by Picasso. He built his paintings with juxtapositions of colors which created depth and perspective in his paintings.

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Le Barn has a series of his lithographs, vibrant with colors, depicting landscapes of the seashore, boats, and mountains. As seen below, you have the period of his line drawings illustrated by “The Steeplechase” and  “Regatta”. His form is very much created by what he has left out, rather than what he has put on the paper. The rhythmical line he does use is minimal and leads the eye to imagine and “fill in” the whole image. He has a strong sense of form, but uses the blank areas to create his design. There is open motion and space, allowing you to imagine the speed and activity in these pieces.

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The two tiger pieces illustrated here show again how he uses line of colors to create form. He does not actually draw anything specific, but uses the volume of color to make his form. The tiger’s head is created by free strokes of color as he sees the face in his own mind. These pieces show the affect the Impressionist school had on him, with dashes of color becoming an image on the canvas.  It is fascinating to look closely and from far away to see how he accomplishes this. His background is created by putting unexpected colors next to each other.

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The Roman Figure piece and The Happy House show how the cubist artists affected Lapicque’s interpreting the landscape around him. Nothing has been drawn to create form, but rather dashes and swaths of color on their own turn into bushes, faces, a house, a tree, with your now eye interpreting Lapicque’s vision of what he sees. His work involves the viewer, and makes you do the seeing as well.

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His work is a wonderful accumulation of the  cubist and impressionist movements, and yet still open to the other schools of the early 20th century. He was a master of learning from his surrounding fellows and created a style totally his own, rich in colors.

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