With my crazy schedule lately, I realized I am dedicating less and less time for things I used to enjoy tremendously, things that provided me and others with joy. This might not be very flattering to me, but once upon a time I used to spent patiently lots of thoughts and research on choosing a gift for my dear ones, while currently I am constantly panicking over finding one in the last day, even hours before the party. Until recently I had troubles finding something special and meaningful in such a short time before the deadline. Usually I was digging the internet for unique gifts, tailored to my friends wishes, needs, tastes and passions. The summer, and especially July is the most celebration rich month in the year. Birthdays, weddings and other special celebration all crowded …

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Here I am with a new gossip session about furniture styles. Still having sofas as target, and today’s sofa could not be more suitable for this series.  The tete-a-tete is also known as gossip couch. Though developed in the early 19th century in France out of cushioned french sofas, it was very popular in the Victorian period, thus many surviving pieces feature a more ornate style the the one in the picture above. As the french name is stating, it was a seating situation meant for an intimate conversation. Well, sometimes “intimate conversation” is the pseudonym for gossip. The sinuous shape forms two seats facing in opposite direction but still very close to see out of the corner of the eye the person seating next and having that intimate conversation with. The antique versions are generally …

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Tadahh! Here it is and I’m very fond of it! 🙂 The initial features were preserved as much as it was possible. No stain added to the polish, no extreme bleaching or sanding process (even if this meant that the fire burnt spot had to stay), no psychedelic upholstery – just good old leather -, no dramatic transformation. Just restoration. Good to go for another decade/s depending on how it is treated in the daily use. Check out the restoration process step by step here.  

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  Back again with some granny gossip. First the historical facts, though. Then the fun! The Meridienne is a sofa-chaise-longue hybrid, of an asymmetrical shape, featuring a sloping back, starting form the higher headrest to the shorter curved footrest.  It has been developed in the early 1800s, during the English Regency and the French Empire, though the one in the picture above is a later German Biedermeier. It reminds of the Ancient Greece furniture style, but this is on purpose, as back then, the Europeans had a thing for the ancient cultures, Egypt, Rome, Greece. Pretty much everything that was popular in the ancient empires, was revived late 1700s, early 1800s, all that being triggered by that little man known by the name of Napoleon Bonaparte and his imperialistic ambitions love for ancient design, uncovered during …

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