Ahh, decorating the home. Is there anything as fun as owning a space and making it yours? I love dreaming and putting together something both beautiful and shared with M. M and I have now owned our house since early 2009 and we have been taking forever with it. We probably could have painted the whole house by now, but we wanted to perfect our dream and that takes time! Each piece of furniture has been added from my family's collections or from special purchases (we really love Ethan Allen, especially the Maison collection in Rustique finish).
"Bouée" napkin ring by Puiforcat. Silverplate, red laquered, handmade. $236.93.
Puiforcat is one of my favorite French brands, and has been around since 1820 when it was founded by Emile Puiforcat. While it was bought out by Hermès in 1996, it still produces some of the finest silver in the world. While not as ornate as some brands (see Tiffany & Co.) it was incredibly influential to many brands that exist today. Some of the Puiforcat family's earliest designs in jewelry are on display at the Louvre.
The great-grandson of Emile, Jean Puiforcat (pictured above, source), is the one who brought a lot of attention to the family brand, particularly due to his Art Deco designs.
"Jeux de Cartes" playing cards designed by Jean Puiforcat in handmade sterling silver case. $3,500.
Today, some of the pieces from Puiforcat's archives are still made, but like many beautiful things from the past you will be lucky if they cross your path! Otherwise, you can just settle for some pretty incredible silverwear - what they currently focus on.
Champagne stopper from Puiforcat. Silverplate, handmade. $315.90.