Category Archives: Décor

Un Cale-porte

I think that the most unusual thing I brought back from Paris was un cale-porte (uhn kal port), or a doorstop. I spotted it in the window of Bohémia, a very eclectic shop at 5 rue du Pas de la … Continue reading

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Une Fioriture

My favorite museum in Paris is the musée Nissim de Camondo in the eighth arrondissement, bordering the beautiful parc Monceau. I’d visited it several times in the past, but my husband never had. He loved it as much as I … Continue reading

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Fortiche

The Barn at 17 has one of the best selections of antique furniture and accessories that we have found in the Boston area. The building looks a little decrepit on the exterior, but inside it’s Ali Baba’s cave, chock full … Continue reading

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Un cœur qui bat

We went off on an antiquing exploration between snow storms today. This time we went to West Townsend, Massachusetts, forty-five miles northwest of Boston. There were three worthwhile spots to visit – the Hobart Village Antique Mall has new and … Continue reading

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Traîner

“This house speaks to my heart!” so said our adorable four-year daughter when we were looking for a new home many years ago. This emotional connection certainly helped tip the balance in favor of the house we bought and where … Continue reading

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Peaufiner

The verb peaufiner (poe-feen-ay) means «”to refine, polish perfect” or “to put the finishing touches on.” The word peau means “skin” and fine is a cognate for the same word in English. It entered the language in the middle of … Continue reading

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Décalquer

I was reading an article about French super-star decorator Jean-Louis Deniot when I came upon a word that I did not know, décalquer (day-kal-kay). The context was “Je ne vais pas décalquer la même chose à chaque fois,” or “I … Continue reading

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