Julie Lyles Carr: Have a Seat

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Have a Seat

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As I look over the pictures I've taken through the years, both foreign and domestic, I do find some themes.

For example.

I seem to be a bit obsessed with taking pictures of door knobs.

And hinges.

And chairs and benches.

So I suppose it should not surprise me that I once again found many a picture on my camera card of pews and benches and chairs from my time in France.

Those pews above were at a beautiful church near the Pantheon called Saint Etienne.

So were these little chairs...

And, of course, I had to snap some pics of the incredible furnishings at Versailles and the Grand Trianon...

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Because of the French Revolution and the number of furnishings that were destroyed as various royal homes were sacked, there are only a few original pieces on display. Many pieces have been restored with period examples of fabrics and finishes.

And then there are those pieces that are original.
And it's all gorgeous.

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Gorgeous. Over the top. Not something I'd want in my house. But gorgeous and perfect for its setting.

Except this one. I could probably use this one at my house. 'Cuz I am loving the yellow and gray. Loving it.

This next one is amazing. It's the chair that goes with the dressing table of Napoleon III's wife, completely gilded and bling'd out...

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And what's a royal house without a few thrones?

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Just like Mike's chair in front of the television...


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