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New Video: Old Town Bluffton Inn Collection

New Video: Old Town Bluffton Inn Collection

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A fly thru of some of the highlights from the new Bluffton Inn Collection by French Heritage for the Old-town Bluffton Inn, in Bluffton South Carolina. A stunning hybrid mix of contemporary, modern and traditional furniture designs illustrated across the rooms at the Bluffton Inn.

Facet Collection at the Traditional Home Dallas Designer Showhouse

Facet Collection at the Traditional Home Dallas Designer Showhouse

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Last June Traditional Home organised and hosted the Dallas Designer Showhouse in benefit of the Alzheimer’s Associations of Dallas and Houston. The showhouse featured 27 talented designers, including Michelle Workman. French Heritage participated in the showhouse with the Facet Collection in Michelle Workman's bedroom.

"“The sun was rising as my plane touched down on my first trip to Dallas,” Michelle Workman says. “It was an incredible combination of peaches and aquas.” That sunrise influenced her bedroom’s palette, launched by “Streetwise” wall paint from Behr.

Continuing the theme, sunray tufting of the headboard that Workman designed for French Heritage is given an extra dash of femininity with a scalloped canopy in a sugary shade of pink. A modern blue-and-white fabric covers the bench, and the diamond-pattern rug highlights gold accents throughout the room." - Emily Benda, Traditional Home.

For more details and photos of the rest of the showhouse, please click here.

New Video: Facet Collection Showroom Tour 2017

New Video: Facet Collection Showroom Tour 2017

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The Facet Collection by Michelle Workman is inspired by Hollywood Glam Deco, the exquisite forms resonating with bold contemporary appeal that is at once timeless and of-the-moment. The casegoods and upholstered silhouettes are an eye-catching mix of clean lines emphasized by a heady selection of hand rubbed exotic woods. Brass, copper and chrome accents intertwine with pastel lacquers, textural fabrics and faux Shagreen leathers in an array of colorways and rich hues.

Enter the world of Facet Collection at the French Heritage Showroom...

New Video: High Point Market 2017

New Video: High Point Market 2017

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Some of the displays from Market Week 2017 in High Point, North Carolina. Showcasing some of the displays and samples at the French Heritage Showroom.

French Heritage's Old Town Bluffton Inn featured in Furniture Today

French Heritage's Old Town Bluffton Inn featured in Furniture Today

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French Heritage to show 60 pieces from Bluffton Inn hotel project

Six rooms designed for boutique property on display at April High Point Market

Written by Thomas Russell, April 10, 2018

"HIGH POINT – A project that French Heritage developed for a boutique hotel in South Carolina will also present opportunities for designers and luxury furniture dealers seeking an eclectic mix of bedroom and accent furniture pieces. The Old Town Bluffton Inn in Bluffton, S.C., is a 14-room hotel developed by retired luxury home builder Larry Leary. Having moved from Connecticut to South Carolina to be close to family in the area, including his daughter Danielle, he got the idea to develop a hotel that would fill a void in the marketplace for upscale lodging.

Leary came to the October 2017 High Point Market seeking furnishings for the hotel when he visited the French Heritage showroom, located at 1638 English Road. There he met Henessy Wayser, president of the luxury case goods and upholstery resource. French Heritage took on the project and developed about 150 pieces for the 14 rooms. It is showing six of the rooms at this week’s market with roughly 60 of the pieces on display. The rooms span a variety of styles ranging from neoclassic and tropical to modernly classic and English club room-inspired.

“For me the best part of the project was getting the feelings and emotion of the Inn right,” Henessy Wayser said. “Larry wanted something stately and traditional, while Danielle wanted more fashion, fantasy and art as part of the 14-room inn.”

Wayser added that each room is furnished and designed “with a personality all its own.”

“These personalities are themed to correspond to the experience of guest staying there, as well as, the likes and whims of Danielle and Larry,” Wayser noted. “Using lots of color, pattern and custom pieces, the rooms feel luxuriously comfortable, each an adventure in its own right. It’s more like staying in someone’s home rather than a hotel. Just downstairs you enter into the charm and history of the town, as well as, enjoy several new restaurants that serve farm to table innovative cuisine.”

Installation of the Inn will be in mid-June, Wayser said. In addition to getting a glimpse of several of the rooms at market, visitors to the French Heritage showroom can also register to win a weekend for two at the Inn this summer.

French Heritage also is hosting a Bluffton Inn Southern Hospitality Event from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, April 15. There, guests can meet the owners of the Inn, Larry, Danielle and her husband Vince. Savanna restaurant owner and chef Blake Elsinghorst will prepare southern fare specialties and a signature Bluffton Inn cocktail."

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Come see the new collection in person during Spring 2018 High Point Market at our showroom located at 1638 English Road, High Point NC 27262! For more information please click here.

CLARA-NOVA releases new EP The Iron Age

CLARA-NOVA releases new EP The Iron Age

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Dear Friends of French Heritage and the Wayser Family, 

About a year ago, many of you supported our daughter Sydney during her Pledge Drive to produce her latest album.  It is with great pleasure (and pride) that we are letting you all know that CLARA-NOVA's EP, THE IRON AGE, is out.  The title is reflective of her relentless dedication to art and refusal to melt down under life's pressure while she continues the shaping of her musical career.  

In this brave new on-line world we live in, music is to be streamed and or downloaded but most importantly, it is to be shared, so we encourage everyone to check out the links below and share the music with friends, family and on social media platforms.   

Listen now on Spotify & Itunes

CLARA-NOVA and her band will soon be heading for the South by Southwest Festival in Austin and you may get updates on venues and upcoming shows by following her on social media or emailing thisisclaranova@gmail.com. 

Thank you all for your continued support and we hope you enjoy THE IRON AGE. 

Cordially,

Henessy & Jacques Wayser
French Heritage, Inc.

French Heritage in Design NJ's "11 Eye-Catching Consoles"

French Heritage in Design NJ's "11 Eye-Catching Consoles"

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Thank you Marirose Krall from Design NJ for featuring the French Heritage Thaxton Sideboard in "11 Eye-Catching Consoles".

"To me, the design of this console looks midcentury-with-a-twist.” It’s a fairly standard cabinet, but wait! Those skinny metal legs wrap around the sideboard so it appears almost to be floating. Don Draper’s mind would be blown."

Inspired by mid-century design, this Thaxton Sideboard features a honey blond oak finish with complementary gold leaf metal base and brass hardware. It offers extraordinary storage options with its four drawers, and ample shelves found behind the four doors.

View the original post here to see what other beautiful consoles made the cut.

 

Snapshot of the Month: February 2018

Snapshot of the Month: February 2018

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If you haven't been following up with us on our social media -- here is what you missed this February!

This month we went through the best in design with The year ahead: Interior Design 2018. We also celebrated the launch of Clara-Nova's new single, Echo "The Album Leaf Remix".

In the press and social media we are thankful to have been featured by Wyndora Lynn Design, Kennedy Galleries, The Design Source, and more (view images above)! 

Stay tuned for next month's recap and we look forward to seeing you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. À bientôt!

The year ahead: Interior Design 2018

The year ahead: Interior Design 2018

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We combed through the latest interior design and home decor reports to find the best in design for 2018. We’re seeing a push from minimalist, Scandi-inspired design and a pull towards daring maximalism. Consumers are growing bored of cookie-cutter, perfectly curated interiors and are longing to express themselves with contrasting textures, patterns and design influences.

BOLD COLORS.

Neutrals will always be design staples but we can appreciate the new-found fearlessness for bold color that 2018 promises. Color palettes are increasingly vibrant, saturated and moody with bold deep colors and jewel tones.

Featured: Hanky Panky Occasional ChairThe Last Word Mirror, Ramos Fizz Side TableRob Roy Coffee TableBlack Russian Computer TableKir Royale Buffet

DARK WOODS.

Darker woods go from retro glam to modern luxe in 2018. Think richer woods like mahogany, dark oak and walnut.

Featured: Rob Roy Coffee Table

BRASS.

Metal accents remain as popular as ever but luxurious brass in particular gives an organic feeling and overshadows rose gold and copper in 2018.

Featured: Monaco Chest, Meridian Sofa, Cascade Bookcase, White Lady Fireside Chair, Gibson Side Table, Ramos Fizz Side Table, Rob Roy Coffee Table

CURVES.

Softer, organic lines are taking over 2018. Curved furniture, including curvaceous sofas, are inviting and sensuous expressions of a new shift towards maximalism.

Featured: Meridian Sofa, Gibson Side TableRamos Fizz Side Table

DECORATIVE DESIGN.

Decorative design elements add dimension and texture to any space. Think ornate inlaid mosaic patterns, terrazzo, and concrete accents.

Featured: Torton Architectural Console TableTorton Architectural Coffee TableTorton Architectural Square End TableSwerve Mosaic Square End TableAnthony Sofa

Charming French Style Tables by French Country Cottage

Charming French Style Tables by French Country Cottage

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Thank you to the lovely Courtney Allison for featuring the Richelieu Coffee Table and the Taitbout End Table on her blog French Country Cottage! 

"The first thing I fell in love with when I saw this table..was all the charm in those carved details." said Courtney about the Richelieu Table. "The legs are graceful and elegant and meet in the middle with a charming carved finial." 

If you aren't already familiar with her work, French Country Cottage is your source for all things French country and everyday elegance. Her photography makes us feel like we're seeing through rose-tinted glasses. Head over to French Country Cottage to see more!

All photos courtesy of Courtney Allison - French Country Cottage

Snapshot of the Month: January 2018

Snapshot of the Month: January 2018

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If you haven't been following up with us on our social media -- here is what you missed this January!

It was a busy month on the road, we traveled to Dallas and Vegas for industry tradeshows. Thank you to our showroom hosts Ethan and Associates during Dallas Market and Dillon Wells during Las Vegas Market. We held Meet & Greets with Michelle Workman at both events, joined by Architecture Digest's Mayer Rus at Las Vegas Market.

In the press and social media we are thankful to have been featured by Lighting & Decor Magazine, French Country Cottage, Lumar Interiors, Laura Design Co., and many more (view images above)! 

Stay tuned for next month's recap and we look forward to seeing you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. À bientôt!

Snapshot of the Month: December 2017

Snapshot of the Month: December 2017

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If you haven't been following up with us on our social media -- here is what you missed this December!

This month we celebrated the season with a fun party at Furnitureland South. If you have the chance be sure to visit our beautiful display at their showroom located at 5635 Riverdale Dr in Jamestown, NC.

We also held a French Home for the Holidays Sale on our website exclusively for consumers. Register now to stay in the know about upcoming sales and promotions!

Earlier in the month Jacques Wayser, Executive VP of French Heritage, went on the field for sales trainings at RC Willey locations in Salt Lake City and Orem, Utah.

In the press and social media we are thankful to have been featured by Charlotte Home Design and Decor, Steelyard Access, Maria Adams Designs, Quintessential Elegance, Molly Singer DesignPriba Furniture & Interiors, and more. 

We wish everyone a very happy new year and look forward to seeing you on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest. À bientôt!

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

Pantone 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

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Pantone has just unveiled Ultra Violet (PANTONE 18-3838) as the Color of the Year for 2018. This shade of purple evokes magic, artistic brilliance, the future and higher vibrations.

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, speaks on the significance behind each year's choice on their website, "The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” With the recent cultural shift around sexual assault in Hollywood and beyond, many have been quick to relate Ultra Violet to the activist community by the same name championing the fight against sexism and violence towards women.

Laurie Pressman adds, “As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence.” We couldn't agree more and look forward to seeing more fearless use of color in interior design during 2018. This past spring we launched Facet Collection (featured above) in collaboration with designer Michelle Workman. Inspired by Hollywood Glam Deco, the collection is at once timeless and of-the-moment featuring an array of colorways and rich hues, including flashes of Ultra Violet. Browse the entire collection here.

Facet Collection with Michelle Workman: Hanky Panky Chair

Facet Collection with Michelle Workman: Hanky Panky Chair

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In this video series, designer Michelle Workman walks us through the beautiful details of pieces from Facet Collection. Learn about custom upholstery and sizing options available with the Hanky Panky Chair for your home or project.

Facet Collection with Michelle Workman: The High Ball Bar

Facet Collection with Michelle Workman: The High Ball Bar

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In this video series designer Michelle Workman walks us through the beautiful details of pieces from Facet Collection. Learn about custom options available with the High Ball Bar for your project, as well as exclusive interior design tips.

What you missed during High Point Market Fall 2017

What you missed during High Point Market Fall 2017

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With this Fall Market's introductions, French Heritage explored the exotic with color and culture. Visitors were invited to “Indulge The Senses” while immersing themselves in the true French Heritage experience. French Heritage showcased more than 50 new introductions, including several pieces of the “Facet Collection” by Michelle Workman. The company introduced the “Cyprus Collection”, its first ever outdoor furniture line. Weatherproofed with a proprietary finishing technique, this collection is both fashionable and functional and opens new possibilities for embolden outdoor living. The size, color, and finish of all furnishing offerings are fully customizable, which allows unlimited possibilities. French Heritage also expanded its Mosaic Collection. The hand laid mini mosaics elevate furniture pieces to artistic statements and are customizable in any color or design.

To elevate the showroom’s calm neutral pallet of grays and beige, French Heritage incorporated exuberant splashes of color, jeweled lacquer finishes, and impressionistic fabrics throughout the showroom. To further enhance the buyer’s experience, French Heritage and Replacements Ltd partnered to display both vintage and new tabletop settings producing a feast for the senses and an explosion of color.

French Heritage hosted several fun events this market including a Facet Collection Luncheon "Hollywood to Highpoint" with Steelyard's Jane Dagmi and Designer Michelle Workman; a Karaoke party hosted by Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield which raised over $4,000 for SIA Save Iconic Architecture, a non-profit organization championing the preservation of historic architecture; and the Interior Design Summit and LUXE Gram|mes Awards and Cocktail Party. Be sure to follow us on social media so you don’t miss any upcoming events!

Product Highlights:

Facet Collection Highball Bar, SKU M-1659-102-VAN
The height of sophistication, our Highball Bar in vanilla laquer, solid brass trim, and custom hardware makes an impressive statement. Lighted mirror interior with glass shelves, two brass buckets, and a convenient pull out for more space make the price perfect.

Facet Collection Kir Royale Buffet, SKU M-1621-1401-VAN
The Kir Royale Cabinet is a curvaceous form loaded with character and visual appeal, and scaled to easily fit within the most intimate of dining spaces. A top of solid honed granite, solid brass feet and hardware dramatically contrasts the faux diamond patterned blue Shagreen and interior lacquer.

Cypress Collection Izmir Chair, SKU M-3027-1202-WEPR
This indoor/outdoor Izmir Chair, in woven rattan, holds you comfortably at your desk or table.

Cypress Collection Petra Dining Table, SKU M-3020-1201-WEPR
This Petra Dining Table with inlay stone top and French saber legs not only embodies the essence of French country, but is also perfect for any terrace or backyard.

Mosaic Collection Rhone Mosaic Bar Cart, SKU M-1859-101-LAP-SLV
Entertain your guests on this lapis blue glass Rhone Mosaic Bar Cart with glass shelves. A silver leaf finish on wrought iron makes this piece perfect for showcasing your evening aperitif. Casters provides full mobility.

Passy Bombe Chest, SKU M-2102-401-BLK
This Passy Bombe Chest is timeless with its contrast of contemporary hardware and stark black finish. A beautiful chest that will easily nestle right into your home.

Please contact Denis Crnojevic at denis@frenchheritage.com or call 800.245.0899 to find your local representative for French Heritage including Facet Collection. Designers can login / register here to view the entire line and more information about the collections. To view all of the latest introductions to French Heritage collections please visit our Shop page.

A special thank you to Michelle Workman, Traditional Home and Dwayne Clarke IDMG for their support, as well as our product partners Nourison, Fromental, Crystorama and Replacements Ltd for helping us make the French Heritage showroom even more beautiful.

CLARA-NOVA releases Music Video for New Single "The Illusionist"

CLARA-NOVA releases Music Video for New Single "The Illusionist"

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CLARA-NOVA is the mesmerizing project from French-American artist, Sydney Wayser. CLARA-NOVA's new single The illusionist is now available on Itunes and Spotify! Stay tuned for the new EP, THE IRON AGE, coming March 2nd, 2018. Watch the new video below:

Hear and see more CLARA-NOVA at www.clara-nova.com

High Point October 2017 Market Recap!

High Point October 2017 Market Recap!

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French Heritage wants to thank everyone who stopped by our showroom to see all of our new pieces including ones from our first outdoor collection "Cyprus" and a few re-imagined pieces of from our "Facet" collaborative collection with designer Michelle Workman. As you can tell from the collage there was a lot of buzz about FH this market and we look forward to keeping the hype going over the next few months!

Below are the account links to pictures above!  

julie.talbert  |  jwayser  |  michelle_workman_home

amyflurry  |  nourison  |  elegubanova.design

nourison  |  traditionalhome  |  patina_furniture_decoration

dwayneclarkidmg  |  jwayser  |  frenchheritage

highpointmarket  |  clarahaneberg  |  michelle_workman_home

Thank you again to everyone who takes pride in being part of the French Heritage family!

What you missed during High Point Market Spring 2017

What you missed during High Point Market Spring 2017

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Excitement abounded at the French Heritage showroom this market! Beyond over 30 new introductions to our Maison Collection, this market we unveiled a showstopping new collaboration with renowned interior designer Michelle Workman. (Photos from the Roaring 20's Launch Party coming soon!) The Facet Collection by Michelle Workman is inspired by Hollywood Glam Deco, the exquisite forms resonate with bold contemporary appeal that is at once timeless and of-the-moment. The collection of 45 pieces includes casegoods, upholstery and occasional pieces for the living room, dining room, bedroom, and office. The casegoods and upholstered silhouettes are an eye-catching mix of clean lines emphasized by a heady selection of hand rubbed exotic woods. Brass, copper and chrome accents intertwine with pastel lacquers, textural fabrics and faux Shagreen leathers in an array of colorways and rich hues.


Highlights from Facet Collection:


Highball Bar, M-1659-102-MMBR
The height of sophistication our Highball Bar in Oak Burl (Midnight Lacquer) solid brass trim and custom hardware makes an impressive statement. Lighted mirror interior, with glass shelves, 2 brass buckets plus a convenient pull out for more space make this piece perfect for all your entertaining.  Dimensions: 42W x 72H x 17D


Rob Roy Coffee Table, M-1640-102-ZLGD
Rob Roy Coffee Table is a perfect circle accentuated with pie wedged Zebra wood veneer, in dark or light stain, stands stately on its gold leaf metal top.  Dimensions: 40W x 18H x 40D


Mai Tai Entry Console, M-1644-701-MMGD
The delightful Mai Tai Entry Table with its cascading form of Mahogany and gold trim as well as a gold leaf top and base, is definitely a show stopper. Dimensions: 30W x 32H x 18D


Sazerac Desk, M-1645-101-ZWDS
Clean and elegant the Sazerac Desk in Dark Zebrawood and Silver, accented with plexiglass handles makes a contemporary statement for any room. Also, available in Light Zebrawood and Gold. Dimensions: 54W x 30H x 27D


Daiquiri Table, M-1620-101-GLD-BLU
The Daiquiri Dining Table Base is the top of its class. This Cool and Crisp table base in gold leaf, inspired from the classic Art Deco period is reflected in the cool blue rectangular glass table top. Dimensions: 90W x 30H x 40D


Tom Collins Dining Chair, M-1628-1101-ZDEB
Tailored and smart with a dark Zebrawood veneer back and expert upholstery treatment our Tom Collins Dining Chair is the perfect seating to complement our Daiquiri Table. Dimensions:18W x 34H x 22D


Fitzgerald Credenza, A-1621-802
The Fitzgerald Cabinet with its Herringbone design created with contrasting Zebrawood, cherry wood veneer and Bi-Fold door-bar pull out makes a starring statement for entry or dining room. Also, available in a double pair of doors. Dimensions: 78W x 32H x 20D


Kir Royale, M-1621-1401-MSEC
The Kir Royale Cabinet is a curvaceous form loaded with character and visual appeal scaled to easily fit within the most intimate of dining spaces. A top of solid softly honed granite, solid brass feet and hardware creates dramatic contrast to the faux diamond patterned Blue Shagreen with contrasting interior lacquer. Dimensions: 54W x 37H x 20D


Please contact Denis Crnojevic at denis@frenchheritage.com or call 800.245.0899 to find your local representative for French Heritage including Facet Collection. Designers can login/register here to view the entire line and more information about the collections. To view all of the latest introductions to French Heritage collections please visit our Shop page.


A special thank you to Traditional Home, Editor at Large and Dwayne Clarke IDMG for their support, as well as our product partners Nourison, Fromental, Crystorama, Pyar & Co., and Kravet for helping us make the French Heritage showroom even more beautiful.

Special Preview of Facet Collection

Special Preview of Facet Collection

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The Facet Collection by Michelle Workman is inspired by Hollywood Glam Deco, the exquisite forms resonating with bold contemporary appeal that is at once timeless and of-the-moment.  The casegoods and upholstered silhouettes are an eye-catching mix of clean lines emphasized by a heady selection of hand rubbed exotic woods. Brass, copper and chrome accents intertwine with pastel lacquers, textural fabrics and faux Shagreen leathers in an array of colorways and rich hues. Stop by and see hour new pieces and also enjoy:

Daily Decadent Culinary Delights
Breakfast 8-11am | Lunch 12-2:30pm
Prohibition Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvre  4:30-7pm


Showroom open early: 
Thursday April 20th from 8am-7pm.  
1638 English Road, High Point, NC, 27262
336-885-2868


 

Michelle Workman on Episode 389 of Million Dollar Decorating Podcast

Michelle Workman on Episode 389 of Million Dollar Decorating Podcast

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Hear Michelle Workman talk about her design beginnings, the inspiration behind her new collection with French Heritage, and much more on Episode 389 of the Million Dollar Decorating podcast hosted by James Swan! Listen now

French Heritage Snapshot of the Month: February 2017

French Heritage Snapshot of the Month: February 2017

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If you haven't been following up with us on our social media -- here is what you missed this month! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest for up to the minute news, exclusive sales, announcements, launch previews, design tips and so much more. À bientôt!


Michelle Workman Biography

Michelle Workman Biography

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MICHELLE WORKMAN BIOGRAPHY

 

As one of the nation's most sought-after interior designers, Michelle Workman has designed hih-end residential and commercial spaces from West Coast to East Coast, to most recently in the South. Michelle possesses an esteemed and influential client roster, from the Hollywood elite such as Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta and Topher Grace, to Silicon Valley executives and entrepreneurs, to Manhattan philanthropists, to individual homeowners who desire elegantly glamorous trend-setting design.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Michelle's penchant for the craft was almost immediately apparent. Some of her fondest childhood memories were of her mother chauffeuring her about the neighborhoods to take in the endless array of visually arresting homes.

Described by those who know her as an "easygoing perfectionist," Michelle's philosophy is that interior design should embody the spirit and architectural style of the individual whose home is being transformed - literally, a physical manifestation of the client's most inherent attributes. It's Michelle's intention that the outcome of her efforts say of her client, loudly and very clearly, "This is who I am!".

Showing their personality through their home. The home should be a sanctuary and gathering place. It should represent the people who live there not the designer. Balance is created by mixing styles and periods, old and new, pattern and texture. Create balance with disparate elements resulting in an intensely personal a home that’s very personal and curated.

Though Michelle relishes in what she calls "the hunt," that is evaluating each and every element to ensure the perfect fabric or furniture fit, the true pièce de résistance is when her client walks in the room for the first time to view the final product and is floored by what they find. A typical comment from her clients is that she has captured their style without their having even known what it was, which is a remarkable feat in itself - and one not to be underestimated.

On the subject of trends, Michelle has firm feelings: "They have their place. I think it's important to remain aware of them and utilize what aspects you deem appropriate, but to me it's just as important not to follow them. After all, that's what makes you a trendsetter."

Michelle's engaging personality, calming demeanor and exquisite attention-to-detail continually instill confidence in her clients as she brings into being for them their one-of-a-kind dream home. These qualities, along with Michelle's professional discretion, have made her one of the top interior-designing choices for celebrities and other high-profile individuals alike.


Featured Designer: Irena Barene

Featured Designer: Irena Barene

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We are starting a new series where we have a featured designer of the month. We were lucky enough to start this off with the wonderful and talented Irena Barene!

1.When did you know that you wanted to choose designing as a career path?

It was 25 years ago when I made a project and coordinated the construction of my own Chalet style house. Building photos and articles about the project were in all major interior and design magazines. 

2.Can you remember your first design project? Describe it for us.

It was architect and design project of a 680 square meter Provence style house in in Moscow suburbs. Light sunny French interior in Gustav III style with Boho chic elements. One of my most famous projects which was named Madlen after my French grandmother. It gained wide recognition and was published in all major design magazines.

3.What inspires you the most when designing?

The family history if one exists. If not I create a Legend, trying to combine the customers' family history with some ideal dream or common values with some unique features. Another huge inspiration for me is nature and the aura of a setting.

4. What is the most important art principle you consider when designing a space? (Balance, proportion, emphasis, variety, movement, rhythm, or harmony)

Harmony, balance, proportion are important of course but in my opinion thirst for perfection in the creative process is free of conventionalism which allows to save sensuality, soul openness and perception clarity.

The main task for me while creating the interior is to make all details start "talking" in the language of the owners, to combine different details and nuances in one unique composition. To find exact and charming intonation for every single peace, so that emotions, thoughts and feelings would interact in perfect harmony.

5. What has remained unchanged in your creative approach and what has changed the most since beginning?

All my interiors are signature ones. These are all handmade projects.  And I never repeated any of my interiors in other projects.

I started with Chalet style both in architecture and design. Now I do a lot of projects in French classic style. My favorite is Louis XV regional.

All my interiors are full of warmth and cosines. I call them House with soul.

6. What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career and what did you learn from it?

Working on design project without contacting the customer. I had to learn the tastes and style preferences of the customer by pictures and information in social networks. A big number of interior color schemes was created, one of which was accepted and successfully implemented.

7. what are you currently fascinated by and how is it feeding into your work?

At the moment I am working on a book called "Chateau style autograph". It's 350 pages will contain a lot of pictures and be published in three languages: Russian, English and French.  This book will reflect a lot of my oeuvre in Chateau style.

I am also planning to give some lectures and classes on history of French interior styles and French furniture styles of XVII-XIX centuries.

8. What sets you apart from other designers?

For years of work I've created my own style, which is recognizable, it is my artistic images that are based on my feelings and world perception.  It is my view as an artist and professional on interior and architecture, and this makes it unique, unrepeatable, and as I do hope, interesting.

I create interiors that never go out of fashion. That are equally accepted no matter if they are modern elements of house design with favorite items and souvenirs brought from other countries or they are elements of luxurious high styles with unique family and antique items.

I create collections of my signature furniture under the brand name Irena Barene collection.

9. Obviously you have looked globally for styles when designing, how have different cultures affected your designing process?

Classic style would be impossible to imagine without national styles of European countries which undoubtedly form the common understanding of traditional classic style. While being at the core, it still inspires designers to create their own unique styles, new collections of furniture and decorative pieces.

I admire its beauty and elegance, equally finding inspiration in French, English, Italian and Russian classic styles, emphasizing their unlikeness and even contradiction.

Subtle perception of decorative items handmade in elegant European stylistic is a signature mark of all my interiors. Every designer's project is first of all a memorable image of a particular geographic place on Earth with art being the main instrument in creating it. Cultural traditions of different countries are very rich and variable. Ceramic and carving, splendid antique pieces of art, mosaics and stained-glass windows, tapestry, mirrors, items from amber, glass and crystal, hand weaving and rugs, porcelain and earthenware...There is a huge choice of all these items for inspiration.

All these elements and textures can be seen in my interiors. But important thing is not only to find them but to combine, and to combine them in a way that the aura of the house would protect its inhabitants from all misfortunes and give them love, peace, comfort and a joy of coming back home.

10. What do you like to do when you aren’t designing?

Traveling - it is always source of inspiration and relaxation.

Museum, theaters, art exhibitions.

Reading, mostly historic literature.

Sport

Caribbean dances

 

11. What is your personal motto?

What doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger

12. What drew you to our pieces/ if you could describe our style in one word, what would it be and why? 

This word is Legend.

As I mentioned before I have a formula I use while working on my projects. Now it is a famous formula from Irene Barene: If the house doesn't have a Legend, it needs to be created and presented to the house. It will animate it and will protect all inhabitants, making them happy and prosperous.

French Heritage furniture, which is full of inner warmth and traditions, helps me to create my Legends, my houses, with soul.


"From Furniture to Food - Experience French Heritage"

"From Furniture to Food - Experience French Heritage"

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"When it comes to doing it right, French Heritage combines furniture design, personality, and food to make a unique casual elegant experience. Just being in the showroom you can feel the joie de vivre of the French experience: the free flowing designs, colors, patterns and materials used in contemporary, exhilarating mix of styles at French Heritage."

"Owners Henessy and Jacques Wayser translated their many years living in France into their showroom located at 1638 English Road in High Point. During High Point Market you can get to the French Heritage showroom with the Go Anywhere Shuttle or call to request transportation in the French Heritage van 336.885-2868"


"The Wayser’s view of the French experience includes food, an element that all visitors appreciate and savor. They bring in a Le Cordon Bleu chef and impeccable ingredients to create memorable culinary treats. This is an experience like no other at High Point Market and clearly a stop for buyers to the Fall 2016 High Point Market."


A very special thank you to Albert Maruggi for his coverage of French Heritage during High Point Market. Follow Albert on Twitter @AlbertMaruggi

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Snapshot of the Month: May 2016

Snapshot of the Month: May 2016

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Behind the Scenes: French Heritage Mosaics

Behind the Scenes: French Heritage Mosaics

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Take a look behind the scenes at our Indonesian factory where all of our mosaics are hand-laid (photos above). Entering the space you'll find our talented artisans silently immersed in their work, boxes filled with tiny pieces of glass in all colors cover their work tables. The mood is remarkably peaceful and calm as the artisans delicately lay each tiny piece of glass into place by hand. Just one of our small mosaic tables will take three artisans up to two or three weeks to complete. The finished mosaics are incredibly intricate works of art that glimmer when they catch light.

In our collection of mosaics you will find a few permanent designs but a mosaic can also be made from any pattern, picture or design. We can take a piece of fabric or a photograph and have a custom mosaic made just for you. Contact us if you have any questions about a custom mosaic, these pieces can make very personal and thoughtful gifts. Perfect for weddings, anniversaries and more. French Heritage currently offers mosaic consoles, dining tables, accent tables, cocktail tables, and wall art. View more on our shop page by searching 'mosaic'!

#‎FrenchHeritage: Classic Coverings Design Studio

#‎FrenchHeritage: Classic Coverings Design Studio

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This gorgeous dining room designed by Classic Coverings Design Studio features our Cordoba Parquetry Dining Table. This parquetry top dining table gives an elegant french country experience to your home. With stone inlay top and the stylish trestle base, no detail is spared to show off your great taste!

Classic Coverings Interior Design, under the design leadership of owner Mary Conroy provides ideas, solutions and innovations that meet all your design needs. Mary has been successfully serving home owners in North Carolina for over 20 years.

We love seeing French Heritage in real homes. Tag us using #‎FrenchHeritage‬ to be featured! ‪

All photos courtesy of Classic Coverings Design Studio.

Snapshot of the Month: February 2016

Snapshot of the Month: February 2016

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