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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 

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


Henessy & Jacques Wayser
French Heritage, Inc.



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Dear Friends of French Heritage and the Wayser Family,

As we start this New Year 2017 we wanted to let you know about our daughter Sydney Wayser's music career. Her stage name is CLARA-NOVA and a couple of years ago, a large music label came to her to "sign her up". She had already done three self-produced albums under the Sydney Wayser name but it was time for her to get with a label to step up to the next stage of her career. All first music contracts are very one sided and there was not much she could do but sign it. It was done with a subsidiary of that "famous" record label and after a while, that subsidiary got spun off and unfortunately that spun off did not turn out too good without the umbrella of the larger music company.

That left our Sydney aka CLARA-NOVA stuck in in "no-man's land" for over a year with a full album beautifully recorded but not released to the public and nothing she could do except get into what would have been a long winded and extremely expensive legal battle. That is not something you want to do when you are an artist at your prime years of singing and writing.

To make the story short(er), it took her over a year for her to just get the right to separate from that idle subsidiary and get her stage name back. What she could not get back was her master recording tapes. So, being born in an entrepreneurial family like ours, she endeavored to start recording again and what she is doing is great. You can get a taste of a live session of it here:

And what we are kindly asking you to consider is to make a pledge ($10, $25, small or otherwise) to pre-order her album via PledgeMusic with the following link:

If you like music, young talented artists and the pursuit of "what you are meant to do with your life", please spread this message to friends via email, social media etc.

You'll find a lot of information about Sydney/ CLARA-NOVA on Google and YouTube as well.
We are very proud of her dedication to her music and we thank you very much for your consideration and look forward to an exciting 2017!


Henessy & Jacques Wayser
French Heritage, Inc.

#FrenchHeritage during #HPMKT October 2016

#FrenchHeritage during #HPMKT October 2016

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by our showroom this fall market and tagged us in their social media posts using #FrenchHeritage! Have a look into the French Heritage Showroom during High Point Market through the lens of our followers and guests.

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4 Ways to Bring Bold Color Into Your Space

4 Ways to Bring Bold Color Into Your Space

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Try these effective ways to bring bold color into a neutral or humdrum interior with tips + tricks on maintaining a harmonious, refined design.

1.  Vibrant Plants + Flowers

Add life to your space, literally, with lush plants and bright flowers. Aside from their verdant appeal, certain plants can help purify the air in your home and provide several other health benefits. The Snake Plant, Rubber Tree Plant, and the Fiddle-Leaf Fig are gorgeous, low maintenance options. If you prefer short-lived commitments, fresh flowers are another easy way to introduce stunning color into your space, not to mention a natural home fragrance. Have fun with your floral arrangements by reflecting the changing seasons.  If you travel often or you can’t be bothered with watering or maintenance, try artificial plants for the same aesthetic without the fuss.

2. Bold Accent Walls + Features

Select a single wall, or an interesting architectural feature, to paint with an accent color. Play up a uniquely shaped window, or a wall with a central feature such as a fireplace, to celebrate the special character of the room. An accent of color will add dramatic impact without overwhelming the space. To keep things fresh and modern, balance the intensity of vibrant hues with white or neutral tones. A general rule of thumb: 60% Neutral, 30% Accent, 10% Bold Accent. Be sure to consider the light and visual temperature of the room before selecting the paint color, and take the time to run some sample tests. This option might require the most time and effort to achieve, but the result will be a space that truly feels like your own creation.


3. Contrasting Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great way to not only inject fresh color into your space but also pull together the rest of your decor. As an added bonus, area rugs immediately make a space more cozy and inviting. As with any well-thought-out design, keep in mind general principles of balance and color theory but don’t be turned off by area rugs with daring patterns in fear that they won’t perfectly match everything in the room. If your furnishings are dominated by a single color then a playfully patterned, contrasting rug will be very enhancing. When in doubt choose complementary or split complementary colors for a winning combination. The beautiful area rug shown in the gallery above is from AMS Imports.

4. Striking Statement Pieces

Statement pieces are those unique, eye-catching items that irrevocably communicate your personal style. These pieces are the focal point of a room, and thus an ideal choice for bold color. When incorporating a statement piece keep the rest of your decor relatively subdued, and use small amounts of accent color throughout the space for a cohesive design. French Heritage offers an eclectic selection of fine furnishings with most being highly customizable in size, paint finish and fabric. Find inspiration while browsing our Shop page by either room or collection, and get in touch with us if you are interested in custom options. Preview a few statement pieces from our line in the gallery above.

How to make a French Cherry Clafoutis

How to make a French Cherry Clafoutis

Summer Recipes

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The clafoutis is a classic dessert from Limousin in Central France. It originates from the Occitan word clafotis, a word derived from the verb clafir or claufir, which means "to fill up". The clafoutis is a simple baked dessert of a thick crepe-like batter filled with black cherries. Since June marks the start of cherry season, what better recipe for a summer day?  Leave the cherry pits intact for a delicate almond-like flavor, as well as a reminder to carefully savor each bite. If you want to stay on the safe side with any careless types you can pit the cherries and add a splash of almond extract to the batter.

French Heritage Cherry Clafoutis Recipe
(Makes about 6-8 servings)
20 oz fresh black cherries, stemmed
2 tbsp butter, melted
4 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(Optional: powdered sugar for dusting)


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease your baking dish with butter, and dust with about 2 tbsp of sugar.
2. Arrange cherries in baking dish in a single layer; set aside until you prepare the batter.
3. With a blender or whisk, mix eggs with remaining sugar and salt. Stir in flour. Add milk, vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Add melted butter and stir to combine. The resulting mixture should be similar to crepe batter but slightly thicker.
4. Pour the batter over the cherries.
5. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Serve warm or chilled.

Not crazy about cherries? Make a Flognarde instead by substituting the black cherries with other seasonal fruits, including berries, plums, or apricots! If you try out this recipe share a photo with us on social media by tagging your post with #FrenchHeritage and #FHhome. Bon appetit! 
CLARA-NOVA tours Europe with LUCIUS!

CLARA-NOVA tours Europe with LUCIUS!

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April 14, 2016 // Paris, France // La Maroquinerie //

April 16, 2016 // Brussels, Belgium  // Botanique //

April 19, 2016 // Amsterdam, Netherlands // Melkweg //

April 20, 2016 // Hamburg, Germany // Prinzenbar //

April 21, 2016 // Berlin, Germany // Privat Club  //

April 22, 2016 // Munich, Germany // Strom //


CLARA-NOVA is the mesmerizing new project from French-American artist, Sydney Wayser. CLARA-NOVA ’s music is electro-textured indie pop that manages to somehow be sophisticated, exotic, and accessible--all at the same time. Lyrically CLARA-NOVA pulls from transporting imaginative netherworlds and the beauty and struggle of an earthly existence.

The Bronze Age is out now! CLARA-NOVA’s EP title, The Bronze Age, refers to her own unannounced self combustion. It is her new chapter. This journey mirrors her personal and private transformation, but it’s also universally resonate. “With this music, the thing I want to get across is honesty and real human connection,” she says. “There is so much stimulation out there, I know myself to get a little lost in it. I think I often miss the feeling of experiencing real life together in real time.”


CLARA-NOVA Hits The Road With Poliça!

CLARA-NOVA Hits The Road With Poliça!

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CLARA-NOVA is the mesmerizing new project from French-American artist, Sydney Wayser. We are thrilled to announce that Clara-Nova will be touring with Poliça all month so check out the tour dates below to see when they will be in your city!

Stay tuned in to their journey over the next month by checking out 

Sydney will be chronicling the shows and adventures she has from the Henry Fonda to SXSW to Yellowstone to Vancouver. Heading to Texas and then up to the Pacific Northwest.

The Bronze Age is out now! 





March 3, 2016 // San Francisco, CA // Great American Music Hall // SOLD OUT

March 8, 2016 // Des Moines, IA // Vaudeville Mews //

March 9, 2016 // Omaha, NE // The Waiting Room //

March 10, 2016 // Tulsa, OK // The Vanguard //

March 11, 2016 // Houston, TX // The Studio at Warehouse  //

March 13, 2016 // Austin, TX // SXSW // Empire Control Room and Garage

March 15, 2016 // Austin, TX // SXSW // Empire Control Room and Garage

March 16, 2016 // Austin, TX // SXSW // St David's Sanctuary

March 22, 2016 // Phoenix, AZ // Crescent Ballroom //

March 23, 2016 // San Diego, CA // The Irenic //

March 25, 2016 // Los Angeles, CA // The Fonda Theatre //

March 26, 2016 // San Francisco, CA // The Fillmore //

March 28, 2016 // Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge // 

March 29, 2016 // Portland, OR // Doug Fir Lounge //

March 30, 2016 // Vancouver, BC // Imperial //

March 31, 2016 // Seattle, WA // Neptune //


Choosing The Perfect Home Bar

Choosing The Perfect Home Bar

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A home bar can elevate your space making it even more welcoming and glamorous. Most importantly at home you are in control of setting the vibe and your favorite drink is always on hand. Are you ready to dedicate a space in your home for entertaining friends and family? If so, then the size of your space is key in choosing the perfect bar pieces:

For Small Spaces

Portable cocktail stations such as serving carts make a perfect fit for smaller spaces. These options can be extremely versatile as they are easy to move around and store. Our Rhone Bar Cart features glass trays with mirror edges and a glamorous gold leaf finish on wrought iron. This piece is perfect for showcasing your liquor collection while casters on each leg give full mobility. Our Pomarde Wine Cooler has a rich black marble inset, a convenient drawer and low shelf, but it is the two built-in wine buckets that make this piece highly practical. More options: Bosquet Wine Caddy, Large Chantilly Wine Butler, La Coupole End Table.

For Medium Spaces

Liquor cabinets and trunk bars can be ideal for medium sized spaces as they offer significantly more storage than a serving cart while remaining relatively compact. Our Talon Bar opens up for a fully stocked bar with a wine rack and space to spare for mixing and serving drinks. Another piece in the same league is our Carbonne Bar which makes a luxurious statement with its leather crocodile finish. As for liquor cabinets, the inside lighting in our Vauvert Bar creates a sparkling reflection through its glass shelves and mirrored back. Best of all this piece is available in custom sizing to perfectly fit your storage needs.

For Larger Spaces

A larger space can accommodate a good sized bar such as our Bistro Bar. This piece was designed after a bar found in one of the famous Parisian "brasseries" at the end of the 19th century. It offers optimal serving space as well as storage for wine and liquor bottles. With its nice proportions it can be set in a living room where it will gracefully fulfill your entertainment needs. More options: Stand Up Bar De Bistro, Pyrenees Stand Up Bar, Pyrenees Island Bar.

Whichever size works best for you, make sure your new pieces complement the overall style of the space. Keep in mind that most of our collection is highly customizable! Join our online community by registering on our website and someone from our team will be happy to help you find the bar of your dreams. In the meantime, find even more options and inspiration by using the search words "wine" and "bar" on our online catalog.

Get Organized with Functional Furniture

Get Organized with Functional Furniture

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One of the most popular New Year's resolutions is to get organized. Although some of us might love a good "organized chaos", cluttered and messy spaces can bring more negativity into our lives than we expect. Disorganized spaces can perpetuate stress, conflict with house mates, and waste valuable time. We know the task of getting organized can be daunting, but functional furniture with lots of storage can make it easier. This doesn't mean function has to compromise design; these elegant pieces are cleverly designed to optimize space or conceal your belongings for a clean and polished look.

French Heritage Bercy Classic Custom Library
Built in units maximize space, especially in smaller homes. This Neoclassical library unit with multiple architectural elements is not only stunning and functional but also highly customizable. It is available in any size but also in various wood species and finishes. The options are endless; you can have the library you've always wanted. Actor Johnny Depp has his very own custom Bercy Library in his Florida home.

French Heritage Bizet Chest
Bring Parisian glamour to life with this antique but elegant looking Bombe Chest boasting with curvaceous lines. Two small drawers hidden behind the doors offers additional storage space.

French Heritage Gourmet Kitchen Island
Make any home a castle with this gourmet kitchen organizer. Painted finishes highlight beautiful wood, with plenty of storage, marble and cutting board too!

French Heritage Storage Unit
Our clean, scholarly and attractive units bring a tailored order and classic well bred finesse to your den, library or study. This multipurpose unit can also be used to store your personal wine collection.

French Heritage Storage Bookcase
Square and vertical cubbies neatly house periodicals, books, and objects while ample hanging files are hidden behind the decorative drawer panel.

French Heritage Avrille Sideboard
This piece of contemporary art would be at home in a museum. If you are missing cabinet space in your kitchen, open its panel doors and you'll discover a buffet too practical not to use.

French Heritage Montesson Bookcase
A dozen drawers and a double shelf add up to abundant storage in a compact space. Combine it with the Aramis Bookcase for plenty of extra storage space.

«May 2018»


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