Saturday, April 28, 2012

Purveyor of the past ...

I am a huge fan of antique dealer, stylist and author Josephine Ryan. As a purveyor of the past, she has gained international attention with a distinctive French aesthetic and keen eye deftly focused on bringing disparate elements together in harmony.


Turning the pages of either of Ryan's books, French Home or Essentially French, I can't help but be inspired. Both books are loaded with handsome photos of homes in France belonging to Ryan's friends and fellow antique dealers. Although Ryan and her antique business is based in London, she frequently travels to France to shop for one-of-a-kind pieces to place in her shop and procure for her clients.

But, it's her own restored home in Uzes, in Languedoc, France, where Ryan showcases the 'gite chic' personal style she calls "imperfect perfection." Here in the South of France, she has pulled together a look that mixes eclecticism with glamour to achieve an informality and functionality using pieces from rustic to rococo. Take a look:


All images above by photographer Christophe Rouffio for Maison & Deco.

Be still, my heart!

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