French Heritage Furniture Showroom Tour

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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French Heritage is known for its high-quality, hand-crafted enchanting, elegant and eclectic French style furniture that is expertly mixed – combining classic styles with a contemporary flair that simply captivates you the moment you enter their beautiful showroom.

In this blog post, I share a few of my favorite furniture and decor discoveries from the showroom floor during the 2015 fall High Point Furniture and Design market.

French Heritage Photo Tour

Bedroom Furniture & Decorative Accents

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Stately and opulent the Lilles Wood bed from the Maison collection evokes the eternally timeless appeal of luxe French Country style. The intricate details of this Louis XVI style bed are artfully hand-crafted. This beautiful vignette is accessorized with the romantic Roussillon skirted chair and the Lilles nightstand.

The splendid Passy Wing bed from the Maison collection evokes glamorous memories of the very luxurious and dramatic silver screen bedrooms portrayed in early Hollywood movies.

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The Surene bed from French Heritage’s Maison – Modernly Classic collection is most definitely a bed fit for a style loving princess. The carved top piece on the headboard can be easily removed to create a simple profile for those decorating divas seeking classic French style with a touch of contemporary styling.

Sofas, Chairs & Case Goods

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With its sophisticated Art Deco inspired silhouette and divine coloring, the Trocadero loveseat stole my design heart and refuses to let go. This decorative seating piece was on my list of top furniture picks from this fall’s High Point Market (that post coming soon!).

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Divine hand-crafted and decoupaged Medici Buffet from French Heritage’s Avenue collection paired with the Rouen chair which possesses a classic Louis profile, dressed in a hand-painted and sophisticated fashion forward leopard print upholstery and its frame painted in a crocodile-skin inspired finish.

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Ethereally pretty, this vignette captures the spirit of French romance in design. The graceful Brunoy commode from the Maison-Parc Saint-Germain collection pairs with a lovely and quite welcoming upholstered Auteil chaise lounge.

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A whimsically pretty take on Mid-Century design, the Evreux chair quickly morph into an impromptu “tete-a-tete” seating arrangement as shown here.

Disclosure:  All opinions expressed in this post are all my own.  This is a sponsored post/branded content for French Heritage. We appreciate the generous sponsorship of design brands that support the Decorating Diva blog and make it possible for me to bring you, our wonderful readers,  excellent design and lifestyle articles throughout the year.

Design Tour of Five Star EME Catedral Hotel in Seville Spain

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EME Catedral five star luxury hotel in heart of Seville Spain - restaurant design. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The EME Catedral hotel in the center of Seville’s historic and commercial district hides a surprising design secret behind its architecturally prim and proper facade of wrought iron balconies ornately adorned in fancy lace inspired details.

Sevilla's EME Catedral five star boutique hotel.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The luxurious 5-star hotel EME Catedral.

Billed as an avante-garde boutique hotel the EME Catedral in Seville’s historic city center is just mere steps from the famed 16th century Cathedral of Seville. ( A little trivia for my fellow history buffs – though known as Cathedral of Seville its official name is “Catedral de Santa María de la Sede”  which translates to “Cathedral of Saint Maria of the See.” And the Cathedral is also the burial site of the great explorer Christopher Columbus.)

This five star hotel blends architecturally with the neighboring 18th and 19th century buildings, but once inside you are transported into a world of pulsating club music emanating from a seductively plush lounge with violet-tinted lights dimmed to match the club mood. ( I later learned that the evocative club music is the EME’s  signature “electronic music compilation” and available for purchase. )

Arriving at the reception desk, you’re greeted by hotel staff – with supermodel looks – attired in sleek and sophisticated couture inspired uniforms. The stylish and charming front desk staff quickly check you in, and then offer the option of guiding you to your room in one of the hotel’s two towers.

Exiting the luxe club environment of the reception and lounge area, you step into a lush tropical courtyard that combines the historical with the modern. Under verdant orange fruit trees lies a gorgeous channel fountain – filled with rose petals and stones – that elegantly bisects a dining area furnished with contemporary patio furniture including acrylic Louis chairs (Regretfully, I didn’t ask if they were Philippe Stark’s “Louis Ghost” chairs or merely inspired by his design genius.)

Fruit tree lined patio courtyard at luxury boutique hotel EME Catedral.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The design of the patio courtyard at EME Catedral combines architectural influences from various civilization including Roman, Arabic and Spanish.

Walking through the arched pathway your senses are delightfully introduced to a delicious concoction of fruity and flowery fragrances swirling in the air accompanied by soothing New Age music. Your escort gestures to a door from which those heavenly scents are escaping, and informs you that five star spa services are available at the EME’s on-site spa.

Pathway to spa at luxury hotel EME.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Courtyard path to one of the hotel’s towers that houses the EME’s spa and wellness center.

The EME has various types of rooms and suites, but the overall design vibe is one of monastic simplicity expressed in a vocabulary of modern architectural elements distilled to their very essence. And in keeping with the nature of EME which seemed to enjoy throwing a design surprise here and there –  in my room amidst the minimalist design features there was one door that retained all the charm and historical characteristics of an 18th or 19th century period balcony door. Seeing that door transported me back to my childhood when I spent summers at my grandparents’ 19th century apartment home in Madrid. That door could easily have been the same as the one I fondly remembered – it had that level of authenticity.

Modern minimalism bedroom design at EME.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Plaster walls in warm tones create an inviting atmosphere in the minimalistic designed room.

Luxury bathroom design at the EME boutique hotel in Sevilla.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The room’s luxury bath design includes a voluminous bathtub wrapped in a seamless glass enclosure.

Simple writing desk with iconic mid-century modern inspired chair.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Simple writing desk with iconic mid-century modern inspired chair.

View from EME room with inner courtyard view.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Inner courtyard view from my room’s Juliette balcony. Glazed blue ceramic tiles glisten like a pale blue pool. I love the way the EME married the old with the new here. Metal chain curtains drape balcony doors and windows in an otherwise traditional setting.

Exploring the second tower at the EME you will find the roof top bar La Terraza of EME, located near the sparkling pool and lounge area, offering sweeping views of Seville’s skyline which includes the Cathedral of Seville’s iconic bell tower that hosts the storied Giralda statue at its apex.

Views of soaring tower at Cathedral of Seville form EME's rooftop pool and lounge area.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The soaring bell tower at the Cathedral of Seville, set against the evening sky, viewed from EME’s rooftop pool and lounge area.

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Night time view of the courtyard from the rooftop bar La Terraza of EME.

With five stellar restaurants on site, the EME is a foodie’s gastronomical dream destination. Guests can dine on magnificent meals in a variety of settings including a lush fruit tree lined courtyard, an intimate, cozy cabana style niche and an opulently decorated space with a divine mix of antiques and contemporary furniture and décor.

Lounge area at EME.  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

At the EME’s 20 Pasos cafe a rustic inspired niche with sumptuous velvet chairs is warmly embraced by linen drapes that can be pulled for privacy.

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Hotel guests have the option to dine  al fresco in the EME’s stunning courtyard.

Luxe interior of the Lobby Loves Mediterráneo restaurant. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Luxe interior of the Lobby Loves Mediterráneo restaurant.

Offering fabulous architecture, gorgeous  interior decorations and amazing food, the EME Catedral is the perfect hotel for design enthusiasts and foodies. It is also ideally located – it is within walking distance of several historically significant sites including the Cathedral of Seville (literally across the street) and the Royal Alcazar palace and gardens.

And if walking isn’t your preferred mode of transport, you can always opt to tour Seville’s historical city center via an enchanting horse and carriage ride – the supermodel doppleganger at the concierge desk will be happy to arrange it.

Cathedral of Seville
Royal Alcazar de Sevilla
EME Catedral Hotel

Editor’s Note: My visit to Seville and my stay at the EME Catedral hotel were part of  Tile of Spain‘s press trip in which several top editors and bloggers were brought to Valencia to report on the 2015 Cevisama design fair. You can read my Cevisama posts here.


Publication Note: Originally published on July 25th on CMNmedia.

Sea Jewels: Lighting Inspired by the Beauty of the Sea

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Sea Jewels: Lighting inspired by the beauty of the sea. | The Decorating Diva, LLC
Sea Jewels: Lighting inspired by the beauty of the sea. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Home Decor Resources: 1/ Dolce Capiz Shell Pendant Chandelier, 2/Pauline Wall Sconce in White with Sea Urchin Details – Ro Sham Beaux, 3/ Homer Shell Table Lamp with Square Shade – Safavieh, 4/Multi-Toned White Natural Shell Panel Wall Sconce – Playa , and 5/Sea Shell Rose Light Pendant in White – Regina Andrew.


Vivacious, Effervescent Color Reigns in Palm Beach Chic Style

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

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Browsing through my design show archives, I came across several photos I took during the High Point 2010 fall market – at which the lush, bold and colorful Lilly Pulitzer for Home furniture collection debuted.  Lilly’s fashion acumen has withstood the test of time and is a testament to the timeless allure of the the Palm Beach Chic style she made popular. More than 60 years on this style continues to enchant and charm with its fresh, optimistic and cheerful colors and prints.

Some of my favorite showroom vignettes bursting with Florida and Palm Beach inspired colors are captured below.

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Bold, bright saturated color inspiration in classic Lilly Pulitzer fashion colors.

Pink Lilly Pulitzer Upholstered Chairs. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Love how the sunlight dances across these pretty pink chairs dressed in Lilly Pulitzer fabric.

Pretty dressing room decked in beautiful Palm Beach Chic colors. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Oh, so very pretty. Who wouldn’t want a space as bright and cheerful as this one?

Bright yellow patterns on Lilly slipcover. Palm Beach Chic. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

A sunny disposition awaits in this cheerful and comfortably inviting reading nook.

This room sets the definition for Pretty in Pink - Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach Chic. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Love this room vignette bursting with bold delicious color and flowers prints. Cute bar cart, too! Don’t you agree?

Statement making room with bold contrasting colors of navy blue and orange. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Statement making room with bold contrasting colors of navy blue and orange.

Bright Collaboration: Peronda & MUT Design Introduce Neon “Scales” Ceramics

Carmen NatschkeSpotlight: Decor & Furniture

Peronda & MUT Design "Scales" Porcelain Wall Tiles with Neon Color Edges. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Triggering memories of the late 80s’ fluorescent and neon inspired fashion and beauty craze, the ceramic wall tiles, “Scales,” a collaborative design project between luxury Spanish tile-maker Peronda’s Fashion Lab Harmony brand and edgy design studio MUT wowed the crowds at Cevisama 2015.

Peronda and MUT design "Scales" collage tile board. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Color Casting Optical Illusion. Peronda’s “Scales” wall tiles edged in fluorescent hues of orange, green, yellow, pink and blue as well as neutral black magically cast their saturated colors against the smooth glazed white ceramic surfaces adjacent to them.

The design motivation for this intriguing, innovative and artful ceramic tile collection was to replicate the striking luminescence seen in the naturally occurring phenomenon one observes as light filters through the water and bounces off the scales of swimming fish. This beautiful and ephemeral organic iridescence is the inspiration for the color optical illusion design engineering behind the “Scales” tile collection.

Blue and yellow edged porcelain tile "Scales" collection from Peronda & MUT Design. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Architectural Art. Wall tiles so beautiful and edgy they pass as a modern day interpretation of Warhol’s color saturated Pop Art movement. Pink and black edged porcelain tile "Scales" collection from Peronda & MUT Design. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Peronda showroom. Scales tile collection shown in large format. | The Decorating Diva, LLC

The varied thickness of the tile from a thick outer point to a thinner inner point also helps further the optical illusion by providing a tapered three dimensional look that works perfectly with the color casting created by the neon colored tile edges.

 Resources: Peronda Grupo, MUT DesignsTile of Spain, Cevisama