Sunday, September 12, 2010

French Bliss by Karina Gentinetta!

These exquisite pieces I am privileged to say are sailing their way to me in Australia.  I have been searching for a very long time for a French antique tufted sofa.  A couple of weeks ago I popped onto Karina's blog and she was just displaying her new furniture in her antique shop and I was immediately smitten with this sofa.  I emailed her tentatively thinking there was no way Karina would be able to ship to Australia.  So many times I am met with "no you can't do that ... you are too far away etc."  Karina said "YES" I do ship to Australia and so our friendship began...
I believe she has an incredible eye for antiques and I love the way she uses natural fibres like Belgian linens that let the antiques speak for themselves.  Karina has been so professional, so helpful and never negative.  You know what I mean .... you want to organize something but you have reservations due to distance, time etc ..... Karina was brilliant!  Every query I had was answered fully and honestly and fully researched .... her depth of knowledge, her talent and her care for her pieces is incredible. 
As you all know I am an 18th century style tragic .... so when I saw these 18th century Louis the 16th style parlor chairs I was so excited.  You do not come across these exquisite pieces with their patina and history by chance..... they are found and nurtured by artisans such as Karina.  These gorgeous Louis Beregere chairs are still in their original blue satin upholstery.  Stunning and these candlesticks and mirror are all available from her beautiful store and it doesn't matter where you are Karina will get them to you!  Please visit her gorgeous blog http://www.karinagentinetta.blogspot.com/  and her 1st dibs store.  I promise you ... you will not be disappointed and you will find an incredibly strong woman who has been through so much and still comes out smiling and positive.  Hurricane Katrina could not dampen Karina Gentinetta's spirit and nothing ever will!Thank-you so much Karina and much love back from Down Under!
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13 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

MA BELLE!!! I am here....I had a busy day yesterday, and barely sat down this morning and to see you....AND LOOK AT THIS FURNITURE...O.K., you know that I share the same passion with you in many things, and THIS is one of them. How excited you must be to be waiting on that couch!!!! You are correct; this is a fine collection of French furniture. You MUST show us how it is going to look in your home. WOW.....so much to talk about here. And thank you for coming by to slip on a pearl necklace...you are a beauty,inside and out. And how nice to know that your grandmother wore them with such class and regality. We were meant to be queens, you and me! Maybe I was supposed to be queen of Spain, and you, QUEEN OF ENGLAND!!! Or France, for that matter!!!!

GROSSES BISES, FRANCES!

Lovingly, Anita

Rattus Scribus said...

Marie2,
You have a heart of kindness and artistic beauty. I can tell that by this glorious blog and by your comments every time you visit Rattus Scribus. Words indeed are powerful and can either tear down or build up a most glorious human being. On another note, Anita and are excited because we ordered a gorgeous french settee similar in style to picture you have in this post. We also found four great french arm chairs for a steal at one of our favorite antique shops.
Best to you and yours
Ruben

High Heeled Life said...

What a magnificant find!! I love all these beauties ... I'm going to pop over and visit Karina's blog ... she sounds wonderful!

Can't wait for your post when your beautiful couch arrives and see how you have incorporated it into your home!!! Hugs..HHL

Julienne said...

Karina sent me over yesterday and I have had a lovely time visiting and hope to return often!
I look forward to hearing how the sofa fares on it's trip to down under!

thewhitechair said...

thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog. Your comments are encouraging! And your site is absolutely dreamy! So good to meet another wonderful person in Australia!
blessings
deborah

Karina Gentinetta said...

Dearest Frances, thank you so much for all your wonderful words about me and my shop! I cannot wait to see how wonderful the antique sofa and chairs will look in that gorgeous house of yours. I hope to one day visit them -- this time in your home. I know they will have an envious life.

From New Orleans, with much gratitude and love,

Karina

Hamptontoes said...

Oh, Frances...
The blue berger with nailheads is stunning! It looks beautiful, feels inviting and calming all at once! Gorgeous.

Tonya said...

SOooooo excited for you Franny.........I can't wait either!!!

Please everyone find a moment to enjoy Karina's beautiful post on our darling friend........it is so very much deserved!! XOX

The Zhush said...

Lovely pieces...hared to pick a favorite, but if I had to, it would be that mirror, its gorgeous!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, I adore French furniture - that looking glass is so exquisite - ah, I love the details.
And that sofa is so feminine and refined. XX

Casa Bella said...

Okay, I can't breathe after seeing those pieces. They are PERFECT. Such beauty!! I can't pic a favorite...

Daisy said...

Oh My Lord Queenie! this furniture is simply to die for!!! I am just speechless!!! I love her blog and am a follower as well. she does have the most magnificent taste, as do you my queen! and may i say that I agree with Anita, you do look like a movie star!! A tie between Kate Hudson and Kirsten Dunst:))) A true reprica of Marie Antoinette herself:))

Royal wishes,
Daisy

Mélanie A. said...

You are lucky to be the new owner of this beautiful french sofa. I love Karina's taste and style

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