This is a very special post .... These images of the most beautiful French antique furniture I have seen in a long time .... come from Karina Gentinetta in New Orleans!
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!