Interior Design Projects

It’s been a while since we did a Designer Showcase , so here are some photos of full projects we did in Mission Hills and La Jolla . We are happy to help you on small projects when you need some consulting with colors to repaint , re-upholster some furniture or accent decor a room !

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In this home we worked with the Japanese client to fit her collection of Asian art . We kept the colors in a natural palette and designed all the cabinets , some furniture , as well as the special sofa with built in walnut shelf .DSC_2955 (Large).JPG

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Custom lamp and pendant with linen bottom bring soft lighting to the rooms.DSC_2900 (Large).JPG

French linens and glassware mix well with the simple Japanese lacquerware .Copy of DSC_2911 (Large).JPG

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Display in Wenge wood where kimonos changes with the seasons DSC_3098 (Large).JPG

Historical house in Mission Hills . Our clients loves France so much they even thought about buying a second home there …but didn’t ; so I helped them bring France to their San Diego home !DSC_4740_10303 (Large).JPG

Lime paint finish on the walls have very subtle nuances . It is a very traditional finish in Provence DSC_4742_10305 (Large).JPG

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Chicken wire chest showcases a collection of dishes .DSC_4782_10345 (Large).JPG

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Antique Italian buffet ….the art of mixing real old with reproductions and new contemporary pieces to keep the look authentic while still fresh and updated in these rooms .DSC_4758_10321 (Large).JPG

Custom made pergola brings privacy and charm to the back yard DSC_4815_10374 (Large).JPG

Antique fountain from Provence DSC_4852_10411 (Large).JPG

Gravel and stone wall just like in the South of France !DSC_4854_10413 (Large).JPG

Custom zinc table and chic but comfortable chairs for long outdoor candlelight dinners DSC_4829_10388 (Large).JPG

Plastic dishes and antique silverware  or how to entertain outdoor in style …DSC_4840_10399 (Large).JPG

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Concrete stairs with river stones detail …just like it was in our farmhouse in ProvenceDSC_4849_10408 (Large).JPG

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Elegant and peaceful bedroom with lime finish walls , antique linens and a good balance of warm wood  and soft greys .DSC_4709_10274 (Large).JPG

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Custom furniture in this dinning room were a must as all the tables were too big and  bulky  or too small . This one can extend on each sides to fit large Holiday dinners . Custom finishes with wax coating give a slight natural shine like antique painted furniture have . DSC_4652 (Large).JPG

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Bonne Fete maman !

Mission Hills Garden Walk is Saturday ! Perfect excuse to come in the neighborhood : Shop for Mother’s Day , have brunch …then walk it off !


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Entertaining season is just around the corner !

Melamine plates and platters are perfect for parties or outdoor picnics !

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The new dutch oven : lightweight ceramic coated aluminum, non stick and easy to clean …

For the modern mum ! Sets of 3 small individual ceramic are perfect for that French onion soup !

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Everything is better when it’s pink ! Mother’s day gift basket idea…rose drawer liner , lotion and body oil, felt tote bag , lavender sachet and flower scented soaps …perfect gift checked !


Flowers always looks their best on beautiful linens !


New Laguiole knives delivery…

These are the nicest Laguiole knives we ever had. All special ordered and made just for us, one at a time by the best craftsmen. Amazing details and finishes.

The big ones are hunting knives but can be use as steak knives for meat lovers. On the one on top all the detail is in the wood grain and the amazing dark damask blade. Bottom one is more traditional with light cow horn and polished stainless steel.

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One of my favorite Easter lamb recipe !

This is a very traditional lamb shoulder recipe typical from Provence and the perfect Easter meal . Lamb shoulder are almost impossible to find here but you can make this sauce with any other lamb roast .

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In your baking pan  put a lemon ( sliced , seeds removed ) and a whole can of anchovies in olive oil ( do not be scared by the anchovies ..their bones will melt during cooking and they won’t give a fishy taste to your lamb at all but a nice deep salty flavor …this is actually the secret ingredient ….if you don’t tell , they won’t know but they will love it ! ) , then some garlic cloves ( i usually boil them first for 15 mns to pre-cook them , that avoid to have them dry out and still be hard …this way they will melt in your gravy )  If you are doing a leg of lamb you will probably have to double all these proportions . Lay over you lamb ( shoulder , leg or rack) . Insert a few garlic cloves rolled in thyme and salt under the skin. Rub with herbs, rosemary works very well , salt and olive oil ;  bake .Once the meat is done , put aside . Remove the slices of lemon , take the skin of the garlic cloves and mix it all with the cooking juices to make the best gravy to accompany a lamb dish .

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DSCN3066 [800x600].jpgI like to serve my lamb with green beans, a potatoe gratin ( gratin d’auphinois de preference ! ) and an eggplant gratin too ….

For the gratin d’auphinois : slice with a mandoline thin slices of potatoes . Layer them in a baking dish  with herbes de Provence ,sliced onions , salt and pepper. Cover with whipping cream or chicken broth if you do not want the dairy and fat !In Provence we do broth but in the rest of France they do cream and sometime cheese ….up to you .  Bake until done …make sure it doesn’t get to dry …ad some liquid if necessary .

The eggplant “papeton” : skin and cube the eggplants ( 2 ) saute in oilve oil , ad salt , 2 bay leaves and cover immediately so the eggplant will give out water . Ad 2 crushed garlic cloves, thyme and cook cover until the eggplant make a mash .Ad a bit of water if it gets too dry . Take off the heat and ad 2 eggs beaten. Pour in a baking dish and bake in a double boiler until done ( 1 hour or so ) VOILA !!!

I appologize if my photos are not the best because I always remenber to take them when I’m in the midle of the cooking process and my hands are a mess or in a rush when I serve it because we really want to eat  right away !!! Can’t wait when it’s that good 🙂