I fell head over heels in love with Europe the first time I visited. Everything about it spoke to me: the art, architecture, café life, chic residents and the sense of grounding that comes from generations of established society. (Also, the lack of skyscrapers.....!)
Since I live in the rugged, upper west corner of the US where the reigning (ha!) style is known as "Northwest Contemporary" and, being the Francophile that many of you know I am, it's been challenging for me to source, locally, European "Haute Brocante" (Flea Market) items for my own home. I love a collected-over-time aesthetic and sense of genteel, but not precious, warmth - without breaking the bank.
So, I started shopping! The last couple of trips to France, I discovered some wonderful things and had them shipped back to Seattle. The delivery was anxiously awaited!
And now, the Brocanterie is "live" on my new store website, Piacenza Maison. It's a mix of French (Louis Phillipe mirrors, vintage copper cookware, finishings, art), Italian (gilt painted furniture, Venetian mirror, handmade paper goods, art) and New items that reflect the same "Haute Brocante" sensibility.
I absolutely love what I call "The Mix". It's a blend of high/low, antique/modern, and streamlined/ornate. It's really what the term Contemporary means to me: Of the moment. (vs "Modern", which is a style in its own right) My goal is to offer furniture and accessories at Piacenza Maison that will bring to your home or office a little touch of Europe and, when mixed with new Modern or even rustic pieces, will impart a truly Contemporary essence.
And just in time for last minute Holiday shopping, we have a category called "Little Luxuries" - items that are all $50 or less. Here are a few samples:
And, we're giving back - we have handmade African horn earrings whose proceeds benefit a school in Uganda.
We invite you to browse Piacenza Maison and perhaps see something that speaks to you.... And please contact us with comments or questions!