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11 / 06

 

INTRODUCING SUGAR ET CIE HOME: JEWELRY FOR THE HOME

 

Sugar et Cie is branching out into the home. Well sort of. From time to time when we are are out scouting the antique markets, we find beautiful decorative items and accessories for the home. A bit like jewelry, they add that finishing touch or color that completes the look.

 

We aren’t launching fully into the home, nor are we forsaking gems and jewelry. But we would like to give you access to our secret stash: a few special pieces of silver (e.g. rose bowls, ring boxes), linens (antique monogrammed linens), crystal lighting fixtures and other decorative accessories that will make your home sparkle – jewelry for the home!

 

CREATE YOUR OWN LADUREE SALON DE THÉ AT HOME

 

I know that I am not the only Ladurée crazy out there. I am confident that many of you exist. We love everything Ladurée. It’s more than just the macarons and the pastries. It’s the colors, the table setting, the decor. I have to say that I agree with Ladurée’s Co-President Elisabeth Hodler who recently said “…we are—more than a pastry shop, we’re a lifestyle.”

 

 

Courtesy of Ladurée

 

My first experience with Ladurée was more than a few years ago. The Ladurée on Rue Bonaparte happened to be down the street from my hotel. I just sort of just “discovered” it. The pastries and macarons drew me in, but the decor and the tea salon made it a place that I wanted to visit again.

 

While there are many Ladurées outside of Paris, sadly, there is not one in every city. Even if they did open one in SF (hint hint) tomorrow, sometimes I want to enjoy the look and feel of Ladurée in the comfort of my own home.

 

That’s how this three-part blog post started. We’ve studied, dissected, pondered, and insta-stalked the Ladurée look. We wanted to create our own version to share with our family and friends, and with you! So read on to find out how they created their look and get inspired to create your own version. We will reveal some of their sources and some of ours. Nothing frustrates me more than blogs and instagram posts that show pretty pictures, but never tell you what it is, whose it is, or where you can get it. We will!

 

Part 1 – How to Make Your Table Look Like Ladurée’s: Design Influences for those of you that are interested in the details

Part 2 – How to translate it to your own home and where to get it

 

LADUREE’S DESIGN INFLUENCES

 

There is an entire book on the topic of the decor of their Tea Salons: DECORATION & INSPRIATION LADUREE PARIS. They say they pull their inspiration for the décor of their Tea Salons and their overall aesthetics from three female tastemakers, from three different eras. Each, a design star in her own century: Madame de Pompadour 18th c., Empress Eugenie (a Marie Antoinette fanatic) 19th c., and Madeleine Castaing 20th c.

 

 

Courtesy of Ladurée

 

So much of Ladurée’s style philosophy can be directly traced back to Madeleine Castaing. An eccentric Diva who’s antique shop/design salon, is now occupied by Ladurée in Paris’ St. Germain de Pres neighborhood. Many of the Ladurée’s have at least one room which incorporates some of Castaing’s design trademarks (Rue Bonaparte, Harrods London). In those rooms, her influence is proudly on display.

 

The New York SoHo location is the perfect example. The blue velvet chairs with braided fringes, the striped wall covering and the Leopard print carpet, all classic Castaing. What I love most about her design philosophy is that it was not necessarily about the pedigree of the pieces themselves, although some were museum pieces. It was about creating a beautiful and comfortable environment. She mixed pieces from a variety of her favorite periods and of varying degrees of quality. She was a proponent of what we call today, mixing high and low.

 

THE COLOR PALETTE

 

If you have seen a few pictures of Ladurée or purchased one of their products, you are probably familiar with the colors they favor. They remind me of the colors associated with Marie Antoinette. Officially they list them as Pink (really a pale pink to be precise), Violet, Black & White, and of course the Ladurée Green. “Green was the original shade chosen for the walls of the first salon on the Rue Royale, founded in 1862. This basic colour, in its many variations, has symbolized Ladurée ever since….” The green has certainly evolved. Originally more of a Celadon green it has evolved to what I would call a pale apple green (very pale on the boxes to a more saturated green on the bags).

 

They also favor the rich jewel tones, another influence of Madeleine Castaing’s “I use three colors: red, sky-blue, and the green of the gardens,” she explained. Saturated blues, greens, and reds can be seen in their salons and purple, turquoise (perhaps Castaing blue) and orange have been featured on their packaging.

 

 

Courtesy of Laduree

 

It seems that at many locations one room is decorated in a mix of pastels and/or neutrals and one is usually in darker jewel colored-tones. Everything they do is trimmed with or highlighted by a touch of gold, silver or platinum. Very fitting for a brand that refers to their salons as modern day jewel boxes.

 

Next post. How to create your own Ladurée tea salon at home!