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How to Make Your Table Look Like Ladurée’s & Introducing Sugar et Cie Home
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

Part 3 – Sample Menus to help you with the food part of the equation

 

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.

 

 

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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!

 

12 / 19

 

HOME DECOR

 

While on a recent buying trip in England, I found a few minutes to stop into a a handful of antique and home decor stores in London.

 

Chole Alberry, located on Portobello Road, specializes in beautiful hardware for the home. I love these crystal and glass treasures from Chloe Alberry, which specializes in interior hardware for the home (door knobs, cabinet knobs, mirrors, door plates, etc.).

 

Make your house sparkle with these door knobs that look diamonds as big as goose eggs…

 

 

 

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I was captivated by this angel carved in stone, which I spotted in the back of an antique shop on Golborne Road (Notting Hill).

 

 

 

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One of my favorite finds was at an antiques market outside of London. These ceramic black and white topped containers come with the most interesting story. This is how apothecaries and purveyors of cosmetics used to package their goods prior to the invention of modern day packaging. Once the contents were gone, they were often thrown out.

 

These have been dug up in various areas outside London. I had to snatch up the ones that held rose cream, balms, and cherry flavored toothpaste, the maker of which supplied Queen Victoria. I love almost anything with a pretty black and white pattern. They’re perfect to create a black and white vignette for your bedside table or your vanity (stash your rings, earrings, cotton balls, or bath salts).

 

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The one on the right is from Atkinsons (London 1799) the famous parfumerie, still in existence, and that has a perfume line named after 24 Old Bond Street. Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, Admiral Nelson, Lady Hamilton, Prince Tomasi di lampedusa, Queen Margherita di Savoia, and the Tsarina of Russia, were all customers.

 

If you are interested in these antique ceramic containers, let us know and we’d be happy to check on availability and pricing with our contact in London.

 

Pair it with a black and white tray like this one below from Belissimo:

 

 

 

Courtesy of Belissimo

 

DOGS OF LONDON

 

 

I couldn’t end this series without including a bit of cute factor. Londoners love their dogs as much as we do. I am a huge fan of terriers, especially Airedales, and couldn’t resist taking these pictures.

 

Charlie the Airedale, Notting Hill:

 

 

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Prudence Periwinkle, Portobello Road:

 

 

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Charlie Girl the Welsh Terrier, Shepperton:

 

 

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We found this antique print of hunting dogs along with a few other incredible dog prints at a stall on Portobello Road. The detail of the print is amazing (you can see the individual hairs that make up the dog’s coat). Each was hand-colored. From Saint James’s Court, Fine Art Dealers, London.

 

 

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11 / 21

 

SNEAK PEEK: LATE GEORGIAN/EARLY VICTORIAN GOLD BAND

 

We’ve just come back from a buying trip in England where we picked-up some unusual and interesting pieces. I’m drawn to sentimental jewelry, especially ones that allow the wearer to stash a secret message, picture, or even a bit of perfume. We couldn’t pass up this late Georgian/ early Victorian ring that appears to be a just a simple gold band ring…

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Antique Victorian Gold Band Ring

 

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SECRET COMPARTMENT RING

 

…but, press a small button on the side and the top portion of the band opens up to reveal a hidden compartment. Enclose a message or motto written on a piece of paper or engrave a note, monogram or date on the inside of this Secret Message Ring. A great piece to wear stacked with one of our micro pave diamond bands or a pair of gem-set eternity rings, one on each side. Emerald, sapphire or ruby would all pair nicely with the warm glow of the antique gold.

 

Antique Gold Band Ring with Secret Message Compartment

 

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It’s only the first part of November and already all of London is dressed up for Christmas. The streets are decorated with tinsel garlands and Liberty, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, among others, already have elaborate winter and holiday scenes in their windows.

 

 

Double Decker Red London Buses on Regent Street, London

 

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In between hunting for new pieces, I had a few minutes here and there to make a few “just for fun” stops.

 

DESIGN & DECOR

 

I am obsessed with this salon chair from Christopher Howe. It can be made with one of their fabrics, in leather, or with something one-of-a-kind, like a vintage flag. I love the one in the center below with the Union Jack.

 

Union Jack Flag Salon Chair From Howe in London

 

Courtesy of Howe, London

 

UNION JACK SALON CHAIR AT CHRISTOPHER HOWE SHOWROOM

 

I stopped by the Howe showroom late on a rainy London afternoon to take a look around. Located on Pimlico Rd., the store is filled with a mix of antiques and Howe’s designs.

 

Front of Howe Show Room on Pimlico Rd. in London

 

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While I was there chatting, I found out that Thomas Pink had ordered chairs for their store, custom made with a pink and grey Union Jack pattern using their shirts. Later in the week, I just happened to pass by a Pink store and had to stop in to see if it was the ONE. Sure enough it was, and I snapped a picture. I’d love to have one in white linen with the union jack in hot pink and scarlet red silk.

 

Pink and Grey Union Jack Flag Chair at Pink Store in London

 

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Options include an exposed back, if you like, and/or construction the old-fashioned way, with horse hair, said to last forever.

 

Christopher Howe Custom Salon Chairs at Pink in London

 

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IF IT’S SUNDAY – IT’S THE COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET

 

Even though it’s November, London still manages to have its fair share of blooms. Every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3-ish, the Columbia Road Flower Market comes alive. A small stretch of Columbia Road is blocked off and the street is filled with flower stalls (and a lot of people).

 

It’s a great place to stock up on flowers for the week, grab a cup of coffee, and hang out, which is what 50% of the crowd seemed to be doing on this crisp, but sunny afternoon. Not into flowers? There are a number of fun and cute boutiques to check out. Two of my favorites: Suck and Chew (candy store) and Future Vintage (fashion).

 

Purple and Pink Tulips at Columbia Road Flower Market in London

 

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Orange and Yellow Tulips at Columbia Road Flower Market in London

 

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MORE FLOWERS IN NOTTING HILL

 

We also hit Portobello Road on a Saturday. Despite the crowds later in the morning, it is my idea of heaven. Vintage fashion, great food stands and restaurants, and of course a wide range of antiques. I wanted to buy up all of the roses at this corner flower shop on one of the side streets.

 

a sea of pink roses

 

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roses at corner florist in Notting Hill

 

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Vines growing up these plum and berry colored row houses on Portobello.

 

Colorful Row Houses Portobello Road

 

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SWEET TREATS

 

I had to stop in for something warm at Fortnum & Mason, the most amazing mix of food hall, confectionery, gift emporium and cafe/tearoom/bar. I’m in love with their signature color. Depending upon the material/medium it ranges in shades from a robin’s egg blue to a turquoise blue-green to a pale mint green. I purchased a number of their biscuit (pistachio clotted cream, chocolate florentines, etc.) tins to turn into vases, a bon bon box, or possibly a velvet-lined trinket box. I haven’t quite decided.

 

Fortnum & Mason

 

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The first floor at Fortnum & Mason, drooling over the jellies, Turkish Delights, chocolates, etc. in the confectionery area.

 

confectionery department at Fortnum & Mason

 

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Stopped for something to eat in their second floor “Palour”: cappuccino, with a mini cappuccino ice cream cone on the side, and scones with the traditional clotted cream and strawberry preserves. The best scones I have ever had!

 

scones, strawberry preserves and clotted cream at Fortnum & Mason

 

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Doughnuts from a food stand on Portobello Rd. They looked amazing and I so badly wanted a raspberry filled jelly, but I managed to resist.

 

Food Stands on Portobello Road

 

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More sneak peeks and fun pics from London in Part II. Check back!