Easy Ways to Bring Fall Decor to Your Home

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The leaves on the trees might not be changing yet, but you can find pumpkin spice in every coffee shop in the Mid-South. That means it’s Fall at last! Fall’s a season full of color and coziness: A time for warmth and socializing with loved ones. The holiday season is right around the corner and we all want to make the most of the friendliest time of year.

Fall decor is about embracing that excitement and bringing a warm, cozy feel to your home. And luckily, there’s a few easy ways to do just that.

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Bring the colors of nature indoors

Halloween will always bring pumpkins and bright oranges tones, but you can also turn to rich reds and browns to enhance your decor and give a living space a warmer feeling. The easiest way to add these colors to your Fall decor is by shopping for smalls and accessories like throw pillows and blankets. Look for a statement piece that you can feature on a coffee table or mantle.

Another great way to capitalize on autumnal colors is by adding natural colored wooden accents. There are plenty of fall-themed wreaths as well to bring warmth to your entryway.

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Mix different textures

Texture is always an underappreciated element to designing a room. A soft throw set against sleek furniture can really make a room dynamic and lively. If your goal’s to bring that woodsy feel of Fall into your house, playing with different textures will help you make that a reality.

For example, cotton is one of nature’s softest textures. It’s a great complement to nearly every piece of furniture out there because it can provide contrast. Cornucopias and pine cones will give you a similar effect on the opposite end of the spectrum. You can even play with cloth textures like burlap to give that rugged feel of moving the outdoors inside. Texture is a great place to let your creativity shine.

Make it a centerpiece

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Autumn is the holidays and how it brings people together. This holiday season, you’ll inevitably find yourself at your dinner table surrounded by your loved ones.

So what better place to start introducing your Fall decor than at the dinner table?

There are plenty of options open to you here from one large centerpiece or a small collection of items. If you choose the latter, concentrate on finding a focal point to your design and find pieces that work well with that focal point. Always look for a little touch of uniqueness to it as well. For example, cornucopias like the one above aren’t exactly rare – but how many have you seen with an adorable little owl peeking out?


At La Maison, we’re excited for the change of seasons and happy to help you find the best way to introduce Autumn into your own home. If you’re looking for design inspiration, take a look at our Designer Collection for recent items that have been in our store. Who knows? You might just find something special for your own home.

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Meeting a Memphis Legend: Vance Boyd

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Being a true Memphis legend is more than being born in the Mid-South; it’s about touching lives and pursuing what you love. For Vance Boyd, he’s spent his career doing exactly that. He worked at a large jewelry store as a young man before enlisting into military service with the Air Force, traveling the world and coming back to flourish by the Mississippi. But don’t let us tell you the story – we got the chance to speak with Vance recently and he shared with us his history in jewelry, antiques and art.

Memphis legend Vance Boyd

Tell us about your long and illustrious business career.

Upon graduation from high school in 1947 at age 17, I answered a newspaper ad for office boy at George T. Broadnax Jewelers. Broadnax was the largest fine jewelry store in the south, and was located in a grand building at Main & Monroe where they occupied all 7 floors plus the basement. I was offered and accepted a job in the mail room which entailed retrieving mail and packages from the Post Office and distributing them to the various departments.

After a short time I received a promotion to Stock Boy, which was a very fun job for me. I worked in a very large room where we received all of our merchandise.  After only about 6 months they made me a Receiving Clerk, which was the favorite job of my life. It was like Christmas every day, opening these incredible barrels of china, crystal and giftware from France and England along with jewelry and watches from New York. My job was to open and check-in the merchandise and deliver it to the different departments where it would be tagged and displayed.

A year later they asked me to come to work on the sales floor, so I left what had been my dream job in Receiving. On the sales floor I was responsible for selling sterling hollowware, sterling flatware and solid gold jewelry lines.  From there I moved on to the watch department.  After a short time there, I was drafted and went into the Service.

What branch of the military did you go into?

I was drafted by the Army, but there were actually no training camp positions available at the time.  Since I had already left my job at Broadnax I was offered the opportunity to join another branch, so I enlisted in Air Force in 1950. I served for 3 years and spent time in Milwaukee and Germany before my discharge and return to Memphis.

How did things change for you once you returned to the city?

After my discharge I went back to Broadnax to inquire about returning to my job.  They wanted me to use my GI Bill to study gemology in California and become a Gemologist and I was very excited about the opportunity.  Rather than spending nine months in California, I enrolled in their two year correspondence course.

Upon becoming a certified Gemologist, I worked in the diamond department for a number of years.  Some years later they decided to build a new location at Laurelwood and they wanted me to run that store.  I opened it in 1960 or 1961, by which time I had become Vice President. During this time, the store transformed from a medium size jewelry store and moved into a much larger space. While running the Laurelwood store its sales outgrew the downtown store’s sales, and I was promoted to President of Broadnax.

In 1973 I took the plunge and opened my own business which was Vance Boyd and Son Fine Jewelry.  We opened in the Clark Tower just as the construction of the building was completed. I took the ground space between two stock brokers, but we outgrew that space in about 8 years. About that time the Park Place Mall was opening and they approached me (and Oak Hall) about relocating to their new Mall. They were trying to attract other tenants and they knew that our presence would attract new tenants as well as customers to the mall.

In 1993 I retired from the jewelry business to begin my second career as an antique dealer. I bought a building at Union and Cooper and stayed at that location for 17 years. I became pretty well known for antiques, although people always remembered me as a jeweler as well.

I the early 2000s I began to have some serious health problems and it became difficult to run a business full time. I wasn’t ready to completely retire though, so I sold my building and moved into La Maison and Palladio where I continue to be at the present time.

You are also an artist. What was it like becoming a painter?

As part of being a buyer of jewelry and giftware most of my life, I bought and sold a lot of art and became somewhat of a collector myself. Over the years I developed a tremendous love for art and finally decided to try my hand at painting. I wasn’t sure if I had the talent because I was really never good at drawing. I inquired to a few artists about taking lessons, and they assured me that I didn’t have to know how to draw in order to learn to paint. They insisted that if I was good with color, that I’d be able to paint.

I started taking art lessons 4 years ago at Memphis Botanic Gardens from renowned artist Marilyn Wannamaker and realized that I could paint! I began selling my paintings and I have had a very successful art show. You might say I’m like a “Grandma Moses,” because she didn’t start painting until she was in her 80s and became very famous. Although I certainly don’t expect to become famous, I was 83 when I started painting.

What is your inspiration? What type of art do you like to create?

I wanted to take art lessons but never had time earlier in my career because I had always been a workaholic. I was inspired and encouraged by several artist friends who knew of my creative flare and eye for color. My motivation is the sheer joy of turning a blank canvas into something beautiful. As for subject matter I particularly enjoy landscapes and florals as well as contemporaries and abstracts. I am not locked into one style of painting and that’s the way I am with my decorating as well. I guess I am known for being somewhat eclectic.

How would you describe your taste when it comes to home decor and design?

My favorite styles have always been French and English. I favor traditional furniture and art because it never goes out of style. I like to accessorize with a few contemporary pieces and certainly a piece or two of contemporary art.

In addition to style, color is also very important. As I said earlier, I am rather eclectic and I don’t stick to one look or color. I typically like to mix lot of French, some English, some contemporary and a little bit of Oriental. The Oriental is generally picked up with few accessories or lamps. Of course I have favorite colors that I often recommend, although I’m certainly open to the client’s preferences.

What’s new in your life?

I recently moved into a new booth at La Maison. Its unique L-shape allowed me a lot of flexibility in placing my furniture, and decorating the space. It is a beautiful showroom that allows me to display a great deal of merchandise. If you have not been in the shop recently, please stop by for a visit. I visit the shop frequently and look forward to seeing you there. When I am not in the shop, I am typically painting in my sun room and enjoying the company of my dog Abigail.

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Home and Decor Spotlight | September 2017

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Our Decor Spotlight this month features some really incredible items as we’re heading into Fall. It also features a little of everything: An absolutely jaw-dropping antique painting, an exquisite wine rack, unique gift items and more.

September’s Decor Spotlight

The Storyteller by 19th Century artist Theophile Gide – This 8ft x 6ft is a colossal, stunning piece of artwork that dates back to the 1800s. Written words cannot do this piece justice – it’s worth the trek to La Maison just to see this piece. Honestly, we’re not sure how we even attained it; it should be taking residence in a museum…or a foyer!

We also have some incredible items to highlight from a brand new vendor: Cotton Row Uniques! You might not find many lumberjacks in Memphis, but there’s many men who could do with a stylish tote bag! They also have many gift items to give to the men in your life – hair and shaving balms, hand lotions and more.

Wine racks are always stylish and a great decorating fit for your favorite connoisseur. But how about a wine rack made specifically from a wine barrel? It’s a gorgeous fit on any wall and the natural-colored branded wood is a fantastic conversation starter.

Lastly for September decor spotlight, here’s a pair of accessory pieces with antiqued glass to bring some sophistication to your decor! The size and design of these allow them work shift seamlessly from acting as a centerpiece to an accessory on a mantle or side table.


For more design inspiration, browse our Design Collection and dial in to the specific items you are looking for. If you’re new to home decorating, we interviewed interior decorator Steve Nabers of Nabers Interiors last month; Steve was kind enough to share some of his own designing tips – and he even has his own vending space in La Maison!

Click here to visit August’s Home and Decor Spotlight

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Start Home Decorating: A Conversation with Steve Nabers

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At La Maison Antiques, we get a lot of questions on interior designing. Where does a person even start home decorating? Can I use my old furniture? Are there any easy design tips for people just starting to decorate? How do I avoid items that will eventually look dated? It’s always difficult to start a project as adventurous as redecorating your home. How are you supposed to learn the right way to do it?

We know what we would do: Ask a professional designer.

Thankfully, we have interior designing friends! Steve Nabers of Nabers Interiors is here to help aspiring decorators avoid some rookie mistakes! On top of owning his own design studio and retail store, Steve also features his merchandise inside La Maison. And he’s here to help you start your home decorating project.

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Where do you start in decorating a room?

Very few clients have the luxury of starting a decorating project with a clean slate. Most people have favorite pieces of artwork, furniture or keepsakes they wish to incorporate and sometimes showcase.  These items can provide the starting point, in some cases. I always try to analyze the client’s existing environment and their personal tastes and lifestyles before making color, finish and furnishings selections.  Factors like volume, not just perimeter, of the space need to be considered for scaling the furnishings to be placed there.

Is there natural light? What are the artificial light sources?  Will the room be used often or rarely? Do the clients have young children?  Do they have pets?  All of this should be taken into consideration when transforming a space.

How do you choose the colors or the theme?  

Every project is different and many factors go into the selection process. I discuss favorite colors and styles with the clients and show them various scenarios to get feedback. If a client wants to update without starting over, sometimes simply bringing in a new color with a fresh coat of paint or in accent fabrics and accessories will a give a space new life.

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What benefits does an interior designer bring to the process?  

I think the best reason for choosing to work with a design professional is to avoid costly mistakes.  An interior designer brings experience in working with color and finishes, has sources for furnishings and accessories, and has relationships with trusted vendors and craftspeople for referrals.  Besides saving the client many hours of indecision and legwork, a designer’s expertise in placement and creation of balance with furnishing arrangements can be stress-reducing as well.

What is the most common mistake you see people make in decorating a room?  

I’d have to say scale and color mistakes might be what I see most often.  A sofa ordered online might look great on the computer screen but when it gets into your room it’s gigantic and makes your other pieces look out of proportion.  I once worked with a couple who had ordered a cocktail table from a well-known retailer.  The table literally took up most of the space in the not-so-large living room and made it impossible to fit in enough seating.

(They returned it.)

Or the opposite can be a problem. The photo of a chair looks great but in reality it’s tiny and does not make the statement you wanted it to make.  I run into wall color choice issues, also.  For example, neutral beige paint color can look pink and grays can look purple in certain light. Likewise, fabrics most times don’t photograph true to color and are difficult to compare in catalogs or online. There is no substitute for looking at the actual fabric or, at least, a fabric sample.

What is the best way to incorporate antiques and vintage items into a room with contemporary pieces?

As Susan Sully says in her book, Past Present, Living With Heirlooms and Antiques, “There is nothing new about the idea of antique meets modern.”  She advocates not treating heirlooms as precious relics but rather integrating them creatively into our daily lives. No matter what style or period you are working with in a client’s home, incorporating a special family piece or antique can add a little history, mystery and character.

I might place grandmother’s china platter on a stand in a contemporary bookcase or place a treasured silver bowl on a glass cocktail table to hold a plant.  A well distressed antique English chest in a stripped down, minimalist setting can make a strong contemporary statement.  I love the idea of using antique Oriental rugs in a room with sleek furniture and bright abstract paintings on the walls.


We want to thank Steve Nabers for providing some great insight on what it takes to start home decorating! If you’re looking to renovate, look for design inspiration to start and see if any of your current pieces will match your design plan. Pay attention to the lighting a room gets and try to do what makes sense. And when in doubt, you can contact us – we’ll always be glad to give our educated opinion!

For more from Steve Nabers, you can find him at his website NabersInteriors.comFacebook and Instagram.

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Home and Decor Spotlight | August 2017

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A place for the newest and best of home decor in Memphis

La Maison Antiques sees a lot of changes from month to month as our decorators stay on top of the newest designing trends. You can visit our Designer Collections to see a large sampling of their efforts. But we wanted to create a place to proudly display the newest changes to our store. And here it is: our Home and Decor Spotlight!

We’ll try to do a monthly post to show you what’s new – both to our store and in the designing world. Enjoy our slideshow below which has a little bit of everything. You’ll find cozy antiques, sleek, modern touches, and even some unique smalls and quirky designs.

Keep an eye on our blog in the future! We’ll have posts in the near future to discuss decorating styles and even tips from our favorite Memphis designers!

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Top Interior Decorating Trends of 2017

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Before the clock struck midnight and 2017 was welcomed in, Vogue.com delivered some interior decorating predictions for the new year. They didn’t predict anything revolutionary; in fact, Vogue kept it simple. This shape, that texture, and this color – their predictions were designed to provide rooms with a fresh breath of life without breaking the budget.

We’re just past the halfway mark in 2017 and La Maison’s certainly not Vogue. However, we are in the business of staying on the cutting edge of interior decorating trends. And we’re here to tell you which trends have hit and which have missed!

The Hits

Interior design trends

Geometrics

There’s something to be said for a clean, crisp pattern. They bring intrigue to a room and draw eyes from more modern color pallets. Geometric designs can help a room feel stylish without being too busy and clean without losing interest. In 2017, our customers have loved the geometric touches to help complete a room. We’ve even heard customers describe their design as thought-provoking and peaceful!

Quirky Lighting

Quirky gets a bad rep! Sure, it’s a term that implies peculiarity and eccentricity – but isn’t that exactly what you want in a home? We’re not saying that every piece in your house should be quirky. But one unexpected piece can completely revitalize a boring design.

At La Maison, we’ve have sold numerous light fixtures this year that fit the oddity bill. With designs ranging from starbursts to sputniks and everything in between, this has been a great year for creativity with light fixtures. Orbs and birdcage designs have been hot, too!

Texture

Do you know what compliments the sleek, glossy modern style? Texture.

It doesn’t have to be much. A throw blanket here, an accessory pillow there. But adding a bit of texture to a room design is the perfect way to offset the almost frigid feeling you can get when a modern design goes a bit too far. Recent home decor has seen an uptick in textured wallpapers, furniture designs, and even in light fixtures. Remember that quirkiness from before?

Most of our customers have kept it simple with a pillow or blanket but that’s truly all you need. It works with nearly any interior decorating design or style and provides an easy way to get out of your comfort zone.

Marble and brass

Think a sleeker version of the marble the found in antiquity…and add that bright pop of golden brass. If you cannot imagine it, trust us – it looks incredible.

It takes the right design style to pull off but if you’re already favoring more modern neutral colors then you can’t go wrong with this one. People are using these for coffee tables, sculptures, accessory pieces, a combination for mirrors and counter tops – you name it. And it looks breathtaking each and every time.

You’ll find it predominantly in the kitchen and bathrooms. At La Maison, we’ve seen customers really favoring the design for coffee tables and end tables. This design also goes great with glass.

Artisan-Crafted Furniture

Okay, Vogue. You’re being a bit safe with this one.

They aren’t wrong though, so we cannot fault them. In today’s era of mass-produced furniture that lead to a family DIY project, is it really that odd to see people favoring well-crafted goods? And if La Maison Antiques truly has a specialty, it’s our focus on providing painstakingly-handcrafted pieces to your decor. Our furniture isn’t mass-produced. You won’t find anything quite like it at a chain department store.

Our customers seem to appreciate that and we’re extremely grateful. We truly feel that these pieces bring a sophistication and presence to interior decorating that cannot be replicated. It’s nice to see that our community feels the same way.

They Almost Nailed It

Modern home decor

Bronze

We all love a good bronze finish in the right design, but Vogue spoke as if bronze was going to be the next craze for home design. That modern oil-rubbed bronze finish is still very popular and bronze does pair well with neutral tones and hardwood floors. Still, I don’t know if that’s enough to call this one a clear hit.

With all that said, bronze still might be on it’s way to popularity. We’ve seen it’s interest grow in 2017 but not to the point where we’re seeing it in every design. But its versatility and classic feel are going to continue earning it’s way into really great designs.

Greys

Grey is the new brown, as they say! It’s a wonderful color that goes with essentially anything when done correctly. We’ve seen plenty of designs that feature grey and white together – they look incredible.

Still, it’s not a fully blown trend at this point. Perhaps it’s not so easily paired with antiques in certain situations. Vogue calls for deeper tones of grey in the future which sounds extremely interesting; we’ll keep our eyes out!

Muted Colors

This one feels a bit cheap to us. Muted colors have been popular for so long now. However, Vogue is correct; muted colors are absolutely in trend.

The trend has even veered towards matching muted colors with more muted colors. For example, whites and greys and beiges are getting mixed with a darker bronze or black. These monochromatic designs set you up for one pop of color to really set the room ablaze. It’s not a new trend in interior decorating, but it’s still pulling steadily along.

The Whiffs

Now don’t expect a picture example! La Maison tries to steer clear of the trends that leave people wanting. But Vogue’s predictions that the color green and tropical designs would come into play have been completely off base for us. Sure, someone may be interested in a lovely green vase that will fit with what style they are already going for, but no one is looking to litter their home with floral patterns. For many of us, green is a callback to avocado-colored appliances that we’re lingering in the 1970s. Tropical patterns and greens are great in moderation. It’d take a true interior decorator to design a room around them.

If you want La Maison’s predictions for the rest of 2017, we’re expecting the trend for artisan-styled furniture to continue, particularly ones that show as much natural grain as possible. There really is no replacement for a hand-crafted stately table and we’ve seen their demand growing in recent weeks. We have also seen people gravitating towards warmer colors to pair with the neutral tones in their home.

Statement lamps, unique art pieces, light fixtures and sculptures will round out our prediction of what’s to come. These items are all great for revitalizing a room with no energy without breaking your budget entirely. They’re a go to for folks trying to start renovating their home.

So there you have it! The interior decorating trends of 2017 to date. What styles and trends have you liked this year?

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La Maison’s first televised commercial

Over the past year at La Maison, we’ve focused on providing our guests the best shopping experience possible. We made updates to several systems in the store with your comfort in mind – we’ve even taken to offering our guests a cup of coffee!

This is why we’re excited to announce our first ever television commercial! This commercial will run exclusively for Comcast television sets through the month of March. We’ve put a lot of work into La Maison this past year and we’re pleased that we now have the chance to invite others to our home.

We call La Maison our home not just because our store means that in French – we truly hope that our store feels like home to you and that our merchandise brings a special joy to your own home. From a business sense, having our own commercial is an accomplishment to celebrate. More importantly, it’s an accomplishment we would never have happened without you – our guest.

From the La Maison staff, believe us when we say…thank you.

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Elvis Presley : On The Train to, Memphis, Tennessee : July 3/4, 1956

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After a ratings-grabbing appearance on ‘The Steve Allen Show’ and a recording session in New York City that produced “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel” Elvis returned to Memphis by train for a concert at Russwood park.

When the train finally got near Memphis, Elvis asked to get off at a stop near the outskirts of town called White Station. It was closer to his home on Audubon Drive than the main station in Memphis.

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Welcome to La Maison Antiques!

La Maison Antiques is where the designers shop! With over 40 individual vendors – many of whom are designers themselves – La Maison provides our customers with a diverse selection of interior decorations that can change the entire atmosphere of your home!

At La Maison, we believe that every home should be special. A home should be something that a family can love and take pride in. For that reason, we strive every day to give our customers a special shopping experience to match. If you’re looking in Memphis for the very best in antiques, home décor, gifts, and interior design, La Maison has you covered.

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