Tuesday, June 19, 2012

French Style Furniture

This past weekend was just made for a road trip.  We drove up to Chicago and stayed with some friends who live downtown.  I don't think we could have asked for better weather. We always enjoy walking up and down Rush Street.  FYI, there is an amazing gelato stand in Mariano Park near all the action.

One of this weekends highlights was searching for French inspired furniture and decor.  We hit the jackpot!  Near the Wicker Park neighborhood, we came across an amazing warehouse that we had driven by at least 50 times and never noticed.  The inside is a treasure chest of French style furniture, French decor, art, you name it.  We decided we would share some of those images today.  If there is something you see let us know and we'll share the store with you, unless of course it's something we plan to go back and buy!

These faux cakes look just as good as the real thing.  There were cake stands all over the place!

Love the French style bookcase and topiary pots with lamps to match.  Artichokes and boxwoods continue to be a theme throughout the entire store.

This rustic outdoor table looks fantastic with these white folding chairs.  The antique French hutch would look great in any home, so long as you have tall ceilings!

I had never seen a topiary with candles.  It would look outstanding on the outdoor table above.

Since there are so many dog lovers out there I thought I would share this great painting.  The green and white serving trays and platters would be great for a Christmas party.

This combination works great together.  The French sideboard is a staple for anyone using French design in their home.

French decor is everywhere!  There were at least 20 large hutches, bookcases, and shelving units.  Some of the antique French hutches were at least 9 feet tall and 6 or 7 feet wide.  Just be prepared to break out the gold credit card for one of those pieces.

If you need a long wood table or a long wood bench this is also the store for you.  In two floors we walked through, I bet there were at least a few hundred chairs.  The majority were French country, but there were also many napoleon style chairs.

Even though they were fake, these flowers still look great, especially on the sideboard with the lamp.  As you can see, more cake stands and matching party supplies fill this table.

One thing we have been looking for is a large round wood table.  This store had at least five round tables that could seat 10 people easily.  The one shown here is actually one of the smaller tables.

This French country wood table is just what we had in mind.

Serving trays, candle sticks, lamps, and books fill the showroom.

More of the tables and benches I mentioned earlier.

If you want more information on this store find let us know!  Most of these treasures are still there, as we had to resist buying on this trip.  We plan to move into a temporary residence during our homes construction, so there just isn't room to store any additional finds.  We also want to get a feel for the new space prior to making any more large purchases.  Since all of these great items are still out there, go get them!

If you are reading our blog for the first time we hope you will add and follow us during our homes construction.  If you are returning we hope you continue to enjoy our posts!

Have a great week!

Rob and Tonya

Do you shop at a similar showroom? Comment and let us know!


  1. The tables they have are great!! Im going to Chicago in August...I may just have to go shopping in Wicker Park!!

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  3. GREAT POST:) I love all french things and Im going to Nice for my birthday..Im sooo exited:)
    I really like your blog and I want to follow, do you have twitter or facebook??

    If you want some Swedish décor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
    Have a great weekend.

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  4. That looks like one fun warehouse

  5. This looks like such great place to shop. I love the dog painting. I have a few in the sitting room,

  6. Great post and great way to find unique items for your shop! I'm constantly on the lookout for new sources! Have a great weekend and I'm so glad I got to see this post! Thank you for your kind comments and I just joined your blog…I hope it does very well!

  7. I would have had too much fun here. In love with it all, but the gold chest and the portrait of the dogs grabbed my heart!
    Beautiful post.

  8. What a wonderful treasure trove!!!Would love to visit there sometime, I saw so many things that would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. What a treasure trove! I could wonder through there for days.

  10. What is the name of the store? I'm thinking it is old plank road antiques. It used to be in Westmont (western suburb of Chicago). I haven't been to the new location. Looks awesome! I really miss having it out in the suburbs.

  11. Could you tell me the name of this store


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