Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jan De Luz

Jan De Luz was born in the Basque region of France.  He started as a cabinet maker and then turned to creating beautiful Basque fabrics.  This man does it all and his eye to detail is beyond perfection.  Jan has brought the French touch to America!  Here you will be able to see his beautiful import business located on the central coast of California.

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Here he his making traditional Basque fabrics.



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This door was once used for a sandwich shop in Bordeaux France.  The writing on the door says: cup of coffee, and glass of local wine.  It serves as a divider between the living room and the kitchen.



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I love this fresh kitchen and its open shelves.  Open shelves are my favorite, closed stagnant shelving have tendencies to consume kitchens, making them feel smaller.  
Basque farm kitchens always used charming open shelving due to practicality.
The Iron fireback is the perfect back drop for the La Cornue; the black grounds the room perfectly.



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I cannot tell you how much I love these vintage Louis fireplaces.  Jan De Luz carries a large selection on his website here.



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These are 12-foot pillars dating around 180 years old.  They give such a beautiful strong presence for the entrance of the home.  I can't get over the pumpkins and corn stalks next to the vintage pillars, one of my favorite pics of all time!



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I had to add this picture of this gorgeous Louis XIII mantel, which was crafted from tight, fine-grained limestone from eastern France near Dijon.  On top sits a rattan basket that is carried on one's back when harvesting.



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This home with its gorgeous matching gate and balconies in French blue adds the perfect detailed touch to this home, and you can't forget the entry walk way done in Burgundy stone... it's all in the details!!!




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These are my favorite fountains, they remind me of Provence!



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This is the perfect set-up for this fountain; surrounded by boxwood and lavender it creates the perfect focal point for the entry of this home.
Typically these octangular fountains were used to allow animals a place to drink and villagers a place to draw water.




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This home is the perfect example of the keen eye of Jan De Luz.   This is the most beautiful home I have ever seen!!!  The carved entrance and beams are the perfect example of exceptional craftsmanship!  This home exemplifies perfection and quality from every angle.



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Have you EVER seen windows like these?  To top it off, this home is located by the sea... DANG!
The wrapped stone, and strong iron strap hinges - I have never seen such craftsmanship! 




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Look at the roof structure... Jan explains,  "These amazing roof entanglements are typically Norman-style architecture.  Complex is not always complicated,  It can be simply lovely."
I know that this sounds silly, but that eyebrow window with that slate makes me want to cry!  The power of beautiful architecture!




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One last picture of gorgeousness...
I highly recommend getting the book The French Touch
It will make you happy!

Jan, thank you for enlightening us with such beautiful elements and ideas from France!  You're AMAZING!!







13 comments:

  1. Yes indeed Jan is amazing! I so enjoyed this post!!! Thank you so much!
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    Greet

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  2. What a beautiful post! I love #18 the of my dreams.Thank you.
    Regards,
    Cecilia

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  3. I came across your blog and just wanted to say I LOVE it! You have such a great eye that I wish I had! I also wish you lived in Houston so you could HELP me!!! I have good intentions, but bad execution. I'll just keep watching you blog for more ideas!

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  4. What a lovely post. Great photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Desiree, I am a new follower and thrilled to be one! You have a great blog and I will visit often! Jan is a master craftsman, no doubt about it, with passion that comes through all his work. Thank you so much for the introduction you gave us..the photos are just stunning! greetings from Canada ox

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  6. ...moc krásné fotky!!!hezký den...JanaLavender

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  7. Fabulous sense of style. Great taste. Brilliant!

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  8. Desiree, wow you've got some non english followers. Hope you have someone who can translate for you! I wanted to tell you I posted a few pics of your stunning home on my blog and hope you don't mind!!! I just had to share them with my friends because I know they will LOVE them!

    Love,
    Mel

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  9. Do you know if any of these stone fireplaces can be placed outdoors?

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  10. Typically it would be best if it was covered outdoors so that the elements won't get to the limestone! I would totally put one of these fireplaces in a breezeway... It would be breathtaking!

    Desiree

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  11. Although I really like color I'm most drawn to neutral palettes. The reclaimed wood, stone, and iron mixed with the creams and white is so calming. It's character vs. flash.

    The texture, the flowers, the books...all so comfortable.

    I'm with you I adore the pumpkins and cornstalks next to the vintage pillars. You are so right it is all in the details and these details are just right.

    Mona Thompson Providence Ltd.
    http://blog.providenceltddesign.com

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  12. I have this book and I love it! I have even given it as a gift to others who love the French look.

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