Monday, December 10, 2012

Celebrating Interieurs

Our Holiday window

Last Tuesday night we celebrated our Luxe Interiors and Design Cover Story for the New York Issue, with 350 guests bee-lining straight to the bar (good thing Luke ignored my instructions and bought more wine than I had approved). 

Mercifully, it was a beautiful balmy late Fall evening, I made many attempts to try to get at least one glass of wine to soothe my nerves (did I mention I cannot bare hosting parties.... I am always a nervous wreck!) but securing a spot on the terrace was impossible.

The entire Luxe team was present and the Editor In Chiel, Pamela Jaccarino surprised me with her unexpected visit prior to hosting the Art Basel festivities in Miami.

Two days before the party, the transformers for our 16 feet  glass chandelier blew out. Panic set in, immediate phone call to the electrician, window display dismantled, scaffolding rented, 8 hours later...the new transformers are installed, scaffolding taken down, I finally relax... the ordeal was over, to morrow (day of the event) we will redo the window and get the showroom ready. 

As we pack our bags, we witnessed one by one the lights turning off... we all looked at each other in more powerful transformers were needed. I went home, collapsed in physical and emotional exhaustion and slept for  a few hours. Early morning on the day of the event, I met with the electricians, we rebuilt a much larger scaffolding (which had to be returned by noon...) and hoped and prayed to... PLEASE let us have a break... By 3pm, chandelier in all its glory was lit again. Then the race to get the showroom ready started again in earnest.

Estera putting the final touches. (this scaffold was actually too short, we had to revert to a huge scaffolding that took the entire entrance... I was too stressed to even take a pic).

Tanzania chandelier finally re-installed.

I took a few shots of the showroom with my iPhone as we were re-arranging furniture to accomodate our RSVP list.

Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chielf of Luxe magazine with me (looking time to even put a little make up on), and Team Interieurs, Estera, Anthony and Jennifer.

Jeanelle Wing chair.

Our Bamboo dining table set with Rina Minardi handmade plates,
 Lieux Floorlamp Affolee, and acrylic prints of photographs I took in Cambodia.

Just received our containeur a couple of days before the party with mid century pieces I found at the deballage in France. Chandelier Simon Collection for Interieurs.

Our Juliette chaise with lighting by Jose Esteves.

The Julien L shape sofa with Antoine Bamboo table

Armande bed

The last of industrial steel mesh screens


Kathryn bed

A Bientôt,



  1. Francine-
    You are so talented. Your window and shop look fabulous!
    Happy Monday.

  2. francine...
    in your next life you could write suspense novels... i was a wreck reading this as i can only imagine what you were going thru... (i have small panics with things at my little store) but nothing like this ... eeek.
    so glad it all went well (and as we know it always does!)

    your store is A M A Z I N G... and so are you darling.... wishing you a joyful holiday... xoxoxo

  3. Everything looks absolutely amazing! The host never has time to look glamorous . I have been there! Congratulations on a job done magnificently!

  4. Francine I am amazed at your accomplishment, I would have had a panic attack for sure! Interieurs looks more than fabulous, as you do!
    Luxe, Luxe, Luxe!

    2012 Artists Series,
    Art by Karena

  5. Why do these things run up to the wire?! Alright on the night, however, so that's the key thing, and I imagine you're still recovering from the stress. And the window looks fab.

  6. Gorgeous photos!! Love the first one w/ the light and the presents. It sounds like it was stressful but you pulled it off because you were prepared! How exciting for you. Now take a few days for some downtime. xoxo

  7. I know this was a wonderful evening. No one but you knew of all the drama, and you look beautiful. Always, such a lovely smile. xx's

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  9. The lights are amazing from the outside. Its like its raining brightly :)

  10. Alls well that ends well..:)
    Francine you always look gorgeous despite being exhausted... nobody would know...
    Have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas and enjoy the well deserved holidays... xv


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