Champagne, Champagne and more Champagne


I know that I have said this before, I love sparkling wine, not only Champagne, but a great Cava or Sekt or Prosecco as well.  Besides the wonderful taste there is also something about its color, finish and sparkle, which provides great inspiration for interiors and fashion.

It is a great shade for metal, and a number of manufacturers offer hardware and plumbing fixtures in Champagne and white bronze, perfectly reflecting the shimmer and color of one of my favorite beverages.


“Champagne Bronze” finish by Atlas Hardware (Photo: courtesy of Atlas Hardware)

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Champagne is also a wonderful hue for other materials, such as leather, silk, mother of pearl, glass etc., always adding a sense of luxury and elegance.  I especially love golden Murano glass objects made in the “Avventurina” technique, which was invented in the 17th century by accident when a glass maker spilled copper filings into the glass he was working.  The technique was named after this lucky mistake based on the Italian word “ventura” meaning fortune or chance.  The result is stunning, where clear glass is infused with metal particles that create a golden shimmery and sparkling appearance.


“Sputnik” Murano Avventurina glass chandelier, ca. 1980 at Jean Marc Fray

Champagne Materials

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Translated into diamonds, luscious fabrics, embroideries and rhinestones, Champagne has a stronghold in fashion as well.

Champagne Fashion

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When I don’t drink it I can live in Champagne and wear it.  I am just loving this pale gold sparkly hue, and clearly I am not the only one.



Candace Barnes’ Tastemaker Sale on One Kings Lane

We have been a vendor of Vintage & Market Finds on One Kings Lane since last Spring and have sold hundreds of vintage and antique accessories, light fixtures, and table top items since then.  A number of my colleagues have also had a one time Tastemaker Tag Sale, a great opportunity to get your hands on these amazing designers’ unique collections and finds.

This week Renaissance woman, bonne vivante, and my dear friend Candace Barnes is selling one-of-a-kind treasures from her personal collection gathered over many years.  We all love and admire Candace for her many talents, exquisite taste and lighthearted spirit.  Her interiors, whether at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, the Marin Designers Showcase in Belvedere or at Veranda’s House of Windsor in Los Angeles, her understated yet beautifully detailed design is always memorable. If you have been to one of these designer showcase, her elegant showroom or her glamourous home you understand that this is a great opportunity to snatch up some stunning pieces for a great deal.

Living room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase (Photo: courtesy of Candace Barnes)

The dining room at the Marin Designer Showcase (Photo: Matt McCourtney)

The master bedroom at the House of Windsor (Photo: Max Kim-Bee for Veranda)

The master bathroom at the House of Windsor (Photo: Max Kim-Bee for Veranda)

The Candace Barnes’ Tastemaker Tag Sale sale starts Thursday at 6:00pm PT.  So set your alarm, as you won’t want to miss this!  And if you get your hands on one her gems please do let me know.


SFLuxe: Nespresso Boutique and Lounge Opens at Union Square

Frederic Levy, Rada Katz, Sonya Moledetskaya, Willie Brown

After dipping their espresso spoons into San Francisco’s coffee culture with a small boutique in Bloomingdales Nespresso has gone full force with their first large boutique in California. The 7,400 square foot two-level space on Grant Street was designed by Italian architect Aldo Parisotto and Futurebrand Paris. The generous and open space with jewel-like pods in rainbow colors and stylish machines displayed like pieces of art exudes the kind of luxury that is both inviting and sensuous. Videos of Nespresso’s captivating commercials featuring Penelope Cruz and George Clooney play on large screens, and the product itself becomes video art along the staircase connecting the two levels.

For my complete article please visit SFLuxe.