1. First things first: the mantel is major.
Stone scroll mantel
$875/Horchow

2. A little bleu is a must in your Parisian parlor.
Antique cabinet 
Price upon request/Pittet Architecturals

3. Forget French press—concentrate on the bench press.
Painted daybed with white linen
Price upon request/The Mews

viva_02 photography: interior shot by Stephen Karlisch; urn by Dan Piassick; pillow and candlesticks by Maxine Helfman; all others courtesy of vendor


1. Don’t be afraid to incorporate a little heavy metal.
Regal French chandelier
$279/Wisteria

2. No chateau is complete without tapestries.
Antique pillow
Price upon request/The Mews

3. Start the process modestly with a little blue and white.
Camaieu blue faience ewer
$1,800/Le Louvre French Antiques

4. Add a touch of the Orient to keep things interesting.
Gracie three-panel screen
To the trade/Jan Showers

5. Nothing spells romance like candlelight.
Antique French candlesticks
$2,400 for the pair/Laura Lee Clark

6. You need a place to store that blue and white.
Gustavian oak armoire
$2,545/Restoration Hardware

viva_03 photography: interiors by Nathan Schroder; Vintage Living and fireplace by Dan Piassick; all others courtesy of vendor


1.Nothing says French like adding in some Italian.
Vintage red Italian chairs
$3,800 for the pair/Mecox

2. A beautiful mantel is the perfect focal point.
Antique French mantel
Price upon request/ Pittet Architecturals

3. Hold court here while entertaining your salon.
Swedish tub chair (circa 1890)
$12,500 for the pair/Vintage Living

4. You need a stylish resting spot for your Veuve!
Brass and black granite twig table
Price upon request/Global Views

viva_04 photography: urn, throw, lamp, pillows by Manny Rodriguez; all others courtesy of vendor


1. Don’t forget the glass menagerie!
Vintage glass lamp
$895 for the pair/Highgate House

2. Throw caution to the wind.
Husky throw
$435/StellaDallas

3. Go on a gilt trip.
Skippyrock gold Antoinette mirror
$249/Neiman Marcus

4. There’s always time for a little pillow talk.
Textured pillows
Prices vary/Nick Brock Antiques

5. Add a little modern to the mix.
Serge Mouille two-arm wall sconce
$5,200/Design Within Reach

6. Elaborate elements are essential.
Candlesticks
Price upon request/The Lamp Shoppe

7. Can’t afford a Chagall? No worries. Buy this book instead.
Marc Chagall: Drawings for the Bible
$75/Nest

8. Build your own galerie d’art.
Occupiers by C. Meng
Available at Conduit Gallery

9. Never underestimate the importance of being urn-est.
Matte charcoal urn
To the trade/Ceylon et Cie