Designing Women

I could write a book about Francine Gardner; the talented, chic, inspirational, designing woman, and intérieurs showroom & design studio owner. Born and raised near Bordeaux France, Francine through her adventures of travel, discovered a love for landscaping, home goods and antiques. With that passion, Gardner in 1994 launched 'Intérieurs' in the SoHo district specializing in imported French furniture and hand-painted rustic antiques from the South of France. "The store was an immediate hit", said Gardner, and "high-profile clients were constantly asking us to do their interiors." Upon that inspiration, Gardner and her team opened 'Intérieurs Design Studio'. Her exceptional taste of mixing antiques harmoniously with contemporary pieces has attracted such clients as Hilary Swank, Julia Roberts, Ann Hathaway, Jon Bon Jovi, Gwyneth Paltrow and Susan Sarandon.

As I write this I feel like I am selling Francine Gardner the human being short. Through her blog, 'Art de Vivre' she has taken her readers on a spiritual journey to the Himalayan peaks (which impressively she herself climbed), a visual tour of Iceland, through the sands of the Sahara, and swimming in the most gorgeous, limpid, pools throughout this glorious world. But it's Francine the considerate, kind soul; the daughter, the wife, the mother, the talented entrepreneur that I so admire. I wish I knew her better. To be brutally honest, I wish I ran her West Hollywood store!

Francine says it best, "As I continue on my journey, I know that the intrinsic beauty of life will always serve as the greatest inspiration for design."

"We're more than furniture," says Gardner, "People come to us for inspiration."

Designed and developed by Francine Gardner and her Intérieurs team, the Intérieurs Collection is the realization of her unique home furnishing vision offered exclusively to clients.

lighting by Jose' Estevez

Pouenat Ferronier collection

Align Left
"Respect the Past...Live in the Present...Embrace the Future"
- Doxa Design Group, Inc. -

Doxa Home is a designer friendly online boutique and design firm for chic yet understated luxury home furnishings and decor. DH searches the world over to bring you their carefully edited, exclusive collections created by the most talented American and European designers and artisans working today. Meet Doxa's award winning designer, lover of interesting people and all things beautiful and inspiring, Jaime Rogers, as she documents her journey on her galvanizing, diverting blog. Rogers is a genuine gal with magnificent, glorious taste. So much talented out of one young woman.

Barry Dixon design - stools & cabinet avail.@ DDG

Eric Cohler design - daybed avail. @ DDG

" Life is too short, Live it well!" - My Sparrow

My Sparrow embraces the idea of being eco-friendly. To surround ourselves with beautiful objects that are responsibly made. Investment pieces - investing in time, by standing the test of time. Bringing things into your home that are unique, vintage, handmade, and new. Things that make you smile and make you regard your home. Just a visit to My Sparrow's website is a delight.

Christina Fluegge is the talent behind My Sparrow but this young style-setter does not stop there; she is also Fluegge Interior Design and blogstress to My Sparrow and Greige.

My Sparrow's reclaimed wood furniture pieces.
'Stylish Responsibility'

{go forth and shop responsibly}
the entrepreneurial spirit lives

Research credits; Western Interiors April/May 09; Cora Olsen - Los Angeles Confidential April 09; Avenues of Art & Design West Hollywood June 09 - Frances Altran;


Jg. for FatScribe said...

wow ... you are posting late! good to see that i'm not the only late-night owl. thanks for your comments, and i posted a link to DT regarding "single (hot) man." have a GREAT weekend, Deb! -Jg.

debra@dustjacket said...

I really enjoyed that post Deb. Lovin' the new pictures on the sidebar and the new look too.

Have a fab weekend,

Jaime Rogers said...

Wow, what a lovely surprise to wake up to on this Saturday morning! Deb, you are too kind, and definitely generous...putting me in the same post as the lovely Francine Gardner...what?! I love the Greige blog as well and am excited to check out her shop, I had not even realized she had one. One last thing, while two rooms featured have DOXA Home products in them, they were not done by me, the photo with the open back turquoise chair is by Barry Dixon and the photo with the daybed was done by Eric Cohler...represent, lol. Peace out and many thanks again!!!

All the best,

Jaime Rogers said...

One last thing, oddly enough, Gwen of Ragland Hill Social posted an interview with me yesterday and you have a little shout out in it;) Must have been a divine connection...

Thanks again,

Christy said...

What a fun post to read first thing on Saturday morning. So inspiring. I love the first rectangular chandelier...would love to own something like that sometime. And who knows - maybe she'll open a store in Houston and you could run that one? Or you could decide to up and move to sunny CA! Stranger things have happened! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Lemme know if you try the spaghetti! :-)

MFAMB said...

gorgeous stuff.. jaime is super sweet!

annechovie said...

Great post, Deb! Jaime is super nice and gifted. Thanks so much for the sweet comment and your support, Deb. Have a wonderful weekend. xo

James said...

Very fascinating, thank you for the post.

lisa golightly said...

Thank you Deb for opening my eyes to these incredibly talented and inspiring women ! I am OH SO LOVING those aqua DOXA barstools ! If I ever had any "pull" you would get my full recommendation for running the West Hollywood store by the way. Have a most fantabulous weekend ! Lisa

Scott Fazzini said...

I just had to look through this fantastic post twice; once with my first cup of coffee, then once again with my second (while my eyes were truly awake). Thanks for sharing!

La Petite Gallery said...

I liked the bed
and think you have
a beautiful post.
Enjoyed it.


Barbara said...

Fabulous post, Deborah! Went through it three times, carefully. Such talented and fascinating women. You've done it again!

Toad said...

I think I'm in love.

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

You know I love this post! Nothing makes me happier than those who are responsible and conscious of the planet which supports them! Beautiful introductions!

Unknown said...

There are some fabulous pieces here. HOw is one supposed to shop responsibly? LOL
Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

What a wonderful post, Deb, and some fabulous pieces. I think that I could make room for that chandelier !!
They each have their merits and I can't see anything that I don't like.
Whenever I see these beautiful interiors and wonderful pieces of furniyure, I want to change everything in my own home ! XXXX

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

I will never stop thinking about those aqua stools or how I want to hire Doxa to outfit my dream home. Now.....just need to get the dream home. Ah ha ha. Gorgeous post!

A Refocused Life said...

Such beautiful and fun pieces...loving the bed silver and burlap bed.

Francine Gardner said...

WOOW..... I have been away from the blogworld for the past week as my life as been a turmoil...mix of good, not so good,and much hope for the future...but will talk about that later.
Of course, i always look for your blog first on my dashboard and...my mouth dropped open, my eyes started tearing as i read your overly kind and generous story. MERCi a thousand times. You have no idea,at a time when doubt enters my mind, your support is priceless...California, not such a good idea, however Texas...why not..this is 2010 after all. If you do not make it to NY, i guess i will make it your way, i know so little of texas, having been there only once and for work.
Off to the Paris shows on tuesday, then to work with my "guy"in the South of France on industrial pieces, and then to hang out with my mom for 3 days (having a littler tough time with Chemio...and you know all about that..) A bientot..Francine

Gwen Driscoll said...


So glad Jaime made the introduction for us. I love your blog and I'm using some of your images for my "Week of White" coming up next week. It's a tribute to all you fabulous bloggers who inspired me to start mine. Look forward to reading you fabulous blog.

Southern Aspirations said...

These are such awesome pieces! I consider Francine a dear blogging friend (as I do you!) and it was great to see a piece on her. I've just started following Jaime and love her storefront as well. Looking forward to checking out My Sparrow and Greige next.

Hooray for "responsible" and sustainable decor! And double hooray for great friends.

Renée Finberg said...

what an incredible collection of images.
i think each and every one you have selected is a stunner!!
and i am with you all the way as far as
'Francine Gardner' is concerned.

xxx another great post my friend.

and thank you for the sources.
we can never have enough of those.

Christina @ My Sparrow said...

Miss Deb,

Thank you so very much for the wonderful words of support and including me and my many outlets!! I am truly glad that we became blogging friends. Love your blog so much. Wishing you the best in 2010.


red ticking said...

all incredibly lovely.. the talent is beyond measure... and as always... amazing post... hope this finds you well darling deb.. xx pam

Brabourne Farm said...

Hi Deb

I enjoyed this post so much. It's lovely to read about amazing and talented people who make the world a more beautiful place. I hope things in your world are better and life is brighter. Leigh

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Deb
Wonderful images in this post.. enough to make me run out and spend money... I love the ALI sofa.. I find it very hard to find a sofa I like here in Australia... we are scant on function and form when it comes to sofas... wouldn't mind some of the light fixtures too.. have a great week xx Julie

Chicago Chic said...

I loved reading about this and what beautiful designs! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.


Kellie Collis said...

What fabulous taste. All that inspiration makes me want to shop like Julie! x

Averill said...

Thank you, Deb, for introducing me to these three amazing sources! I've seen some of these pieces before in design mags but it's great to know where I could actually lay my hands on them. In particular, Doxa Home looks like it's exactly up my alley.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I can never resist a beautifully decorated home - loving each and every one of these photographs. And that fireplace...I want!! :)

Janet said...

OMG! I have to have the Roccoco bed.

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, so nice to hear from you, how are you? You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I am suffering from insomnia tonight, have tried and tired and can’t get to sleep so here I am blogging at an insane hour. I like the new color your blog is wearing…very classy. Thank you my luv for visiting me and hope you have a lovely week as well.

Love & Hugs’

Magdalena said...

Deb, love this post...good for the home good for the earth..PERFECT!! I would just love the aqua stools around my center island, or somewhere in my home!
Hope all is well with you

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling! Especially loving all those fabulous chairs!

You totally should write a book!


Unknown said...

Thank you for the wonderful intorduction of this talented ladies. All designs look simply amazing, would love to get few pieces for myself.:-)

The Pocket Stylist said...

Oh such a fab post. I love the designs. That black couch is to die for and I love the white arm chair. Thank you doll. kiss::kiss

Haute World said...

Very inspiring! The interiers by Francine are quite amazing... I love the idea of mixing antiques with modern furniture. Those My Sparrow pieces are gorgeous as well. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Renée Finberg said...

come over .
i have something for you

Kitty said...

fab as ever, deb. hope you're doing well. still chompin shit sandwiches over here, but your post brightened my morning. i will die if i don't get those turquoise stools! xo kitty