Celebrating the Matthew Quinn Range Hood Collection

It’s been almost a year since Francois & Co launched a new line of modern and transitional kitchen range hoods designed in partnership with innovative Atlanta kitchen and bath designer, Matthew Quinn.

To celebrate the ongoing success of the Matthew Quinn Range Hood Collection for Francois & Co., we felt like sharing two beautiful pictures of completed projects and a fun flashback from the launch party. Enjoy!

Ormond stone range hood designed by Matthew Quinn for Francois & Co

Ormond range hood

Cinto stone range hood designed by Matthew Quinn from Francois & Co

Cinto range hood

Featured in Veranda’s 25th Anniversary Issue!

What an honor to be featured in the beautiful Veranda’s 25th Anniversary issue! We are thrilled to be included in their list of most memorable rooms and gardens.

Veranda Magazine 25th Anniversary issue Francois & Co Fireplace mantel in Veranda Magazine, 25th Anniversary issue

Francois & CO. Limestone mantel featured in Veranda magazine anniversary issue

From the article (pgs 136 -147, VERANDA, April 2012):

A Golden Mean: Classic and Courant elements strike an artful balance in a French-inflected Atlanta house.

It was the Library that did it. When Doni King Rhineheart and her husband Gary, walked into the room that Suzanne Kasler designed for an Atlanta Show House, they fell in love with the refined glamour of the space. They were so charmed in fact, that they made the house’s owner an offer he couldn’t refuse and bought the property outright. Then they hired Kasler to furnish a complete home that captured the stylish brand of sophistication that had so beguiled them.

Elegant it is. But elegance requires work. “The challenge of a new house is to give it the patina and warmth of a residence that has been around for a while,” says Kasler. Many of the existing structural details helped. The house’s bones recall an old-world classicism that gives the spaces a sense of history. Most of the tall French doors and windows were imported from Europe, and the chalky limestone mantels and columns look as if they were. They’re actually signature pieces created by Thierry Francois, the original owner and the proprietor of Francois & Co., a firm renowned for its storied architectural elements and surfaces. Francois worked with designer John Oetgen and architect William T. Baker to showcase those details when the structure was first built.

Our Mantels at the Greystone Estate & Maison de Luxe Show House

This month, in the storied city of Beverly Hills, design enthusiasts will flock to the Maison de Luxe show house at the historic Greystone estate to see the inspiring work of 26-nationally recognized designers.  Luxe Interiors + Design as well as the City of Beverly Hills and The Friends of the Greystone have orchestrated this event at the famous 46,000 square-foot mansion.  The Greystone’s memoir is reminiscent of a Hollywood thriller, full of opulence and grandeur, drama and smoke screens, scandal and mystery.  More recently, the estate has become a sought-after, majestic backdrop for numerous movies, TV shows and music videos.  (Rumors of ghosts at the Greystone are still a wildly popular topic in conversations about the estate too.)

A few years ago, we installed a mantel in the Greystone for Veranda’s show house and we are thrilled to have another mantel in this beautiful mansion.  From our Beverly Hills showroom, we worked with a talented interior designer, Alissa Sutton, to add an old-world element to her space.  We love how she incorporated The Louis in the Blanca marble Scagliola finish!  Alissa seamlessly bridged the classic curves of the mantel and its intricate details, such as the leaf motifs and inverted shell, with the modern elements of her room.  We think it is an ultra-glamorous space.  Very Hollywood!

Bedroom by Alissa Sutton Interiors, Greystone 2011

At the opening night gala, we peeked in the Family Room where our first mantel was installed a few years ago.  This yearBarclay Butera transformed the space into a luxurious & comfortable room with a palette of rich reds and warm neutrals.  Our mantel, The Lausanne, was stacked full of firewood; a perfect anchor for his artfully placed antlers and textural contrast for the glossy gold ceiling above.  Our photo of the space in the evening light didn’t rightfully show-off the beauty of the room.  We found this photo on Kravet’s blog, “Inspired.Talk”; check it out for more great pictures of Barclay Butera’s room.


            Barclay Butera’s Family Room, Greystone 2011 (Photo from Kravet’s Blog, Photo Credit: MARK LOHMAN)

In 2008, Nathan Turner created a “Belgian aesthetic” for the same Family Room.  His color palette of blue and cream was classically fresh and the mix of furnishings were beautiful.  Go to Veranda’s website to see all of the previous show house photos.  It is so inspiring to see how the same spaces are transformed from one wonderfully-crafted design to the next!

Nathan Turner’s Family Room, Greystone 2008 (Photo Credit: PETER VITALE)

We look forward to seeing all of the photos of the Maison de Luxe show house in an upcoming Luxe Interiors + Designissue soon!  Until then, if you are in the Los Angeles area, it is a must to see in person.  From now until December 22nd, Maison de Luxe is available to tour daily, except on Mondays.  Let us know the spaces and elements that strike your fancy!

Celebrating Our First Year in San Francisco!

Francois and Co. at the San Francisco Design Center

One year ago, Francois and Co. opened its doors at the San Francisco Design Center.  To appropriately honor this milestone, we opened our showroom doors for a special evening of festivities with the talented local design community.  California Home + Design magazine graciously sponsored the evening, lavishing guests with delectable treats and libations.

Our One-Year Anniversary Celebration

Maria Miller (Kitchen Matrix), Lonnie Hinckley (Hinc Showroom) and Mona Aragon (Kitchen Matrix)

Thierry Francois (Owner, Francois & Co.), Stephen Suzman (Suzman & Cole Design Associates), and  Nicolas Guillaume (West Coast Director, Francois & Co.)

Guests mingled amongst the fine collective of Francois and Co. offerings, including antique mantels, solid hardwood floors, Scagliola and stone finishes, as well as a vast array of range hoods.  It was a fantastic evening to catch-up with one another and reflect on our first year at the SFDC.  And, as a token of our appreciation for our design community and industry partners, we awarded a $3,000 Francois & Co. credit to one lucky attendee.  Congratulations Bianca Koenig of YOUNEEDLANDSCAPE for capturing the celebratory prize!

Top Left: Scott Grim (Lee Jofa) and Catherine Wu (The Wiseman Group), Top Right: The Latest Issue of California Home + Design, Bottom: We appreciate you celebrating with us!

A heartfelt thank you to all who celebrated our anniversary and supported us during our first year!  Thank you California Home + Design for making the evening extra special.  We look forward to our second year, San Francisco!  À votre santé!

“Who hasn’t marveled at the beauty of a fine wood floor?….”

“…The timeless appeal of hardwood floors is an ever-present characteristic whether you choose a French Château parquet-inspired floor, an elegant wood floor with a classic pattern inspired by stylish 19th Century architecture, or a more contemporary wooden floor in a natural grey or chalky shade.”  -An excerpt from AUTHENTICITY by Francois & Co.

Francois & Co. offers a variety of solid and engineered wood surfaces that are held to the same standards of fine quality and aesthetic as all of our collections.  Our French Oak solid hardwood floors are pre-finished by hand in France and include a variety of classic and contemporary patterns, textures and colors.  Our engineered hardwood flooring line combines quality and a variety of styles to accommodate a range of design palettes.

Solid French Oak Flooring

Three of our favorite wood floors right now are Parquet de Versailles and Correze from our French Oak collection, as well as one from our engineered hardwood floor portfolio, Montmartre.

Parquet de Versailles, Rustica Finish with Square Pegs, Oil Color: Saint Amour

In the October 2011 issue of Veranda, the classic Parquet de Versailles took center stage in our feature.  Reminiscent of flooring in the grandest French estates, such as the Chateau de Fountainebleau, these floors are 7/8” thick solid French Oak and, like the rest of the collection, aged according to the finest traditional methods.  Parquet de Versailles is timeless and is available in three equally timeless oil finishes.

Correze Solid French Oak

The Correze solid French Oak floor is gracefully aged with scuff marks, worm holes and uneven, rustic edges.  These charming characteristics are recognizable in antique flooring, but rarely duplicated with success.  We offer Correze in a variety of size & patterns as well.  Thus, at your discretion, the Correze hardwoods may be the subtle backdrop for the rest of your design or a patterned visual highlight in your room.

Montmarte, European Engineered Hardwood Oak

Our superior collection of engineered hardwood floors includes Montmarte, a European White Oak 3/4” thick mixed rustic grade surface.  The floor achieves considerable depth and richness with a hand-scraped and deep-brushed finish application.  The soft variation in color, from mid-beige to brown with a dusting of grey, is rarely found in an engineered floor.  With a 1/4” wear layer and an oil finish, Montmartre matches its beauty with considerable durability and ease of maintenance.

For more information on our French Oak solid hardwoods or our engineered hardwood floors, please visit www.francoisandco.com or contact us.