Blue has long been associated with the French monarchy, with one of the most beloved variations being this beautiful smoky blue. Its subtle richness makes a great foil for white, cream and greige, another French favorite.


The Frederica bench by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair is a beautifully proportioned, hand-carved reproduction of an antique French bench from Kasler’s private collection. It’s shown with custom upholstery and a distressed Birch paint finish. (

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Mitzi, a new brand from Hudson Valley Lighting, introduces the Scarlett pendant, decorated with soft blue flapperlike fringe and gold leaf hardware. (


This gorgeous place setting from Sasha Nicholas sets an elegant, understated tone at the table. Featured elements include the brand’s own 24-karat gold-rimmed salad plate with custom monogram; Deshoulieres Arcade’s gray-and-matte-gold dinner plate; and Royal Limoges’ Mak gray-with-gold-trim charger. (

Nancy Robinson is a contributing writer to Ladue News specializing in interiors and home d├ęcor.