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“Il ne faut pas toucher aux idoles: la dorure en reste aux mains.”
(Never touch your idols: the gilding will stick to your fingers) – Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Mia in #Paris | @D.L. Rhein

MY MIA | Age 13

Like the rays of the Sun, there is something so captivating about the warmth of gold.  No wonder it has been prized since the dawn of civilization from jewelry to art to technology. While visiting Paris with my middle child, we were awe struck by the golden beauty we found around one of the world’s most magical cities, often in places you’d least expect it.  My design has always been influenced by relics that pull me in and get my creativity flowing, new arrivals to our stores are no exception…


Doors + Gilding in #Paris | @D.L. Rhein

HOTEL BANKE | This charming boutique auberge has been touched throughout by Midas, starting with its entrance.

Architecture in #Paris #Gilding | @D.L. Rhein

GOLDEN DETAILS | Even the bridges in Paris are a little bit brighter.

Gold Madame Monsieur Glasses | @D.L.Rhein

MADAME MONSIEUR GLASSES |  A new shipment just arrived from one of our favorite French vendors and they just can’t wait to be filled with a Central Coast Pinot.

Gold Foil Letter Press | @D.L. Rhein

GOLD FOIL LETTERPRESS | We had a ball creating our custom letterpress cards for our stores at one of LA’s oldest printing houses, still using turn of the century machines.

Gilded Rim Tumbler | @D.L. Rhein

GILDED RIM GLASSES | These vintage beauties make the perfect vessel for a summery cocktail, The Gold Rush.

Gold Letter Openers | @D.L. Rhein

GILDED LETTER OPENERS | Form and function make these objets worthy of center stage in any office.

Gold Leaves in #Paris | @D.L. Rhein

These leaves inspired me to bust out the gold leaf when I returned to my studio.  First project on the agenda, gilding the back of my lucite coasters.

Gold Coasters | @D.L. Rhein

C’est bon, n’est pas?




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“It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.” – Elizabeth Kenny

Only in #Paris | @D.L. Rhein


 According to ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun rose in the east over the backs of two lions which represented the mountains.  I have always loved their power and exquisite beauty.  I even named my cat “Africa” when I was in college because she looked like a tiny king of the jungle.  The city of Paris is filled with Lions everywhere you look and I get a kick out of finding new ones each time I am in that magical city.  As guardians  of museums, door knockers, or faces of fountains, these elegant beasts quietly roar as I travel through the arrondisements.  When I got to London, I realized the lion was all over England as well, as it is an integral symbol of the United Kingdom, and part of the Royal Coat of Arms.  read more

From Paris to London

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“The stars are a free show; it don’t cost you anything to use your eyes.”  – George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London


A trip to Paris with My Daughter #travel #Paris #mother.daughter | @D.L. Rhein


We’re baaaaaaaack!  After a summer filled with projects, tradeshows and travel, we are finally getting our groove back in Los Angeles.  With one child at sleep away camp, and another abroad for a youth leadership excursion, I had the perfect opportunity to take Mia (my middle) on a fabulous trip to Europe.  Fast approaching 13 with the style of a well-traveled woman and born with an artist’s hand, I knew she was old enough to appreciate the wonders of two of my favorite cities, London and Paris.  A couple of her friends were there at the same time as us, which added to the fun of adventure in foreign lands.  read more


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It was like the first time I visited Versailles.  There was an eeriness, like I’d been there before.  I don’t know if I was Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette or a lowly groundskeeper, but I lived there.”  – Maurice Minnifield

Of all the monarchies throughout history, I have always found Marie Antoinette to be the most fascinating queen.  From the larger than life hairstyles, to the layer upon layer of gowns she wore, she seemed to lead an intoxicating life.  “Let them eat cake,” is a quote we hear all the time in modern life, and that too, came from the famous lady of French reign centuries ago.  Marie was given the Petit Trianon, a small chateau on the grounds of Versailles, as a gift from her husband.  Her main focus was on the horticulture, and she redesigned the garden after the British style, and added flowers to an area that was mainly an arboretum.  It is rumored that this was the one place that Marie wore traditional garden attire that consisted of a muslin dress, gauze scarf and straw hat.  A far cry from her majesty’s daily attire!

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Where The Wild Things Are

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 “Nice Beaver.”
“Thanks.  I just had it stuffed.”
Leslie Nielson and Priscilla Presley – The Naked Gun

While turning a corner at the Maison et Objet Show, we walked straight into this guy’s stare.  And for a moment, we  thought it was alive.  There is something so breathtaking about getting to see a wild animal right before your eyes in all of it’s beauty and splendor.

The closest thing you will find to this is at LA’s own Natural History Museum. Each Hall is designated to a different geographic region with vignettes of taxidermy set against hand painted backdrops to mimic their natural habitats. The African Elephant exhibit will stop you in your tracks.

Maybe it’s the exotic nature of these particular specimens.   Everyone has seen Deer before, but a Black Panther?  Or the mysterious Dodo Bird which has been extinct for over a century. It’s like walking through Alice’s Wonderland.

 If you are in San Francisco, make it a point to stop at Paxton Gate in The Mission.  A shop filled with natural curiosities,  antique prints and unexpected taxidermy…including a unicorn.

Les Ouiseaux.  A menagerie of birds from all over the world.

This wall from a vendor’s booth at the show is extremely inspiring.  Busts in mass set against a chintzy floral wallpaper.  A far cry from  your Daddy’s hunting lodge, that’s for sure.   Stop by our Third Street store to see our newly acquired antique hawk and woodpecker.  What is your favorite animal?