I love French antiques. And my favorite period is Louis Philippe (1830-1848) - the simple, rounded lines really appeal to me, and best of all, the pieces mix with just about every interior. The commodes (which are usually made of dark wood and finished with a marble top) and the silver or gold-leafed mirrors are the period's most popular among collectors.
I personally love homes that are a mix of old and new. These pieces are made for those who shy away from antiques. They are simple enough to sit next to an Eames chair but have enough presence to give a home a sense of history.
I bought this Louis Philippe commode at Scott's Antique Market in Atlanta last year. It's in my foyer and is the daily resting place for mail, my husband's "stuff" and the occasional Hot Wheels car. I love how it mixes with the more modern Murano glass lamp and segmented mirror.
Joni Webb (of one of my daily reads Cote de Texas) published this photo on her blog of a living room in Houston. This beautiful gold Louis Philippe mirror creates a beautiful focal point in the room.
Cote de Texas blog
This English reproduction chest and Staffordshire dog in my formal living room were a bit stodgy until I topped it with this silver Louis Philippe mirror that I scored at Round Top in Texas. I made Stroud hang it the night I got home and it transformed the room instantly.
I've got a wonderful Louis Philippe commode with a wood top (harder to come by) in stock at my booth inside Dallas' Antique Row. Pictures of it will be posted soon!