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Beau Mélange

Author: Mary Modney
Issue: November, 2009, Page 31
Photography by Werner Segarra
Owner: Susan L. Rose

Opened: December 2008

Location: 7033 E. First Ave., Scottsdale

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and by appointment

Phone: (480) 994-7379

History: For the past 30 years, Susan Rose has been a regular shopper at French flea markets, hunting for unusual and antique pieces. What began as a love for old wares to furnish her own home and those of others turned into a retail business in Santa Fe. When Rose moved to Arizona more than a decade ago she brought her design savvy along, opening her French imports store in Old Town Scottsdale last winter.

Philosophy: A blend of beautiful things—the English translation of Beau Mélange—is showcased at the boutique, where Rose mixes new with old. She also provides historical information for many of the pieces. The store owner says she visits marketplaces in France a couple of times a year. “You never know what you’re going to find,” she remarks. “It’s always a treasure hunt.”

What’s in store: The shop is filled with one-of-a-kind items from centuries past. A gilded carved-wood frame and an iron candelabra that has been rewired for modern-day use are examples of 19th-century wares seen on the showroom floor. Rose invents new uses for old iron architectural elements, such as fence panels that she turned into the base of a glass-top coffee table and fence posts that she transformed into curtain rods. Other architectural relics include finials, grates and arches, along with vintage doors and window frames. Indoor/outdoor items are a focus as well, with an oversized antique daybed upholstered in Sunbrella outdoor fabric and metal bistro tables and chairs counted among the options. Custom-made pieces also are available.

Don’t miss: Not only does the shop mix time periods, it combines European influences. Examples include such items as a pair of 18th-century wood candlesticks from Italy embellished with shells and Herkimer diamonds by an artist from Ireland.

Above left: Dating from the 19th century, this iron garden urn holds a collection of old horns.   Above right: A cast-metal bust sits atop antique books on an 18th-century gilded and carved-wood altar from Italy.

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