Moulin Bleu began with a single chair that owner Adelle Kelley happened upon near her old home in northern Italy. Following this find, she set out to collect and sell the European furnishings and home accoutrements she had always adored. Her mix of old and new—from reproductions of classic French china patterns to century-old antique chairs with the original upholstery intact—has European patrons pledging they feel 100 percent at home in the Tribeca space she patterned after her favorite boutiques in the south of France. Offering everything from exceptional flea market finds like original-framed artwork, to the finest in handwoven table and bed linens, Kelley prides herself on bringing together the highest quality and most diverse collection possible. In her semi-annual trips to the French markets just south of Paris, Kelley scours for lesser-known artisans and vendors who have their thumb on the next hot European decorating trend—like Venetian-cut glass or ornate candelabras—that will keep her customers one step ahead of the curve.
Last month, Adelle Kelley, shown, opened Moulin Bleu, in TriBeCa, a home furnishings shop that pays homage to the South of France. “I fell in love with the French stores, the way they decorate, which is a way of layering old and new,” Ms. Kelley said. She has the French fondness for things that are, or appear to be, old or “not restored,” she said.The 19th-century chest of drawers in the window ($2,500) has its original coat of paint. The mango wood picture frame, at bottom left ($115), is new but looks old. The shop also carries pieces like 18th-century chairs ($1,250) and new silver-colored candlesticks ($25).
Adelle Kelley, the owner of Moulin Bleu has a heightened taste for the best-of-the-best. Discover a splendid selection of Italian and French antique furnishings at Moulin Bleu. The periods range from the 17th century to vintage. Fine cashmere fabrics and mohair velvets cover the one-of-a-kind furnishings. When it comes to European antiques, Moulin Bleu believes that the true beauty in a piece is seen in its subtle imperfections.Accessorize your party table with silhouette place-mats and European porcelain dinner ware, glass wear & tableware from Bordeaux and Paris and graceful Italian candelabrum. Complete the ambiance with plush accent pillows and fragrant French tulip candles.Expect to shop a spacious boutique of beautiful home accessories from the past and present. The lofty ceiling is adorned with sparkling chandeliers . . . the walls are tinted in a stormy shade of lavender where our eyes had rested on an inlaid over-the-door carving salvaged from an old Palazzo. Select from a variety of eloquent antique picture frames, mirrors and other functional interior decor. A beautiful signed collection by “Middle Kingdom” of handmade porcelain vases and dishes, some with hand painted dragonflies and grasshoppers. Others are in soft pale solid hues. Each piece is influenced by Chinese artifacts, explaining the clean lines and mid-century feeling of the designs.