If you are in the market for some garden art, a fireplace from a French Chateau, or a fountain that would fill almost any piazza in Europe, look no further than Jan de Luz at 1 Carmel Valley Road. I read about this before our morning shopping trip to Carmel Valley (yes, a good shopper does their homework), and was intrigued. I was NOT expecting the size and amazing inventory that we found. It was like a visiting a French village. What a fun place to stroll around.
"Locals raised their eyebrows in 1996 when owner Jan de Luz took over a real estate office with a large corner lot and filled it like Versailles with imported French hand-carved statuary and fireplaces from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. His pieces, culled from chateaus and Louis the XIV-era hunting lodges, sell from $5,000 to $500,000. Turns out de Luz was ahead of his time. Today he runs a thriving business helping homeowners recreate that old-world south-of-France look. He's worked for famous athletes and actors, and designed courtyards, waterfalls and hearths for high-end clients, wineries and movie sets. A published expert on French antiques, he proudly shows the stacks of pavers in back, cut from 400-year-old French roads, and 96,000 clay roof tiles from an old country home in Bordeaux." Meredith May, www.sfgate.com
SOMEONE must need this pair of matching sarcophagi!
Here is the website for more browsing: http://www.jandeluz.com/