Rated 5 out of 5 by MarieT What a great piece!
Love this armoire! The mirrored doors keeps the piece from being too overwhelming, because it is large. Looks great in the room. Only downside: The door opens with a key. My 3 year old has already walked away with it once.
December 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jannygirl The Louis XVI armoire is just as pictured and is perfect in my home.
The entire Casa Florentina line appeals to me and I think the color choices while difficult to envision offer nice choices. The armoire is made very well and is very useful as a linen closet. My only complaint would be that I ordered in June and it was delivered in Nov but was worth the wait.
January 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Louu Beautiful, functional armoire
I love my Casa Florentina armoire. I have been looking for years for a high quality armoire to fill a specific space in my bedroom and one with a European look. After discovering the Casa Florentina in a Ballard's catalog, I went into a local Ballard's to order a mirrored one in limed white. However, there was one with mirrors on the floor in antique walnut at a greatly reduced price. The only thing wrong with it was a small nick in the wood toward the bottom of the front. The wood color almost exactly matched my bedroom furniture. I bought it on the spot. A dab of colored pencil filled in the nick and it looks perfect. I would have paid full price for this, but it was so nice to find it at a such a great price. Love it!! Delivery and "white glove" setup was extra but well worth it.
October 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Heliotrope My new armoire is quite beautiful.
The finish is very close to what was represented on the website. The delivery was well-done. However, I thought that assembly of the 4 legs was included. It was not. I have no way of attaching the legs. The armoire is too heavy for me to lift. Now, the armoire is tilted and the doors slam (strongly) due to the tilt when closing. It's a miracle that the mirrors haven't broken. It will have to stay tilted until I can find help. It will be difficult for me to order from Ballard's again due to the fact that I am a single woman and I don't lift heavy furniture. And--IT IS VERY HEAVY.
However, the furniture is lovely and I hope I can use it soon.
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Verified Reviewer Beautiful and functional
I ordered the distressed black with the mirrored doors. The finish is beautiful and looks like the advertisement. The mirrors are good quality without any warp spots. My only complaint is that the custom name tag was supposed be a brass plate on the back of the piece. Instead the brass plate is on top of a tacky paper card advertising the manufacturer and at the top inside of the front door.
June 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by DerringDo 9 years on, still a focal point
We have had the Louis mirrored armoire in a distressed white finish for nine years plus, and it has recently survived a local move. We are still happy with it.
We bought it originally to hold our stereo and CDs, along with off-season linens, but needed it for a dark corner of our living room. We had a (very old) decorating book which showed a lovely armoire with mirrored doors, and so began quite a search for something which would be similar. This was my first purchase from Ballard, or from anywhere via catalog for such an expensive piece. It's been a happy experience.
I will say that although charming and elegant, it is very definitely made of veneers, and that the sturdy nature only applies if the legs are level. When we were moving to wood floors I had only a single front leg on felt, and the door was cocked enough not to open. Once the second leg had felt, all was back to normal. This is quite a light-weight piece, just be prepared for that.
I've uploaded a photo from 2003 (!)
All that said, I would buy it again, and am still happy that it graces our (new) living room.
June 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MCG6 Very nice armoire
I have only had it about a month but so far so good. I purchased the grey with mirrored doors. Very glad I went with the mirrors otherwise I think it would be too heavy looking for my space. The grey is as pictured on website but the inside is not white as stated it would be. I like it better all grey anyway. There are several options for adjusting the height of the multiple shelves and a hanging rod is included. Great size - not too big, not to small. Nice detail in the woodwork to make it a little more interesting looking. The distressing on the grey is not super noticeable (the distressing is brown). Doors are easy to open, close and lock. Very happy with this purchase.
May 6, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by koffeelover Don't Waste Your Money
Almost 7 feet tall, Armoire offers the storage of an additional closet. Tempered mirrored doors conceal three adjustable shelves and floating back panels, so you can also use it as a media center. My armoire did not have the custom finish in layers, distressing was poor workmanship. The locking door is hard to close.
April 10, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Queenofdecorating I purchased this piece because I have limited closet space. It is not only beautiful to look at and very well made but truly is a closet.
Well made, lovely finish and the hanging rod is very sturdy for hanging lots of clothes still leaving ample storage on the shelves. I was surprised to see that the maker notched the shelves and added a cord opening in the back so it could also be used to house a large television, DVD player etc if my storage needs change. I can't say enough about the quality and workmanship and the versatility of uses. Have already had compliments on it from everyone who has walked into the room and seen it!!!
April 10, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Beloved1 It's beautiful to look at and is very roomy.
I do love it; the only disappointment is that while I ordered grey with white wash--It is completely white, not a touch of grey.
March 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jason Elegant and romantic
I live in a small apartment of 525 square feet, so all of my furniture needs to serve multiple purposes. I used the Sonoma Bookcase as a combination bookshelf and entertainment center (by moving the shelves up and putting my 42” television on it.) It worked great!
Then I decided that I needed more storage and a place to put my mail when coming home. When I saw this armoire, I fell in love with its classic lines and prayed my television would fit in it in order to free up the Sonoma Bookcase. I needed an entertainment center that didn’t appear bulky in my tiny space, so with its mirrored panels on front, it was perfect. The mirrors bounce much-needed light and keep the armoire from visually competing with the bookshelf, which is now used exclusively for books. Plus, since the shelves are adjustable, in any future homes I can continue using it as an entertainment center, or I can use the included hanging rack and use it as a wardrobe. And I appreciate the security of being able to lock the television up when I go out. The only surfaces that seem to be veneers are the backside and the back of the panels. Pretty sturdy.
It doesn’t look like it would be able to hold a 42″ flatscreen, but it sure can! A 42” television fits perfectly on both the Louis XVI Armoire and the Sonoma Bookcase. And I have my surround sound speakers hidden on the black Ethan tray table and on the window sill so that the sound can get to the sofa, even when the doors are opened.
Photos at http://www.ballardstylestudio.com/customer-homes/ballard-pieces-do-double-duty-by-jason-royal/
February 26, 2012