i’ve made some good friends here, the fluffy guards who stay right by their masters at the markets. my dog always wandered away, maybe they give them pâté as incentive?
and some human friends too, like Christine who offers unbelievable services…like if you rent an apartment here, she’ll get the gas, electric and internet turned on for you…how cool is that!?
and as i leave today i’m looking at the signs, the words on the street. knowing i’ll be back makes it easier to leave, the fact that it’s raining and cold is definitely giving me the incentive i need to pack up and see what’s ahead!
but Paris, i was never a real Francophile, i just loved your French design. jetting in and out all these years i see now that it was only a surface and superficial love based on looks. now it’s deeper and true, yes true love for your magic and mahem and i will never be the same! most importantly i’ve learned the French are not rude, they are just very serious. they are in fact some of the most charming and gentle people i’ve ever met. in these days they’ve given me cadeaux, advice, held doors, offered seats…this has been an incredible experience, a gift i’m so glad i gave myself and i want to thank YOU, blogging friends, for encouraging me to do it. i hope to be here with you next time! all my love and see you on the other side!
paris, like blogging, can never be finished no matter how much time you have. there are so many beautiful places still to go and (sniff), my last day is tomorrow. but tonite’s an homage to the things i did, and won’t regret what i didn’t. that’s what next time’s for, oui?
this is one sexy city…who else names streets after women and lingerie?
so many cute shops, each with a life of its own…
just fyi for those of you who are en route…visit BHV (but go on a weekday when no one’s there). it’s paris’ best one stop shopping for just about anything from bubble wrap to flocked wallpaper. i went for a little cadeaux for my 6 nieces and nephs and got sucked in for 2 hours! here’s le montage:
the craft section is out of this world, these are hard paper and you can do anything to them…
the wallpaper section is an education in itself, this is one of a hundred flocked wallpapers,
these are fun for those who don’t want to commit to the wallpaper or fabric walls. they’re decals, some are really detailled and exquisite
of course all the accessories are tres francais
ok well you get the point, GO if you’re here! well that’s it for now. probably what i’ll miss just as much as paris is the fact that i can blog without constraints. no one nagging me to hurry and just being able to free flow…that reminds me, i do have a midnite rendezvous with a friend on this last night aux Bar Fleur down the street! it’s a flower shop that transforms into a bar at night. went by today to check it out. it smells amazing! a bientot!
you gotta make the moment last! and since these are my last days, every moment counts. hard to believe it’s been almost 30 days in paris. can’t imagine what waits for me on the continent…i mostly want to take back with me the calm that i feel here, not the crazy stress of nyc i came with.
anyway, staying in to ‘work’ a little today. yesterday wiped me out, walking aimlessly and endlessly. Each night i pass a window with this book, ‘the art of doing nothing’, and decided it was a sign (i see signs everywhere) do do just that.
my only plan was to find the little abandoned hotel that’s been haunting me. in my mind we’ll all chip in and buy it, each have a floor. who is ‘we’ you ask? us! bloggers! friends! whoever, (it’s a dream, ok)!? anyway it’s for the Hotel Moderne sign below i found a couple posts ago. it has to go somewhere! but of course now that i see it’s named already Hotel Bijou (Hotel Jewel is the literal translation), we’re in a real quandry, keep the old name or the new…anyway isn’t it charmant? can you see the potential? it’s in the 11th arrondisement, are you in? (fyi it’s between the pharmacy and the boulangerie)
maybe this will help
here’s a long shot. manageable, right?
after that i wandered around looking at real estate. there are tons of apartments here for sale, some for 100,000 euros.
anyway, looking around was amazing, everywhere is a surprise. this apartment looked almost ordinary until closer inspection revealed a gorgeous shell ceiling…
my day was spent discovering new neighborhoods, starting at montparnasse and crossing the city from that side. walking for hours i was able to just stumble around, i never get to do that cause there’s always an agenda. this time it was a like a present being able to walk thru the luxemborg gardens (never did that before), and see what the other half is doing for lunch.
guess i came in the back side (no pun intended) to the rear of this statue. they looked so in love an intimate.
it was a great surprise to see the front, a family frozen in time! there’s a maternity store here called ’1 et 1 font 3′. is that a cute name or what?
it was heaven on earth. pretty statues everywhere, flowers blooming, everyone chillin. hard to believe anything else could be happening…
lunch at the palace
of course you can’t forget the guys who hold it all together
well more later, the sun is shining!
omg! i thought i was leaving this weekend but just looked at my itinerary and it’s Friday! now it seems the clock is ticking and i haven’t even skimmed the surface! well ok, skimmed. this wasn’t a buying trip per se this time, it was R&D for the books i’m doing so taking pics was fine and fun. but when a mag i write for asked me to put together a few romantic trinkets romantic for an upcoming issue, i panicked! i don’t have anything here! Well, a fellow blogger (and now new friend), was meeting me over the weekend and had never been to the fleas. i decided to teach her my tricks and pick up trinkets for under 1 or 2 euros and we struck gold! and this is only what i took out to do a quick shot…i am obsessed and in love with Paree and its treasures!
i did get to one more amazing salon. http://www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com/fr/jacquemart/
just outside was this bath store, the french are taking la toilette very seriously these days! now if only we could convince them that shower curtains were a great invention…
ok gotta go, it’s all happening right now!
i found a prophouse with every imaginable french cliche! funny cause i’d just passed by a tiny hotel for sale and thought wouldn’t THAT be fun, only 4 floors and each a different look…i when i found the Hotel Moderne sign, i figured it must BE a SIGN! i’ll shoot the little hotel this afternoon if i can find it again!
ps someone wrote and asked what they were wearing here. thought i’d show a couple shots, nothing radical but people are a little more dressed up here than even ny…and there are NO ads for ANY drugs at all on tv which i find amazing when we have so many… guess they don’t have restless legs here!
i just realized i never mentioned the maison objet which as usual was fascinating and fun.
these are all fakes! they’re flat. some are sort of laminated but light enough to hang on the wall as a headboard like this above and below,
the one below is lucite
this dresser is also flat, a fun piece to put in front of a dresser height shelf,
and the same with the mantle. i may carry the whole line, they’re light and fun and inexpensive. there are also doors and lots more!
i visited about 4 salons in my hood yesterday. when i wrote ‘the paris apartment’ I loved the over the topness of frenchy interiors. i’ve calmed down a bit but these mansions are making me love it again! this time tho, only one piece of furniture needs to be in the room. i love the doors and could do without the total gilded lily but you KNOW i’m a freak for pink chairs AND turquoise ceilings!
even when it’s simple it’s still hyper design!
view from other side
this is a little detail from the above room. i’m not into angels and cherubs but i thought she was cute. and so fresh at 300!
this is the world’s tiniest room and it’s still dressed to the nines…
and my fave, the chambers of the prince which i almost skipped! note to self, don’t blink!!
the colors are so gorgeous i almost can’t take it!
it’s SO wild being here, cause everything seems to be just outside my doorstep. since the only museums i really like are in mansions or in apartments, lorraine told me see victor hugo’s apt down the street at place des voges. it was fun to imagine he walked the same steps, wrote here, knew the streets and sounds…you sort of go back in time! wish i saw les mis now.
of course i had to go back to carnavalet across the street for work on the other book and spent HOURS there! i’ve been there 3 times and this time discovered sections i never knew about. i finally ran out of memory space on my camera and had to leave.
spent the rest of tonite downloading and making more space on the hard drive. (thanks for your help dad)!
it’s not my favorite room but it did make me wonder who came here to enjoy mme sevigne’s salons and entertain each other with poems, music and ideas of the day…
revamping my business has forced me to be more creative and consider other things besides retail. being here i realized it was a natural to team up with apartment and home owners in Paris and Provence!
yesterday i met with Walib from Paris Pied a Terre. he rents paris apartments and sells time shares in some too. each is renovated with high tech and state of the art appliances, etc. plus he’s hands on and has a cool crew so it’s like having friends in town. it’s perfect cause the guys love the modern decor. get them to paree ladies!
one of the best rentals (I think) he has is in Provence. it’s being renovated and isn’t advertised officially but it’s going to be finished with the same kind of detail that he uses in the apartments so don’t look too hard at the interiors like the bathrooms and kitchen! i’d like to rent it with a group in the spring, somewhere around May and/or June, so if you’re interested in the trip let me know soon. of course you can also rent it on your own too.
view from rue
from the guesthouse
extra bedroom :)
view from extra bedroom
life as we’ll know it
the charming Walid who’s at our service!
it’s amazing when you have no agenda, rien a faire, and you can let the day take you. i’m finally feeling the magic of the city, i could jump up and down on the bed right now! it’s pure beauty everywhere you look, around every corner. i did schedule a lunch today, thought i should go out since yesterday i sat and wrote most of the day. (did make it out to give a friend an opinion on some Missoni shoes at a Depot Vente, they were AmAzinG for 1oo euros). i have to work by the window cause of the net so i’m feeling like, very french about it. anyway, one of the things i’m writing about is the history of the fleamarkets of paris. after today i realized that it’s ok to have an obsession, it’s what drives you to forge on and when you follow a path you’re rewarded with something you never dreamed of! well that’s what happened today anyway.
after lunch i walked toward coco’s apartment and on the way stopped in my tracks when i found a shop/library filled with old images of paris. there was everything from Mode, Metro and Fetes, so of course i had to ask about the Marche aux Puces. what did i uncover? only the treasure chest of the world! they took me in and sat me with what i felt were like priceless artifacts!
what happend with coco you ask? well i sort of lost my interest in it. yes she’s a great doyenne of fashion and but i have to write a letter to get in, blah blah blah. but it did take me to the chanel store on rue chambon where ooh la la! were women with disposable income living large! for the record i’d love to dress in all chanel from now , but her apartment will have to take a back burner. besides, a bunch of bloggers were invited to go so we can live vicariously through their experiences while i get back to the fleas, ok? if you are having a chanel craving, here are some of the highlights:
Fashion Addict Diary Made a great video, can’t imagine how she did it!
and Cool Hunting was pretty thorough so that’s about enough for me!
anyway, i’ll probably go to jail, i felt like a thief taking these pics but just had to share…seems the fleas were always fascinating, even 100 years ago. funny thing is the stuff they’re selling is still the same! was it old then too? there were hundreds, is it just me??!!
and not for nothin but i am even loving modern paris. not just the bikes and buying veggies everyday, but there’s a water you can drink (also available in the us)! so that no matter how much bread you eat you wake up skinny, (believe me i know, i CAN live on bread alone), this little shopping cart at Monoprix with a retractable handle and wheels.
and (should i be embarassed?) my favorite wine is under 3 euros!!!
PS this is and amazing blog http://ragandbone.com/blogger/
and a cool resource http://www.franglo.com/classifieds/index.php