for what it’s worth

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hello guys, i hope you’re already off to a fabulous sunday.$T2eC16d,!yUE9s6NFmHRBQhG+Yud9g~~60_35

it’s the first time in a while i’ve had alone so, well, here i am doing what i want to do! and that happens to be indulging in an obsession i’ve had for a couple days.

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in spare moments i’ve been collecting shots of the soon to be redecorated (the interior NOT the exterior) hotel de crillon in paris. i’m stashing way too much but thought you may enjoy a little of the edited collection. some of the links to the photos are at the bottom of the post. if any are yours please let me know.

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the grand hotel has been on my mind since richard mentioned on his blog that it was going to be ‘redecorated’ over the next two years (not torn down). some of the contents will be sold at auction next week to make room for improvements.

here’s the link to the items on the auction block: artcurial.com/en

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i once had a ball there with claudia T and hate that they’re taking some of it apart.

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pretty things

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it’s one of the oldest and most ornate hotels in paris.

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perfect for fairy tale weddings and chic fashion shoots since it’s such a magical public palace.

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known for impeccable service

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the perfect place for high tea or a quiet rendezvous

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great ambiance

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attention to detail

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and the food’s good too

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oh, and desserts

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legendary

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beautiful garden restaurant grounds

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started in the 1800s, she hasn’t changed much since her unveiling in 1909

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watching the well heeled come and go

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the perfect backdrop

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thousands of stories on a romantic stage

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the rooms could use makeovers on the upholstery and bedding

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but taking down the chandeliers?  :(

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and the marble mantles? those are up for sale too, for some reason they’re taking the originals out. to replace with what?

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they’re also  selling linens, dishes and the hotel silver.

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it’s always been the place to see and be seen  (myrna loy photographed on the roof deck)

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and photographers love the setting

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even the outtakes are good

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not to mention the finished product

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it stirs creative imagination

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links in this post:

sashaparis.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/a-la-russe-presentation-in-hotel-crillon-paris

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waeiskiani.com/blog/2012-11-27/wk-crillon-debutante-ball

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Random Facts:

The Hotel de Crillon in Paris is one of two identical stone palaces on the Place de la Concorde, wich was constructed in 1758.

In 1788 the Count of Crillon, acquired the building for a hotel.

Address: 10 place de la Concorde, 08 Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75008, France

Website: crillon.com

hi again! just thought i’d share some of what’s for sale in the hotel. i may be over reacting (someone wrote and called me a drama queen),  but i just don’t get why you have to take out the orignal and traditional in the process? like these fireplaces, why are they being removed? why aren’t they worth preserving?

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Lot 2327
CHEMINEE DE STYLE LOUIS XV
En marbre blanc veiné gris
H. : 108 cm. L. : 145 cm. P. : 38 cm.On y joint une paire de chenets, en fonte, à décor rocaille
H. : 23 cm. P. : 44 cm.(19)Estimation 400 – 600 €
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Lot 918CHEMINEE DE STYLE LOUIS XVI
En marbre gris veiné, à décor de feuilles de laurier
H. : 102 cm. L. : 125 cm. P. : 32 cm.(303 / 305)Estimation 400 – 600 €
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Lot 946CHEMINEE DE STYLE LOUIS XV
En marbre blanc veiné gris
H. : 110 cm. L. : 145 cm. P. : 40 cm.On y joint une barre de cheminée en métal doré
H. : 83 cm.(311/315)Estimation 400 – 600 €mm
Lot 1091CHEMINEE DE STYLE LOUIS XVIEn marbre blanc veiné, à décor de cannelures
H. : 101 cm. L. : 130 cm. P. : 39 cm.On y joint une barre de cheminée, en métal doré
L. : 83 cm.(343)Estimation 400 – 600 €
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Lot 1TROIS VITRINES DE PRESENTATION MURALES ECLAIRANTES
En métal doré, ouvrant en façade par un vantail
H. : 119 cm. L. : 68 cm. P. : 31 cm.(ENT)Estimation 800 – 1 200 €
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Lot 65LUSTRE DE STYLE LOUIS XV
En bronze doré, à six lumières, agrémenté de pampilles en verre taillé
H. : 97 cm.On y joint une paire d’appliques de style Louis XV, en métal patiné doré, à deux lumières, agrémenté de pampilles en verre taillé
H. : 27 cm. L. : 37 cm.(102)Estimation 300 – 500 €
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.ee anyway i’ll calm down now!

April 14, 2013. Tags: , , , . France, Hotels, Paris, Paris Hotels.

23 Comments

  1. wildlikethat24 replied:

    Reblogged this on darkmatterthinktank.

  2. Cheryl replied:

    Isn’t it being closed down for a two year renovation?

  3. The Paris Apartment replied:

    i guess ‘redecorated’ and all that that means…

  4. Rebecca Grace replied:

    Claudia, this makes me sick! They aren’t demolishing the building too, are they? Just a major remodel, one hopes? I’m with you — once places like this are gone, there’s no getting them back again. :-(

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      the outside will stay the same…the changes will be on the inside. maybe it just feels like a demolition

  5. Nikon replied:

    Boy, you really put a lot of work (and love) into that post! So many beautiful photos of such a beautiful building; an amazing building, who would want to change a thing??
    Great evocation of the ambiance, Claudia.

  6. The Paris Apartment replied:

    hi paul, thanks, it was definitely all consuming for a minute there. i have half a mind to go to the auction if only to document it!

  7. Peggy Braswell replied:

    Yes, go to the auction if you can,and post some photos. Please let it only be a remodel-it is a grand hotel and that is understatement. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      hi peggy, i may try to do that.
      as for the hotel, only a remodel is an understatement. anything they take out that’s an original light fixture should be revered. i’m sorry i truly believe that. why not remodel versailles? what could be better than what the original designers put in?
      i imagine the new desingers brainstorming, lamenting between the sleekness of ikea and freshness of restoration hardware for the reincarnation!

  8. designandride replied:

    The States should be so lucky to have such history and architecture.I would live in it just like it is!

  9. Sabrina Brown replied:

    Oh this is so sad! The architecture is stunning! Are they removing all the sculptured bas relief, and boiserie too?

  10. The Paris Apartment replied:

    i guess we’ll have to wait and see. i’ll calm down. there’s an auction link here:
    http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/schedule.asp

  11. Clare replied:

    Wow! It looks so spectacular. How sad. I can hardly imagine something so beautiful being torn down. We just don’t have that kind of amazing history here in Australia….

    C x

  12. Lauri Frenkel replied:

    Claudia, I assume you know about the upcoming auction to sell off many of the pieces from the hotel April 18-21…if you need the info let me know.
    Lauri

  13. The Paris Apartment replied:

    here’s the link to the auction list of what’s being sold.
    http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/schedule.asp

  14. Heidi replied:

    It looks magical , no wonder your so excited……Heidi

  15. emily replied:

    Hi Claudia and thanks for all the beautiful photos.

    That’s really sad news. I hope they’ll just get rid of a few items and redecorate in the same style, just with new materials. I agree with you on the drapes and bedding…but the chandeliers?! I wish I could fly back and buy a couple of them (for my small NYC apartment…lol)

    regards,
    Emily @ Town And Country Shuffle

  16. sally leonard replied:

    This is horrible news. I guarantee it’s going to be ruined. Every singe time there’s a remodel of a hotel, they bring in contemporary furnishings, which I love in the right setting, but NOT in an iconic, traditional hotel. One of my favorite hotels in the world, the Hotel Bel Air, in Los Angeles, has had such a terrible renovation that it brought tears to my eyes.

  17. Rosemary replied:

    I agree – why remove the vintage, beautiful furnishings – fireplaces too? It’s a shame!

  18. Ms Anon replied:

    ‘Tis a pity. And no, you’re not being a drama queen. I wondered the same thing about the fireplaces. BTW was this fun, flirty video filmed there? The front desk looks the same. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHh5K9_wzZw

  19. Pamela replied:

    I am with you on this. We need more people to speak up for these places and give them the honor they deserve. It’s an absolute crime to remove these items from their historic settings.

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