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.
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.
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
i once had a ball there with claudia T and hate that they’re taking some of it apart.
it’s one of the oldest and most ornate hotels in paris.
perfect for fairy tale weddings and chic fashion shoots since it’s such a magical public palace.
known for impeccable service
the perfect place for high tea or a quiet rendezvous
attention to detail
and the food’s good too
oh, and desserts
beautiful garden restaurant grounds
started in the 1800s, she hasn’t changed much since her unveiling in 1909
watching the well heeled come and go
the perfect backdrop
thousands of stories on a romantic stage
the rooms could use makeovers on the upholstery and bedding
but taking down the chandeliers? :(
and the marble mantles? those are up for sale too, for some reason they’re taking the originals out. to replace with what?
they’re also selling linens, dishes and the hotel silver.
it’s always been the place to see and be seen (myrna loy photographed on the roof deck)
and photographers love the setting
even the outtakes are good
not to mention the finished product
it stirs creative imagination
links in this post:
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
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?
- 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 €
- 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 €
- 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 €
- 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 €
- 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 €
- 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 €
- . anyway i’ll calm down now!
bonjour friends, how are you? i miss you and feel so out of touch what with getting this trip together. it’s been all consuming. i admit i do things on the fly and expect great things but it was getting pretty scary there for a sec even for me.
it’s been tricky finding something great on short notice and waking up in a panic is no fun. but miracles do happen, just wait till you see what’s up! i hit the tip of infinity! (more on that later :)
i’ll be in four apartments throughout the trip! i’m looking foward to it cause they’re in different neighborhoods. i’ll just pack light and be ready to jet. it’s not like i have a lot to bring! (maybe i’ll get some scarves and advice from liz)
i’m staying with one of my favorite apartment services, I love Paris Apartments run by Porter Scott who among many things is also a gifted writer. i love reading his descriptions of the apartments and their histories.
we met a few years ago and clicked right off the bat. i thought of him as my male counterpart cause somehow he was just like me. well, maybe not me yet, but he’s into antiques, does tours, restorations, property management, real estate sales, and runs the company overseeing all of these beautiful apartments.
his collection is in the 1st through 6th arrondissements, right in the middle of everything but all tucked away on tiny side streets and courtyards. you know the big doors we all love? they’re back there!
i think he has a dream job! anyway he couldn’t be nicer or more helpful, i know because i test him all the time :)
each apartment is immaculate and has just what’s needed.
and each has its own personality after a few hundred years.
yet some seem as new as morning dew.
i’ve seen a few of these in person and hope to visit even more to shoot and include in the book.
this is the one i’ll be staying in for my first few days (below).
fact is, they’re all real gems.
he even has a place in the loire valley that looks really inviting for a summer trip.
it’s both cozy and classic
Thanks, Porter for always being there!
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ok well that’s it for tonite. it’s almost midnuit and it’s my b’day tomorrow so gotta get some zzz’s. sweet dreams!
when i should be working? saying a quick hello. hello!
hey guys! i’ve had guests for a few days so it’s been beyond hectic. in those four days everyone’s changed their travel plans!
trying to book this trip has kept me on my toes to say the least.
at first the search was for a 4 bedroom, then 3
truth is i was worried more about the other people’s accommodations than my own!
so now i’m the one without a home in paris yet. how typical is that. i’m like the cobbler cliché.
well these are a couple of contenders but it’s still up in the air. with april in paris still so popular, i’ll probably still have to switch apartments. that part i don’t mind.
i don’t mind any of it, the search, the book research, the pics! but it is cutting it close and i do have the rest of my life to live.
oooh i get weak over turquoise as you know!
these are some more of the apartments we’re going to shoot for the book.
this is the one i’ll most likely get, god willing:
don’t ask me why but i love this room. i’ll get linens at the flea.
this wonderful site is one i’ve recommended over the years on my shopping page. they’re going to be selling the apartments so i’m not sure how much longer this will be up.
going through the pics tonight reminded me how beautiful this place is.
well, i just wanted to check in and share some pretty pics of my cyber excursions.
the days are passing quickly so it’s back to work on itineraries, the sample chapter, arranging the girl project and countless other chores on my self imposed to do list including finding something to wear!
if you’re free to kick back and surf, have a great night and happy sunday!
why is it that i feel guilty when i blog? like i should be doing other things. like work work and more work!
well truth be told i wish this was my work, it’s my favorite place to be, discovering your blogs, amazing sites, creative minds and well, getting to travel through infinity at any given moment.
truth is i have a lot to do cause the paris trip is coming up and i’m trying to make tons of things happen at once.
should i get into it? probably not right now so i’ll make this post a working one, to save my notes on how it’s all goin’ down. if, god willing, it even does.
so it will be evolving. geez, i see how much i already have to label! one of the projects besides hosting clients is working on a book! that’s right, i said it! it’s about real apartments in paris and we’ll be going behind a lot of apartment doors.
i guess what still fascinates me about paris apartments is that they have that je ne sais quoi. ok not all, but so many have it with so little effort. the above and below are just from a random craigslist swap for paris/ny.
so is this one
i’m looking for a 3 bedroom apartment cause 4 of us will be sharing it off and on between the 9th and 27th.
i love this linen trend with the box that’s ever evolving.
yum, these wide ones really get me! this is what i mean about effortless. these rooms speak volumes with next to nothing in them! then again there is that ever present view out of the iron out the window. there’s some kind of magic in that…
i’ll keep an eye out for these linens while i’m there. ok back to it for moi! mwah to vous!
oh and ps, the flights are looking really good today! via cheapoair.
just heard from my other clients, a family, and they’re confirmed so now i have to bite the bullet and really go. besides, this is madame’s wish list: a bed, mirror, ship chandelier, linen, linens, sideboard, chest, small tables! how could i resist? it’ll be great to see paris again. judging from the solid hotel and apartment bookings, paris will never suffer from a lack of admirers who keep coming back for more. guilty!
hi all! tonite i have one minute left before i’m kicked off this computer. i’ve compiled a couple hotels in lieu of apartments for some of the guests coming to paris. i listed them here so you could enjoy them too. and now even i may be staying in a hotel instead of an apt cause my guy is coming and likes to have the amenities. like someone to help when the internet’s not working. it’s one of those things
staying in a hotel’s obviously not my first choice, but i’ll make it work :)
this one’s funky, i personally love it
i did have a pair of best friends stay here once and it was just beautiful
and this below, just since it’s so, well, remarkable,
this would be just fine for practically anyone…but guess what? they’re miniatures done by an artist named Charles Matton! i’m hoping to get to the exhibit. www.forumgallery.com
ok that’s it for tonite!
bonsoir everyone! it’s been a busy week getting ready to leave for a month in a week or so. i’m still researching apartments, and it’s occurring to me that it’s become an obsession! i think it’s fun cause it’s so voyeuristic and the french have that same je ne sais quoi about decor as they do about tying a scarf. here are some highlights just for ambiance, colors, furniture…the details make such a difference in the character of the room. oh and the floors and views don’t hurt either!
these are looks that aren’t hard to acheive
i love these places cause they seem lived in
but are been toned down for renting
so you can really make them your own
when i get there the first place i’ll hit is the flower market
don’t you just love a mantle in the bedroom? that’s what i mean, it’s so easy to add that element
or any of these elements (except the view) to your own home
of course, i’d be happy here! who knows where i’ll end up!