i got so attached


to this apartment on rue rameau! it’s been everything i could ever want in an apartment and a home. if you’re ever coming to paris and want to stay in a magnificent 2 bedroom, this has got to be one of the best in the city. and to think i have to leave it in the morning, i’m heartbroken!


well luckily there’s always something to look forward to and i’ll be headed back to st. germain so that should be fun.


waiting for genevieve today (she’s here)! gave me another free day of cruising around. i passed by one of my favorite places, the national archives, aka l’hôtel de soubise.


there was an exhibition on the history of france and it’s also the place where lots of the marie antoinette film was shot so i couldn’t resist a look. as usual, there were nooks and crannies i’d never seen. i’ve been to the apartments of the prince and princess but had never seen this little salon jewel.


i love the details in these rooms! like you could eat the icing right off the cake!


i think that’s my number one fascination with paris apartments, the architectural details. it’s so much fun to live with that sort of eye candy. of course you can bring it home by adding crown moldings and trims to doors and windows.


i tried to take lots of detail shots, cause even a tiny bit adds so much character to a room. these are pretty complicated but you have to have the fanatics go wild and then you can take it down a notch.


i hope you’ll forgive my horrible video skills, i have a flip but have zero talent with it so far. trying to hide it while i shot didn’t help, but i thought you might enjoy a tour.



afterward i stopped at BHV to pick up some things and dropped by the hardware section. just using a few of these pieces can give a room an authentic frenchy feel. it’s so about the doors and window hardware and trim!


these locks are a sure fire way to jazz up a window.


anyway i have to go cause gen wants to go out and we have to pack up for an early am at the flea. i’ll shoot some footage there, hopefully that will be better. and here’s one more for my grafitti lovers! sorry to rush but she’s waiting! xoc


April 17, 2009. Architecture, Design, France, Paris Apartments, Paris Trip.


  1. The World According to Isa replied:

    I can so see why you didn’t want to leave that apartment! I’m just in heaven looking at all your photos – and thank you for taking the pictures of the details — there is just something about them that make the heart beat even faster. D-R-E-A-M-Y!
    xo Isa


  2. Stephanie replied:

    The video is fantastic. I feel like I’m there. The ceiling in that room is incredible. I’m also in awe that even their grafitti is beautiful.


  3. betsy replied:

    Great video and thank you for giving us a daily travel journal!


  4. theparisapartment replied:

    hey you guys, thank you for being so gracious about the video! i’ll take some at the flea tomorrow. it’s pretty late now and we have to move by the crack of dawn so i’ll bid adieu!


  5. Rebekka replied:

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting all these gorgeous photos! It’s such inspiration!


  6. Bonnie replied:

    Wow Claudia! It’s like you’re living in a fairy tale!
    The apartment is amazing! I think it’s so great that you’re getting the chance to stay in different places. I always wonder what it would have been like to live long ago in a magnificent place like the ones you’ve shown in your photos and video (which IS fabulous!). I really love all the pictures and can’t wait to see more! Thank you for taking the time to share them with us!


  7. meg manion silliker replied:

    that apartment is incredible. wow. your video is terrific thanks for taking me along on your tour!!! tomorrow is another exciting day for you. can’t wait to read about it!! be well. m.


  8. Marilyn replied:

    Oh My Claudia!
    I just discovered your blog and am so fascinated with what you are doing. thank you, thank you, thank you for posting so often, and for ALL of the fabulous photos and video. Some of my friends and I are hoping to go to Paris next spring and this is absolutely the BEST introduction and travel guide. i really hate to wish that time would pass quickly, but your wonderful photos and information has me chomping at the bit to hop on a plane and be there yesterday.


  9. theparisapartment replied:

    lol time does pass quickly here and at the same time stands still. it’s a great place for reflection, taking in the magnitude of this accomplishment. it’s hard to believe the hundreds of years and every single hand and brick that went into it to make it all happen. and the fact that it’s all under the seemingly same spell. yet as judith said, it’s a different city every time! i know if you’re coming it will be magic for you and i’m excited for you too!


  10. Vicki Archer replied:

    BHV – a favourite destination of mine too Claudia! xv


  11. theparisapartment replied:

    wouldn’t it be incredible if they opened one in the us? it’s an unbelievable resource and we don’t have anything comparable to it. we’re being deprived!


  12. Karl replied:

    You appear to be as fascinated about Paris and its fabulous apartments as me. Ever since I started to work in this field, I have striven to look for the most beautiful and charming apartments reflecting the City’s style and heritage.
    Karl http://www.khs.fr/index2.cfm


  13. YSLGuy replied:

    Thank you for the tour. The details in that salon are incredible!!


  14. Judith replied:

    I felt like I was there for a moment! How I wish I were! :) Best wishes Claudia! Have fun!!!!


  15. Lia replied:

    I’m moving in too! There’s something about black and white floors that is so appealing and inviting.


  16. moggit girls replied:

    Watched the video and felt like we were there with you! :)


  17. Kelli replied:

    Loved the video! What did that random person think who was in the salon?
    Oh how I miss BHV, I loved browsing in there… they have great stationary too at reasonable prices.


  18. Sam replied:

    That first pictures is so lovely — thank you for sharing this.

    Just now need to get to Paris as soon as possible.


    Sam @PrettyLovely


  19. Kathleen replied:

    Oh my! Let me catch my breath!!! These are stunningly beautiful pics…you are so blessed to be able to take in all that beauty! Enjoy!


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