that was then, this is now

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hey gang, how’s life? is time flying by for you like it is for me? i guess i’m one of the people who thinks that it’s not really passing, that there’s always time for this or that, but unless you seize it, take it, or make it, you lose track of it.

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it’s been years since i visited our beloved blog bud,  lynn with my 1 megapixel camera. we met through ebay and fell in love!

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who could resist her? i was mesmerized by her gorgeous home back then and was thrilled to find out she’s on the cover of this month’s romantic homes!

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i just had to give props to my girl and her incredible collections. she continues to inspire me every day. if you know her boutique, you know it’s stocked with fabulous items from hotels of the past along with tons of great books and furniture.

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the photographer really captured the essence of her home but i was inspired to dig out my own pics from our first day together.

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lynn, i don’t know if you’ve ever even seen some of these, i have so many shots, (lynn was/is going to be featured in my new book…i know i know, it’s been years of me saying this but, ok well, it’s finally in the works, more on that soon)!

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so these shots are blurry and i never really thought i could use them for print so they’ve been collecting dust pixels all these years. who else would appreciate them as much as i do? i thought you might!

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these chairs are from the ritz i think…lynn, can you confirm?

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her silver collection is insane and so is the memorabilia. she gets what it was like to arrive at the hotel in style back in the day.

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i actually didn’t take this shot below. i’m not sure where i picked it up but would recognize her turquoise vintage bath anywhere.

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this is reminding me why i saved these cruddy pics all these years. even at 1 megapic they still send me!

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is it just me? lynn, you need to do a book.

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she’s the epitome of someone who lives with and enjoys all her collections.

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this is of course the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

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i hope you don’t mind, lynn, i know a lot of your place has changed completely but i was inspired, what can i say? and it’s good to clean out folder and share such a wonderland.

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this is her dog bed. nuf said? anyway, she worked on the article with her best friend, janet of french blue (who wrote it). on that same trip i met her and shot her place too. i hope she doesn’t mind if i post it tomorrow but i can’t help myself, i’m on a roll! more to come!

October 1, 2009. California, Decorating, Designers, Friends, Furniture, Hotels.

40 Comments

  1. rochambeau replied:

    Dear Claudia,
    Congrats on being featured in T&L!!
    You go girl!! AND
    Thank you for sharing these photos above.
    Lynn is a stylish woman with great taste and flair.
    Fabulous post!
    Hope you are well!

    xox
    Constance

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    • theparisapartment replied:

      hey constance, thank you so much! i’m tempted to add more to her shots cause i have sooooooo many and they’re all incredible. you should see her work area!

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  2. Paris Hotel Boutique replied:

    HOLY MOLY girl! You have made me blush! Thank you so very much for this beautiful post and a trip down memory lane!! My oh my, it’s fun seeing some of the items I’ve sold. I totally forgot about some of them!! You are the BEST and I’m so glad we met all of those years ago. I remember when you took those photos. Day after Halloween party? lol

    Thanks a million! Can’t wait to see Janet’s!!

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    • theparisapartment replied:

      you know it girlfriend! you were so generous to let me shoot and poke around all over the place :)
      i know what you mean about strolling down memory lane, things hold so much meaning, don’t they?
      BUT OMG i forgot that we met the day after my most memorable halloween EVER, of course what could i expect in SF? now that is taking me back!

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  3. Paris Hotel Boutique replied:

    Oh, Vito still has his bed though. I bought him a new one…didn’t like it. So now his fur bed is considered vintage! XXOO

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  4. Pamela replied:

    Lovely!
    The painting of the lady who looks like Rosemary Clooney…do we know who she is??

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    • theparisapartment replied:

      hmmm…good question, pam. lynn, any clue? your aunt mame perhaps?

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      • Paris Hotel Boutique replied:

        The painting is of a famous Cincinnati opera star (soprano) named Vivian Della Chiesa. She sang with Cincinnati Summer Opera from 1940 to 1953. I didn’t know that when I purchased it, but someone from the opera emailed me the info.

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  5. Ann replied:

    What a gorgeous house… I just love the bathroom. It is so gorgeous I can stay in there for hours.

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    • theparisapartment replied:

      i hear you, ann. i don’t remember exactly but i was definitely there for many, many hours!

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  6. FrenchBlue replied:

    Dewiest…
    OH YOU!! You captured the magic of Lynn’s house so perfectly~ You make me miss being there… I can feel it in every image you shared! There is no where in this whole wide world like it. Not even Paris~
    XOOX’s

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  7. Lisa Golightly replied:

    Her house is magical … and transcends even through the lens of 1 mega pixel camera ! That’s like looking gorgeous without makeup ! Great photos Claudia … you have such an amazing ability to capture beauty.

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  8. The Princess & The Pea replied:

    What an enjoyable scroll through your friend’s home! Some of the beautiful rooms and pieces evoked literal gasps of appreciation! Just know I will be back to look at those images again and again, absolutely beautiful. I love how Lynn lives among her beautiful pieces as opposed to admiring them from afar! Wonderful, wonderful!

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  9. YSLGuy replied:

    Wow!! So much glamour in one home, it’s amazing!

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  10. dustjacket attic replied:

    Oh my goodness, how beautiful! She has the most amazing pieces and finds there. I just adore the bathroom.

    Beautiful post,
    xoxo

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  11. Vicki Archer replied:

    Love these pics and you girls…xv

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  12. Karen replied:

    Wonderful post! Great snapshot of Lynn’s incredible taste and how it’s evolved over the years! Makes me wish I’d been there at every purchase and sale! Your eye in composing the shots has me anxious to see the book! Can’t wait!

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  13. a la parisienne replied:

    Lynn has an amazing sense of style. The idea of creating a home that evokes an era of elegance and travel is the epitome of walking into a home away from home. All of her collections are gorgeous: the art on the walls (even the reflection of the woman in the hallway mirror is gorgeous); the silver; and those chairs in her salon!!! Absolument parfait!
    Mandy

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  14. Amy replied:

    So many beautiful images!! I agree with the whole “where has the time gone” question….How is it October 2nd already? I am trying to be better with the whole seize the day philosophy. It’s so hard when life insists on moving at light speed…. Photos like this slow me down, though. They help me realize I need to be better at appreciating the glamour and beauty in life. Thank you for that, as always! :) Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Lynn has such a wonderful taste ! Her home looks glamour. You always write the most inspiring post

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  16. Melissa replied:

    Claudia,
    Merci beaucoup for sharing such incredible photos of Lynn’s stunning abode! I adore Lynn and Janet and believe they make a dynamic duo!
    Happy Weekend to you!
    ~Melissa

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  17. aurorasuzette replied:

    So fabulous, but I still didn’t get to see the kitchen!! Love all of it!

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  18. Charlie replied:

    That is a beautiful home! I love how well all the collections are displayed, it is such a difficult thing to pull off. I cannot wait to visit.

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  19. Charlie replied:

    Claudia

    oops…P.S. Have a great weekend!!

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  20. Katie Lynn replied:

    Please put the rest up! Also, where can one find sequined pillows like that?!?!?

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  21. Fabulous Finds Gal replied:

    It’s all so gorgeous and full of personality, just like I hear Lynn is. So unique and welcoming. I too have a turquoise sink! Can you believe it? But, Lynn’s bathroom just takes the cake. I LOVE that’s it’s original and she makes it work. Just FABULOUS!!

    xo,
    Fabulous Finds Gal

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  22. Beadboard UpCountry replied:

    What fun those pictures are!!!! I love the Silver piece with the Lido on it!!! Also the retro bath, I’m getting inspired…….That mirrored piece is a find! Thanks for letting me share in your reminising!

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  23. Judith replied:

    Hi Claudia! I’ve been reading through your blog and I swear I need to pick my jaw up from the keyboard to write this!!! AMAZING! I just read the post you wrote about Janet and now this!!!! Lynn’s home is gorgeous! I’ve seen pics of it from the outside and I have the Romantic Homes mag that I have yet to crack open! This post is just remarkably beautiful and I am so inspired now! I want to gut my home and start over!!! Just gorgeous! Thank you for making my sad drab day remarkable! It was just the lift I needed!!!!
    xoxo
    Judith~

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