friends in the city

bonjour ma chere amis, ça va? it’s been awhile and i hope you’re winding down your summer. i’m working in paris right now for a few weeks and am staying in a beautiful apartment i’d love to share with you.

it’s not only gorgeous but i’d like to introduce you to who’s behind it.

when i’m in town i stay with my friends Paris Perfect. i say friends because staying at their flats is truly like having a friend in the city. one of the things i’m working on while in town is interviewing some of my favorite people who make the city great. i know you’ll love the founder, Madelyn Willems and she’s going to be one of the first interviews i’ll be posting.

not only does she have exquisite taste, but the apartments are completely updated with all the modern conveniences yet she’s kept the charm of a traditional paris apartment whenever possible. (i adore these pressed flowers that she got at the paris flea market above).

the kitchen has everything from a traditional and convection oven to a dishwasher, microwave and coffee machine (not to mention they’re stocked with a welcome bottle of wine, milk and oj)!

the bathrooms are completely renovated with spectacular state of the art tiles and fixtures (again, not to mention, heated towel racks, washer and dryer, and their own line of delicious smelling soap, shampoo and conditioner)!

i’m staying in the Beaujolais, which is a two bedroom that sleeps 6 people (there’s a pullout sofabed in each apartment). it features two bathrooms so there’s plenty of room and privacy.

as we learn more about Madelyn i’ll share some of her story with you from how she got started to what she has planned for the future. as an american it probably hasn’t been an easy road for her, especially dealing with the bureaucracy of paris renovating 90 apartments! she is truly a force to be reckoned with and someone i admire greatly for her perseverance, dedication and attention to detail.

et alors, i have clients in the morning and it was hard enough tearing myself out of bed today (yes she even has her own line of butter soft sheets) so i better get to bed.

more coming soon, but for now, bonne nuit!

September 2, 2017. Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect, Paris Perfect Apartments, Paris Trip. 6 comments.

this just in – the perfect paris apartment

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bonjour et bon weekend! it’s only mid-august so i hope you’re still enjoying summer even if some kids have already gone back to school. seems like it always started in september for us…i’m not sure when that changed but it doesn’t mean summer is over! anyway, it’s been a whirlwind around here with lots of travel and good times and even though it feels like i just got back from paris i’m scheduled to head over again in a couple weeks. that said, i’ll be going to the maison et objet and shopping the markets with clients. let me know if you’ll be there in september too and want to meet for a cafe au lait!

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as i was making plans, i started talking with one of my colleagues (and friend), madelyn at paris perfect luxury rentals and she told me about an incredible opportunity. this gorgeous apartment is available for a full three months! what a dream it would be to get some friends together and travel all fall. i wish i could make it happen and we could all come and go! well, even if i can’t wing it, maybe you’re interested in renting it. if so, contact madelyn here for more information: reservations@parisperfect.com.

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Here’s what Paris Perfect says: Have you ever wanted to wake up each morning and step out onto the balcony to see the soft colors of morning across the rooftops as the City of Light wakes up?  Not having to feel rushed to see and experience everything as the days of a holiday–which never seem to be enough–pass by too quickly? Having the time to try the baguettes at all your localboulangeries until you find the one that is absolute perfection for you? Strolling leisurely along the Seine or popping in and out of boutiques without a hurry…falling in love with a garden and watching the seasons change. These are the moments where Paris really captures your heart and you can savor them again and again.

If you are considering spending more time in Paris, then we know just the place for you. How about a gorgeous and beautifully decorated two bedroom apartment with a picture perfect Eiffel Tower view? We know just the one that is available for rentals of 3 months or longer.

Go ahead … dreams really do come true!

see more about it here on the blog: www.parisperfect.com/blog/2014/07/paris-long-term-rental

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anyway i wish it could be us…but if it’s you do it let me know!

August 23, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect Apartments. 14 comments.

embrace change

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parisian ambiance by carinaokula.com

bonjour mes cheries, happy sunday! i hope you’re having a good weekend and savoring the last of the evening hours. i’ve been nesting lately, just enjoying home after moving around so much last year and definitely not thinking much about travel and changing my locale right now. but spring will soon be sprung and that means wanderlust is in the air.

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my beautiful paris, norma theison

truth is i do love to travel, there are still so many places on my bucket list to see. for you too? well, an invitation to an event in july reignighted my fire to explore the world; (or at least my favorite part of it), with a trip to gay paree.

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it’s hard to believe that paris never gets tired after all these years. it’s just a magical world i guess, why ask why? the good news is that for 3 days i’ll be with kindred spirits who share an obsession for the city. the event will be held at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and is called ‘Embrace Paris 2014’. the hostesses who are behind the trip are two brilliant belles, norma thiessen and carina okula. they’re both magificent photographers and the city is their muse. (carina’s work will soon be featured in the paris apartment’s boutique)!

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these two have put together an incredible itinerary beginning with the hotel. they have hooked up with the french chamber of commerce, recruited sponsors and planned an intimate conference to empower women using a variety of social media channels.

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as carina’s blog says, the gathering is about:  Bringing creative international women together for an experience full of positive energy. There will be collaborating, sharing and brainstorming all things related to the wonderful and crazy world of social media. EMBRACE is about empowering each other through positive peer support and will be hosted by the city’s most beautiful hotel in July 2014.

We’ll be generating a Paris inspired frisson throughout social media platforms such as TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle+, along with individual websites.

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just as an aside, you may remember the last episode of sex and the city? it was shot at the hotel, the night carrie has her aha! moment in that incredible dress!

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i’ll check out the other ladies over the next couple weeks to get to know them beforehand. it’s a really small group with a whole lot going on. here’s a partial roundup:

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so i bit the bullet and am booked for the month of july. if you’re going to be in paris, let me know and we can rendezvous! i’ll be giving tours, doing signings and roaming aimlessly with a van down south.

on another note, my dear friends from Paris Perfect are holding 28 days of clues for 28 entries to win a trip with all the trimmings! stop by their site each day for a new clue and to submit your entry.

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Prize:

  • 5 night accommodation in a one bedroom Paris Perfect apartment with Eiffel Tower view*
  • Two Paris Pass tickets that include free entry to over 60 museums and attractions as well as a free Seine cruise, Métro pass, wine tasting & more
  • Lunch for two at one of our favorite Paris restaurants – Café Constant
  • Two tickets for a Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tour from Easy Pass Tours
  • Chocolates and macarons from the world-famous Gregory Renard shop
  • Beautiful bouquet of flowers from one of Paris’ leading florists
  • Airport transfers for 2 people

all the details can be found here: parisperfect.com-win-a-stay-in-paristhe competition closes march 13, 2014. bonne chance!

ok well it’s getting late and time to enjoy the last few weekend hours. uh oh, just one left…sweet dreams!

March 3, 2014. Embrace Paris Trip, Giveaway, Paris, Paris Perfect Apartments, Paris Trip, Plaza Athenee, Social Media. 12 comments.

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