a good book has no ending –RD Cumming

IMG_2061

bonne journée tout le monde~ i want to start the day by sharing a delicious book that was sent to me for review by Harper Collins. it’s a gorgeous tome and the perfect excuse to host a giveaway!

IMG_2363

i was sent two copies of ‘The Paris Style Guide‘ by Elodie Rambaud, an interior decorator and stylist who has put together a book of parisian destinations of all kinds including, green and flower markets. antiques shops and repair, craft and art supplies and couture ateliers.

IMG_2360

she goes on to tell us the address, phone numbers and website as well as the metro. i like that she’s included festivals and fairs, and matches each of the recommendations with a map at the back to cross reference in a couple of different ways.

IMG_2369

the book is nice and thick, not something you’d neccessarily toss in your bag for the day but it’s a great resource and like me, you can always take pics of the pages…which i had to stop doing too many before reposting every pretty page if it!

IMG_2361

some of the resources are really unusual like where to get film for your polaroid, Chanel embroideries and random curiousities that sometimes only locals really see.

IMG_2353

elodie lives in paris and works as a prop stylist. she says she works with objects to tell stories and focuses on lifestyle, food and decorating.

IMG_2354

suffice it to say she has a deep inside scoop.

IMG_2368

in the 10 chapters she does surprise us here and there with unusual shopping stuff but also includes what to do in a weekend, dealing with wifi and communication, getting around and some hotel recommendations.

IMG_2366

note that this book was published this year so it may change pretty quickly.  but then again so much in paris has stood the test of time. hopefully it will be very slow in changing and these merchants will see a boost due to the book and be there for years to come as so many of them have. she features some shopkeepers with 100+ years in business.

IMG_2370

anyway if you’d like a copy submit your name in the comments and we’ll draw a winner over the weekend. till then, have a great day!

May 28, 2015. Books, Decorating, Design, flea markets, France, Giveaway, Paris. 73 comments.

behind the facade

t_3302975_coco_chanel_pinkjeca_cool_v

bonjour encore et bonne année! i hope your new year is off to a smashing start. i don’t have any particular resolutions other than to make every day one to remember in some small way. blogging’s always been a good indicator of what’s going on cause it’s kind of a journal. i’ll be trying to use it this year as a tool for working on new projects and books. that said, today i’m continuing to uncover the private lives of style icons who are influencing my new tome, boudoir moderne and of course it wouldn’t be complete (let alone get started), without a nod to coco chanel.

382814_10150453680902130_1746653757_n

i went on overload researching her life apartment at 31 Rue Cambon in Paris and once i started finding images it was hard to quit so i enjoyed the indulgence. when you google ‘chanel bedroom’ all sorts of logos and fluff come up but nothing could be further from the way she lived.

Picture 38

384982_10150453683527130_562512904_nCHANELTRIP 089A tour of Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s Apartment  at 31 Rue Cambone Parisparis31

Coco-Chanel-Apartment-31-Rue-Cambon-Parisimagesflikr-2flikr-1The-Iconic-Interior-Coco-ChanelScreen Shot 2015-01-02 at 12.21.03 PMcocco27sappartment1flikr-4

not that her home wasn’t opulent. she lived in a modest apartment but every inch of it was carefully curated that tended to and nurtured her in every way. her home was her backdrop, her stage. and she loved posing as the star of the show.

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”

71style-icon-coco-chanel-L-lRB6Fn

this chair is one that greets you upon entry. it’s become famous for this series of shots of her lounging as a lady of leisure and grace. chanel was such a complex woman that to discuss who she was and her life and times is way out of my realm, but my observations from the shots collected did tell a story about what she was probably like behind closed doors. first of all she was not afraid to be photographed at any age. she accepted herself and saw beauty as an essence much more than face. and she was very philosophical!

‘Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty’

Coco_Chanel,_1920coco53627c4b4ecf2e3197fefe43c227b4abcsmttm-coco-chanel-4article-2084366-0F64C3FE00000578-668_306x475coco-chanel-standing-in-sitting-room-no-5-chandelier-Chanel-31-rue-camboncoco_enl

she was always dressed to the nines. maybe she did kick back in once in a while but even when she took her hat off she was still cool and sophisticated.

‘I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny’

4.-Coco-Chanel-2GettyImages_56233406

chanel seems to have had a very generous spirit for sharing her home, her life and her work. thankfully from an early age she welcomed photographers in so we could get a glimpse of how she lived.

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 1.03.54 PM

although some of it’s staged, i have a feeling it wasn’t far from reality. let’s go inside.

09-513179

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 12.46.51 PM

‘My life didn’t please me, so I created my life’

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 1.20.06 PM

once we strip off some of the facade, a very soft woman appears at home.

05pausa4-sciolino-blog480

this was actually her bed at la pausa but i didn’t come across any other boudoir of hers besides the one at the ritz. still it shows a playful side with a star tucked in the headboard as well as a feather (she entertained)! and of couse, dressed to the hilt in silk pajamas.

“As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!”

2d1678770fe751f93f51683936dbaaad3538e6ca

as any self respecting woman did, she kept a beautiful vanity filled with silver trinkets, powders and perfumes. and i think that’s a negilgee hanging to the right!

“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked. “Wherever one wants to be kissed!”

cocomeme9

once back in the seriousness of daylight, she was all business. this is her pretty ladies’ desk for writing letters

Coco-Chanel-dans-son-appartement-au-Ritz-au-telephone-e1356267281919

and her home office where she refined her very definite ideas about life and style

sap53_71l01247_p

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Coco-Chanel-one-of-the-most-important-people-of-the-20th-century

 ‘I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.’

Appartement-de-Coco-Chanel-au-Ritz-croquis-de-mode-e1356266487940

later in life she lets us in again to see an apartment that has grown in some ways, matured in its decor with the addition of travel mementos, books and statues

holding-chanel-apartment

she must have treasured her roaring fireplace

NPG x40051; Coco Chanel by Cecil BeatonNPG x40050; Coco Chanel by Cecil Beaton

coco-chanel

and surrounded herself with beautiful books

11_appart_video_large

lounging was apparently a pastime she enjoyed to the fullest without apology and understood that downtime in life was as important as success.

‘How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.’

422f55497b456fdbfd90d30c4badc142

‘There are people who have money and people who are rich’

coco2_500

this series of shots was one of her most revealing

“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”

theia-bessy-31

doing the things we all do

LB0854

eating, reading, working

Gabrielle Coco Chanel - Coco Chanel at work with pearlschaneljewelry_front

contemplating

coco-chanel-7_176_large

chillin

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 1.46.46 PM

on the phone

chanel_sits_on_divan_1

entertaining

kirkland 3

and although most of the shots are of her alone, the now iconic suede sofa she designed often hosted friends

Cha8

who came for intimate chats

elle-chanel-02-h

Coco Chanel & Jeanne Moreaucocomeme

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 12.48.51 PM

3_17

or host an audience while working with girls who came for fittings

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 12.53.05 PM

coco-chanel-vogue-2-19nov14-douglas-kirkland-b-682x1024

‘Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!’

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 12.45.44 PM

hatami-sharok-1928-iran-coco-chanel-3609106

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 1.22.06 PM

i think she was happy because she had a happy home

blog27

Screen Shot 2015-01-01 at 1.24.41 PM

it seems she created a perfect little world just upstairs above her shop and it was her wonderland. a place she could go for refuge, that was a comfortable and reassuring as the arms of a lover.

408229_10150453679387130_1680645323_n

it was probably most comforting as she put on her face for life outside as the kingpin of CHANEL, that she knew just up that staircase was a little piece of heaven waiting for her. thank god the french have kept it intact.

7974_1308973002_2-e1335930131941

this may be my favorite shot, seeing her totally relaxed, unpressured, her true nature at peace. everything home should be for all of us.

‘I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.’

p.s. a new book is coming out i thought you may enjoy. i’ll try to get a copy or two for a giveaway. till then have a wonderful weekend!

January 2, 2015. Tags: , . Books, CHANEL, Paris, Paris Apartments. 10 comments.

Flea Markets of Paris: An interactive map of my favorites

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

bonjour everybody, it’s been a while but i’m finally back in the groove. i hope your december is in full swing!

it’s been pretty busy around here and i wanted to take a minute to post an exciting collaboration The Paris Apartment just finished with logo_af_AF

(my dad worked with them for his entire career so it’s full circle in our family and extra fun to have been asked)!

flea-market-UI-v2-04-06-10 copy

 

 

 

We used our app, Keys to the Fleas to create this interactive map where you can get info on the flea markets throughout Paris including which metro to use, hours and the specialty of each.

 

 

 

 

Click the map below for real time info:

TPA MAP FOR AIR FRANCE

(this map was made with the help of  air france who happen to be running cheap flights to and from Paris right now)

i have to admit putting it together gave me total wanderlust for the markets. thank god it’s winter or i’d be tempted to take a quick trip for holiday gifts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

it’s one place that’s fascinating enough to go to again and again.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

not sure why it’s got such an alluring power…maybe cause it’s never the same twice, or that you’re sure to find something you’ll cherish forever. it’s definitely an archaeological and anthropological exploration that’s a mix of high-highs and low-lows.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

half the fun is the people who make it happen every week rain, shine, sun or snow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

lots of people think it’s just old junk but once you get past the high or low end display you can find something special at every single booth, especially in unpacked boxes if you’re into snooping like i am

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

small stuff has become more my focus after importing a container full of armoires, beds and mirrors needing repair upon arrival…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

now sometimes a button or pillbox is enough

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and a love letter can certainly do the trick…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

lately the markets have been kind of a study of the renovation of paris. they’re tearing out the old doors, chandeliers, mantles and panels and this is where they end up. at least we can have them if no one else wants them!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

i’ve always had a bit of a chair fetish and this is the place to indulge in it~

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

hot pink velvet or stripped down all the way they’re just full of personality

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the deconstructed look is my personal favorite although not the most comfy. but the techniques they used to do on the inside is a lost art…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we use foam and dacron now instead of hay and horsehair. guess that’s not a bad upgrade but i still love look of the old stuff

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and the patina of a well turned arm on a chaise or sofa, well, don’t get me started

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

mostly i’m attracted to the small boudoir chairs that once held the ladies at their vanities who started trends from inspiring dramatic furniture, showing ankles, drinking in public to voting. here’s to the showgirls, flappers, ingenues, actresses and suffragettes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

anyway it was a long time since i’d gone thru my photos. kinda like seeing old friends. they told me at mac i was a media hoarder cause i have 30k photos. but it’s ok it’s only ether. and the markets will always be an infinite source of inspiration whether in pics or in person

HI RES COVER Paris Flea Market Style

anyway…in celebration of the season we’re giving away two Paris Flea Market Style books that can ship out next week. if you’re interested just say so! and now, to all a great night~

December 10, 2014. Tags: . Air France, flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Paris. 34 comments.

Next Page »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,793 other followers