Sunday, December 9, 2012

Places we love: Paris Apartments

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast--Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

We were speaking of Paris...and Paris apartments. Those bleached herringbone floors...those tall windows open to the light of an old city...pale silk curtains swooping down and caught up with tassels...chandeliers dripping with crystals...large gilded mirrors...fireplaces with carved mantels...plaster rosettes on the ceiling that rises far above...wrought iron balconies overlooking the the winter, these apartments can be cold and drafty and both hosts and guests wear coats and gloves indoors and hold their fingers to the fire but it does not matter, because it is Paris and everyone is beautiful and the wine is good, and the food is good, and it is Paris. One day, we will be there, hopefully one day soon, and we will drink coffee in cafes and eat where the locals eat, and we will wear black, and we will pretend to be Parisians, even if just for a moment, and even though we will never be true Parisians, there for generations, we can still dream of Paris.

One of my all time favorite rooms
Lou Lou de la Falaise's Paris apartment, via the Daily Mail

A flock of deer at 31 Rue Cambon
Coco Chanel's Paris Apartment, via Eye for Design

Sofia Coppola in her Paris Apartment,
 photography by Andrew Durham for Vogue Nippon, via This Is Glamorous

Designer L'Wren Scott's Parisian home that she shares with Mick Jagger, via Vogue

A modern take on a Paris apartment by Gabriel Wick and Oliver, via Design*Sponge
Darker tones than usual but the bones are still the same
via This is Glamorous 

A view of the Seine, via ParisPerfect (apartments for rent in Paris)

The Paris Apartment: Romantic Style on a Flea-Market Budget, by Claudia Strasser, available via Amazon. Visit her blog for more inspiration at TheParisApartment 

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