Call us crazy! Our latest project in Paris is a 250 square foot apartment that had every one of our colleagues shaking their heads in disbelief. “You did whaaaat?”
I secretly love small apartments. I figure, if it’s got a killer view, great light and good bones, in a gorgeous neighborhood surrounded by some of the best restaurants and shopping in Paris and close to buses and metros, a stone’s throw from the most iconic Park in the world, and a hop skip and jump over a gorgeous bridge to Chanel, Vuitton and Hermes, with a sparkling light show from the Eiffel Tower every evening, who needs it to be spacious? What I can easily give up in space, though, I will not sacrifice in quality and beauty. And that’s the fun part of the challenge. Taking what some might call an ugly duckling and turning it into we hope will be a beautiful swan!
Our friend Madelyn, the cofounding partner of our favorite Paris rental agency, Paris Made Perfect, has actually written a fabulous blog about this little adventure, as she has been following it with us from the start. We couldn’t have said it better, so with her permission, read her blogs here
and her updated version, right here:
It’s a small project that we’ve been managing long distance, with decisions made over the internet and a couple of quick trips to Paris, along with some invaluable help from our boots on the ground, Hilde, who is Maddy’s exceptional right hand in Paris.
There have been some inevitable bumps along the way, such as the discovery that the floor beneath the fake bamboo parquet was totally rotten, almost landing our contractors into the living room of the lady in 5B!
Or realizing that the beams we had initially liked across the entire apartment, actually took on shade of reddish brown when the blue paint disappeared! Funny how paint does that.
Of course there were many trips to the Paris flea market, our favorite shopping mall in the world, for gorgeous finds like this beautiful chandelier, some lovely Louis’, and a fabulous mirror that unfortunately didn’t work on the slanted outside wall.
Are you still with us? If so, I wish you could help carry our bags to Paris this evening, as we battle the weather, the traffic and especially the airlines, convincing them to let us carry 6 over-stuffed duffels filled to the brim with curtains, pillows and original artwork from Huff Harrington Home!
You see, as always, it seems, we are on a huge deadline to pull this all together by the end of the week. We have four full days (two of which I will be out of commission shopping at the famous Maison et Objet trade show for goodies for our home store) to hang curtains and art, dress a bed and a sofa, buy lamps and accessories, and fluff like mad. That puts a lot of pressure on Sam Jones to pull it all together while I’m running around Paris scouting for the accessories that wouldn’t fit in our suitcases.
But if there’s anyone who thrives on this kind of pressure, and always manages to amaze and produce miracles, it’s Sam. Just don’t let her tell you that she never got to see the Eiffel tower OK? Remember our last fluff, when she claimed we worked her so hard she didn’t even know what the Eiffel Tower was? Well this time, there are no excuses. She just needs to look out the window!
PS: We wish you could come along but we promise to send some photos. So stay tuned, mes amis, and then be sure to let us know if you think this apartment has been saved!