It’s almost done! The curtains are pressed, the paintings are hung, the mirrors are gleaming, and the tulips are fresh. And we promise, the final pictures will be here soon!
But meanwhile, come shopping with us and see how much fun we have when we renovate in France, especially when we do it long distance, with plenty of inspiration from the Paris Flea Markets, the BHV department store, the antique fairs and yes, even Ikea! Oh, and did we mention 6 duffel bags filled with custom drapes, pillows and books from Huff Harrington Home! We were indeed a sight for sore eyes on Air France, but luckily with a smile and a shrug, they all looked the other way.
Would you like a sneak peek at the apartment, with a behind-the-scenes tour of our mini Parisian penthouse? Even the tiniest apartment in Paris takes a lot of thought, a ton of planning, a bunch of mistakes, and a lot of love.
As usual, it starts at our favorite hunting grounds: The Marche aux Puces, in Paris. And as always, it starts with a history lesson from our favorite vendor, who helps us understand the Louis’ and their respective styles!
Now there’s a funny story here: When I (once again) ogled this gorgeous chandelier, the vendor said, “You’ve been looking at this for years! Why don’t you just buy it?” I said, how did you know? He said, “I recognize you. You usually come here with that pretty woman with the hair (makes swooping motion across the face, which immediately identifies Linda!), and the dog.” Of course!
With every construction project, let alone one that has been managed long distance, there are always bound to be some mistakes. This one was minor, but it threw us for a little tizzy. We hated the mirror in the bathroom (which had one of those awful built-in lights that makes your face look even more jet lagged than normal!) but had run out of time. So we “ordered” an antique from a favorite vendor, who sent us a picture and delivered the mirror that evening.
We loved him for it, until we saw it in the morning, and realized that the gold patina was a little too bright and too shrill, with a greenish tint that was even less flattering for our now severely jet-lagged faces.
With one crisis diverted, I personally brought on another, when I found, and bought, a fabulous mirror from the Paris flea market. The problem: Where to put it? It didn’t fit on the slanted wall, and it was too big for the bathroom. Could we find a place for it? Surely, I had to keep it!
Indeed, Paris is always a good idea.
And as far as our little renovation is concerned? We say it over and over again: Buy what you love and embrace the mix. That’s our mantra, and we stand by it. Even with 250 square feet.
PS: You like what you see? Come shopping with us and we’ll show you oodles more! We’ve still got openings for our Fall Shopping Trip. And we’d love to sneak one or two more in March, if you’d like to come along. Sign up, right here.