There is a bright light in Paris and it is shining on the Place Dauphine. In one of the most historic and beautiful tree-lined squares of Paris sits a magnificent 400 year old building that has recently been given a new life by a visionary couple who have worked tirelessly for the past three years to save it. He worked with the city, and did the financing, permitting and the all the preconstruction work. She managed the architects, the plans, the design and the finishes. Together, this dynamic duo pulled off an amazing feat: Six unique and gorgeous apartments overlooking the quiet, sun soaked Place Dauphine, that have combined 16th century architectural details with 21st century state-of-the art conveniences. It is a masterpiece, beaming with pride.
What was Huff Harrington’s role in this? Well, happily for us, the visionaries were familiar with some of our other projects in Paris, like Beaumes de Venise and Cremant de Bourgogne. It didn’t take too much arm twisting for us to accept the job of consultants through the design process, and help with the interior finishing touches of this spectacular building. And so once again, with our lead designer, Sam Jones, we headed to Paris, armed with art, pillows, flowers, accessories, books, a boat load of energy and a head full of ideas to take on another design dream job of a lifetime. There’s too much to share here for one blog, so we’ll spread this one out – and hope you’ll stay with us for the ride.
Here is the first apartment we worked on : Muscat.
Our client did a fabulous job with the curtains, the chandeliers, and the mirrors, and she brought in the furniture. We consulted all along the way, but she did all the heavy lifting. In the end, we let the art determine the pretty color scheme that livens up the room — and it all came together with the details.
Our second project was the spectacular Castillon apartment, with its high ceilings, large windows and gorgeous old beams. Again, our client nailed it with the curtains, the chandeliers, and the furnishings. And again, we consulted along the way, but used the art to influence the finishing touches.
I knew that one thing would come back to bite us when the trip was over: Sam Jones said, “I’d really like to just pop my head in to Notre Dame so that I can light a candle for the soldiers” and of course she never had the chance! Notre Dame is just steps away from the Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cite. We even spotted it from our window gleaming in the setting sun! But a few steps was too many for this working girl. We started each day early, and ended when the bells “tolled” us to go to bed! The good news is that our client bought the best beds ever for Castillon and Muscat. And at the end of the day, that’s all we cared about! So for Sam we repeat once again, “You’ll always have Paris” and Notre Dame isn’t going anywhere. Just like the Eiffel Tower!
PS There’s more! Stay tuned for our next chapter of this Paris renovation. Up next: Behind the scenes at the Place Dauphine!