Bonsoir mes amies. It was a full moon a couple of nights ago and admiring the incandescent sphere is the sky got me thinking about mythical and mystical lands, curious characters, black magic, black cats walking across creaky front porches, superstitions, spells and hexes. It reminded me of one of our Paris apartments….
Monday, May 31, 2010
Welcome to the house of goblins, ghouls, and gargoyles. Wizards, fairies and angels. oh and cherubs. It’s a mystical gothic (with a capital 'g') extravaganza at Herve and Francoise’s unusual Parisian apartment in Montmartre. I fell in love instantly with the theatrical element to this heavily decorated apartment. Not a single space has been left ‘undressed’ – not even the ceiling. And especially the lounge room.
Celtic mood lighting. Tall wrought iron candelabra.
Wrought iron dining table with marble top, red leather medieval chairs.
A superb reading corner ideal for falling asleep book in lap.
Here is the hallway. Jewelled with dark gothic memorabilia collected by Herve and Francoise on their many travels, Herve's paintings and various plants and florals, photo frames, mirrors, toys and trinkets.
Deep red fabric creates a framed alcove around the antique gold mirror. The medieval wall lamps are the perfect touch
Paintings, murels, frames and taperstries cover the bedroom head to toe.
The Lord's prayer written 'in micmac' hangs on the wall. I have no idea what micmac means but it fits.
I have a fasinaction with strange clown paintings so I love this. Something about it I could stare at for hours.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This is Aline's place in paris. She has done a marvellous job decorating her small 'pied-a-terre' into a bright open home. In aline's kitchen find yellow joy, happiness and optimism. Decorated with a sense of childish enthusiasm and fun.
Fluro ceiling and canary walls compliment and exaggerate the brilliant sunlight streaming through the large windows. It invokes such imagination doesn't it?!
Breakfast is served. Note the beautifully selected beige chaise beyond with the polka dot cushions. and the art deco chest topped with silver antiquities; silver tea and coffee serving set, photo frames, a flask, a lamp candelabras and other interesting bits and bobs.
Aline's home is in the 13th arrondissement - on rue du Chevaleret directly facing the Bibliotheque Francoise Mitterand library and close to Cour Saint Emilion and the latin quarter.
Ornate, intimate and highly decorative bedding in the guest bed room with a plush pillow extravaganza in burgundy, purples, gold and creams; in satins and velvets and floral print sheets. Aline is a perfectionist with style and uses Kenzo and Sonia Rykiel linens.
Light apple green walls and a complimenting ornate stained glass mirror in greens and yellows. A wooden panel behind the bed and a 1930's antique lamp.
There is enough room for a grey pier-table with a beautiful lamp and a chair to sit and enjoy the sun with a small lamp so you can read.
The terrace is protected by a white and green window blind which gives it a mediterranean appeal. Equipped with a table and 2 chairs for you relaxation and breakfast of the weather is fine.
sits beneath this circle mirror on le mur
I adore this living room. Its got that certain pizzazz!! Aline has done a fabulous job creating this homely cosy atmosphere using art deco furniture - a style Aline loves - mixed with modern pieces of furniture as well as a few african and colonial art pieces. Its a festival of design and culture. So much to see and admire.
My eye keeps falling on the dainty petite seat next to the TV - upholstered in cream polka dot fabric and matching polka dot pillows.
The one red apple perched atop the green ornamental bowl on the small coffee table.
And the 2 matching chaise seaters and of course more pillows in emeralds, leopard prints, damask and more.
In summer there is a lovely rose-tree that blossoms as well as geraniums and pour-pier flowers. A deck chair and cushions are added in summer for you to enjoy this petit floral oasis.
There she is!! Hi Aline, we love your paris apartment!!