As I mentioned yesterday, auctions are on my Paris itinerary. Specifically, I’m going toÂ HÃ´telÂ Drouot andÂ I can’t possibly begin to describe how glorious this place is so let me quote from their site:
“Drouot is the oldest public auction house in the world. A crossroads of the art market, and an inexhaustible supply of paintings, furniture andÂ objets dâ€™art from all periods and at all values,Â Drouot is a magical, ephemeral museum open to everyone. Not only can you stroll in front of the exhibition windows and consult the sales catalogues, but you can also go up close to the works, examine them, see their estimates…and perhaps acquire the object of your dreams â€“ a thrilling experience.”
Yeah, what they said. Here’s just a little taste of the treasures you can find there.
If you’re visiting Paris,Â IÂ highly recommend it.Â Even if you don’t buy anything, just go for the inspiration. Some of my blogging pals and I have been talking about a group trip one of these days. Would any of you be up for that?
9, rue Drouot
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Bonjour, mes amis! Welcome to Day 1 of FROM THE RIGHT BANK from the right bank!
If you like Paris and you like peeking into real people’s homes (two of my favorite things), this post is for you.Â I posted about Paumes booksÂ way back in 2009 but there are many new titles to tell you about. IfÂ you’re not familiar with Paumes, it is a Japanese publishing company that produces the world’s cutest little books of real homes in several European cities.
The newest title is Paris Creative Couples:
Another one that is new (to me) isÂ Paris Kitchens 2:
I learned through Bodie et Fou (which sells some of the Paumes titles)Â that the kitchen on the cover is this kitchen that I have been completely in love with for ages:
Cow parsley in pink! With blue! And brass! And Series 7′s and Bertoias! It’s just too good.
Last but not least, there isÂ Bureaux Ã la Maison (Home Offices):
You know I’m obsessed with workspaces so this one is a must-have for me.
I’m going to try to track down copies of these while I’m in Paris but you can order directly from their website using Paypal. You may question buying something from Japan right now. But as they state on their website, getting on with their everyday lives is one of the ways Japan will get back to normal. I couldn’t agree more.
So, aside from books, I’m going to be shopping for fabrics and hopefully take in an auction or two. More on that tomorrow …..
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I am overdue for a visit to my favorite city so I’m packing my bags and getting on a plane. This time I’m going to blog while I’m there so that means FROM THE RIGHT BANK will be coming to you live from the right bank! (I get a kick out of saying that.) So join me all next week as I take you along to some of my favorite spots in Paris for pretty decor and design inspiration.
In the meantime, I made a couple of guest appearance this week. First, on Aspiring Kennedy (coincidentally about Paris) and then on Seattle Homes & Lifestyles about oversized drum shade pendants – one of my favorite things.
Bon week-end everyone and don’t forget to enter the giveaway of Irish blessing prints.
(Photo: Le Pre Catelan)
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The first time I saw this Jean de Merry light was when I had lunch at BG Restaurant in Bergdorf Goodman in New York several years ago.
They are all flush mounted in the restaurant but it usually hangs from a chain:
I was reminded of it more recently when I saw it in the 2010Â Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles’ Christmas House:
When I saw it, I realized that it is exactly what I’ve been searching for for my dining room without even knowing it.
So I’ve been frantically researching it and I finally found it at a great local showroom called R Hughes. I went to see it yesterday and I liked it even better in person:
R Hughes, by the way, has the most exquisite things housed in a fantastic space at White Provision. If you’re local, I highly recommend a visit. Here’s just one shot of the showroom:
My only hesitation with the light is that I’m afraid I’m going to start seeing it everywhere and then I’ll start hating it. This is definitely an investment piece so I can’t be swapping it out 6 months from now!
Oh, what to do, what to do …..
(Photos: 1-2.Kelley Wearstler 3.Jean de Merry 4-5.Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 6-7.FTRB)
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You know I love all kinds of art walls but if I had to choose a favorite today, I would choose one with plenty of monochromatic art and gold frames.
You just can’t go wrong with that combination. You can see the entire FTRB art wall collection here.
(Photos: 1.The Selby 2.via This is Glamorous 3.via Diversion Project 4.House & Home 5.via a Perfect Gray)
If you haven’t entered yet, theÂ $100 CSN gift certificate giveaway is open until 6:00 pm EST today!
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