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Friday
Sep082017

A reader's home - a taste of France part 2

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, Catherine has 2 apartments in the gorgeous southern France town of Carcassonne, and this one I am head over heels in love with. Look at those mirrors - and they match the moldings!! And those windows!! I am really craving a trip to France now. I have never been and now am dying to go more than ever. Thank you so much Catherine for sharing these with us! (Available here on Airbnb)

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Thursday
Sep072017

A reader's home - a taste of France part 1

Catherine (of the blog Taste of France) has been following our blog forever, and kindly emailed us recently with some photos of a couple of 17th century apartments in Carcassonne, France that she owns and renovated over the past year. Not an easy feat it seems as she had to adhere to strict requirements of the Batîments de France (and expensive headache). It started as one gigantic (2000 square foot) apartment that we split in two because there were two entrances. That meant adding a kitchen and bathroom, but our possibilities were dictated by the historic authorities. The last renovation seemed to have been in the 1970s; we changed all the windows, wiring, plumbing and had all the ancient tomette floors restored. It was a challenge, with 2-foot-thick stone walls (just try running wiring through that), and other walls made of straw and lime. But it was above all a labor of love. We decorated with antiques. The furnishings either were bought from the previous owner or come from local brocantes, flea markets and the like. Also leboncoin.fr which is the French equivalent of craigslist. I made the drapes myself. You can’t buy 3.5-meter drapes readymade, and custom was out of my budget. The apartments are vacation rentals and we don't see the attraction of going on vacation in France in a place that has the same Ikea furniture found around the globe; everything is locally sourced. The building is older than Haussmannian, dating to the 1600s, but it was renovated a century later with lots of high-relief moldings above the marble fireplaces. Doves, flowers, lutes.... I'm seriously ready to start scouring the internet for a deal on a flight to France so I can shack up here. So gorgeous!!!! Here's the link to the Airbnb listing if you're interested in a dreamy France vacay. (Stay tuned tomorrow for the other apartment). 

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Tuesday
Sep052017

Juxtaposition

"Juxtaposing lush materiality with sleek, edited lines, this elegant space highlights masculine and feminine silhouettes with high-contrast, architectural detail for an air of improvised sophistication and effortless luxury."

And it's beautiful! 180m2 apartment in Saint-Sulpice, Paris by interior designer JeanCharles Tomas.

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Thursday
Aug312017

Another unique apartment by GCG Architectes

It appears I just can't be stopped when it comes to the designs of GCG Architectes. This is another Paris apartment that has me all hot and bothered. Wonderfully unique use of colour and wallpaper that seems to be their trademark. And those chevron hardwood floors!! Photos: Robin Petillault

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Tuesday
Aug292017

A wildly colourful apartment in Paris

This colourful apartment in Paris by GCG Architectes is hitting all the right notes with me. This is how you do bold colour without it being over the top. This firm continues to capture my attention with their delightful, unique approach to design. Photos: Robin Petillault

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