I think it’s fair to say (and fairly obvious) that I haven’t been inspired much lately. It’s been a rough couple of weeks as I lost a little being who I loved very much (Don’t worry people, it’s a cat……..not a human). It’s funny how attached we become to our pets. They become an extension of our family and life can be unimaginable without them, so when they are suddenly taken from you there is this feeling of confusion and emptiness and actually, guilt - that perhaps you have failed them somehow. They are after all your responsibility. But no amount of beating yourself up will change the fact that they are gone and anyway, I know I’m a good mum. I absolutely love animals and I always say that life is richer with them in it. Even if that time is a short one. Alas, life must go on, so with my new responsibility free freedom I’m focusing a little more on what I want. I’m off to Paris this weekend to go to Maison Objet. My friend Kristina Johansson is joining me and I’m very much looking forward to a weekend of design, flea markets and good old French culture (Oui oui! Macaroons s'il vous plaÎt!). My only concern is that I’ll see too many things I want that I can’t bring back with me! But who am I kidding…… where there’s a will there’s a way……..
Previously occupied by Auguste Perett, one of France’s most celebrated 20th-century architects, this 1930s Paris penthouse now seves as the weekend home of Dutch architect Felix Claus. Claus paid three years worth of rent in advance to gain permission to restore the apartment. Photos: Hotze Eisma.
DAILY FIND: This Paris apartment, untouched since 1942, is the time capsule that lines up all other “time capsules” and smacks them square in the face. VIA So Bad So Good
…a Parisian apartment located on Right Bank (not far from the famous Opéra Garnier) had been left dormant for 68 years. It was originally owned by a lady called Madame de Florian, who was an affluent Parisian socialite and actress. During the second World War, with the Nazi’s merely a few kilometres away, she quickly fled to the South of France, leaving her entire life, apartment and belongings behind. Read more.
“Mrs de Florian never returned to her Paris flat after the war and died at the age of 91 in 2010. Behind the door, under a thick layer of dust lay a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century objects including a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.“