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I’ve been thinking about this post well before Paris Fashion Week began, and with a few more days left of it, I thought I’d go ahead and share inspiration for my dream Parisian pied-à-terre!  It involves a good dose of John Fowler for Pauline de Rothschild in London, and Jeffrey Bilhuber’s New York City triplex inspired by it, as well as de Rothschild’s home in the French countryside, classic Paris elements like wood herringbone floors, but juxtaposed with modern lighting and furniture by Hervé van der Straeten, and my dream French home wouldn’t be complete without a little (or a lot) of Jean Michel-Frank!  As some of my favorite shows happen today like Céline, enjoy a walk through my dream and maybe future apartment in Paris!  Bonjour!!

Pauline de Rothschild

Pauline de Rothschild’s London home

What kills me about this room…besides everything?  The faux marble painted columns, the settee and chair spliced into three color-blocks of fabric, the fur rugs dotting the floor, the low tables, and everything else!

Oeuffice table

Oeuffice table

A couple of these marble tables sitting in front of a fancier gilt sofa would be a beautiful contrast and modern update to the look.

Jean Michel-Frank chair by Hermès

Jean Michel-Frank chair by Hermès

A classic Jean Michel-Frank chair done in shearling?!  Yes please!

cowhide from West Elm

cowhide from West Elm

Cowhide rugs would also be a great substitution for the fur rugs used at Pauline’s.

Jeffrey Bilhuber pays homage to Fowler and de Rothschild in numerous ways in a home he designed for the Starks (of Stark carpet fame).  The settee in a chic color-blocking is the greatest tribute, and with unexpected low tortoise tables in front.

These are a perfect table to get the look, and bring in an element (literally) of luxe gemstones like lapis and malachite.

Pauline de Rothschild

Pauline de Rothschild’s French country home

This library is everything!  Jeffrey Bilhuber has created upholstery for many projects inspired by these sofas, including for the Starks.

lamp from RH

lamp from RH

I’m inspired by a room further down by Bilhuber where two large floor lamps flank a fireplace in a very Parisian room.  These would be wonderful in a library as well to read a great novel, or one of Jeffrey’s three books, like his first Design Basics (the cover is great inspo for my Paris pad too).

Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics

Jeffrey Bilhuber’s Design Basics

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

There are those Pauline-inspired chaise lounges I mentioned with patchwork tiger print pillows to add even more pizazz to the already ridiculously chic room.  The shell sconces are by Dorothy Draper, and I love them, but I want the lighting in my place to be the modern element, so bring on metal and rock crystal sconces by Maria Pergay!

Maria Pergay sconces

Maria Pergay sconces

Scalamandre 'Le Tigre'

Scalamandre ‘Le Tigre’

I would definitely want a good dose of animal print in my place, and this is the most classic textile of them all.  Bilhuber covered a small stool (below) in the living room with a tiger print, where another sofa inspired by Pauline’s library sits in a muted velvet.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

table from West Elm

table from West Elm

I like the idea of pairs of smaller and lower tables sitting in front of sofas and settees for the contrast in scale, and this is a great matte brass one that won’t cost a fortune.

I want every piece van der Straeten makes, but this light would be particularly amazing.  In the foyer I’m thinking?

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

The juxtaposition of the gilt and marble console against a macassar wood half wall has been a longtime favorite of mine.  A huge arrangement of dogwood and a sculpture by Calder doesn’t hurt either!

Once a fan of Eduardo Garza’s work, always a fan!  For the second autumn in a row, you can get pieces he created exclusively for West Elm (not these beauties above unfortunately) that are very reasonably priced for broke people like me.

brass etegere

brass etegere

A Billy Baldwin classic, these brass etegeres are a must for my collection of books that would surely fill my small art-covered Paris apartment!  They are also a great room divider (see below in the mirror).

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

This room which until very recently I couldn’t find an image of is shown in a very small size to accompany the letter Anna Wintour wrote in Bilhuber’s first book.  This is actually the first spark of inspiration I had for my dream apartment, even though it’s not in Paris.  The coral objects above by Eduardo Garza were inspired by this mantle, and the lamps mentioned earlier come from these floor lamps standing guard.  This room is flawless!

bench from 1stdibs

stool from 1stdibs

Get the look of that space by Bilhuber with a perfect velvet stool, and if you can’t commit to parchment or vellum-covered walls, how about a screen or two?  The ones below from Ochre would be amazing flanking either side of a fireplace, and have quite the Michel-Frank vibe as well.

Ochre screen

Ochre screen

Billy Baldwin slipper chair

Billy Baldwin slipper chair

More Baldwin goodness, a favorite of Bilhuber’s and other designers like Tom Scheerer and David Netto.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Another perfect room with plenty of Parisian inspiration, including a gilt settee, slipper chairs, topiary, and a parchment covered waterfall table by Karl Springer à la Jean Michel-Frank.

scalloped slipper chair

scalloped slipper chair

Jean Michel-Frank tables by Hermès

Jean Michel-Frank tables by Hermès

Here’s a way to get the Springer/Frank furniture without having to scour the auction houses or 1stdibs.

vintage Chanel tweed jacket

vintage Chanel tweed jacket

I had to include a little fashion talk too!  Even though I won’t be wearing it, every chic Paris closet must have at least one vintage Chanel tweed jacket!  My way of bringing this into my space will be with chunky bouclé fabrics on sofas and chairs.  The perfect closet is below, complete with grasscloth and nailhead covered closet doors.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Kelly Wearstler 'Feline' from Groundworks by Lee Jofa

Kelly Wearstler ‘Feline’ from Groundworks by Lee Jofa

Bring some leopard print into your upholstery and fashion accessories in Paris and beyond!

benches from 1stdibs

stools from 1stdibs

I love sets of pretty stools.  In front of the fireplace, as a coffee table substitute, or at the end of a bed.

Jeffrey Bilhuber

Jeffrey Bilhuber

You can’t get more luxe than silk-covered walls and bedding, a fur blanket, and chinoiserie valance turned headboard.  And don’t forget the art, Matisse or not!

faux fur throws from West Elm

faux fur throws from West Elm

Faux is perfectly acceptable too!

anemones

a fall bouquet

And don’t forget the perfect fall blooms, especially anemones!

 

 

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