Ideas for "Paris" guestroom

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Jun 10th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Elle, do you know if Galerie Documents has a website? Merci!
We recently enlarged our living room, which I am doing over with a French country look, and I still need a nice print for one space on the wall. I wish I'd known of this place when I was in Paris in March. I did buy a tapestry-type wall hanging for the dining room.

The fleur du lys must have been a popular motif years ago in US, also, b/c I recently dismantled my deceased parents' home and found in the attic a floor lamp with fleur du lys on bottom stand, and a wall mirror with same. I remember the pieces from my childhood but had no idea they were decorated with fleur du lys.
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Jun 10th, 2004, 11:49 AM
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Grandmere, found this website for them but it's just for sending email requests.

http://www.cinoa.org/gallery.cfm?MID=4285
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Jun 10th, 2004, 11:53 AM
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Grandmere, here's their listing from the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association's web site (http://www.ivpda.com/masterlist.htm ):

Elle, thanks for the lead!

Galerie Documents
53 rue de Seine
75006 Paris
France

Mireille Romand

Telephone: 33-1-4354 5068
Fax: 33-1-4329 1025
E-mail: [email protected]
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Jun 10th, 2004, 11:57 AM
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Ah, but beware of the significance of the fleur-de-lys! We had a French friend come to visit and she picked up something with a fleur-de-lys on it and said, "Mon Dieu! Vous-etes royalistes!"

This is the same friend who informed me that the "Viens Poupoule" poster in our kitchen is most accurately translated as "Come here little whore".
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Jun 10th, 2004, 12:01 PM
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Thank you, all!
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Jun 10th, 2004, 03:56 PM
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Anyone decorate with a travel theme -either Paris or other places they love? It is correct I am not going for a "Parisian room". I want to evoke what an American would think about when you say the word Paris - charm but not too kitschy (tho I do have some Eiffel Towers, inclding the clock and one that is 3 foot tall - might put those in the powder room). I like the idea of buying fabrics - pillow cases and such. Would like silk draperies.
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Jun 11th, 2004, 04:17 AM
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Vicky: search on eBay for antique prints or engravings of Paris, or buy reproductions. Frame them in black, group them in sets of four or more.

That's what's on my walls, with other walls displaying professional, black and white photographs of Paris also matted, then framed in black.

The old engravings, with depictions of 1880's (and earlier) architecture, clothing, carriages, home interiors, etc. are fascinating, especially those of Parisian outdoor scenes that don't even exist anymore.

Elle, regarding the "Viens poupoule" poster on your kitchen wall:

You've no doubt heard the old saying about how a woman's supposed to be fantastic in both the bedroom and the kitchen. But geez, at your place, space is really used efficiently!
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Jun 11th, 2004, 05:30 AM
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Except that my husband is the cook chez nous !
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Jun 11th, 2004, 06:02 AM
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I absolutely love Gallerie Documents! We have gotten two posters from them, that are wonderful. They are very nice and allow one to browse and dither over choices for hours !
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Jun 11th, 2004, 07:41 AM
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How about stocking up on small tea purchases and chocolates from Miriage Freres? Leave some in the guestroom.
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Jun 11th, 2004, 07:53 AM
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I hope you are having as much fun as I did with your Paris room. I just wanted to add that I bought silk drapes for my master bedroom and toile ones for my living room at a great shop accross the street from Bon Marche. I do not remember the name. Just wandered in there on one trip. It has a great selection of quilts, duvets, curtains, drapes etc. I go in to look each time I visit Paris.
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Jun 11th, 2004, 11:26 AM
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French soaps, lotions, etc. for the powder room. Framed etchings for the bedroom walls.
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Jun 11th, 2004, 11:50 AM
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Lavender sachets in the drawers and/or small dried lavender "swags" to lay on dresser, etc.
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Jun 11th, 2004, 01:18 PM
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Sorry about the typo. Meant to say 1800's and earlier, not 1880's.

Elle: at your place, do you tip the cook?

Scarlett: Dithering? Is there any other way to shop? So many combinations, measurements, and settings to consider when adding something to the decor!

All these myriad factors whirl about in our kaleidoscopic imagination while certain other people, decidedly less selective, stand alongside and sigh (not quite inaudibly) at our apparent indecision.

Thus, while they would be content to inhabit anything with AC, TV, and a toilet, we cleverly feather the mutual nest.

Let us know how YOUR nest turns out, Vicky! (Describing the newly renovated guest room as a "travel related" tourist destination, of course!)


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