Monday, November 9, 2009

The Object of My Desire: A French Twist

It's usually around this time of year that I take a trip to Paris to revive my inner Francophile and wander the streets of my favorite city in the world. I never over plan this trip but go where my heart takes me, be it an art gallery in the heart of the Marais, the sunny Luxembourg gardens for a relaxing read , or even the cinema for a series of French films on a misty, gray day.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to jet off to Paris this year, and was feeling a little blue the Sunday afternoon I spent recently at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. But my mood soon brightened when I noticed this tapestry created after a painting by François-Pascal-Simon Gérard of Napoléon I -- the same one I photographed last year when I visited Malmaison, the château that Napoléon Bonaparte built for his beloved Joséphine.

As I gazed at the tapestry, I was reminded of the drizzly, gray day that my friend Catherine and I took the bus to the outskirts of Paris to linger in the rooms that are now a decorating inspiration, and have been restored with care to retain the sensation that the Emperor or his Empress might glide through at any time.

This painting now hangs in a room called Le Salon de L'Empereur. Originally, the couple occupied a single room, but when Napoléon found it cumbersome to traverse the château to reach his library, he took over the two rooms so he could be closer to his work.

Now isn't that just like an emperor?

Remember to RSVP to Gardenhouse Decor when it hosts The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details. Special decorating guests featured in The Find Randall Beale of Beale-Lana will be there along with Carl & Co.'s Mark Ciolli.

Tell your friends!

Thursday, November 12

6:00 to 8:00 PM

Gardenhouse Decor

437 Northwood Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

RSVP to 561-832-8260

I won't see you in Paris this year, but come see me in sunny West Palm Beach instead!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. I have never had an opportunity to visit Paris...someday.

  2. One day I will get there....


    Thanks for sharing your memories.


  3. Sorry you haven't been able to go this year. Paris is definately on my wish list!



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