The Living Room
Bright sunlight floods the apartment's spacious living room, casting a warm glow on the original chevron-patterned point d'Hongrie parquet floors. The primary seating area features a comfortable Art Deco-style sofa facing a pair of sleek club chairs upholstered in soft caramel-hued Italian leather. The sofa is flanked by a pair of stylish Art Deco side tables of macassar ebony. In this arrangement, the living easily seats five guests, and extra chairs from the dining table can be drawn up when needed for larger gatherings.
When needed to accommodate extra vacationing guests, the sofa instantly opens with a single touch into a queen-sized bed with a thick mattress already dressed in crisp linens. The heavy embroidered silk draperies are double-lined to shut out all light, and the living room is equipped with an alarm clock.
The apartment's floor plan places the
living room and the bedroom at opposite ends of a long hall. The
apartment's entrance, kitchen and bathroom all open onto the hall, so
children or adult guests sleeping in the living room can enjoy as much
privacy and comfort as those sleeping in the bedroom.
The apartment has windows facing all four
directions, so it's bathed in light at all times of day and benefits
from strong cross breezes in even the warmest Paris months.
A rare Art Deco dining table in golden amboyna and ebony veneers anchors the opposite end of the living room, and is surrounded by a comfortable set of oak and burled walnut chairs. The table can be extended to seat as many as eight guests.
By day, the comfortable seating, ample surfaces and bright natural light make this part of the apartment an ideal spot for working, enjoying a quick lunch or playing a game of cards. By night, the dining area transforms into a glamorous center for a romantic dinner or entertaining Parisian friends. The Art Deco rosewood armoire doubles as an elegant bar and storage space for extra table linens, champagne glasses and other entertaining necessities. The dining table can be extended to seat up to eight people and the apartment can easily host twenty guests for cocktails.
Guests who need to stay connected to the
rest of the world are welcome to use the apartment's laptop computer.
With WiFi connectivity, the laptop can be used at the work area, in bed,
in the kitchen, or even on the balcony. The computer is loaded with Office 2010 and other software that will meet most business needs, but guests who wish to bring their own computer can easily connect to the network. A color printer with copier, fax and scanner capabilities is useful for business purposes or simply printing out the day's sightseeing itinerary. Unlimited international calls to the U.S. and
Canada are included and international calls to landlines are available
to more than one hundred other countries.
The living room's entertainment
center includes a high-quality stereo with an iPod/Phone dock and a CD player; an HD television with cable service featuring BBC,
CNN, Bloomberg, pay-per-view movies and sporting events, and more than
100 French stations; and a video gaming console. A library of
specialized Paris guidebooks and novels provides fascinating insights
about la ville lumière.
Two pairs of tall, arched doors open onto the apartment's large balcony. Awash with the traditional pots of bright blooming plants, the balcony stretches the full width of the apartment and is deep enough to accommodate a vintage bistrot table and chairs. On nice days, it's a delightful spot for lunch, reading in the sunlight or sipping a glass (or two) of Champagne before dinner. If you prefer to use it like many Parisians do, you'll chill your wine or Champagne on the balcony instead of taking up refrigerator space.
In addition to its original Art Deco furnishings, the apartment is also home to a constantly-evolving collection of original early- and mid-20th century paintings of Parisian scenes, vintage posters and advertising art.