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.
The bedroom, its large window overlooking a series of flower-filled courtyards, is nestled at the back of the apartment away from street noise. In mild weather, it's a particular pleasure to sleep with the window open to the quiet chirping of birds in the courtyard trees and the scent of flowers from neighboring window box gardens.
The elegant 1920's Art Deco rosewood bed sports a luxury mattress dressed in fine cotton linens and a vintage style embroidered quilt.
Small details create a luxurious environment in the bedroom. Gently-lit reading sconces are individually switched and easy to reach when lying in bed. The Art Deco glass pendant chandelier, designed by the artist who created the famous glass panels of the luxury liner Normandie, provides bright light when needed. A wireless phone and an alarm clock with an iPod/Phone docking and recharging station are conveniently located bedside. A fine handwoven Ziegler Chobi rug softens the floor.
Storage is always a rarity in Parisian homes, but floor-to-ceiling closets in the bedroom offer plenty of deep shelves, cubbyholes and hanging rods for clothing and to hide luggage away. This extraordinary storage feature also allows us to provide extra amenities such as a rolling market cart, an ironing board, a vacuum cleaner, a step ladder for reaching high kitchen cabinets, first aid and sewing kits, a blow dryer, and much more.
The apartment's bright, high-designed kitchen features modern stainless steel appliances, enameled custom cabinetry and solid granite counters. An induction range, multifunction oven, large dishwasher and deep sink make cooking and clean-up a pleasure. The kitchen also features a roomy refrigerator/freezer, clothes washer, and small appliances such as a Tassimo cappuccino maker, an ultra-fast electric water kettle and a toaster. A complete set of knives implements ensures you'll have everything needed to whip
up a quick snack or labor over a gourmet dinner.
Our selection of English-language French cookbooks will guide you as you try your hand at transforming fresh meats, produce and dairy products from the local markets and boutiques into an authentic Parisian home-cooked meal. It's important, however, that you not become too distracted watching the rhythmic sweep of the lights atop the Eiffel Tower just visible over the rooftops and chimneys of the kitchen courtyard.
The bathroom is also designed to reflect Art Deco sensibilities, but with all the modern conveniences. The walls and floors are covered in Italian stone tiles accented with metallic decorative borders. The double-sized, glass-walled walk-in shower extends the full width of the room and is easily accessible and roomy enough for guests with mobility restrictions. Two privacy glass windows fill the space with natural light. A large lighted mirror vanity provides plenty of storage and extra electrical outlets for grooming equipment. In colder Parisian months, the hot-water radiator doubles as an excellent towel warmer.
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