Editor’s note: Today I am wearing a blouse from Theory, skirt from Anthropologie, a Ferragamo belt, and Chanel slides.
Happy Wednesday! Our last Wednesday of September....boy has this month flown by in a blink!!!!!!! I have vendor meetings in Dallas today and tomorrow... then I am actually taking Friday off! I am going to a client’s daughter’s wedding in Horseshoe Bay. When the invitation came mother said she wanted to go on a road trip so she is going with me. She can watch football in the hotel room Saturday night but do things with me other than that. It will be good for her to have a change of scenery. Lacie Rue will not be happy that “the cases” are coming out....but I have a pet sitter coming every 2-3 hours during the day to take care of her. She actually puts herself to bed around 9:00 in my room. Crack me up—- and old lady set in her ways! I don’t leave town very often... and driving is so much less stressful than flying. It will be a fun weekend. I am hoping to catch a little sun by the pool on Saturday !
I worked on the plans for my clients that I am downsizing...and I am loving how the furniture is fitting and how I am able to use the pieces in a totally different way. I met with the contractor yesterday and we are ready to rip out the built in buffet (she has SO many stunning antique pieces—-I need every wall!) and start to paint. I had a custom color made up that she loves so we are ready to rock and roll! I don’t know what it is with me lately about custom paint colors.....but I am doing it more often.
The article today comes from the latest Elle Decor. If you do not take this magazine I highly suggest you pick up a copy. It is marvelous! The is on Aerin Lauder’s apartment in Paris. Since Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world and I love Aerin Lauder’s work....this article was particularly fun for me. I had the fortune to go many times to Paris to buy antiques when I worked for The Market. We would buy from 5:00am till noon and then I had the rest of the day off. I walked ALL over Paris every afternoon taking it all in. There are two distinct styles in Paris..... antiques with romantic fabrics and contemporary. I much prefer the antiques.... but can appreciate the other. In the early 1990s Aerin’s parents purchased this apartment that has glorious views of the Eiffel Tower and hired Antoine Stinco (who had recently redone the Jeu de Paume Galleries!!!) . Stinson created a “minimalist base” to let the families collections of “modernist gems” shine. Enjoy this taste of Paris and have a fabulous day!
Yes please and thank you to this dress.....I would SO wear this dramatic beauty!!!! And those shoes!!!!! Aerin first came to Paris at age 5 with her grandmother Estée Lauder in 1975.( I just realized that I am 10 years older than Aerin.) they stayed in the Plaza Athenee hotel and ate in fabulous restaurants. I am sure her early trips to Paris helped to formulate her taste—-which is immaculate. The gown is from Giambattista Valli. The cocktail table is circa 1950 Carlo Mollino ...one of the family’s treasures...and the sculpture on top is by Yves Klein.
A breathtaking view from the apartment on the left bank of Paris.
Many more treasures in the living room. The sofa is from the 50s by Jean Royere and the vintage chair and cocktail table are by Jean Prove. The sculpture on the right is a piece from Agnes Martin. This look is a little stark for me....I prefer the glorious French Louis IV and IVI and Pierre Frey fabrics everywhere.... but I can appreciate the importance of these pieces and what they mean to the family.
A close up view of Jean Prouve’s mid century Presidential desk. I am loving the herringbone floors!!!!!!
The apartment is described as cozy full of family memorabilia . In my opinion adding family pictures to a home sets it apart from a hotel.
This is one skinny dining room!!!!!! The dining table is custom and the chairs are 1930s cafeteria chairs again by Prouve. The view is amazing and I love that one wall is books.
What a glorious moment in the master bedroom surrounded by these incredible gowns!!!!!!! The Teddy Bear chair is by Campana Brothers....I thought at first glance that is was a collection of bears!!!
Clean and crisp master bath, the chair is a vintage Charles Eames ( which I learned on my Kravet trip to New York that his wife did most of the designs!!!) I love the the photographs on the wall which include works by Louis Faurer, Garry Winogrand, and Joel Meyerowitz. The duel towel warmers are such a luxury!!!!
I stayed in a hotel room in Paris that very much resembled this master bedroom. The wall are sycamore. I love the little shelf behind the bed holding the flowers. The cool photograph is by Thomas Struth.
Another moment with a piece by Jean Prouve. This console is so current now! The ceramics on top are by Georges Jouve. The art by Marcel Broodthaers is quirky and so interesting.
The custom mantel is so fitting with the decor of the apartment. The vintage chairs are by Prouve .
The dome of Les Invalides as seen out of one of the balconies. What a magical place to get to enjoy and live in while in Paris. The City of Lights.
“AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT AERIN LAUDER'S APARTMENT WITH JAW-DROPPING VIEWS OF PARIS” article featured in Elle Decor September 2019 Issue
BY DANA THOMAS AND PRODUCED BY CYNTHIA FRANK
Rosemary chicken with steamed asparagus.
I have such a funny story about this song. When I worked at Bloomingdales we had to take turns closing late at 9:00 on Thursdays (I hated that ! No cocktail hour for me!!!) As the manager on duty for the floor I had to stand at a central location to sign off on the employees POS (point of sale) bags from the registers. On one Thursday night an employee from the floor came and stood next to me while I was signing off on the bags. He started singing me this song. I did not quite know what to do! It embarrassed me terribly!!! I guess he had a crush on me!!!