Monday, December 31, 2012

Ring in 2013!

I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for a new year. This past year has been full ups and downs;  health issues, challenges and struggles. I'm yearning for a fresh new start.

Here's wishing you, dear readers, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. May 2013 bring you only the best!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And never brought to mind? 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 
And days o’ lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear 
For auld lang syne, 
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet 
For auld lang syne!

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New Year's Sale at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland...

Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas from all of us at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Paris for the Holidays?

Just admiring this photo on Pinterest. The Four Seasons Hotel George V,  Paris made a sleek seasonal addition of frozen Christmas trees to their holiday decor. 

Wouldn't you love to see in person?

Visit here...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Have a Delightful Weekend!

Indulge yourself!!

Thursday, December 06, 2012


I just stumbled upon these fun boots on Pinterest. LOVE them! I think they are from last season, but there must be some out there. Does anyone know who this designer is and where to find them?

Stay dry!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

All New Holiday Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Silver & gold, tinsel & lights, Paris Hotel Boutique brings you new treasures to make your holiday season bright! Please join us to preview them!

Some highlights include:

Antique French Jeweled Crown

Art Deco Diamond Rings

Vintage French Match Holder 

Large Pink Cameo Brooch w/ Diamond

Antique French Hat Box

French Dance Card

Oodles of Glistening Hotel Silver & much more!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, December 03, 2012

The PHB Gift Certificate!

Hope you had a lovely weekend! 

I was just thinking, I never talk about our gift certificates. If you were hoping to give someone something unique and special, and vintage, we've got online gift certificates!  The recipient will be able to use it right away with no hassles of gift cards!

Have a lovely week ahead!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Move over Rice-a-Roni...

I think I found the real San Francisco treat.

Welcome pink popcorn. I've known you for 52 years. Those fun days at the zoo and Playland at the Beach. I assumed that your yummy, sweet, almost stale pressed popcorn was known nationally. It was only tonight, as I was chowing down your gooey pinkness, that I found out  you were made exclusively in San Francisco.

Yes, Wright's Pink Popcorn has been a San Francisco staple since the 1940s. And, I'm thrilled that they're around to stay.

You can find Wright's here. I bet they ship too! Fun for the holidays!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Cyber Monday!

Hope you had a most wonderful holiday weekend! Don't forget to check out our latest finds here at PHB!

Have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Turkey Day!

And if you have a long holiday weekend, enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

All New Holiday Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Please join us to be the first to preview our finest offerings for the season at Paris Hotel Boutique! Fifty items have been added to the shop today. Highlights include:

  • Vintage Harrod's Store Display Stand
  • Early 1900s French Savoy Opera Menus
  • Pink Opaline & Murano Pieces
  • Estate Diamond Stack Bands
  • Antique Pendants
  • Antique French Travel Set
  • Large Collection of Hotel Silver & much, much more!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Head's Up! New Arrivals Tomorrow!

The holidays are upon us and tomorrow Paris Hotel Boutique showcases our new arrivals! Lots of new pieces will be available for purchase at 8:00 am PST/11:00 am EST.

I'll give you another 'shout out' tomorrow morning!

Until then, have a most wonderful week!
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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's Election Day!

American friends, get out early or go late, but please vote! It's so very important! Hope your lines aren't too long!

Friday, September 28, 2012

casasugar Home Tour!

I'm humbled to be featured as one of the Editor's Picks in casasugar. There are a few new pieces in my home, so it's a little different than what you've seen.

Big thanks to Angela Swinderman Elias for the feature, and to Kassie Borreson for her beautiful images!

To take see a complete slideshow of the tour, click here.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

With brisk mornings, cooler days, and leaves changing color, Paris Hotel Boutique offers you our latest finds to capture the mood of this beautiful autumn season.

Several new items are being showcased for the first time!

Some highlights include:

  • Antique Mercury Glass Apothecary Jars
  • Italian Florentine Footed Jewelry Box
  • Vintage Portrait Paintings
  • Victorian Ivory Brooches
  • Vintage Etched Glass Lamps
  • Lots of Hotel Silver and much more!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I Stalked Woody Allen!

Yes, I did. He's been in San Francisco most of the month shooting a film due out next year, featuring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Louis CK and more.

When my assistant drove by our neighborhood post office, she saw the cast and crew filming at nearby dental office and there was Woody talking to Cate Blanchett. She called me and I drove down right away. How could I pass this up right in my hood?!

I've seen every single one of the man's films...watching since I was a child. I've seen him play clarinet at the Carlyle in New York, but filming in my neighborhood? Drove by there yesterday and they were filming again.

 Cate Blanchett finishing up a scene

Am I officially a crazed fan?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Summer is going by so quickly, isn't it? Actually we're still waiting for it to arrive here in San Francisco, as maybe you've heard about our wickedly cold summer months.

Paris Hotel Boutique is gearing up for a beautiful autumn season with an assortment of unique vintage items that you won't want to miss!

Some highlights include:

  • Vintage European Furniture
  • Art Deco Jewelry
  • Vintage French Cycling Trophy
  • Antique Love Token Bracelet
  • Large Vintage Hourglass
  • Oodles of Hotel Silver & much, much more!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Monday + Heads Up!

Yearning for Paris??

You don't have to travel far, as tomorrow Paris Hotel Boutique showcases our new arrivals! Lots of new pieces will be available for purchase at 7:30 am PST/10:30 am EST.

I'll give you another 'shout out' tomorrow morning!

Until then, have a most wonderful week!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Waldorf-Astoria Amnesty Program... agree or disagree?

Are you a hotel silver or china collector? 

The legendary Waldorf-Astoria has launched an amnesty program to recover some of its history.

The hotel is specifically seeking silverware, ashtrays and other items that guests "checked out" with their luggage from the years before 1960.

This is what the hotel is asking, "Returned items should include a brief description, date when the item was taken and the guest's associated memories. The Amnesty Program has been developed as an expansion of the famed hotel's efforts to expand its archives and existing historical gallery, "Host to the World," located beside the main lobby. Valuable items hoping to be retrieved include silver, such as demitasse spoons used during the hotel's supper club years, ashtrays, linens, etc."

Now here's where I disagree. What if it wasn't your Aunt Hazel that lifted that sugar bowl? How would you even know if that teapot you're looking at was once part of a theft from 60 years ago? I can't imagine guests leaving the Waldorf with big serving trays and food domes stashed under their arms. 

Many times hotels hotel auctions to dispense of old and used pieces of hotelware to replace them with new ones. I've acquired many pieces from auction houses in this manner. Furthermore, I have no idea where most of my old pieces of hotel silver are from. I have found them along the way. 

What do you think about this amnesty program?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Hope you're doing something fun!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Bastille Day!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Don't let the Dog Days of Summer get you down. Come into the lobby of Paris Hotel Boutique and enjoy perusing our new finds in air-conditioned comfort.

Speaking of lobbies, we're really excited to share with you our recent acquisition of unique dog and cat accessories, from paintings to bookends. Some highlights include:

  •  Ram's Head Lamp (As Seen in Romantic Homes)
  •  Bronze Elevator Dial 
  •  French Dog Collars Antique
  •  Dog & Cat Oil Paintings 
  •  Vintage First Edition Books 
  •  Servant Wall Box & much more! 

 Please click here to see our latest additions...

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, July 09, 2012

Happy Monday + Head's Up!

Hope you had a lovely weekend. Tomorrow is the day! Over 60 new arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique! 

 Have a great week ahead and see you tomorrow!

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Victorian Souvenir Bangle for Sale...

This is a photo of my collection of Victorian souvenir bangle bracelets. I just adore them. Most come from the U.K. and France. I imagine they could have been used for mourning, but still don't have too much information.

They are rare and hard-t0-find. I've come across lockets and brooches as well.

Since my wrists are only so large, I've decided to part with the center bracelet. It has beautiful detail and fits a small to medium size wrist. You can purchase it on my website, here.

 images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Happy 4th!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July wherever you're celebrating!

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Window Shopping in Paris...

We know that Paris windows are exquisite, but what about taking a stroll through Paris during the turn of the century? Here are some lovely store windows by French photography Eugene Atget (1857-1927), via Retronaut


Avenue des Gobelins, 1925
Coiffeur, Bd. de Strasbourg, 1912
Au Port Salut - Cabaret Rue des Fosses St. Jacques (5e), 1903

Avenue des Gobelins, 1925

Avenue des GobelinsII, 1925

Boutique Jouets, 1910-1911

Boulevard de Strasbourg, 1926

Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Weekend from the City by the Bay!


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Just in - Pretty in Pink!

I fell in love with these Murano caged pendant lamps when I saw them. The prettiest shade of pink. Wouldn't they look lovely clustered over a table or in your favorite room?

They date to the mid-1950s and are sold as a set of three. You can get more info and purchase here!

 images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, June 25, 2012

Happy Monday!

Have a great week ahead!

image credit: unknown

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy First Day of Summer!!


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Inspiring Images...exteriors

One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is "beautiful buildings." I just swoon over architecture from centuries ago. Take a peek at some of my favorites images:

Guatelmala, Jessica Sprig
Portugal, Eudoro Porto
Barcelona, Arnin Schulz
Paris, Feathers and Frills

Barcelona, Moonlight2576
Paris, Haussmann
Ukraine, Design Like
Paris, Ian Parkes
Buenos Aires, Old Skool

Barcelona, Amim Schulz

To see more, check out my Pinterest board here...
Have a wonderful week ahead!

first image: Paris, Zagreusfm