Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy 75th Birthday GG!

Hope you all had a nice long holiday weekend. Or, a nice short one if you aren't in the US.

 On Sunday,  San Francisco celebrated the 75th birthday of its iconic and  beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. Wish my grandparents were here to tell me what they did on that opening day in 1937.

I didn't have the opportunity to participate in the birthday festivities, but tens of thousands of people did!

 I'll never tire of this red Deco masterpiece. I still gasp while driving over it.

Fogged in or clear, the Golden Gate Bridge remains in my heart.

Happy Birthday!

images: 1.via San Jose Mercury News  2. San Francisco Ballet circa 1957 3. pixelmama 4.maxxsmart

Friday, May 25, 2012

Happy Weekend!

Enjoy the nice long holiday weekend!

Be back next week!

image from here

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Latest Aquisition

I haven't purchased anything new for my home in a long time. I was THRILLED to find this stunning 19th century HUGE French shoe store sign! 

It is handpainted on canvas with gilt lettering attached to heavy wood. It's huge, measuring over 4 feet wide...

Can you imagine this hanging in front of a shop right near the Paris Nord Station?

The sign is so detailed that it even has fabric trim...

and, it's signed!

My husband isn't too happy that the fleur de lis mirror in the guest room has been replaced by this. He likes using the mirror (ha ha). The mirror will be available for sale in June.


images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thinking Pink!

Did you ever see "What a Way to Go" with Shirley MacLaine? I haven't seen it yet but loving these pink images!!

Have a great day!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Now, This is Splendor!

Happy Monday! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

I just stumbled upon this 16th century dog kennel on Pinterest. I gasped when I saw it. It's on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Can you imagine your pooch resting in this? Oh my. Of course, it's French--the maker, Jean-Baptiste-Claude SenĂ©  (1748–1803). Wish little Vito had one. Did I mention that fits in perfect with our decor???

Thursday, May 17, 2012

No More Tears...

Today when I heard the news of Donna Summer's passing, I was terribly saddened. I was one of those 70s teens that played her albums over and over again until they warped. On high school Grad Night (oh, so many decades ago), our last dance was "Last Dance." I'm sure many of you have fond memories of Ms. Summer linked to your childhood.

As I was driving down the freeway, one of the radio stations was playing her song list. I started to cry. Having lost my grandmother less than two years, ago, then my mom last year, I felt as though my whole childhood is passing away. Perhaps it is.

I got home and cranked up the duet with Barbra Streisand and Donna singing "No More Tears," and started happily singing.

Rest in Peace Donna...thanks for the memories. It may be your "last dance," but your music will live on in our hearts forever! No More Tears...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FAB New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique

 We're gearing up for summer at Paris Hotel Boutique, where we've added an eclectic mix of pieces...that includes a lot of hotel silver for entertaining!

Highlights include:
  • Vintage French Style Cane Chairs
  • Vintage Ballerina Oil Painting
  • 1950s Flair Magazines
  • Antique Exit Sign
  • Vintage Fleur de Lis Wall Mirror
  • Napoleon III Cigar Caddy
  • Derby Silver Flask
  • Resin Elephant Table & much, much more!  

Happy Shopping!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Monday + Heads Up!

Ring the bell and come in and shop!

Tomorrow is the day for Paris Hotel Boutique's new arrivals. Tons 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!

image from It's a House

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fogged In + Find the Photo!

See what it's looks like being enveloped in fog? Welcome to the beginning of a long foggy summer by the Bay! I'm looking out my office window and it's pure white!

I found this image on Pinterest. It's linked me to several websites, but no photographer.

You know how this game works. First person to leave a comment with the image credit (photographer's name), gets a small prize. Please have a valid email address or link to one.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Inspiring Images... lavender

above image: amberlight1

Thanks to a reader who commented, "With the trees full of lavender blossoms, I would love to see you do lavender. Your beautiful images make me happy."

Julie, thanks so much. It's been awhile since I've posted "inspiring images." Most of mine are on Pinterest, so I thought you all might be looking there! Here ya go Julie... Wishing you all a delightful weekend!

52 flea

Liz Atwood
S. Kenney via Riley Made

Natalie Panga

 via Pinterest, source unknown

 Ozma of Odds

catering chronicles


Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Are You on Our Mailing List?

I'm sure you've seen some of our new arrival images from PHB on this blog. If you'd like to get an actual email the day of the monthly mailing, click here to join that list!

If you'd like to get a 'heads up' the day before that mailing (items sell rather quickly the day of the mailing), send me an email to vip@parishotelboutique.com.

New arrivals coming to you next week!!

calligraphy & image from Crystal Kluge

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Sorry, Box Not Included.

I always feel badly when I have to put that disclaimer in my jewelry description.

You see, these lovely antique ring boxes that we use for photo purposes are incredibly rare. Most antique dealers won't ever sell theirs. If you happen to find one for sale, they could cost up to $50.  I've paid  over $30 for some of mine.

I've collected mine over the years and use them for display. The good news...if you purchase a piece of jewelry from Paris Hotel Boutique, you do receive a box, just not an antique box!

photography: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The Candy Store goes Nationwide!

The Candy Store, San Francisco
I remember when The Candy Store in San Francisco opened many years back. I saw their cute sign and had to pop in. The co-owner, Diane, greeted me with a big smile and was happy to let me sift through every kind of candy. I was thrilled to find the long French marshmallow sticks in lavender that I'd been searching for. Yum!

Now they're not just pleasing us San Franciscans, but part of The Shops of Target -- specialty boutiques from around the country with limited collections, available at Target beginning today.

The Candy Store's Target collection

Owner Diane Campbell with Martha Stewart at launch party--how exciting!

This was the first time that I was actually was excited about Target launching new lines. Why? Because a large chain decided to work with boutiques. Small independent ones. And boutiques need more help than ever right now. The available collections were co-created by the boutiques and Target, capturing each shop's unique aesthetic and personality.

To see all of the participating shops click here. Also, big congrats to the Diane and the Candy Store! You are so deserving of this recognition!

 images; 1. Haute Living; 2. Target; 3.  Jess Mandia for DailyCandy 4. Facebook

Saturday, May 05, 2012

PHB Guest Pinner Gallery on Pinterest!

Happy weekend everyone! If you follow me on Pinterest, you may want to check out our fun PHB guest pinner gallery. It's where some talented tastemaker/trendsetter friends share a bit of what inspires them. 

It's amazing what images a group of diversified people come up with. I love each and every one and the fun commentary!

1st image: Dior, 1972

Friday, May 04, 2012

Happy Weekend!

...and all that Jazz!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Mother's Day Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Today we're rolling out some of our new jewelry at PHB, just in time for Mother's Day. You'll find everything from English silver lockets to Victorian gold-filled brooches.

 Also, we're excited to launch our first custom candle line--white taper candles with stamped French script. I am crazy over them! And, they come in sets of 3!

If you want to take a look at our new pieces, click here!

Happy Shopping!

photography: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie