|The dining room in my family’s summer rental apartment in Paris. (above)|
So my sister and mother are in Paris right now. Lucky them. Right now as I write this they are probably enjoying a tea or a champagne cocktail at my favorite people watching spot in Paris – Les Deux Magots (some think this cafe is for tourists, I think it is perfectly set in the center of Saint-Germain-des-Pres at a corner with perhaps the best people watching in the world).
Every summer for probably the last 10 or more years, my mother gets a large apartment in Paris for two or three months and invites me and my sister to come (one year I even had 5 friends come stay with me in the apartment after my mother headed back to California…that was fun).
This year for the first time in years, her summer lease is in the 8th Arrondissement…a stone’s throw from Place de La Madeleine and just blocks from the chic shopping mecca Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore. Normally our apartment has always been in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, in the 6th, right on Rue Jacob…this year mom decided to change things up a bit. The summer in Paris is usually punctuated by trips to neighboring countries and a visit down to Biarritz to visit aunts (MP and LB) and uncle (JP) who live in the south of France year round.
So here are some interior photos that sis DS took with her iPhone of this new Paris family summer rental. From what I can tell, I’m loving it – the architecture and the decor works too. High ceilings, herringbone wood floors, a metal iron work fireplace in the living room and more I’m sure.
I can’t seem to get DS to take other pictures and get a shot of the exterior of the building. She is too busy flitting from one place to the next…meeting up with friends who are in Paris…and prancing around town with my mother. Such is the life! Lucky DS (she deserves it by the way. Sis DS is a busy lawyer who works round the clock when she is here at home…so this getaway will be good for her)!
For the past two summers, I have not been able to enjoy the summer place. Last summer, I took my summer in New York to scout the New York International Gift Fair instead of going to Paris! This summer, I will be taking my vacation in Atlanta for the Atlanta Gift show and then back to New York in August to show the COCOCOZY collection at the New York Gift Fair for the second time this year. Hmmm….wonder if I could slip to Paris for a few days right after the gift fair in August? Hmmm…maybe…
Must brush up on my French just in case I figure out some way to make it Paris this summer. My entire family is fluent in French and I am the black sheep who has decided that I will masquerade as someone who speaks fluently but really does not know how to properly conjugate anything! In truth, my comprehension is at about 75%-80% but my French verbal skills are at about 40%-50%. Need to make it to Paris to practice!
What do you think of our summer rental? What are your plans this summer…where will you stay? Please send in any photos of interesting vacation decor or scenes from your holiday…and I’ll try to post some reader vacation submissions!
P.S. Please go to COCOCOZY Twitter to see some of the new yarn colors I will be working with for new COCOCOZY throws – coming to the collection later this summer! Also, added a photo on Twitter of Mr. Boo post grooming! 🙂
Photos: Coco of COCOCOZY’s sister DS