A Warehouse of Woven Wonders

Tantalizing Tassels at Le Marché Saint-Pierre

A Warehouse of Woven Wonders

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France

Monday, August 14, 2006
Paris, France

Living and Investing in France Conference
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Living and Investing in France Conference
September 16 & 17, 2006
Sheraton Suites San Diego
San Diego, California

If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or perhaps investing in property in France, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by Adrian Leeds, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly e-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for John Howell & Co., Law Overseas, London, these two days in San Diego will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen!

Plus, earn $100 for every friend you refer…see the Web site for details.

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

My free time is not filled with summer picnics, strolls along Paris Plage or excursions to the country. Instead, every available moment is being spent scouring the markets for the finishing touches on what I’ve affectionately called “the baby” — but officially known as “Le Provençal” — the studio apartment I have been preparing for rental.

While less than 20 square meters seems like it only deserves 2 months and 20,000 euros (that’s what the bank was willing to lend me), when you’re creating a space that is more than your home — in fact, a home for many others to enjoy as well, you can’t help going the extra mile. (At least, I couldn’t.)

So, twice the time and double the price, I’m down to the last little details of decor. In Provence, at every step you find Provençal fabrics, table cloths, bed spreads, hand towels, etc. Not in Paris! The young Parisians are fed up with traditional decor and buildings that are centuries old. The “Bobos” (the bohemian bourgeois) are taking home the look of Ikea and Habitat.

We Americans are “au contraire!” We’re fed up with that which has no history! Isn’t that one reason we love Paris so much? We can’t help but feel the many generations who inhabited the city before us and we want to wallow in its reminders…the old wooden beams that hold the ceilings and floors, the parquet floor boards that have uneven spaces between them, the hand-tooled moldings that are one inch thick with paint, the glass-paned French doors with oval-shaped brass knobs and the cracks in the walls that just keep coming back. We simply love all that character!

So, Saturday afternoon in the rain, I set off with a friend to the Marché de Saint Pierre at the base of Sacré Coeur to find Provençal linens in the many fabric specialty stores that line the streets.

Métros Anvers and Barbès-Rochechouart take you closest to the main streets that house the fabric center of Paris in the 18th arrondissement — Place Saint-Pierre, rue d’Orsel, rue Charles Nodier, rue Livingstone and rue Seveste. There are a few large and formidable retailers there in buildings of about five levels each that contain just about everything you might need to dress your home: Dreyfus Déballage du Marché Saint Pierre at 2, rue Charles Nodier; Tissus Reine at 5, Place Saint-Pierre and Moline Tissus at 1, Place Saint-Pierre.

Dreyfus Déballage is like a warehouse of woven wonders, layer upon layer of all that fabric can be. At Tissus Reine, miniature models in fabulous creations stand as heroines over the stacks of bolts of fabrics they represent. One is more fashionable than the next — you just want to take one home to call a pet! Some of the shops are elegant, showing off only the finest of French fabrics, and sport higher prices to match.

There are shops that virtually produce “drapes while you wait” (we joked) — they will gladly sew up your new drapes from the fabrics you’ve chose in the market. Adjacent shops supply the pillows, curtain rods, cords and tassels.

It’s a world of color and texture. It’s a world of artistic media just waiting for creative hands to mold it into dressings for bodies, homes and furnishings. These are bargains to be had for the price of the effort to DIY (Do It Yourself) a

nd well worth the adventure.

At the end of the day, we were laden like oxen with bags of bed spreads, sheets, pillows and bolsters. When we stood on the quai of the Métro surrounded by our great finds, we both laughed realizing how much simpler it would have been to just hail a taxi rather than build muscle by lugging it all home. Oh well — that would have spoiled half the fun!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email info@adrianleeds.com

P.S. The furniture from last week’s excursion to the Marché aux Puces is scheduled for delivery this week and next weekend I’ll set out to find flowers for the windows. For now, have a look at the new bedspread and the finishing touches I’ve made on Le Provençal.../parlerparis/apartments/rentals/provencal.html

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Romantic dining near the Eiffel Tower…

Excerpt from the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants
By Adrian Leeds

Traditional French, Arrondissement 7

La Fontaine de Mars sits in the corner of a very pretty little place with a fountain bequeathed to Paris by Napoléon and not far from the Eiffel Tower with décor virtually unchanged since the beginning of this century. Checkered tablecloths and striped wallpaper along with very accommodating and friendly service offer a charming ambience. In the summer, the doors are opened allowing the tables to spill onto the Place. For a more romantic, intimate spot, ask for a seat on the “premier étage” (upstairs). Do not be surprised to find many Anglophones dining – as this arrondissement is known for its international residents, and your waiter will be happy to provide you with an English menu…for all the delicious details, see the guide.

Yes, you can have a great three-course meal with wine and coffee in Paris for between $15 and $40 including tax and tip! Take Adrian’s advice…and discover more than 200 of the best-kept restaurant secrets in Paris. Get your copy of Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants now. http://www.insiderparisguides.com/restaurants/index.html

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“Le Provençal” Studio available now…and booking up fast!

* “Le Provençal” Studio: Available as of August 2006

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

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* Rent the personal Marais apartment of Adrian Leeds
September 8 – 19, 2006!

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hôtel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to 4 people when she’s traveling. Includes high speed Internet access, free international calling, housekeeping one time per week and all linens.

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Parler Paris Après Midi Meets On a Special Date in September…
Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is September 5, 2006

Because Adrian will be traveling to San Diego for the Living and Investing in France Conference the second week in September, the next Après Midi will be September 5th instead of September 12th.

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.

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