Dream Home- A Beautiful Apartment from Gerard Faivre, Paris

Gérard Faivre Paris transforms Parisian apartments and properties as ready-to-live works of art. Based on the pillars of comfort, luxury and originality, Gérard Faivre’s ‘Art Homes’ have revolutionised the Parisian property market. To transform each property into an original work of art, Gérard Faivre takes his inspiration from the soul of each home.  Depending on its atmosphere, the designer develops the perfect decor and fills it with works of art, tailor-made creations and vintage furniture.

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Transforming old apartments into prestigious homes is one of Gerard Faivre’s main talents. Beyond the decoration, each home is also equipped with electronic equipment and home automation systems.  A recent addition to his ‘Art Homes’ portfolio, this apartment was conceived as a ready to live in pied-a-terre with the view of Arc de Triomphe.  This particular apartment boasts of three lavish suites, a trio of living rooms and a sleek marble kitchen. In this home Faivre manages to create the perfect balance between clean modernism and contemporary artwork. The smooth grey tones used in the furniture and on walls balance perfectly the bold artistic elements like lighting, carpets, fireplace and painting which are eye-catching and bring a designers touch to the space. 

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Gérard Faivre Paris offers the opportunity to move into an exceptional residence without the usual constraints, which also include a dedicated concierge service similar to those found in the best Parisian Five-star hotels.

 

Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

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While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit www.shangri-la.com

“Private Moon” travels the world

Russian artist Leonid Tishkov has taken the very notion of romance and actually bought down the moon to earth.Paris, Austria, Kazakhstan and Taiwan are just some of the places he has travelled with his man-made lunar companion. As an artist and story-teller Tishkov’s inspiration comes from various fairy-tales and he dreams of travelling to the moon with his “Private Moon”. Do read excerpts from his interview at Huffington Post.

Leonid Tishkov Private Moon, www.stylecity.in

Leonid Tishkov Private Moon, www.stylecity.in

Leonid Tishkov Private Moon, www.stylecity.in

The entire experience has been captured in intimate photographs taken off the artist with the moon. I for one love the idea of a man travelling the world with a moon and have a photograph trail of his endeavours. Reminds me a bit of the Little Prince. I think if I could travel the world it would be with a giant shoe, maybe convince Louboutin or Jimmy Choo to create one, so I could leave my footsteps wherever I visit. What about you? What would you like to travel the world with? Do leave your ideas in the comments below

Luxe and Stylish: Chateau de Varennes, France

Chateau de Varennes is conveniently located in South Burgundy close to the famous vineyards of Beaune. The current buildings date back to the 18th century and the interior grounds boast a very impressive size of 2,000 sqm for the main building with an additional 600 sqm for the Orangery which is used as a function hall for private or professional events. When the current owners Aymeric and Sonia de Truchis de Varennes inherited the property in 2009, it was too big to keep as a holiday house for the smaller modern families. At that time, they were both working in London and their American friends working in the high-end travel industry encouraged them to refurbish the property entirely and create an ultra-luxury chateau resort. The 2-year ambitious renovation project was led by Fabrice Bejjani, a French-Lebanese interior designer known for refurbishing luxury villas in Paris and on the Mediterranean coast. Fabrice’s signature is the attention to details and the ability to mix beautifully the historic features of the Chateau with contemporary accessories. In 2012, just after its opening, the Chateau de Varennes was already named by CNN among the top ten best wedding holiday resorts worldwide. So here is an exquisite option for your that dream wedding you have dreamt about all your life.

Grand salon (first floor)

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This sumptuous reception room is dating back to the building of the property in the 18th century. Its original decor and furnishings were carefully maintained throughout the time. Lavish silk curtains and a white marble chimney are matching perfectly with the splendid Versailles parquet floor. Romantic paintings of the four seasons are displayed on each corner of the room, showing the then dominant influence of Marie-Antoinette’s taste for pastoral scenes. Silver tea set engraved with the family coat of arms : family collection, Tea cups : Hermes, Vase : Zoeppritz

Marie-Antoinette suite (first floor)

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The Marie-Antoinette suite is adorned with a classical wallpaper featuring a very original silver pattern standing out of a soft purple background. This makes it look like a modern’s queen boudoir. The impressive high ceilings are balanced with more cosy fabrics used for the bed furnishings (velvet and tweed). The classic Louis XVI medallion chairs were upholstered with matching purple velvet and the silk curtains were also custom made. All the fabrics and soft furnishings used in this suite were sourced at Osborne & Little in London. Carpet : Zoeppirtz, Cashmere shawl : Jab, Cushions : apartment 9 India, Hand bag : Louis Vuitton, Notebook : Christian Lacroix, Tea cups : Fleux, Tray : Habitat, Vase : Coming B, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts, Wallpaper : Osborne & Little, Water jug : Fleux

Music lounge (first floor)

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The music lounge is where all the guests gather for tea time or for drinks. Adorned with family portraites and painted in a classic pale grey similar to the iconic grey shade used in Dior stores, it has not changed much since the 18th century. The precious Italian ivory-inlaid ebony cabinet and the Louis XV chairs are precious family treasures as well as the authentic Murano glass chandelier which was brought back from Venice in the early 19th century. The contemporary accessories are bringing more joyful vibes to the otherwise very classical lounge. Clock : Joy de Rohan Chabot, Fur bedspread : Zoeppritz, Lamp 1 (left side of the sofa) Jeremy Cole, Lamp 2 (right) : Corep, Paint : La Seigneurie, Sofa and table : custom-made, Stool : Exsud, Turquoise jars : Fleux.

Princess suite (first floor)

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Offering a lot of space and painted in elegant neutral colors like vanilla cream and off- white, the spectacular Princess suite is often used as a honeymoon suite. The wooden stand tailor-mannequin and the velvet sofa dating back to the 18th century are both vintage treasures from the family collection. The ceiling medallions are displaying lion heads which are edged with a delicate gold line. This gold line is also repeated in the en- suite bathroom. Bed head board, curtains : Dedar fabrics and soft furnishings, Cushions and bed cover : Jab, Hand bag : Cartier, Hat box : Country Casa, Paint : La Seigneurie, Shawl : Zoeppritz, Sofa : family collection, Vases : SMJ, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts. The Princess bathroom was custom made with marbles from Italy. The strip made with gold coated mosaic tiles is a subtle reference to the gold edge of the master room’s ceilings. Bath towel : Pretty linge, Gold coated mosaic tiles : Bisazza, Marble basin : custom made by Cristal marble, Tap : Hansgrohe, Toiletries : Eden Park et Exvoto, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts.

Kitchen (ground floor)

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The kitchen was custom made by a local carpenter. Custom designed built-in include storage cabinets and a recessed display wall for storing small kitchen equipment. The vintage farm table and the modern pink chairs are conveying a joyful and relaxed atmosphere in contrast with the more neutral shades of the kitchen cabinets. With the attached pantry, the kitchen spans 100 square meters and the professional equipment allow the meal preparation for the 30 resident guests. Another large professional kitchen is available in the Orangery for big catered events. Cake stand : Habitat, Chairs : Habitat, Lamps : Hind Rabii, Paint : Farrow and Ball, Resident pastry chef : Muriel Arcos, Roller shades : Linum, Tea cups : Fleux, Tray : Habitat

Main dining room (ground floor)

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While the elegant lounges on the first floor are very similar to reception rooms of a Parisian “hotel particulier”, the main dining room reminds one of an English gentleman’s library. This was actually the purpose of this room until the previous dining room (which was located in the current Princess suite) was moved from the first floor to this more convenient location on the ground floor. The wood panels were custom built by a local carpenter with oak trees from the property woods. The huge table extends to seat up to 25 guests. Another smaller dining room is available next to the main dining room and is used for children’s meals. Black candleholders : Conran Shop, Chicken wire cloche (cloche en fil de fer grillagé) :Un esprit en plus Porcelain plates and silverware with coat of arms : family collection, Tablecloth : tailor made, White candleholders : Bougies la Française, White low flower vase (coupe blanche) : Coming B

Jeanne suite (second floor)

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The Jeanne suite is one of the 4 rooms on the second floor which were painted in 16 different shades of grey (4 different shades of grey were used for each room : walls, doors, door frames, ceiling, ). In order to contrast with this neutral background, a fifth color is used in each en-suite marble bathroom as well as for the soft furnishings (curtains, beddings and seat covers). All these bedrooms are equipped with ultra king size beds allowing them to be transformed into twins if necessary. The Jeanne suite is the only room to feature built-in shelves which replaced a former fireplace. The simplicity of the Louis XVI sofa is matching well with the authentic wood flooring, the exposed beams and the sober wall lamps. Bed head board, bed spread, upholstered sofa, cushions, curtains : tailor made with Dedar fabrics and soft furnishings. Hand bag : Thursday Friday, Lamps : Stéphane Davidts, Yellow bed cover : Zoeppritz

Louise suite (second floor)

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The designer Fabrice Bejjani used an autumnal colour palette to soften the bright natural light due to the double exposure of the Louise suite. With East-facing exposure, the master room is providing a superb sunrise view on the private Chapel of the chateau. The. An open walk in wardrobe was built behind the headboard and the study room is overlooking the pool and French gardens. Except for the Marie-Antoinette suite which is decorated with Osborne and Little fabrics, all the other bedrooms are appointed with exceptionally high quality fabrics and soft furnishings provided by Dedar, the famous Italian brand who just created a joint venture with Hermes. Bed head board, bed spread, upholstered chair, cushions, curtains : tailor made with Dedar fabrics and soft furnishings. Fur bed cover : Zoeppritz, Orange boxes : Sarah Lavoine, Wall lamps : Stéphane Davidts

Chapel outdoor by David Brenot chapel indoor_by DB Chapel

Chapel, Chateau de Varennes

After the destruction of the village church during the French Revolution, the owners of the Chateau de Varennes decided to rebuild a new church on their premises. Due to various hiccups including the first World War, the Chapel was only completed in 1920 but its timeless architecture took inspiration from the romanesque style of the Middle Ages. The capacity is 80 guests and it is frequently used for many celebrations. It is quite unique that a private chapel can host Catholic weddings and christenings.

Chateau de Varennes cocktail area LD Outdoors

Aerial view Chateau de Varennes

With 100 hectares of private land, the property is offering substantial space for big functions and for practicing various sports including clay-pigeon shooting. A big cocktail area is set in front of the main chateau with fields and woods on one side and French gardens on the other side.

Pool area

Pool area + weddings at Chateau de Varennes

The heated pool is quite large (16m) and is equipped with luxury outdoor furniture by the famous brand Kettal. The fully renovated pool house is featuring a kitchenette, a shower, a changing room and toilets.

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Images- Alexandra Meurant

Review: Cafe Les Parisiennes

I really like Les Parisiennes a vintage French fashion and Interior Design store located at Shahpur Jat. A fact you would know from my constant coverage of it in StyleCity. Hence, I decided my review of their gorgeous French Café will be a bit biased and requested Suhasini Mehta, an upcoming chef and Food writer to try it out and give in her opinions. Here is what she has to say about the French Café at Les Parissienes.

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Along one of the narrow lanes of Shahpur Jat, amidst the quaint colourful shops, there lies the elegantly furbished Les Parisiennes – the concept store which strives to give you the homely French experience. With its white brick walls, aesthetic styling and mellifluous music that fills its air it succeeds in providing just that. At Les Parisiennes you can purchase a variety of locally sourced goods such as clothes for women and children, candles and furniture all of which mirror the feel of the store. But your French experience is incomplete if you leave without trying out the delectable treats that the café has to offer. Keeping in touch with its homely feel, the café offers a different menu each day, so it never gets boring, and its laid back environment lets you relax as it coddles you in its home like warmth.

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I was looking for a complete French experience and that’s exactly what I got from their mid-week lunch menu of Zucchini and Goat cheese quiche and Tomato and Mozzarella salad, which was accompanied by a refreshing glass of ice tea and finally encored by delicious homemade mango ice cream and Madeleines. The quiche, with its typically French taste, made for a filling meal without being heavy and the salad that accompanied it held its own. It wasn’t just greenery to fill up the plate, with a variety of lettuce and rocket leaves tossed in a light vinaigrette; it packed a subtle punch lined with sesame flavour. The quiche was delightfully delicate but packed with taste with its creamy texture and a flourish of oregano, on the downside the base of the pastry was a tad plastic and chewy, but no complaints other than that.  The Tomato and Mozzarella salad was fresh and juicy and with a kick of chopped parsley it’s just the dish for summers. The encore was sung by the mango ice cream and Madeleine, apart from just being typically French, this refreshing and delicious combo can make Indian summers feel good! The sheer authenticity of the ice cream had us smacking our lips, it was pure mango! The Madeleine beautifully accompanied the ice cream and is a must try French treat.
Visiting Les Parisiennes was a delightful experience for me and I hope it will be the same for you.
Address: 5B Shahpur Jat, Asian Village, Dada Jungi house
Tel: +91-8826518943
Price: Meal for 2, Rs.1,500

Luxe and Stylish: Les Parisiennes

Founded by Catherine Prakash and Lucie Salaun, Les Parisiennes is housed in a beautiful haveli in Shahpur Jat, New Delhi. Les Parisiennes is a vintage chic concept store offering carefully selected women’s wear, range of Home décor and its very own French Café. The store offers a unique blend of feminine vintage pieces, perfect for a modern woman who values her individuality as much as she accepts and respects the past. Catherine and Lucie take great care in sourcing a mix of vintage items along with customized items specially made for the shop.  So as a part of Paris week on Stylecity, we bring to you this Luxe and Stylish store- Les Parisiennes.

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Les Parisiennes, www.stylecity.in

Les Parisiennes, www.stylecity.in
Les Parisiennes, www.stylecity.in

Address: 5B Shahpur Jat, Asian Village, Dada Jungi house
Tel: +91-8826518943

Trend: Parisian Flavour

Fashion to Décor: Trend Parisian Flavour
Continuing with the flavour of the week, we have Paris in our Fashion to Décor trend as well. We all know Paris is known for its chic fashion and style statement but it also influences our does it really influence décor? Well Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular graphics to be used on décor but even besides that, who would not like to bring home a bit of Paris, a smell (candles), a taste (champagne or Macaroon) or a touch into their Living space?

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1.Bohemion glass vase-Interarts
2.Happy Bloom, Clinique
3.‘Retro Twist’ Chandelier, Mozaic
4.Chairs, Sarita Handa
5.Shakespeare Tiffany Vase, A.A Living
6.Macaroon, Laduree

Review: Yoko, Paris

A contemporary twist to Asian Exoticness
Japanese food has a charm of its own- it is healthy, fresh and exotic. The pungent sauces combined with the fresh ingredients complement each other and the presentation makes it a wonderful experience. Paris is sophisticated and elegant, an inspiration for culture, style, fashion and cuisine. You combine the grace of Paris with the exoticness of Japan and you get an exquisite fine dining Yoko- the perfect harmony of European and Asian sensibilities.

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The range of dishes at Yoko have been conceptualised by Korean chef, Young Kyu Park along with Toyofumi Ozuru head chef of Black Code Group chain and offer a range of dished exclusively concocted for the restaurant, a pure harmony of Asian and European influences; Kyoto-style Caesar salad, Cantonese steamed dim sum as well as semi-cooked tuna Tataki with citrus fruit salad. This state of Art Japanese restaurant is a part of the CFOC experience, an acronym that conjures up travel a world of wealth and breath-taking craftsmanship from regions and villages of the orient, Asia and other distant lands.

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The first Compagnie Francaise de l’Orient et de la Chine opened its doors in 1966, since then CFOC has become a fully-fledged brand and opened its store at Boulevard Haussmann in 1995. This was taken over by Laurent Dumas and repositioned in 2011. Redesigned by Francois Schmidt and Sarah Lavoine, the store showcases exclusive collections by both designers as well as collections from external designers like Benjamin Graindorge and A+A Cooren design agency. The idea is to embrace a wide variety of styles and promote the intangible heritage of Orient and Asia intergrated with the savoir-faire of French business. And they do succeed, the store the collection and interior design are everything one images and hopes from an amalgamation of such diverse culture; A perfect place to shop for your home or even buy gifts.

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Finally the test of taste and experience lay on my mother’s shoulder whose birthday we were celebrating at Yoko; and she was vegetarian that day. Her verdict “This is amazing, it is Japanese cuisine but with a French twist, which makes it so contemporary and exquisite.” So to get a taste of Asia in Paris you now know where to go.

Address: 170, Boulevard Haussman, 75008- Paris
Tel: 00 33 (1) 45613315
Price: Meal for two approx. 175 euros

Mid-day in Paris with ELLE Fashionwear

ELLE Fashionwear had the brand’s first ever blogger meet in Delhi.The idea was to discuss the nuances of French fashion with the ELLE Fashion design team along with styling tips! You get to choose an outfit from the collecting and then get complimentary hair styling to go with your Parisian look!

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

Since it is Spring in Paris and my week dedicated to Paris I decided to swing by and see what they had to offer.

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

The Spring Summer collection is all about an optimistic, liberal and unique persona with designs revolving around six themes relevant to the season.The Botanical theme unveils a journey to the unexplored dimensions of botanical life. Experience pristine beauty with ‘Clarity’; pieces borne from this idea define sophisticated casual wear.The Summer Party has ultra-feminine summer dresses in soothing pastels as well as rich and bright colours aiming to keep your days as chic as your nights.Add a bit of elegant quirkiness with the Give Me Blue inspiration. Watch naïve romance and a hippy free spirit come together to create Nutopia in a delicate interplay between over-exposed colours, heady florals and lace.Feel the warmth of summer with a bright ensemble reflecting the Colour Theory.

 

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

My take of dressing up for Mid-day in Paris.

Mid-day in Paris with Elle Fashion

Going through a makeover in an outfit suggested by their designer

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And the final look, complete with hair and make-up. What do you think?

Travel Diaries; Paris, France

I don’t think there is anything I can say which can describe Paris. Nor do the pictures I have actually do justice to some parts of the city. I feel some things I won’t be able to express and others I you might not agree with, so instead decided to leave you with a few images and few quotes which maybe describe Paris. Here is a Photo essay,part one of my Week dedicated to Paris

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A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life-Thomas Jefferson

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Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White

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Paris is a heaven for all woman’s obssesions: hot men, great chocolates, scrumptuous pastries, sexy lingerie, cool clothes but, as any shoe-o-phile knows, this city is a hotbed of fabulous shoes- Kirsten Lobe, Paris Hangover

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You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden- Allen Ginsberg

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Travel Paris, www.stylecity.in

When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise. -Henry Miller

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I like The Eiffel Tower because it looks like steel and lace-Natalie Lloyd

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Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris- Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

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For a painter, the Mecca of the world, for study, for inspiration and for living is here on this star called Paris. Just look at it, no wonder so many artists have come here and called it home. Brother, if you can’t paint in Paris, you’d better give up and marry the boss’s daughter―Alan Jay Lerner

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An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris. -Friedrich Nietzsche

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Paris is always a good idea. -Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina