Thinking About Paris

With all the sad news about Paris this week I have realized how special that city is to me.

The Eiffel Tower behind the Mur de la Paix (Wall of Peace).
The Eiffel Tower behind the Mur de la Paix (Wall of Peace).

I can’t really put my finger on it because although I am from Baltimore, Maryland, I find myself with a great affection for Paris, so much so that I would call Paris MY city.

Shutters on the design studio across the courette from our Paris apartment in Le Marais.
Shutters on the design studio across the courette from our Paris apartment in Le Marais.

In Paris the things that we here in America would want to spruce up look perfect as they are.

Looking onto rue de Saintonge -- lighting fixture, iron railings --
Looking onto rue de Saintonge — lighting fixture, iron railings — the details.

And other single items so Parisian.

Old wood and grey stone - a great combination
Old wood and grey stone – a great combination (Notice the door within the door.)

The old wood is truly old, an unashamed.

Notice how the locking mechanism on the doors are similar to the ones on the new vanity I have chosen -- form and function.
Notice how the locking mechanism on the doors is similar to the ones on the new vanity I have chosen — form and function.

And the simple details are not just for show, they’re functional.

Even the street signs echo my color choices -- or do I copy them?
Even the street signs echo my color choices — or do I copy them?

Is it a wonder what my house looks like?

Do you have a city that defines you?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Thinking About Paris”

  1. Eric and I were in Paris and Normandy in 2011. We hope to go back one day because we left so much unexplored. I hope the world can find peace soon … but sadly, I think it may be a long time coming.

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