October 7th, 2014

More travel inspiration… Paris in the autumn

I’m always intrigued by the rise of the “Boutique Hotel” and its huge influence on residential interior design. So when I was given the chance to spend one of the last weekends of this beautiful Indian summer at the the Hotel Recamier in Paris, I took it!  Arriving at the Gare du Nord, it was an amazing 23 degrees, clear blue skies, yet the trees were already turning orange…Paris in the autumn

We arrived at the Hotel Recamier , a small boutique hotel just next to the Place Saint-Sulpice. I had read a write-up on the hotel in Homes and Gardens magazine and kept it on my “must-visit” list. It didn’t disappoint. Tucked away in a corner of the square, it has great views of the church of Saint-Sulpice  known as the “cathedral of the Rive Gauche”. This was the view of the church, and all its wonderful baroque architecture, from the hotel bedroom balcony.

Hotel Recamier, Place Saint Sulpice
Hotel Recamier, Place Saint Sulpice
Church Saint Sulpice

Church Saint Sulpice

It felt similar to “six storeys of traditional London townhouse”, albeit with a Parisian twist, with quality fixtures, wrought-iron balconies and a great selection of fabrics, all of which could quite easily be used in your own home. Here are some of the design details from the bedrooms (note the use of braiding on cushions, blinds, edging curtains), the lounge and also some space-saving ideas for bathrooms. Many of the fabrics were from Jim Thompson (Check mate), Brunschwig & Fils and Romo. The throws and accessories were from Le Bon Marche (they post to the UK). I loved the use of this simple grosgrain braid to jazz up the roman blinds in the stairwells, you could find very similar at Samuel & Sons.

Hotel Recamier, Place Saint-Sulpice, Paris

Room 51 (!), Hotel Recamier, Paris

Blind detail...

Blind detail…

Lounge and writing desk at the Hotel Recamier

Lounge and writing desk at the Hotel Recamier

Hotel Recamier

The bathrooms were very well designed, given the limited space. I loved the decorative touch of the 40’s style mirrors. I’ve been trying to track one down, it’s the “Goutte” mirror by Hubert Le Gall ?

Space-saving bathroom ideas, Hotel Recamier

Space-saving bathroom ideas, Hotel Recamier

You can imagine my delight on Saturday morning when I woke up to a “flea market” right on the square next to the hotel. No need to head up to the North of Paris then! Purchases were a bit restrained by “will this fit on the Eurostar?”, but one of my great finds was the beautiful designs of a very creative Parisian fashion and textiles student.

Saturday flea market - Place Saint-Sulpice

Saturday flea market – Place Saint-Sulpice

And finally here are a couple of my favourite window displays, hidden among some of the great shops between the Place Saint-Sulpice and the Boulevard St Germain… and the “rooftops” photo I took from the top of the Musee D’Orsay with Sacre Coeur in the background.

hat window display

Window display, Place Saint-Sulpice Paris

Rooftops. Paris in the autumn

Rooftops, Paris in the autumn

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