Hello, friends! Today, let me treat you to a tour of one of the most exquisite public locations in Paris, the Hôtel de Soubise, home of the French National Archives.
The Hôtel de Soubise was created in the early 1700’s for the Prince and Princess de Soubise (Anne de Rohan-Chabot, a former mistress of Louis XIV). One of its most splendid rooms is the Salon de la Princesse, above, an oval chamber embellished in finest Rococo fashion with intricate, gilded boiserie (carved wood), cherubs, ceiling paintings and mirrors.
And, of course, a sparkling chandelier which is reflected multiple times infinitely in the tall mirrors.
Boiserie is a highly-skilled art form in which wood paneling is carved in painstaking detail and then gilded or painted.
Another breathtaking room is the Salon du Prince, also an oval chamber, with ivory boiserie set against pale, duck-egg blue paneling.
This image (above) from Paris in Bloom, shows the mastery of the artisans who created the embellishments throughout the room.
And another room is decorated with this finely-detailed plaster work.
The Hôtel de Soubise is located in the Marais, at 60 rue de Francs-Bourgeouis, Paris, 75003. It is open every day except Tuesday. In addition to the beautiful interiors, it hosts fascinating and thought-provoking special exhibits as well as numerous historical documents and objects.
p.s. I post most days on Instagram @georgiannalane and would love to see you there!
Tender, bleak January, with its still-short days and skies tinted with melancholy, can be the most challenging to enjoy of the great, grand year ahead. Your eyes can become starved for beauty and spring seems an age away. But Paris just might be more exquisite in winter than at any other time. One reason is the endless architectural delight found in observing the myriad shapes, sizes and styles of windows. So here, for your January travel dreaming and scheming, a selection of some of my favorites.
I’m sharing some of my favorite winter flowers from the Paris flower markets over at the Paris Perfect blog today, too.
p.s. Be sure to see the January/February issue of Victoria magazine with an antiques-shopping feature I shot in Provence last spring!
Hello, dearest friends and bright New Year wishes to you! You are always in my thoughts and heart.
I so hope that 2017 offers windows of wonderful opportunity for each of you and that the year is filled with health, happiness and fulfillment.
My year has been eventful and full of travel and very fulfilling professional projects. I’m officially able to share with you now details about my upcoming book release, Paris in Bloom by my wonderful publisher, Abrams Books.
I wrote and photographed Paris in Bloom to transport you on a sumptuous floral tour of the city, just as if we were strolling together through the streets on a perfect spring day. An unashamedly romantic celebration of her floral charms, Paris in Bloom was inspired by my first visit to the city as a teenager with my Mum. Picnics in flower-filled parks along the Seine, up-close viewings of Impressionist paintings, observation of the Parisian art of presentation and wonder at the magnificence of the architecture all had a profound effect on my artistic journey.
In addition to hundreds of photographs taken over the last several years, inside I share my personal recommendations for the best flower markets and floral boutiques, parks and gardens. Along with a guide to locating the prettiest spring blossoms in the city, I include a field guide for identifying the most common flowers and blooming trees. You’ll even find a step-by-step lesson to create your own Parisian-style floral arrangement for your home and much more!
Much thought and care was put into making Paris in Bloom a book for you, as a Paris and flower lover, to savor again and again, one to keep on your nightstand to inspire dreams of your first, or next, visit to this glorious city.
Since many of you have been with me from the early days of this blog, I feel that it is our special project together, one that your support has inspired and encouraged me to pursue and finish.
I’m so excited that book is already available for pre-order now right HERE. I’ll have final copies in my hands very soon and will share a sneak peek of the interior with you then!
And a few weeks ago, I edited together a video of clips that I’d been shooting over the last year and am happy to now share it with you here! Take a look and let me know what you think!
2016 has been a roller coaster ride, hasn’t it? But no matter what is happening in the world, with politicians or governments or the economy, the important thing is our personal connections. I’m proud and honored to have dear friends in Russia, Korea, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Dubai, South America, Europe, Canada, Asia, the US – really all around the globe. You make my days brighter and I love hearing what’s happening in your part of the world.
I’ll be back in a few days with a special giveaway for each of you. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
p. s. for those of you that asked, my book Vintage Roses will be available in the US in February! Details here.