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The Judgement of Paris: A Must-Read Book About Impressionism

The Judgement of Paris: A Must-Read Book About Impressionism

If you’re coming to Paris, or visiting any of the American museums that offer a collection French Impressionist paintings, you must read The Judgement of Paris by Ross King. It’s as good as an excellent mystery, and you’ll be spellbound as the incredible story of the birth of Impressionism in Paris unfolds. ... Read More

French Family Update: Ninette Turns 102

French Family Update: Ninette Turns 102

Philippe’s mother, Ninette, turned 102 last week and we drove to Normandy to celebrate.  Until last year, Ninette lived unassisted in the family’s three-story home. A wonderful housekeeper came every day to prepare lunch and, as she reached 100, to help with bathing and morning toilet, but she slept alone in the big house. ... Read More

Buying the Paris Dream: An Interview with Fractional Owner Vickie Francone

Buying the Paris Dream: An Interview with Fractional Owner Vickie Francone

Since the start of Paris Perfect, many of our guests have told us how much they love the beautifully furnished and maintained vacation rental properties we manage – from our own luxury linens and amenities to helpful service in Paris. They told us of their dream of owning a second home in Paris without the large, upfront investment to find and remodel an apartment. We listened, and last year launched two fractional ownership opportunities. ... Read More

Small Apartment, Big Living: Tiny Paris Apartment Transformed!

Small Apartment, Big Living: Tiny Paris Apartment Transformed!

I love interior design and especially the challenges of remodeling a tiny apartment into something fabulous. Paris is one of the best places to transform small spaces – apartments are generally not as spacious as the USA.  Done well, even a petite apartment can seem grand with the right design. ... Read More

Who Is The Girl In The Paris Bathtub?

Who Is The Girl In The Paris Bathtub?

On a recent trip to Paris, @messnessychic was photographed in Paris Perfect’s Chambertin apartment. She was sipping a glass of wine and gazing at the Eiffel Tower – while relaxing in the beautiful antique bathtub. It was an inspiring scene and one that also featured on her popular blog.We were thrilled when it was featured on the Kardashians Instagram page! ... Read More

A Fabulous Pied À Terre Buying Opportunity in Paris!

A Fabulous Pied À Terre Buying Opportunity in Paris!

Paris Perfect Offers Their First Pied à Terre to Purchase Fractionally! We’ve finally done it! We’re offering the fabulous Cairanne apartment as a rare chance to own your very own apartment for a portion of the year. There are 13 shares of four weeks each; this is fully deeded ownership seen increasingly by other established companies in desirable locations. ... Read More

Before & After at the Fabulous New Cairanne Apartment

Before & After at the Fabulous New Cairanne Apartment

What’s not to love about a before-and-after makeover? Especially when it’s the transformation of an ugly duckling apartment into a beautiful swan. Introducing the Cairanne apartment! When it came time to remodel the Cairanne after its dramatic purchase (read more about there here), we engaged the dynamic duo of Ann Huff and Meg Harrington of Huff Harrington to oversee the redesign of the apartment. ... Read More

Love at First Sight at the Cairanne

Love at First Sight at the Cairanne

An inveterate Paris real estate shopper, my radar is always up when I scan the apartment for sale ads in Paris. I view hundreds every month, but rarely find something special. As we advise our clients interested in buying property in Paris, always hold out for the absolute best: light-filled, upper floors buildings with character and an elevator. If there is an Eiffel Tower view and a balcony, you’ve hit the jackpot. ... Read More

The Movie Dunkirk: Family History and Age-Old Father-Son Arguments

The Movie Dunkirk: Family History and Age-Old Father-Son Arguments

We watched the movie Dunkirk with our kids recently and the discussion afterward may be familiar to many of you moms. It definitely posed an unanswerable question for me: How to show a father and son that although they have 180 degree opposed views, they are alike when it comes to maintaining a completely immovable stance. The example was Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk. For those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s a look. ... Read More

Amazing Video of Paris’s River Seine Rising!

Amazing Video of Paris’s River Seine Rising!

Everyone’s talking about the river Seine in Paris and how it’s been rising over the past week.  In June 2016, we experienced a similar event when several weeks of rain caused the river to rise rapidly.  I was in Paris with our daughter Alexia and was amazed by how it looked!  Here’s the blog I wrote about it, including historic photos of the famous flood of 1910. ... Read More

New! Fully Escorted “Secrets of Paris” Tour: May 5-12, 2018

New! Fully Escorted “Secrets of Paris” Tour: May 5-12, 2018

Dreaming of Paris in Spring? We invite you to join us for the trip of a lifetime! Go beyond the beaten tourist path and enjoy exclusive private tours, behind-the-scenes VIP experiences, authentic French cafés and bistros, and remarkable museums you will not find on any other Paris tour.Don’t miss out on this fabulous experience when planning your next big French vacation. ... Read More

Best Wishes For a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Best Wishes For a Wonderful Holiday Season!

On a recent wintery Saturday, my sister Lisa and I enjoyed a brisk 4-mile walk from the Eiffel Tower, along the Seine, to our destination, 25 Place Dauphine to put up some Christmas decorations. It was one of the coldest days of this holiday season, but we took off some of the winter chill by stopping along the way at one of my favorite crepe stands, for a bite and some mulled wine. ... Read More

The Merlot Apartment: An Amazing Small Home Remodel in Paris

The Merlot Apartment: An Amazing Small Home Remodel in Paris

Fifteen years ago, owners and now good friends, purchased the Merlot apartment. Named after the wonderful red grape from Bordeaux, the stunning views merited the name of this rich red wine. Ten years ago, they were thrilled when the Fine Living Network called the Merlot apartment,“The most romantic apartment in Paris.”In June 2016, we helped the owners put the perfect finishing touches on it after a comprehensive renovation. ... Read More

My Delicious Fig And Apple Custard Clafoutis

My Delicious Fig And Apple Custard Clafoutis

Our good friends have recently purchased a country home in Normandy – not far from Paris. They had loads of beautiful homegrown figs and they gave us with a huge bag. The first thing I did was make this divine apple and fig clafoutis. It’s a fruity and delicious dessert originally made with morello cherries, but the apples and figs complement each other perfectly. ... Read More

Paris Real Estate: The 7-Year Itch

Paris Real Estate: The 7-Year Itch

Ever wondered about Paris real estate and the current climate? Is it smart to buy an apartment now, or would you be better to wait? Owners of apartments, and active participants in the Paris real estate market, give a detailed look at the current market in Paris and what we might expect in the coming years, with respect to currency, politics, and shifting economies. ... Read More

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