Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Own House Hunters International

last week steve and i
(and griffin)
went and looked at 
paris apartments.
i really felt like i was on
house hunters international.

and i think i could do that 
every day.
maybe not 11 in one day.
but, wow.
how fun to be driven
around paris
to view 11 amazing

the last apartment
with the amazing view didn't work out.
so our transition company here
found these flats for us to view.
i took 300 pictures that day.
i promise not to share them all.

the one on top
with that awesome view..
crossing fingers.

we saw some furnished
and some unfurnished.
the difference here in france
is that unfurnished generally means
NO kitchen.
no stove,

a part of me would love
the idea of furnishing a kitchen.
this one had nothing.
not even counter tops.
i kept thinking of the 
amazing furniture i could buy!
 it was a great building..
great location and 
a view of the tower 
from some of the rooms.

this flat (#2)  was actually
in a private mansion
right on trocadero..
straight ahead in this photo
is the arc d'triomphe.

it was still being 
it was so charming!

oh i die over these french details!

this next flat
i just fell in love with.
the location.
the building
the details..
and from two of the rooms
there is a view of the tower.

i mean, hello?
stained glass windows..
trompe l'oiel ?
it was hard for me to leave.

and then we saw the 
dining room.
i just kept imagining 
the dinner parties.
i was honestly
ready to move in.
but again..
the kitchen needed
we kept coming back
to buying all of these 
appliances and then having 
to sell them in a few years.
furnishing the flat!
we have some things here...
a few beds..
a desk..chair..
but we'd have to furnish the 
entire flat.
(which between you and me..
i would not mind :)

totally switching gears here.
kind of cold
but kind of cool.
especially when we were 
brought upstairs
to the terrace!

this was a duplex flat.
the master bedroom
was upstairs and this
amazing terrace off of it.
and if you peered around 
the back of the terrace
there was a view of the tower.

just look at those paris rooftops.

the next few flats we saw
were furnished.
this one had great details..

and others had great views of paris.

loved this master bedroom

this flat was HUGE.
it was on the first floor
and had a bit of a view
of the seine.
i actually said that i 
thought it was too big.
can you imagine?

there was a fountain 
in the foyer.

in the end..
this is the one we've been
back to see 3 times.
steve will think i'm jinxing
it by talking about it..
but just look at that view!
this is the view from the living room.

looking out that same window towards
les invalides..
you can also see sacre coeur
but i didn't get it in this shot.
the view over the champs de mars
and the foliage was breathtaking.

this flat is completely furnished.
and when we walked through it
i kept thinking it would be like 
living in a hotel.
it's very different from 
the flat we live in now.
it certainly doesn't scream
like most of the others..
the view
and the location are 
what's going on here.

if we get this flat
we'll have to put 
most of the furnishings that we have 
here into storage.

hello sparkly eiffel tower.
please be my new view.
hoping to hear soon!!


  1. Wow that view would be amazing for sure! I just started following you and I can not wait to read more. Have a blessed day! :-)

  2. I did feel like I was watching House Hunters Int'l!!! Wow what fun. Or I know it seems fun, but overwhelming too. I hope it all works out Pam.

  3. Oh PAM!!! I hope you get that one also...but they are all so beautiful. The one with the trompe loeil (or however you spell it)-couldn't you just sleep on blankets and folding chairs? I'm kidding, but honestly, it's so beautiful I could just be comfortable looking at the walls sitting on the bare floor! :) Happy moving, and I hope you are doing well. It snowed today here!

  4. They are all amazing but ibhope you get the one that feels most right. I cannot even imagine getting to choose a Paris apt/flat for my home. Seems like a dream.

  5. You know you're living a dream of mine, right? House hunting in Paris??? Hello? Good luck!

  6. Wow all of the flats were just amazing!! And the views.....

  7. dang.
    and i mean DANG.

    p.s. pretty please show us the other 285 pictures.

  8. i'm with catie..i want to see the rest of the pics!!

  9. I am up for the other 285, too! This is really incredible. I hope you get the one you have your heart set on. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with any of these flats!!! Just amazing, but I am sure quite a difficult decision!! I am so glad to have a few minutes to check your blog. Also, I am happy that I finally found you on Instagram! I can get my daily dose of Paris via you while on the fly!!! You can find me at cathymskier Best of luck with the new flat and thank you thank you for sharing Paris with us!! hugs, cathy (would love to see a post on how the kids are handling Paris and being away from America).

  11. I'm anxious to know, did you get the apartment that you wanted? I can't believe that view of the tower outside the window, it's like right there. Amazing!
    Fingers crossed! xoxo, Jackie

  12. Visiting 11 apartments is very tiring, but is all worth it when you enjoyed it. As I drool at these photos, I have the urge to join you on your next search. Hehe! It's nice to see all those French details, and I love the fact that you're already thinking of possible ways to redecorate the place. Anyway, have you selected from any of these 11? If so, hope you can update me with your renovation plans. :)

  13. LOVE EVERY PICTURE!! I was a 'fille au pair' and a student in Paris, back in '83, '85 and '87. Paris is really special. So happy for your family and your experience and opportunity to be there. :)

  14. Thanks for sharing those finds, Pam! Each of them are really beautiful on their own right. Anyway, which among them did you end up choosing? The fourth one seem very appealing to me. It looks immaculately designed, plus the view outside is really spectacular.

    Devin Newton @ Indy Market Homes