18 October 2010

Cote de Texas: Antique Giveaway from Paris Hotel Boutique!!!

What’s in a name?   When people ask me about blogging – how to get their blog noticed, what it takes to attract readers - one of the things I stress is to think up a good name for your blog.  It needs to be catchy, memorable, and at the same time, it needs to explain something about yourself and describe your blog in some way.  I struggled for weeks for a name, finally settling on something that speaks to both my love of French design and my location:  Cote de Texas, meaning, in French,  I live on the Texas coast.   Also, it’s a play on words for the French magazine, Cote de Sud.   Hopefully, anyone interested in Texas and/or French design would be willing to give my blog a chance after they saw my name.  

 
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Lynn Goldfinger-Abram, owner of the Paris Hotel Boutique
 

When I first heard of the web store Paris Hotel Boutique, the name alone intrigued me:   French antiques with an emphasis on hotel silver.   The name of the web store and blog is catchy enough to attract readers and it gives a clue to what’s in store.   Plus, it’s easy to remember.   Who could resist taking a peek with a name like that?    Paris Hotel Boutique is owned by Lynn Goldfinger-Abram, and after visiting her website, I was hooked.  Lynn has a feminine flair – with an infectious interest in the glamour days of bygone.    She has a passion for antique hotel silver – those wonderful pieces that once graced the dining tables at the most elegant hotels.   The initial core of her business, started in 1995,  was this much sought out silver, but now, she sells a variety of antiques including hotel china, jewelry, lighting, accessories, furniture, and rare, first-edition design books.   Lynn’s discerning eye ties it all together.  The web store is charmingly arranged like an old hotel elevator – which only adds to the visual appeal.   One of my favorite emails is the New Items announcement from the Paris Hotel Boutique.  I always immediately click on the site to peruse the newest arrivals because the best tends to sell quickly.     Over the years, I’ve bought  from Lynn and have always been thrilled with the actual item.   Her pictures are accurate, there are no surprises.   One surprise though, was a personal connection between Lynn and myself.    Her husband’s name sounded awfully familiar to me – Leif Abrams – not exactly a John Doe kind of name.   But why?   They live in San Francisco, how would I know her husband?  As fate would have it,  years and years ago – when we were both single - Leif and I met when we both attended a “Singles Mission” to Israel - and he actually dated my roommate during that trip.

 

 

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I dug out this old, old photograph from the 80s – that’s moi on the bottom, with Leif, Lynn’s husband, and my roomie and bff Mindy on an Israeli Singles Mission.   We sure were “handsy” in those days.  And btw, the Singles Mission was a huge bust for me.   I remained single after going on TWO missions!!!!   But, we sure had fun. 

Do you notice something interesting in this picture?   Hanging on the hotel wall in Jerusalem is a huge suzani.   I wonder if it is old?  And no, I never noticed it at the time.

 



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Besides her web store, Lynn writes a charming blog HERE.  Over the years on the blog, she has shown pictures of her house – which has been publicized in several design magazines.   One of my favorite rooms in Lynn’s house is her breakfast room – here you can see a part of her hotel silver collection.  It’s amazing!!!

 

 


 

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Another picture of her breakfast room.  Lynn attends all the auctions of the old grand hotels when they close their doors.  Betty Lou Phillips has a similar food warmer in her own dining room.  



 
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My favorite at Lynn’s house is this antique map.  Wow.  Incredible!!!



 
 

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Besides hotel silver, Lynn collects hotel china.   It’s all so romantic!!



 
 

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What’s for sale at the Paris Hotel Boutique these days?  Here are some of my favorite items:   these vintage French chairs in white with blue fabric. Beautiful.



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I am loving this charming chandelier with the pink glass teardrops.

 




 

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This is an antique apothecary scale.  Really beautiful.



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Lynn has this large set of bound NY Times newspapers from the 1930’s.   I wish I could afford the entire set!

 
 
 

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And I can’t resist this hotel sugar bowl from 1900 Paris.  I love the pink and gold trim.




THE GIVEAWAY:

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I was thrilled beyond belief when Lynn offered to host a giveaway for Cote de Texas readers!   One reader will receive this beautiful antique convex Lyre-shaped mirror from the early 1900s.  It measures 26-1/2" tall, 15-1/4" wide and is approx. 2-1/4" thick. The convex mirror is 9-1/2" in diameter.   Lynn says the mirror was probably once mounted on top of a dresser.   The mirror’s value is $675.  

 

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How to enter the contest:   In order to win, you must first go to the Paris Hotel Boutique web site at http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/lobby.php

Once there, please look around at all the items offered for sale, and pick out your personal favorite.  Then, come back here and leave me comment telling me your favorite item from the Paris Hotel Boutique.  That’s all!   Remember – if you enter, you must leave your name and email address!!   The lucky winner will be chosen this Thursday at 12:00a.m.  So hurry!!!   One entry per person, please. 



And finally, I want to offer a huge thank you to Lynn for hosting this giveaway!!!    Thanks Lynn, you’re the best!!

357 comments:

  1. OMG! Don't tell me i am the first to comment on your blog!!!!!I love Lynn's blog and have been a reader for a long time.... So cool to know you two go back a ways... Joni kthat is a great picture of you like a Mata Hari! Because I have a shop I usually stay out of these things so other have a better chance but this was irresistable. I have always oved her Hotel Silver like the Teapot from the Hotel in Los Angeles and the French scallopped platter from the Hotel D'Iena!!!!! Thanks!Maryanne xo

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  2. I love, love, love the antique crystal sconce. So girly. But, I have no idea where I'd put it. Another favorite is the wrought iron Dining Room sign and I know exactly where it belongs.

    What a great picture of you. Shocking you came back single.

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  3. the antique mirror of course, i collect antique mirrors and love them all!

    thanks for the opportunity!

    c

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  4. I'm going for a few of Lynn's butch selections. I love the cast iron stand up shave stand and the 1930s leather suitcases. But I actually love the lyre-shaped mirror. It's perfect for in between my new living room floor-to-ceiling windows. She's got some very nice things and I'll be sure to go back and visit often.

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  5. I was so sad to see "SOLD" next to the Vintage Pink Glass Roman Soldier Cameo Ring! I love that ring, and the cuff links are beautiful too. What a wonderful store!

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  6. OHHhh my I love the Decorative 1920's French Menu!!
    Would love to have a collection of those to frame for my kitchen!!

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  7. I love this item - MONUMENTAL Vintage Glazed Ceramic Lamp w/ Flowers. Beautiful lamp!

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  8. This is my fave: Mid Century Marble Top Demilune Table ~ Greek Key Motif

    Beautiful items throughout the whole site!

    And great photo of you, Joni!

    Have a great fall day in Houston!

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  9. What an amazing giveaway! I love the mirrors best and fell in love with..
    Antique Art Nouveau Painted Mirror!
    It would be perfect in my Lady of Shallot inspired bedroom! Thanks...this post was really wonderful to read! ♥

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  10. Joni,

    I would love to have the pair of antique French opaline glass perfume bottles in a hearbeat. They would look perfect on my antique French vanity.

    Blessings,
    Janet Graham

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  11. j'adore the mirror, j'adore paris hotel boutique and especially the vintage hotel silver and the diamond stacking rings ... so romantic! your site is fabulous!!
    paris

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  12. Love, love this mirror. Put my name in the HAT!
    My favorite items on the site were the silver pieces, the pink and gold sugar and the furniture. Just gorgeous.
    Have a nice day.
    Teresa

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  13. first of all, i LOVE that map that is hanging in her house. wow!
    the furniture piece i adore from her website is this one!
    Vintage Marble Top Demilune Table & Mirror~ Greek Key Motif

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  14. OK Joni- before I can get to the giveaway specifics I have to jump in and say that you look abolutely stunning in that photo~ I love it!
    xoxo~
    T

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  15. Becky and I must both have great taste because my favorite is also the Vintage Marble Top Demilune Table & Mirror~ Greek Key Motif. Fortunately, there are two sets!

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  16. An overall inspirational post, but I love the tear drop chandelier and the apothecary scale. It's pieces like this that add so much character to a space. Thanks for sharing.

    Jamie Herzlinger

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  17. I love Lynn's site and I love the 14kt gold Cameo ring.

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  18. Ok you came back from your trip, TWICE, single why? Men must have been blind over there. Wonderful shop that Paris Hotel Boutique is, thank you for introducing me to it. That mirror that Lynn is offering is to die for and I love all her Demilune tables I just wish they went with my home. Thank you to you and Lynn for this fabulous giveaway!

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  19. This was sure hard to narrow down!! I guess since my husband is an engineer...I have to say the French carved engineering plaque. It is a beautiful piece and I would love to give it to him for his birthday..Fingers crossed.

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway!!

    Stacey

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  20. How incredibly generous and fantastic! WOW -Count me in. I love the site and really love the huge society of engineers cast metal award plaque! Fantastique!

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  21. I love Paris Hotel Boutique, and really wanted the fab pink hotel pay phone! I was crushed when it sold so quickly, but must say I'm always drawn to any of the Paris Hotel china or silver......can't begin to tell you how thrilled I would be with that mirror! farmgirlsisters@aol.com

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  22. I mean seriously how could I possibly choose a favorite! Love the pear salt cellars, the ram's head ring and lamp, the schoolhouse clock,the purple velvet stool, mardi gras mask and ALL of the gorgeous silver!!!! Love love the giveaway mirror. Just gorgeous! Ok... I"ll stop rambling... great post!

    Jennifer
    jennifer.john@jjohndesign.com

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  23. Well as a lover of Hotel Silver myself, anything in that department would suit my fancy but I do have to say I love the silver Plateau Mirror as I love those in my kitchen to hold vinegars, oils, salts and spices. Her's is especially well sized and gorgeous.

    I too love Lynn's blog and website. What a give away!!

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  24. Your picture is absolutely GORGEOUS ... and a few years have been good to you- you still are! I love this boutique ... especially the French porcelain ... the antique French crystal sconce ... the Fairmont Hotel barstools ... lots more, including some items that are sold. Would be thrilled to win that charming mirror ... what a lovely thing to do!

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  25. Wow, what a fantastic, adventurous and elegant store that is completely reasonably priced! So happy you shared this treasure! I have been wanting a vanity for my bedroom so I have to choose the beautiful Art Deco Mirrored Vanity. Tres elegante!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Bisous,
    Jennifer Brandon
    jennifer.brandon@me.com
    culturemusings.tv

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  26. It was so fun to browse the Paris Hotel Boutique site - I want everything! I loved the Fairmont Hotel Crown Room Barstool set.

    Thank you for the opportunity!!

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  27. Love the antique map! Wow, you are knock down gorgeous in that photo! So much fun to see all these treasures!

    Ruthie

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  28. Now you have gotten me in serious trouble! I had seen these pix before of the breakfast room/collection. Forgot where.

    Oh dear! Those Waldorf candlesticks fro 1950 are calling my name!

    Ellen
    scribbler.ets(at)mac.com

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  29. I absolutely love the lyre mirror- as an Alpha Chi, I feel like I HAVE to have it. But I loved the website- the decoupage trays are adorable, and I lve the lamps- especially the giant midcentury alabaster one.

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  30. I went and looked and fell in love with the
    Mid Century Tufted Stool in the pale blue. So beautiful.

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  31. Wow - what a fun "small world" story! There is nothing in her shop that is NOT delicious, but I really love the Early 1900's French Sign Maker Kit cause I'm all about letters & numbers.

    Jan

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  32. OOOH! It's a toss up for me between the italian gilt candlestick lamp and the italian pendant. Some great stuff! Rindy -lvchriesman@msn.com

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  33. Eeeeeeee! Shiny objects galore! Okay, call me the world's biggest hypocrite, but I didn't sign up for a drawing earlier because I won one recently (a few months ago). But Joni, this is too much for a magpie's resistance to bear. I must throw my hat into the ring for that FABULOUS mirror! And I have the perfect spot for it in my dining room. I would love to have it.

    I obeyed your orders and marched over to the website. I am now officially in love with the monogramed china... there's even a piece with an "S", but I love the last set the best. Mansard, I believe. THEN I also love the silver coffee pot from the Waldorf. So neat! And lastly, I am wild over those French bar stools. Joni, what have you done to me???

    Thanks for the shot at winning this. Oh, how I hope the random number thingy falls on my number!

    Oh, and I love the picture of you looking so sultry. LOL! You are so cute! Still are. No wonder Ben fell in love with you.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  34. OOOOHHHH I LOVE her blog. I would love any of the Hotel Silver. I would Sooo LOVE to win the mirror. Thanks, Stanna
    (shabbyloft@aol.com)

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  35. Wow! You always have a little surprise for all of us!. I checked Lynn's blog before going to her store and what a talented lady, her articles are very interesting and her pictures are very good, no wonder why you're friends. Her shop is very nice as well, the objects that caught my atention were the antiqued art deco mirror that she use to have in her house and the Vintage Eglomise Silver Leafed Lamp. I'll be visiting her blog and shop very often.
    analevy98@yahoo.com

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  36. What a pretty site....so much to love, especially the Waldorf handled coffee pot, which I would use as a chocolatiere.

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  37. http://www.marylogingdesigns.com/marylogingdesigns.htmlOctober 18, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Oh, what a nice giveaway. I am loving theHUGE Antique ~French~ Society of Engineers Cast Metal Award Plaque. I can think of all kinds of stories that could go with this lovely piece.

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  38. She has GORGEOUS things! I fell in love with the vintage bar stools!

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  39. I love the set of vintage leather suitcases - great for storage!

    Enjoying reading back through your recent posts, and now swooning over all those beautiful antiques at Lynn's site.

    This beautiful mirror is an amazing giveaway - and I always have a place for something this lovely and unusual! Hope some lucky person will give it a good home - I know I would!!

    Fondly, Mary

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  40. Lots of eye candy! If I can only have one, then I will chose the Antique French Crystal Sconce. I do, however, have the perfect table to put below the Lyre-shaped mirror. Glad to see how she displays her silver as we have just inherited a lot of beautiful silver pieces from my in-laws. Would love to see more ideas though. Elizabeth at bebettcruz(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. WOW! That mirror is amazing!!!! I would LOVE to have that in my craft/sewing room.
    I love all her furniture especially the mirrored demilune table.
    thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!

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  42. I have loved the paris hotel boutique website for years. The furniture makes me swoon! I would, however, love a diamond antique band. So full of character.
    Great giveaway.
    erinlacoste@gmail.com

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  43. The mirrow is sooo beautiful.
    I looked at the website and saw so much I love. I really liked the beautiful vintage beaded chandelier!
    Thanks
    nancy
    celstad@swbell.net

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  44. I adore Paris Hotel Boutques items and her blog. I'm SO excited that she's hosting a giveaway, thank you PHB!! My favorite item is the Vintage Mark Hopkins Hotel Gilded Wood Table, which is of course already sold. It's gorge!!

    sarahsfabday@gmail.com

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  45. Oh, how to decide. I think it would be the Oil Painting of 1941 lady. She looks like she knows me!

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  46. I love the tea pot with the pink and gold trim. Joni you bring the best information and people to our attention. I now have a new favorite blog to visit everyday.

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  47. I adore the London bus poster- may just have to buy that for my London-born husband for Christmas! What a fantastic site!

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  48. I adore the London bus poster- may just have to buy that for my London-born husband for Christmas! What a fantastic site!

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  49. Joni, Hard to pick from all of those treasures, but I like the Antique French Crystal Sconce. It has some lavendar prisms and it is just lovely! Loved your post as usual.

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  50. I love the Art Deco Mirrored Vanity. I just moved into a house from a 1-br apartment and am pining for a chic little vanity to for makeup and jewelry. I'm also pregnant, so priorities right now are for the little girl's new room. I love your blog! Jennifer Moore, tioquena@gmail.com

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  51. Viewing this site summoned so many memories of my grandmother, who had lived in Paris in the twenties as an ex-pat. She returned to the U.S. and lived in Beverly Hills where she raised my father, who had been born in Paris. We spent many a happy hour lunching at the Beverly Hills Hotel, with her regaling me with stories of her years in Paris. So I would have to choose the glass tray with the BH Hotel Reservation card. Just seeing it took me right back!

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  52. Such a treat to look at those pages! Much of what I wanted was already sold (the luck!). I do love the Antique European Atlantic Hotel Silver Leaf Mirror. Lovely!

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  53. Hello Joni,
    Lynn's site is a favourite of mine and if the truth be told I could buy everything on it! For now I would choose the, I Married Adventure book...because I must be the only person who hasn't read it. xv

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  54. I still love the vintage bus signs - so cool! Thanks for the opportunity, what a unique and gorgeous mirror!

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  55. Vintage Italian Mirrored Eglomise Cocktail Table would be lovely in my home! Lovely contest and site - thanks for all the yummy pictures and ideas you provide -

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  56. Hi Joni,
    What a cool story about your shared past history. I just adore Lynn and her website and she certainly has one of the best blogs (so visual and always entertaining) so I am just here to say I am so glad you are doing a Paris Hotel giveaway so even more will know about Lynn. If I actually won, I think the Plaza Hotel cookbook but I could change my mind. Am I allowed to change my mind Lynn? A great giveaway Joni.

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  57. OMG, Joni- you look so sexy in that pic!!!! AND....you still look great!

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  58. Love the site and the fabu picture of you in your glamour pose in Israel. Lifetime Francophile here and long-time French teacher--we're all about France and enjoy your updates. Love the Vintage Marble Top Demilune Table & Mirror~ Greek Key Motif on the Paris Hotel Boutique site--marble top really makes it perfect to add as a server when needed in dining room--gorgeous addition to room for rest of time. Thanks for all your upbeat info.

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  59. Love love love PHB. Lynn has AMAZING taste. I am particularly fond of the Mid Century Studded Leather Trunk, but seriously... the mirrored Demilune table. Fantastic!
    Tamarann(at)ix(dot)netcom(dot)com

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  60. Love the Paris Hotel Boutique. Thanks for putting me on to another great place to shop French.

    I love the small circa 1900 French Oil on Wood Panel. So very pretty!

    Arla

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  61. Thanks for showcasing a lovely treasure shop. What a fun story. I love the Paris Sugar Bowl, and the studded leather trunk is a definite conversation piece.

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  62. Pair of c. 1960's Stylish Orange Chairs.

    Jennifer O'Reilly

    jenniferleighoreilly@gmail.com

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  63. That circular map is my favorite, also...and the Champs-Elysées Menu Decoupage Trays. And Joni...what a doll! Mr. Slipper Socks was very lucky you came back single!XO Trish

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  64. Just my luck. The antique convex mirror is sold. However, I'm sure I won't have TOO hard of a time finding something else to fall in love with!
    colleendrohan@hotmail.com

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  65. Love the picture! My favorite piece is probably the Monumental Mid Century Alabaster Lamp - but all of it is fabulous!

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  66. I so enjoyed looking through the many floors of the boutique. So many beautiful things, I will be making a return trip for sure! My favorite item was the Vintage Italian Art Glass Pendant Lamp. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

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  67. I love the white leather studded trunk. What a wonderful shop! And I love your blog . . . I've been reading it faithfully for months.

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  68. Thanks for the great site suggestion. I know where to start my holiday shopping now!

    It is so hard to narrow down to one item, but I LOVE the "Banquet Photo" from the Palace Hotel. Every time I visit San Francisco, it is a must to go inside the Palace, such an evocative place, with serious history!

    I absolutely love the mirror. Thank you for the opportunity.

    David - canyonculture@gmail.com

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  69. I would have to go with a mirror or a gorgeous piece of china. Lovely!

    Amy R.

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  70. Love Love Love the Syrian Ram’s Head Ring, Solid Silver.

    I love huge rings! PLEASE!

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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  71. I love the antique convex mirror and the rams head lamp- both sold. Boo-hoo :(
    marymc50(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  72. Though not for sale on the website, I have lusted fater the chafing dish on wheels ever since seeing it in a magazine some while back. My favorite on the website is the pair of Fairmont Hotel Crown Room Barstools. They are to die for. Thanks so much for a chnace on the mirror!

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  73. Completely impossible to select 1 favorite from the PHB. However, I'm flipping out over the jeweled crown. Of course someone else flipped out too because it is sold. Please count me in for a chance in the totally gorgeous mirror giveaway! hou07grl at hotmail dot com Thank you!! Diane

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  74. Completely impossible to select 1 favorite from the PHB. However, I'm flipping out over the jeweled crown. Of course someone else flipped out too because it is sold. Please count me in for a chance in the totally gorgeous mirror giveaway! hou07grl at hotmail dot com Thank you!! Diane

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  75. So many things are love-able! But I'm smitten by the enamelled brass in/out sign.

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  76. I am always attracted to her antique hotel silver. Tempted to by something! Especially the silver from the Fairmont in San Francisco!

    Jamilyn
    livingitathome@gmail.com

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  77. I love the Vintage Neoclassical Style Settee. It would fit beautifully in my living room.

    By the way, I love her menu "hotel elevator menu buttons."

    I enjoy reading your blog, too.

    Kim

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  78. I really like the Victorian Lace-Up Boots and the Early 1900's English Bobby Hat. They evoke an interesting era.

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  79. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. Here are my faves...plural, it was hard to choose, though I am a big fan of the books: 'I Married Adventure', 'Four Years in Paradise' and David Hicks 'Living With Design' - all first editions; The French Chef Cookbook - Julia Child, the blue vintage side chairs and the oil on board painting "Missionary Recruits" - all fabulous - I would love to own each one!! Thanks Joni!! x (monacointeriors76@yahoo.com)

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  80. I love the footed compote in the hotel china category. What a find -- so many lovely things.

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  81. How could I choose...but I was attracted to the vintage Murano glass table lamp. Great items! I would love to have that mirror too!
    Many thanks Joni.

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  82. Count me in Joni and thanks to Lynn!

    I have been on her site before and LOVE all the hotel china and silver - any and all of them.

    If she is concerned about shipping to Canada when I win, please tell Lynn that I can pay, or go halfsies with her..

    Great giveaway. Love the old photo of you three. Hope Lynn doesn't mind that picture of her hubby swarmed by you dramatic vixens. :)

    I hope I win. This mirror is stunning and so unusual and I know just where I'd put it.
    xo Terri

    pricet@telus.net

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  83. I've been a fan of Paris Hotel Boutique for a long time. Lynn's finds are always fabulous. Her lighting selection is always the best. I'm hoping she comes across an original Willy Daro piece. They are being remade to perfection by Matthew Studios NY matthewstudiosny.com but an original Daro would be sweet.

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  84. What great items!! I love the mirror!!

    I went to the site(sooo much great stuff!) and I loved:

    The French Chef Cookbook ~ Julia Child ~ 1968

    Early 1900's Dooner's Hotel, Philadephia Footed Compote

    among MANY other things lol

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    ajoebloe(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. I have always coveted everything Lynn sells, but right now my fave has to be the Vintage French Style Gilt Wood Bench/Stool- I love the color of the fabric- so pretty!!!

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  86. Absolutely beautiful mirror! I really like the white midcentury studded trunk on Lynn's website. I really like your blog as well! Thanks Joni

    Steve - swctgoodguy@aol.com

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  87. How could I possibly have just one favorite? Thanks for introducing me to a new site.
    The silver is so wonderful! It is my dream to have a full silver tea service!
    In the furniture category, I love the blue/white french chairs!
    The Pierced Brass Tall Lamp is also amazing with gorgeous details.

    I would love to win the mirror. There are several places in my new home that still need something, and it would be perfect!

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  88. The vintage mirrored demilune table. A beautiful piece that would fit into any decor!

    Nancy-ntzeng@yahoo.com

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  89. Wow Joni, where do I start...I loved Dutch Beekeepers Medal, that beautiful Antique French jeweled crown and so many other wonderful things but, my personal favorite would be the Domed taxidermy Birds. I noticed someone already snatched them up...lucky duck! LOL Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway. Patricia Mallory prdmal@aol.com

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  90. What a great post and a new blog tho follow each day. I have been collecting hotel silver for only a short time and have also be able to purchase silver once used on ocean liners as well. I think Lynn has a great selection. I also loved the old cookbook by Julia Childs. Would adore the mirror.

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  91. Ok between your blog, the skirted round table and now this site I will never be able to get off this computer! I loved her site and love that sugar bowl too, but have to say the Julia Child French cookbook has me drooling!

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  92. Oh FOR SURE I would buy the vintage orange very stylish pair of chairs! They are so perfect. Amy Grinstein amygrin@sbcglobal.net

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  93. Hi Joni, Like you I love the Vintage Beaded Chandelier with the peach/pink glass teardrop prisms.It reminds me of a beautiful set of pinkish candlestick holders that I thought too long over and when I went back they were gone. I also like the mirror on the wall on one photo, it looks like a starburst mirror. Nice one.

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  94. OMG I LOVE hotel silver!!! I'm going to go back and spend a lot of time perusing the whole website, but I was absolutely drooling over the Vintage North Plaza Hotel Sauce Boat. I collect vintage silverplated sauce boats, and that one is a beauty!

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  95. This mirror is amazing! A piece I would love to have.
    I am a new follower of the Paris Hotel Boutique; what a great name and store. I would have to pick the vintage Roosevelt Hotel tea set since we stayed there when we visited New York at Christmas. Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!
    ~ Julie @ saltboxtreasures@gmail.com

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  96. ...oh my...too many wonderful things!...but if i had to choose...the bound new york times newspapers from 1936...

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  97. The Waldorf Astoria candlesticks are tugging at my heartstrings. What a great website. And a great giveaway - win, win, win!

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  98. I can't believe I have not seen the paris hotel boutique store/blog before! I loved all of the china, especially the monogram pieces, that have already sold of course! I also liked the breakfast at tiffany's decoupage plate. It would make a great jewelry catch-all and I am a sucker for anyting in tiffany blue! Thanks Joni!
    Amanda McNeill
    aemcneill@hotmail.com

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  99. Hi Joni! thanks so much for bringing this blog to my attention! I love all Lynn has to offer, I am a huge fan of all things French (why I follow you too!) and my favorite thing it to scour the French fleas ... just wish I could do it more often. This is a nice substitute! I particularly love all the French hotel china Lynn has ... and LOVE the lyre mirror ... I was an Alpha Chi at Auburn many years ago and the lyre is our sign!

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  100. It truly is a small world...I absolutely LOVE the pink teardrop chandelier - just can't quit thinking about it...

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  101. Oooh! I can't choose just one! I love the French arm chairs with the pink stripes, the taxidermy birds under the dome, the compotes... what a wonderful site! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  102. I'm signing up for her emails...what a wonderful site. I'm in L-O-V-E with that pink/gold trimmed sugar bowl. And if those monogrammed plates had the right initials, I would have snapped them up.

    Loved seeing your tip in the Nov issue of House Beautiful! I'm going to put lanterns in my outside urns until the holidays..when I'll put lit trees. Great tip regarding the black hole!!!

    xo Elizabeth

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  103. Ahhhh! The pair of vintage French style arm chairs! ♥

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  104. Rare pair of candlesticks from the legendary Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Rim and base have the fancy Art Deco motif, famous for the Waldorf. One of the candlesticks has the Waldorf logo in the center. The mate has a bit more wear, but still matches the other. There are small scratches/dings throughout commensurate with use. Bright, shiny patina. Bottom markings read, "The Waldorf-Astoria 1950 International Silver Soldered." Wonderful pair of candlesticks from one of the finest hotels!


    WANT THEM!!!

    LIZ AT lizh5700@verizon.net

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  105. Rare Vintage Fairmont Hotel Crown Room Barstool is mt favorite item

    drea8685 at yahoo dot com

    andrea d

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  106. I love her site and blog. My favourite is the '1930s Waldorf Astoria, NYC Wine/Champagne Bowl'.

    Jane jane1970@live.com.au

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  107. I think my favorite is the "Huge 1910 Antique Waldorf Astoria Handled Coffee Pot." Love it, but the "Victorian Fairmont Hotel, S.F. Open Tureen" is great, too!
    Suzy
    snaumann@hiwaay.net

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  108. I think my favorite is the "Huge 1910 Antique Waldorf Astoria Handled Coffee Pot." Love it, but the "Victorian Fairmont Hotel, S.F. Open Tureen" is great, too!
    Suzy
    snaumann@hiwaay.net

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  109. Hi Joni! What a fun giveaway with two of my favorite gals!! I love the history you have and that you go so far back. That picture is priceless!
    I think my favorite item(s) are the oil painting of the ladies, every single one of them, they are incredible. Lynn had some antique silver dog collars that I swooned over but missed the chance to buy, I stil haven't gotten over that.
    I'll keep my fingers X'ed for the mirror...I'll start wishing on every star tonight!
    Have a great week!
    xoxo
    Judith~
    Atelierparis@gmail.com

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  110. Oh, I love the Vintage French Style Gilt Wood Bench/Stool - it's purple, what's not to love! :)

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  111. So happy I found your blog! We are moving to a new house this month and it has provided me with tons of fantastic ideas--I always look forward to what's coming next!!

    I love the vintage French style gilt wood bench. Simply gorgeous!

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  112. O my, that mirror is simply exquisite. I would be in 7th heaven to win that. i love her blue side chairs like you do but also with the tufted stool that looks like they match. Her site is really amazing and I love everything she has. Thanks so much for sharing.Fiona

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  113. Love the alabaster lamp!
    Looking at that picture of you back in the day there's no good reason why you didn't snag a live one on that mission.

    Karen Richardson
    karenandski@gmail.com

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  114. My absolute favorite is the giveaway mirror, but after that i love the Vintage Italian Art Glass Pendant Light. Thanks for the intro to this beautiful store.Diane
    dkshofner@shofco.com

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  115. Thanks for the opportunity to win this gorgeous mirror. I've checked out everything in the Paris Hotel Boutique and of all the marvelous stuff the little swallow brooch in gold with turquoise stays with me just because it is so sweet but the thing I love the most is the fifties orange hat and the priceless hat box from I.Magnin. Having been born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, I love anything from the old days of San Francisco. Before Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales or any of those "foreign" stores took over, I.Magnin was the ultimate shopping destination. I just remember going there when everyone dressed up to go to "The City." I bought my wedding dress there. Brings back lots of memories.

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  116. What an amazing giveaway! And what an incredible business paris hotel boutique is! I would love almost anything from there, but I really liked the mod pendant light. That would be lovely in my home right now.

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  117. So many beautiful things, but I am partial to the silver candlesticks from the Waldorf. I love that old hotel! email is kayroney@gmail.com

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  118. Joni...
    What a great photo of you...it's serendipity that you would become part of Lynn's wide circle of friends.
    I love her blog and store; followed her for two years.
    I would love the Fairmont Hotel bar stool...but have the perfect spot for that beautiful mirror!

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  119. Love the antique plateau mirror!

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  120. Lynns's home is a dream! That map on the wall is enough to make me cry. I went on over and looked at all her beautiful items. My very favorite is the marble top demi lune table with Greek motif. It's a dream of mine to own something like that someday.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway.

    Nancy

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  121. Her collection of hotel silver is amazing. Wish I could buy myself one of each. Please and thank you! :)

    BTW, that picture of you is wonderful! Your hair is so shiny and your eyes just pop.....WOW!

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  122. Wow !! I just want to win a tour of Lynn's home !! Great taste!!
    I have been shopping my house( many chairs) for a chair for my new desk and nothing I have tried works!! I then saw the Vintage Desk Chair ~ Faux Ostrich Fabric in Pink no less. Perfection !
    Thanks to you both for the chance to win the mirror !
    Melinda Haverland
    fourms@mchsi.com

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  123. I guess my favorite would be the 40's nude painting. Thanks for sharing her store and blog. I will continue to check it out often. vickydar@charter.net

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  124. Joni, What a small world and I love the picture of you...so sassy! Everything in the shop is wonderful but my choice would be the antique French figural hat stand. Of course I would be estatic to have this beautiful mirror in your giveaway.
    xo, Sherry

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  125. As a Central Texan who loves French decor, I so much enjoy your site. Thank you!

    My favorite item is the Vintage Neoclassical Style Settee. It would be perfect in my living room, as would the mirror.



    Best,
    Pam

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  126. I would love to have The Plaza Cookbook. I collect cookbooks. I don't cook, just love to look at recipes!

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  127. Oh my gosh Joni and Lynn...this is a fabulous give away. I remember seeing Lynn on HGTV years ago. Her store is so full of treasures. My favorites were the portraits, of course...but...I also fell in love with the glass lamps with lyre. As luck woud have it they are sold. Perhaps I will win this mirror. I could use some good luck. We've experienced a year of sickness here. Thank you for the chance.

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  128. I love so much of this beautiful stuff, but my favorite is the 1906 Hotel Savoy Seattle covered creamer as I live in the area. And it's so fancy!

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  129. What an awesome giveaway! WOW.
    Oh, I could browse...and dream...on her site for days!
    My favourite thing is the Vintage Pink Glass Roman Soldier Cameo Ring. Gorgeous!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  130. I love the "enormous antique French jeweled crown". Unfortunately, it is marked "sold"...thank you for the lovely giveaway. Lynn is very talented (as are you, Joni!).

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  131. So many graceful, exquisite items she has! However, my favorite item is the set of 3 faux alligator antique French drawers/boxes. They are so touching, with their aged, dignified usefulness. I feel they still want to be of service.

    Carol in Denver
    Loracstada@Q.com

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  132. I LOVE lynn's shop, and am quite envious of her fabulous hotel silver collection!! If I wasn't so hesitant to anchor things to my crumbling old plaster walls, this piece (which is my favorite on her site right now) would have to be mine...
    http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/product2310.html

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  133. I'm drooling over the 50s faux ostrich leather desk chair...but those Thai princess rings are also calling my name. Thank you for teaming up on this giveaway!
    Shannon

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  134. hmmm, my first attempt at commenting on a blog has clumsily *poof* vanished, but the Lure-of-the-Lyre has me firmly determined to overcome my newbieness. In addition to luring me from my obscure 'lurkerdom', your blog continues to enrich my visual education, and as often is the case, provide me with serendipitous ideahatching...those neo-classically inspired barstools from the Fairmont Hotel are the bomb. Oh my, but they Would be smashing in the vicinity of my windsory dining room chairs (they have similar lines & I now think I'll paint them white & gold in homage - and cause they'll look Crisp! Elegant! Modern! Classical! all in one yummy visual feast). But still, that Lyre mirror Would have been my 1st choice had it been in the listings - oh Flutterofmyheart, its, oooAHHH, lyrically lovely, so I am putting My hat in the ring (which brings to mind that milliners hat/form/head thingy-so Many Treats!). thnx for the inspiration you daily provide. Jo, jampab@live.ca

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  135. Your photo is really kewl! I think you would like the book DESERT QUEEN about the geographer Gertrude Bell adventurer, adviser to kings, and ally of Lawrence of Arabia. I like the desk chair because it has ostrich, and I could not stand trying to put new leather on the desk chairs, which looked just like these, from Dad's office in Houston. Regards,
    Bettyt

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  136. let's see if this works now...

    the Paris Hotel Boutique is wonderful...the little Dutch metal for Beekeeping really caught my eye. Quirky and a great story, I'm sure!

    thanks for this amazing offer!

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  137. Love any of the hotel silver and the 1900's clock,too! Everything is beautiful, that's for sure.

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  138. Thank goodness you didn't meet Mr. Right on one of those singles missions. We wouldn't have Mr. Slipper Socks to love if you had.

    Two of my favorite PHB items are the oil portraits of the ballerina and the nude. I'm tempted to start a collection similar to Sally Wheat's.

    Thanks again to you and Lynn for a great giveaway. The mirror is lovely.

    Anne at meadzmail@aol.com

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  139. I love . . .love. . . love . . the vintage stack rings especially the one in platinum.

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  140. I LOVE THE SILVER - ALL OF IT AND WOULD LOVE TO OWN ANY OF IT!!!

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  141. I love the Pair of Vintage French Style Side Chairs. Those would go great in our music room!

    beajoy123@yahoo.com

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  142. I love Pavillon Ledoyen, Champs-Elysées Menu Decoupage Tray


    Preetham at portiaally@yahoo.ca

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  143. I love the opera glasses. So chic!

    mdaniel@consolidated.net

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  144. My favorite treasure from the Paris Hotel Boutique is the Antique French Crystal Sconce! I love all the unique, old prisms and crystals against the aged bronze patina of the frame. It is perfection to me!

    amandapierre@yahoo.com

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  145. I must have the Vintage 14 Carat Gold Coral Cameo Ring, seriously I must have it!

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  146. Art Deco 18 K White Gold Garnet Filigree Ring. So very lovely!!

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  147. Joni I adore Lynn's site and all of the hotel collectibles. I really adore the portraits, especially the lady w the hair and yellow dress.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  148. This is gorgeous! My favorite is the antique french trinket box!
    -SF
    http://sfair.blogspot.com/2010/10/marc-jacobs-give-away.html

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  149. This is gorgeous! My favorite is the antique french trinket box!
    -SF
    http://sfair.blogspot.com/2010/10/marc-jacobs-give-away.html

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  150. Love your blog and the Paris Hotel Boutique!! I am so happy to
    have found all these goodies in one place! My favorite is the Mid Century Studded Leather Trunk. OMG I love it...followed by the French chairs in white with blue fabric.

    Thanks!

    Colleen
    Gussied Up Furnishings
    colleen@gussiedupfurnishings.com
    Austin,Tx

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  151. loved everything!!!!!!!! 1906 hotel savoy covered creamer! LOVE all the hotel silver!!!!!!
    MOLLY
    sheamk4@cox.net

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  152. ok Everything is stunning. The chairs I love and the silver. On the shelves. Now you must jump over to my blog and see the place where I attended a birthday party for a friend of mine. It is truly amazing. I wanted to take tons of pictures of the inside of all the cottages but there just wasn't time. His home is totally fenced in the champions area and he continues adding on to thei place. It is home to his family. There home is located behind the library. It is in a very assuming neighborhood and the fence around the place does not raise suspicion the place is there.

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  153. Though it is unfortunately sold I am most enamored with the Hopkins table.What a great classic look!

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  154. ok now that I have had time to shop around the silver was difinitely catching. but the mirror was to die for. I love mirrors. Especially the ones that have the golden look with the dome shape. Also the blue chairs would go in my bedroom. And the precious mirrored dressing table was precious. I had the perfect place for that...but looks like someone beat me to it. What fun. Everything is to die for ! what a wonderful thing to do.

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  155. Love, love, love the settee! Great piece. And of course, the best part is Joni's letting us know about all these other great sites too. Of course, checking her blog is my special weekend treat - it makes me smile and learn. Thanks, Joni!

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  156. OH,OH,OH!!
    the most wonderful shop ever!
    I cannot understand why I am not rich,dangit! I would get everything!
    I love this:http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/product453.html
    I thought it was just beautiful!
    If I won I would have to give the mirror to my momma, b/c O accidently broke her sallon mirror thre years ago and she cried but tries to make like it isn't a big deal so I don't feel bad.
    We were helping her move to be closer to her grankids (my kids) and I tripped on the last stair going down and it busted the mirror and the frame!
    This one is even more beautiful (IMO). Thank you for a great giveaway!
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  157. My favorite is the Pair of Rare Vintage Fairmont Hotel Crown Room Barstools. I have always felt, you can't have an appreciation for that which is new with proper respect for that which is antique. And this fits the bill 100%!

    richardmoralespr at yahoo dot com

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  158. My favorite is the jeweled crown (already sold)! Many wonderful things for sale, however! I will be checking this site often!

    Karen
    jkg4121@att.net

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  159. I really like the pair of 1960's orange chairs! They are fab.

    gitte_girl at hotmail dot com

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  160. ...love the "Huge antique French Society of Engineers cast metal award plaque" under accessories...have followed Paris Hotel Boutique for several years...

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  161. Joni was waiting for Mr. Slipper socks man. Love the french crystal sconce. Thanks for another great give-away!!!!!

    Karen
    Karlight52@yahoo.com

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  162. Loved the boutique. I purchased some labels and especially liked the apothecary scales and the queen brooch. Thank you for the giveaway.
    Chris Gerke

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  163. Joni,
    Thanks for sharing Lynn with us. I think her and Brooke (velvet&Linen)
    have the same taste! I love the Ritz Carlton Chafing dish, but more than that I Love, love , love the warming dish she and Betty Lou have in common.
    I can't believe how much Elizabeth looks like you in that picture!! What fun, it is a small world!
    Tina Ramer Tramer6@hotmail.com

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  164. Love the HUGE Society of Engineers Award Plaque. I'm always looking for 'amorphic' items to hand on the wall. It's perfect.

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  165. I collect shaving mirrors and the "Antique Cast Iron Shaving Stand-Up Mirror" would be wonderful, as she says on her site, in a bathroom. Sadly, at this point, we only have the (very small) one and two little kids, so it wouldn't last long at our house.

    However, the lovely lyre mirror could be safely attached to the wall. I would love it! But then, I've been a Paris Hotel fan for a while now.

    Thank you for sharing, Joni! Love the picture from Israel.

    Cris

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  166. I loved the Waldorf Astoria candlesticks, I've been wanting silver candlesticks for awhile, and the china , I wanted it all, I do love china. The menu's were fabulous, so unique, and okay, I loved it all.

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  167. I can only conclude the men on your Israel Singles Mission must have been intimidated by your beauty. You are smokin' in that photo.

    Often visit the Paris Hotel Boutique and find my faves are sold already! Today I am loving the alabaster lamp
    http://www.parishotelboutique.com/store/product1107.html.
    Such a classic.

    The lyre mirror would be fab over our piano.

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  168. Well, you two were cut from the same cloth!

    Joni, you have that wonderful lilt to your head when your photo is taken...even today. Very Princess of Wales.

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  169. I know it's already sold, but I really like the 19th Century French Cast Iron Double-Sided Shop Sign.
    Thanks to you both for this give away!
    mjacksondusz@comcast.net

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  170. Thank you so much for introducing me to this great site. I love the Engineer's Society plaque. How clever she is to have the elevator button icon to move around her site! Love it!

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  171. The Mid Century Tufted Stool is sitting in its photo as sweet and as charming as can be. It is simple and elegant rolled into one. That is my favorite

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  172. I absolutely love the pair of antique opaline perfume bottles! We just remodeled our guest bath and repurposed an old French desk to be the sink vanity. These perfume bottles would be the perfect addition!

    Leslie Pratt
    leslie.rossi@gmail.com

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  173. I love silver serving pieces and found so many wonderful items in her shop--the lyre mirror is spectacular! I will definitely bookmark her shop. Also, there was one item that tugged on my heartstrings: the Victorian Silver Pill Box Pendant. Definitely an item that I would make a staple jewelry item :)

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  174. I love everything on this site but I would pick the Plaza Cookbook 1st Edition as a favorite.

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  175. Soooo hard to chose just one item from her lovely shop.
    We recently received my husband's grandmothers china and now I plan to repaint our dining room grey and hang some of it on walls. I think the Vintage Neoclassical Style Settee would be wonderful with our dining table, especially after the room is re-done. I've been looking for a piece like this for awhile now.

    Thank you for a great giveaway!

    Amy
    ramntm2005(at)gmail(dot)com

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  176. What a beautiful site... I want everything right now!

    My favorite item is the Antique French Menu Decoupage Tray!

    As an artist my medium is decoupage...and I feel in love with this tray!

    Hope I win...and by the way...the picture of you is beautiful!

    Victoria
    www.feminineliving.com

    victoria@feminineliving.com

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  177. Oh my- Lynn's site has oodles of goodies! I love mirrors, so I'd love to have the cast iron shaving stand. Such a conversation piece. Great give-away offer, Joni. Thanks for the opportunity! :-)
    ~ Sue

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  178. Such a delight to peruse her site and see so many items I love. I too collect vintage portraits of women (have a wall full of them in our music room) and especially love the 1940's nude.
    Very hard to narrow down to one thing!!
    Allyson

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  179. Joni,
    Love the Ram's Head Ring. She has a great eye - I would love anything from her shop.
    Kristen
    camplkidz@aol.com

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  180. I really love the antique cast iron shaving stand-up mirror.
    Thanks!

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  181. Wow, what a great site. There were a number of items that I'd love to have, but I especially liked the "Vintage Marble Top Demilune Table & Mirror~ Greek Key Motif". Have to bookmark this one!

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  182. Oh, I was immediately drawn to the small stool with purple upholstery, but thought many others would be too, so instead I will say my favorite is the Victorian Brass "In and Out" Desk/Counter Sign.

    What a wonderful conversation piece! Of course Project Runway addicts will love the many modern meanings of the little door showing "IN" or "OUT." Such a perfect piece of history for a family treasure. Would love to treat myself to this, but would love the mirror even more! Pick moi!

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  183. The mirror is stunning...I keep going back to the Vintage Neoclassical Style Settee!! Gorgeous! Thank you for the introduction to PHB...
    Laura Jenkins
    sjenk25847@aol.com

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  184. Love, love, love the vintage beaded chandelier with the turquoise tear drops. Someone loved it just as much because it's sold ... but a girl can wish. Thanks for the opportunity!!
    kathiecorner@hotmail.com

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  185. Oh my! To make a CHOICE! I love that pair of opaline glass perfume bottles! What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for counting me IN!

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  186. Gosh what a beautiful shop... thanks for the link... definitely marked as a favorite shop!
    So hard to choose just one favorite but I absolutely loved the Antique Art Nouveau Painted Mirror and the Vintage French Chairs with the pinkish / watermelon stripe.. and think they would go perfectly together..:)
    The giveaway is simply gorgeous and so generous... Thanks for the chance.. fingers and toes crossed..
    Lou xx (louise.dahlstrom@bigpond.com)

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  187. I love this site! Thanks for sharing this great find, Joni. There are so many beautiful items to choose from, but my pick would have be the 1940's Nude Oil on Board. I love the colors and the sensuous nature of the portrait. This would be beautiful in my "boudoir" but as a mother of a young son, I can already hear the future comments...my mom has a painting of a naked lady in her bedroom - ha!

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  188. Beautiful collection of hotel silver! I love the Victorian Brass "In and Out" Desk/Counter Sign!

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  189. Love the "London Bridge" sign b/c of my husband's English side.
    (see recent blogpost of British Love: http://jvwhome.blogspot.com)

    What a sweet and very generous giveaway!!!
    xoxo

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  190. I love the 19th century book prints of French cuisine!! I have a french styled kitchen and they would look Tre Chic!! J Peak jkp80@aol.com

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  191. I LOVE the Vintage French Style Gilt Wood Bench/Stool - delicious lavender color! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  192. Joni, What a wonderful give away. Love, love love the mirror. The picture of you and your friends is priceless - too cute. Everything at Parishotelboutique is so lovely it is hard to choose just a few, but some of my favorite things are the Painted Antique Art Nouveau and the Plateau Mirrors,and the Victorian Signet rings and Monogrammed Fob, also the William Penn Hotel handled Coffee Pot.

    Thank you for a special and unique give away!!!

    Janice
    Pemaquid
    jmcguire@midcoast.com

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  193. I'm LOVING the Studded Leather Trunk today! But, oh so many cool things to choose from!
    CindyM cindym0426@yahoo.com

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  194. Thanks for introducing the beautiful boutique! I love love the "Society of Engineers Cast Metal Award Plaque"...

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  195. Ooooh, thank you for sharing yet another great source!

    I am in love with the large 1950s oil portrait of the Miss California contestant in the red shawl; also the 1920s Munsingwear men's underwear signage is tempting me -- I would so love to hang that in the en suite bathroom of my husband's home office, without telling him, to get his reaction. :-) You know, a lot has changed in men's underwear ads since the 1920s. Personally, I prefer the Calvin Klein underwear models of today, but this is great fun...

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  196. I love the wrought iron Dining Room sign. Just beautiful like so many other items at Paris Hotel Boutique. Gwenbrion@gmail.com

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  197. There are many wonderful items on her site. My favorite was the
    20" Antique Plateau Mirror. This would look great in many different places. Thank you for another interesting post.

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  198. I love the Mid Century Marble Top Demilune Table ~ Greek Key Motif!! It's so pretty and would go in my home perfectly!
    Stephanie
    texskiss@aol.com

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  199. Oh my, so much to love...
    It's almost impossible to choose just one thing but since I have to I would pick the pair of large opaline french perfume bottles. They are just so amazing. She finds the most unbelievable treasures. There is no one like her.
    Thanks for joining forces and having this fabulous Giveaway!!!
    My fingers are tightly crossed!!

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