In 2005 the couple bought L’Hotel, an iconic Left Bank establishment that was Oscar Wilde’s last home, and where guests have included Salvador Dalí and Frank Sinatra. L’Hotel is a 20-room opulent beauty, a historic building filled with richly coloured velvet furnishings in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Shopping and staying
The Boulevard St Germain is our favourite for design shops — it’s perfect, with international brands including Roche Bobois, and chic department store Le Bon Marché nearby. The concept shops — Merci, L’Eclaireur and Colette — are fabulous. Along Rue de Seine, there are amazing 20th-century furniture galleries with museum-quality pieces.
If we ever buy our own apartment in Paris, these places are where we would like to shop.
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Les Puces, the flea market at Porte de Clignancourt, has small stalls that stock vintage items. Rik Gitlin, an American who has lived in Paris for 20 years, will be your guide for a day for £300. Rik knows the finest antique linen — and where to have lunch (Philippe Starck’s restaurant Ma Cocotte). Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
French design company Caravane offers patterned fabrics and chic furniture with influences from around the world. There are silk throws, Chinese découpage wallpapers and painted Indian wooden boxes, all loved by discreetly elegant Parisians.