Glimpses of History

Hôtel De La Païva: The Intriguing Story Of The Woman Behind The Most Sumptuous “Hôtel Particulier” On The Champs-Elysées (Part 2)

While La Païva was often described as an overly ambitious upstart, excessive in her need for material goods and uncouth in her way of showing her fortune and possessions, I’d rather explore the reasons that might have led her to adopt certain behavior and what really fueled that determined ambition and drove her to build her extravagant Hôtel Particulier. She was, after all, a courtesan...

Personal Blabber · Styles & Trends

My Inspiration Is a Personal Affair

As an interior design enthusiast, I am always seeking sources of inspiration, fresh new ideas and examples of best practice. However, this blogpost is not about the usual avenues and arenas for inspiration like industry magazines, websites, events, social media, reference books, historic places and major landmarks. This is undeniably something that any aspiring interior designer (myself included) should consistently educate themselves about, so as to be up-to-speed with their knowledge of latest trends and styles...