An artist has no home except in Paris

I was so lucky to have been given the chance to visit this gorgeous apartment in Paris. It really feels like an apartment that is home to well-traveled people. There are objects and artifacts from all over the world, of all different religions which makes the overall style very eclectic.

This bookcase was custom made for the apartment.

Their balcony proves that you don’t need an actual garden to have a garden! This has given me lots of ideas for my mini balcony in Paris… I need flowers in my home to feel grounded. They even have an olive tree peering down on the Parisian streets.

Pansies and forget-me-nots.

This is such an original item to have in an apartment. The industrial look next to the orchids is perfect. The artwork is done by an artist called Noart, he uses old materials to make new pieces of art.

The fig tree adds a shady feel without blocking out the light

I love this picture of Marilyn Monroe by Peter Beard. What I would do for one of those!

More orchids. The delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl.

During the Victorian era, orchid symbolism shifted to luxury, and today this sense of magnificence and artful splendor continues, with orchids representing rare and delicate beauty. The 14th wedding anniversary flower, pink orchids convey pure affection, and the popular cattelya orchid represents mature charm.

J’s dad recently gave me two new orchids for our renovated apartment, one of them a rare minature variety. I will post photos of these soon.

I just love this Buddha. He is so peaceful.

For the chilly nights in winter, this fireplace would work wonders.

I think it’s great when there is lots of artwork in a small space because it gives it a more “homey” feel rather than a gallery vibe. Artwork by Druillet.

Mixes of modern and old.

Chinese vase, very pretty colours

I love that all these very different pieces of art are thrown in together. A beautiful disarray, what a home that is lived in should be.

Earrings from Kenya.

And, my favourite, good old Ganesha. Ganesha is the remover of obstacles. Ganesha is a highly symbolic deity for Hindus. The head of Ganesha represents the Atman (the soul or ultimate reality), while his body signifies the world and earthly realm of human beings. The elephant trunk had the symbol of OM on it, which is the primal sound and symbol of the Universal reality. In his upper right hand Ganesha holds a goad, which helps him propel mankind forward on the eternal path and remove obstacles from the way. The noose in Ganesha’s left hand is a gentle implement to capture all difficulties.

The broken tusk that Ganesha holds like a pen in his lower right hand is a symbol of sacrifice, which he broke for writing the Mahabharata. The rosary in his other hand suggests that the pursuit of knowledge should be continuous. The laddoo (sweet) he holds in his trunk indicates that one must discover the sweetness of the Atman. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition. The snake that runs round his waist represents energy in all forms. And he is humble enough to ride the lowest of creatures, a mouse. What a man!

Can you tell that I really like Ganesha? I have a huge Ganesha that J got for me in India that we hauled back to France and he’s got so much charm!

I am so glad to have been able to visit this lovely home. What inspiration. Thoughts on the deco?

xxx bon jeudi!!

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5 responses to “An artist has no home except in Paris

  1. Gorgeoussssss !! Merciiii Olii pour ce superbe article, “home sweet home” !! On attend la suite de tes articles avec impatience #Love

    Twitter : @anamorelle

  2. I love this Olivia, it makes me feel really happy……….love all those plants, but of course you knew I would…………………yes it is a great and inspirational home. xxLyn

  3. What I would do to have a bookshelf like that!!

  4. Pingback: The power of Ganesha | ohlalalivia

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