Saturday, February 15, 2014

pied-à-terre

I first ran across this term in Madame Lautrec's French class my freshman year of high school. Translated, the term means 'foot on the ground'.


Pied-à-terre. It was (and is) a fun term to pronounce, but back then I didn't quite get it. Mme Lautrec explained that a pied-à-terre is a small, rather compact unit located in the heart of the city, ideally just steps to everything, and used quite often as a second home. I grew up in suburbia Portland in a small lake community. We had large homes on large lots. At 14 I couldn't figure out why anyone would need a second home in the city, especially when my city was only 20 minutes away.

Paris
After traveling the world on business, I understood the 'necessity' of having a small unit in the city. Due to my length of stay and/or lack of any hotel rooms, I stayed many times in charming pied-à-terre in Luxembourg, Paris and Manhattan.

Perhaps the sweetest part of a pied-à-terre is how beautifully appointed they tend to be. I am not sure if it has to do with the modest size of these units (less square footage to decorate well) or the fact that the owners tend to be in the social-economic stratosphere. Either way, they are jewel boxes of (first, second or third) homes.

Here are some of my favorites from around the globe. These wee homes pack a punch way above their weight in size.

DC
Philadelphia
Chicago
London
Paris
Paris Left Bank
Paris Right Bank

Monaco
NYC
Manhattan
Barcelona
Frankfurt
Sao Paulo

Pied-à-terre have many similar characteristics.
  • The city center is on its doorstep
  • Small in size but big on style
  • Lots of windows maintaining the illusion of lots of space
  • Lovely city or territorial views
  • Compact and well appointed
  • In a secure building
These characteristics combine to make for an ideal second home (simply lock-and-leave) or as a flip key (short term vacation/business rental). 

But let's not forget the beauty of living large in a small space. Less square footage to clean, decorate, heat and pay taxes, mais oui! Many books have been written on the health and benefits of living in smaller homes. 

If you are looking for a wonderful pied-à-terre here in Seattle, I have the ideal listing that boasts all the characteristics above. 
Now all that's left is to fill the fridge and clothe the wardrobe!

Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Interiors with a winning color palette - Go Hawks!




Driving through the neighborhoods, our pride is evident.


And, if you want to show off that pride, it couldn't be any easier. Seahawks franchised gear is everywhere (you want to be).  Ace and Home Depot have you covered for DIY projects:

NFL 120-B
NFL 120-D
You can shout your allegiance from the top of your roof with these ready-made signs that announce just about anything you want. Or, turn to Etsy to find custom items that allow for a little personalization. 




Of course, the NFL has their line of franchise items that you can buy to decorate your home.



While I love seeing all this pride, my preference for decorating is always more subtle. So I thought it might be nice to showcase some different interiors that gently say, "Go Hawks!".

Let's start with the color palette:
Then depending on your feel, build from there:

Traditional with an edge Seahawks!
Graphic Seahawks!
Bold Seahawks!
Classic Seahawks!
Coastal Seahawks
Nautical Seahawks!
Mod Seahawks!
Upper Crust Seahawks!
IKEA Seahawks!
13 Coins Seahawks!
Baby Seahawks!
Sleep tight Seahawks!

Here are just a few accessories I found online. Any of these would be a winner in your home!

No caption is really needed for this - gorgeous, and from IKEA!
Gorgeous statement pillows - these definitely say, "We won the Super Bowl" don't they?
Vintage Seahawks blue armchair - how perfect is this for your armchair coach?
Stunning Seahawks blue panels!
Nothing like starting them out young!

Well, I don't think there is anything else to say but,

GO HAWKS!


Until next time,

la chasse au bonheur