I like to name all of my rooms at the château, because naming things give them personality, and I like personality. Sometimes I get creative. Through this doorway is the Greek Compass, a lovely circular room where I smoke Gitanes and think about ionic columns. Sometimes I ponder the fact that America has completely blasphemed an ancient culture and that those classy ghosts are all spinning in their graves. Such a tragedy.
From the Greek Compass, you step up into the Blue Room, which is a totally unoriginal and boring name. When you have forty-five rooms to christen you can’t always be clever. And there’s nothing wrong with being literal. I should have named it “The Room Where I Let My Husband Showcase His Fucking AWFUL Stalagmite,” because that thing looks like two tons of Wrigley’s Spearmint, and how do I integrate that, my Torero?
Actually, because he’s a crazy bull fighter and I’m a French goddess that can out-negotiate anyone, Pepito and I are an antiquing dream team. I haggled for that 1870s map of Paris at Librairie Loeb-Larocque for almost nothing. The Dutch pastoral engraving came from a pile of knock-offs at Saint-Ouen. And because he’s still obsessed with his menagerie, Pepito dragged home that gorilla head and vintage bird print from Village St-Paul. Et voila. The perfect ensemble to tone down the chewing gum monstrosity.
Welcome to the Blue Room.
C’est jolie. Même le gorille.June 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm
And where, pray tell, did you steal that amazing lamp?June 18, 2014 at 8:15 pm
Lou, a girl cannot divulge ALL of her secrets. Soon…June 18, 2014 at 8:47 pm
Librairie Loeb-Larocque est exquis. Je peux passer des années là-bas.June 18, 2014 at 9:31 pm
Odette, j’adhère totalement!!June 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm
At least it was a stalagmite instead of a stalagtite. There’s honor in fighting gravity, you know?June 18, 2014 at 9:54 pm
And perhaps Pepito could score me one of these? No pressure. http://banksy.co.uk/in.aspJune 18, 2014 at 9:56 pm
Love, he and Pepito painted THIS on the pool house. Yes. I can get you one.June 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm
And Mackenzie, I suppose. But that thing is a monstrosity, and if he had brought home something that I was expected to HANG, it would have been over.June 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm
I like it. Blue room. Pink room. Let’s see the malachite room.June 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Ooooh, Helen, I think you’re referring to THIS lovely spot?June 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Greek Compass = perfect name for a tiny circular room filled with classical architecture. Not lost on me, Madeline. Clever girl.June 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm