I will tell you a story.

I have a house in Paris.



The door of my little house opens onto a quiet street.

Around the corner the open-air market.   Every morning  I fill my basket with rich cheeses and plunder from the country.

There’s an old bookstore.  Shelves musty with words.

And a tiny bistro with a zinc bar where my wine glass makes circles of happiness.




I have a little house in Paris with a courtyard.

Where grinning lions spill water into a stone-gray trough.

Water  to refresh body and soul on a hot summers day.





I have a little house in Paris.

With  sparsely furnished rooms leading into one another  – enfilade.

And ancient wooden floors that creak and complain.




Tall windows overlook the courtyard of my little house,

Tall windows where I hang linen curtains that  float and dance with every breeze.

The kitchen in my little house in Paris has cold stone floors.   An  ancient stove.   A wooden table scrubbed white.

My house,  my little house in Paris is in my mind.  To journey to it I have but to close my eyes and I am turning the key on the big front door.






















  1. As I gaze upon this wonderful transition, I think it can’t possibly be the same room in which I have spent time. It looks sensational and oh so french,

    Guess where you will be able to find me from now on……


  2. Oh dearest Virginia!!!! You are a magician and an artist at heart. You have created such a beautiful bath. Theador will be envious! You inspire us all to find the treasures that lie among us. When I redid our guest bath, I wired a speaker into it from a separate sound system and hid the speaker under the toilet. We hosted the French Lauret of the Cinnicinati Society from France and I played CDs that were a French tutorial and he just loved it. I just LOVE the mirrors, the chandeler and all the wonderful touches. The towel rack is a jewel all its own.

    • Thank you thank you thank you Tin Man. I was thinking of dear Theadora, and how much help she will be when it comes to finding wonderful old furniture for my small house in Paris. Now here’s the scoop on the bathroom. The only things we had to buy was paint, six white tiles and some beading to finish the gyproc repair. EVERYTHING else was plundered from around the house. Right down to the perfect fresh purple gloxinia. The speakers under the toilet – a stoke of whimsical genius. Now if I could just get Clever Son to wire speakers so Edith Piaf serenaded one in the bathroom it would be perfect. V

  3. Ring-a-ding-ding! I am late to the launch of your Salle de Bain. Goodness. Wreaths and powder room supreme make-overs? You are in a magnificent creative zone. Where to start? Yes, you’ll have to add wire speakers. What a great idea, Tin Man! So many sweet touches. Your cosmetics are sitting on the table. (I collect the trays at the fleas. They’re perfect for dinner party shindigs!) The chandelier, ancient perfume bottle, mirrors, coat rack and blue twilight paint are also brilliant touches. Again, thanks for the inspiration! T.

  4. Your boudoir is a vision of French loveliness. What a creative little thing you are to transform the mundane into the fabulous. Rich and regal…like you my dear friend. You are certainly full of energy to get so many home projects done! I’m still stuck on the kitchen cabinets. Oh if I just had a ship to whisk up to the north and ferry you here to inspire me to work on my own maison. Keep the tutorials coming! I enjoy them all! Have a lovely week my friend! Ginny

    • In this life you never know Ginny. Perhaps my own ship will take me to your country home. I can imagine us staggering under the weight of paint cans and finds from flea markets and antique stores. Raiding your paper studio for inspiration. Then cooking in you new kitchen. At the end of the day we would stroll down a quiet country road and tell each other how clever we are. Virginia

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  6. I just love your words and images. The words are so very poetic, I love the line about the bookstore ” Shelves with musty words” , an other lines, just brilliant. I wonder if there is more to your little house in Paris to tell us about. Please create another story out of it, it’s just so beautiful, I feel like being in a good movie wanting to know more……

    • Cornelia, dear girl there are more stories. TO CELEBRATE THE LOVE OF PARIS, FALL IN LOVE WITH PARIS ALL OVER AGAIN and A LITTLE HOUSE IN PARIS IN DECEMBER. Perhaps it is time to repost them for all good tales are with repeating. You might also check ‘THE ABOUT’ on my home page. I have rewritten it and share just a few of my favorite blogs. XX Virginia

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