Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Had to repost from 2010, because I love this photo so much.

I came across this photo of my great-grandparents celebrating New Year's Eve at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco, 1965. They look so happy and decked out with their little hats. Just had to share it with you!

The clock is ticking and it's almost 2015. Thank you so very much for your constant support, comments, encouragement and laughter. You make this all worthwhile!

Wishing you from the bottom of my heart a happy & healthy New Year with all good things!

Now go on and CELEBRATE!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Ring in the New Year at Paris Hotel Boutique, where we're showcasing an array of new inventory.  Highlights include: 

  • Large Antique French Church Banner
  • Vintage Amethyst & Diamond Rings
  • Cowhide Covered French Settee 
  • Vintage French Hat Stand

  • 1st Edition Books
  • Vintage French Field Glasses

  • Assorted Hotel Silver, China and much more!

As the year is coming to an end, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you. You make finding new treasures an exciting venture!

Wishing you and yours a happy & healthy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Heads Up! New Arrivals Tomorrow!

The Crinoline Shop, Paris 1880, by EugĂ©ne Atge

Ready to shop like a Parisian? Our new arrivals will be unveiled tomorrow, December 30th at 8:00 am PST/11:00 am EST.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Happy Christmas!

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,

Just like the ones I used to know,

Where the tree tops glisten

And children listen, 

To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, 

With every Christmas card I write. 

May your days be merry and bright, 

And may all Your Christmases be white.

Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmas.

                                             image: Winter Night - New York City | Vivienne Gucwa

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hollywood Holiday Glamour 1950s/60s

From Elizabeth Taylor to Sophia Loren, the Hollywood elite dressed for Christmas (1950s/60s).

Elizabeth Taylor

Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall

Marilyn Monroe

Sophia Loren

President John & Jackie Kennedy

Kim Novak

Audrey Hepburn

Aren't they fabulous??

1st image: Ava Gardner

images from / Jennifer Algoo

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Dinner in the 1600s

Have you ever imagined what a Christmas dinner was like during the Renaissance period?

According to Robert May, who published the first menu in 1660, and the book, The Accomplisht Cook, May suggests 39 dishes split over two courses, plus oysters, oranges, lemons, and jellies for dessert.

Fascinating! Here are some examples from the book...


1. A collar of brawn [pork that is rolled, tied, and boiled in wine and seasonings].
2. Stewed Broth of Mutton marrow bones.
3. A grand Sallet [salad].
4. A pottage [thick stew] of caponets [young castrated roosters].
5. A breast of veal in stoffado [stuffed veal].
6. A boil’d partridge.
7. A chine (a cut of meat containing backbone) of beef, or surloin roast. Here’s May’s recipe:

To roast a Chine, Rib, Loin, Brisket, or Fillet of Beef, Draw them with parsley, rosemary, tyme, sweet marjoram, sage, winter savory, or lemon, or plain without any of them, fresh or salt, as you please; broach it, or spit it, roast it and baste it with butter; a good chine of beef will ask six hours roasting.

For the sauce take strait tops of rosemary, sage-leaves, picked parsley, tyme, and sweet marjoram; and strew them in wine vinegar, and the beef gravy; or otherways with gravy and juice of oranges and lemons. Sometimes for change in saucers of vinegar and pepper.

8. Minced pies.

9. A Jegote [sausage] of mutton with anchove sauce.
10. A made dish of sweet-bread (Here’s a recipe from A New Booke of Cookerie by John Murrell, published in 1615: Boyle, or roast your Sweet-bread, and put into it a few Parboyld Currens, a minst Date, the yolkes of two new laid Eggs, a piece of a Manchet grated fine. Season it with a little Pepper, Salt, Nutmeg, and Sugar, wring in the juice of an Orange, or Lemon, and put it between two sheets of puft-paste, or any other good Paste: and either bake it, or fry it, whether you please.)
11. A swan roast.
12. A pasty of venison.
13. A kid with a pudding in his belly.
14. A steak pie.
15. A hanch of venison roasted.
16. A turkey roast and stuck with cloves.
17. A made dish of chickens in puff paste.
18. Two bran geese roasted, one larded [larding is inserting or weaving strips of fat in the meat, sometimes with a needle].
19. Two large capons, one larded.
20. A Custard.

And this doesn't include the second course!

If you're interested in purchasing a revised edition of Robert May's book, click here.

Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Arrivals & Last Minute Shopping!

If you need to send the perfect gift that speaks from your heart, there is still time to have your order arrive before Christmas.

We also offer custom gift wrapping. Visit us at Paris Hotel Boutique! 

Thank you for your continued support all year. You make shopping for you a fun experience!

Please click here to see our latest additions...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Chanukah...

This photo is of my husband in Sweden at 2 years old. If I don't mind saying, I think it should be a card!

Wishing all who celebrate a Happy Chanukah.

May the festival of lights illuminate your lives with love, prosperity and joy!

Friday, December 05, 2014

20% off Storewide Holiday Sale at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

HOLIDAY ARRIVALS at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Please join us and be the first to preview our finest offerings for the season at Paris Hotel Boutique!

We're also introducing our first custom candle line, made of 100% soy wax with the finest oils. Very excited!

Over 50 items added today. Some highlights include:

 • Victorian Men's Cufflinks

 • Antique Tobacciana Accessories

 • 19th C. French Signed Fencing Statues

 • Art Deco Perpetual Calendars

 • Victorian Intaglio Rings

•  Vintage Paris Souvenir Bracelet

•  Collection of Hotel Silver & much, much more!

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

When witches go riding, 
and black cats are seen,
 the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

Happy Halloween! Stay Safe!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Through the Lens of Fred Lyon

Yesterday I attended the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, just to visit the Peter Fetterman exhibit. Fetterman represents 19th and 20th century photography, specializing in black and white photography with an emphasis on humanist imagery.

There was one photographer whose work I wanted to see. That's the legendary Fred Lyon.

Parking on the steep hill just below the Mark Hopkins hotel.

If you haven't heard of Fred, he has been called the "San Francisco's Brassai".  

Mr. Lyon is a 4th generation San Franciscan and is primarily a San Franciscan photographer. He is  known for capturing the ethereal feel of the city and its people though his amazing photography. Most of his work is from the 40s-60s.

I own two of his books, but have been wanting to purchase one of his prints for a long time now.

Fred is dapper at the age of 90, and guess who had the chance to meet him? Yes, he was at the exhibit, and yours truly interrupted the tail end of his lunch to compliment him and ask him to autograph two of my books. He was as charming and humble as ever. I was so thrilled!

San Francisco, Flowerstand, I Magnin, Union Square 1958


I just adore how his images that capture the fog in San Francisco. Very ethereal. This image (above) is actually very close to my neighborhood.

Coit Tower (above)

San Francisco Post and Powell Street, Union Square 1947 

Sunset Grid 1959

This grid of houses in San Francisco's Sunset District is where I was born. Thinking of possibly purchasing this one. Just can't decide!

Huntington Hotel 1958

Ocean Beach

Foggy Night in San Francisco's Nob Hill, Entrance to the Fairmont Hotel ,circa 1950's

Cotillion in Palace Hotel, Palm Court, 1958

Kearny Street, 1952

If you want to check out Mr. Lyon's works, visit the Peter Fetterman gallery.

 There are also some wonderful books available, the most recent, San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960

or my other favorite, 

There will also be another Fred Lyon exhibit in San Francisco from November 8 - January 10th at the  Harvey Milk Photo Center. I'm planning on going and possibly purchasing some of Fred's art!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Special New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

We're thrilled to share our newest acquisitions at Paris Hotel Boutique

We recently had the opportunity to enter an old San Francisco estate that had hundreds of 19th century paintings. It was like a gallery! Today, we bring you many gorgeous paintings from that wonderful estate!

In addition, we are showcasing over 50 new pieces! Highlights include:

  • Large Antique Bristol Glass Bird Vases    

  • Tamara Jewelry Antique Fob Necklaces  

  • Midcentury Murano Pendant Light

  • Art Deco Marcasite Rings

  • Christian Dior Store Display Signs  

  • Antique Key Fobs
  • Assorted Collection of 1st Edition Books, Hotel Silver and much, much more! 

Please click here to see our latest additions...

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

BIG SALE at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Ready to Shop?

At PHB we're busy bees getting our holiday items ready for you! As you probably know, we normally don't discount our items, but for one week, we've marked down selected items throughout the shop.

Over 50 items are discounted, from accessories to jewelry -- some up to 60% off their original price!

Friday, October 03, 2014

A Sad Goodbye.

It's been hard to sit down and write this, but this past Sunday, we had to lay our precious Vito to rest.

You may have remembered seeing Vito here on my blog many times, posting contest winners or just being camera friendly. He was my side kick 24/7 for the past 14 years-- totally a trooper as I dragged him through every flea market and antique shop. He evened traveled with us. You may even remember him on magazine covers, newspaper stories or on HGTV doing his famous "wave." He was kinda famous.

Vito was our first puppy. He was the love of my life. Being childless, he was my baby, my comfort, as you know by what your precious pets mean to you.

I'm not saying this because he was my dog, but Vito was a special boy. We used to take him to the old aged home, where he'd lay peacefully and comfort the elderly. He never snapped once in 14 years, and was child and animal friendly. Everyone loved Vito. I remember one of his vets saying that he wanted to adopt him.

His final days were good. He had been treated for lymphoma, and it went into remission for over a year. Even in his last days, there were no signs of him ready to go. He was eating, playful, and following me up and down the stairs. Last Sunday was different though, I came home from the flea market and he was shaking. My husband and I took him to the vet and with one hour, we had to put him down.

Needless to say, I'm still kind of in shock, as we are grieving terribly. Thank heavens for our little puppy Sonny, who will never replace Vito, but I'm sure glad we have him. Even Sonny has the blues.

So as I tearfully, choke through this post, I will try and hang on to the memories of this dear soul who touched so many lives. Rest in peace, my little Don "Vito" Corleone. The world is a bit smaller without you.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Looking for Pickers!

If you know me and my boutique, I'm always on the lookout for unique items to bring to you. I'm the sole buyer for the shop, so it gets challenging to crank out numerous items every month as my customer base grows.

Having said that, I'm noticing the estate sales are not as good as they were decades ago. Frankly, the pickins are getting slimmer, and I have less time to travel. That's not saying that I won't continue to bring you the best items that I can get my sticky fingers on!

This is where you may be able to help. I'm always on the lookout for hotel related items, unique and eclectic French accessories, estate jewelry, and more. Perhaps you have something you want to part with, or have come across something amazing along your travels?

If you do, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email with photos. Now, in advance, I'm super, super particular, so please don't get offended if I'm not interested in something you show me. 

Also, I don't appraise items, so I'm sorry that I can't be of assistance there. FYI, I don't buy linens, clothing, paper, or repurposed items.

Feel free to drop me a line anytime, and thanks for your help!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Unique New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!!

antique signet rings

With brisk mornings, cooler days, and leaves changing colors, Paris Hotel Boutique offers you our latest finds to capture the mood of this beautiful upcoming Autumn season.

Today we are showcasing 60 new pieces!

View some highlights below and then shop our new arrivals here!

large Art Nouveau alabaster bust

Antique Apothecary Bottles

Vintage Borghese Lamps

Vintage French Trophy

Antique French Napoleonic-Scened Vase

Palace Hotel, San Francisco Pitcher

Victorian Birds Oil Painting

1950s Woman Oil on Canvas

images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie