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Hotels & Lodgings: La Belle Juliette in Paris

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Hotels & Lodgings: La Belle Juliette in Paris

July 15, 2011

French designer Anne Gelbard worked with the Parisian fashion elite (Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga, Hermes) before bringing her haute couture skills to the interiors world. A chance meeting at Maison & Objets in Paris resulted in a collaboration with the owners of La Belle Juliette—a four-star hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in need of refreshing. The hotel tells the story of Madame (Juliette) Récamier, known all over 19th century Europe as "La Belle Juliette." Using a vibrant color palette (all paint colors were created exclusively by Tollens for Anne Gelbard) and a wealth of props (landscape paintings, portraits, and furniture), Gelbard creates the illusion that you've just walked into Juliette's townhouse; indeed, you might even forget it's a hotel. For more information, go to La Belle Juliette.

Photography by Jerome d'Almeida.

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Above: Gelbard designed the hotel to reflect Juliette’s life and times, with Directoire and Empire pieces. The restored furniture pieces, re-imagined by Ludovic Avenel, are sourced from antique dealers in Brussels and from the previous incarnation of the hotel.

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Above: Authentic props evoke another period of history.

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Above: The decor combines a certain classicism, mixing in 20th century Danish and American furniture.

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Photography by Jerome d'Almeida

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