One of our all-time favorite French shops?
Maison Empereur, a venerable hardware/kitchen home emporium in Marseilles. Fortunately, they also have quirky guest quarters for rent, upstairs from the shop.
Our friend Victoria Smith of
SF Girl by Bay dropped in a while back and documented the space. Let’s take a tour, courtesy of Victoria. Above: “We must reserve a back shop all our own, entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude”; the owners quote Michel de Montaigne in their intro to the lodgings. Above: The bedroom is outfitted with vintage. Above: Vintage pieces were culled from the family’s archives. Above: In the bedroom, a mural of antique tools and farm implements. Above: A vintage lamp provides bedside illumination. Above: The washing-up setup; the DIY faucets are made from hardware store plumbing components (see Trend Alert: 10 DIY Faucets Made from Plumbing Parts). Above: The floors are polished concrete. Above: The apartment “smells pleasantly of linseed oil and Marseilles soap,” a guest writes on Airbnb. Above: A small terrace off the living quarters. Above: Antique textiles serve as window coverings. Above: The bedroom has a gallery wall featuring framed historical photographs. Above: For booking information, go to Maison Empereur, and for Victoria’s guide to Marseilles, go to SF Girl by Bay.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 12, 2017.