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Above the Shop: An Antiques-Filled Apartment at Maison Empereur (and It’s for Rent)

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Above the Shop: An Antiques-Filled Apartment at Maison Empereur (and It’s for Rent)

July 9, 2018

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.

 “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: “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.
The bedroom is outfitted with vintage.
Above: The bedroom is outfitted with vintage.
Vintage pieces were culled from the family’s archives.
Above: Vintage pieces were culled from the family’s archives.
In the bedroom, a mural of antique tools and farm implements.
Above: In the bedroom, a mural of antique tools and farm implements.
A vintage lamp provides bedside illumination.
Above: A vintage lamp provides bedside illumination.
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 washing-up setup; the DIY faucets are made from hardware store plumbing components (see Trend Alert: 10 DIY Faucets Made from Plumbing Parts).
The floors are polished concrete.
Above: The floors are polished concrete.
The apartment “smells pleasantly of linseed oil and Marseilles soap,” a guest writes on Airbnb.
Above: The apartment “smells pleasantly of linseed oil and Marseilles soap,” a guest writes on Airbnb.
A small terrace off the living quarters.
Above: A small terrace off the living quarters.
Antique textiles serve as window coverings.
Above: Antique textiles serve as window coverings.
The bedroom has a gallery wall featuring framed historical photographs.
Above: The bedroom has a gallery wall featuring framed historical photographs.
For booking information, go to Maison Empereur, and for Victoria’s guide to Marseilles, go to SF Girl by Bay.
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.

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