After almost three months, our things have finally arrived. It has been a long wait – one we expected would last at least one month, but was extended to over two due to the work issues with the West Coast Port workers. It was almost unbelievable when our moving representative e-mailed to say that the ship had arrived at Le Havre. If there were no problems with customs, we could expect delivery to our flat in Paris within the week. ‘If’ can always leave one with a weak stomach, especially when it comes to customs. However this time, we were blessed by the custom gods and the next day we were told that everything would be delivered on Thursday if we were available. ‘Of course we are available’ was my immediate response followed by ‘Any time of the day.’
So that Thursday, bright and early, we heard the truck bearing the container that had been loaded oh so many months ago, turn the corner making its way down the street. It was preceeded by the lift which would load everything through the window as is the way here in Paris since most elevators are only large enough for two people and the stairs wind too tightly to allow anything larger than a chair access. Now I have gotten ahead of myself due to the excitement of having our things arrive. So before you get too excited, I must let you know that this post is really just a teaser, if you will, with what is to come. While all the furniture is in place, we are still hanging all the art and waiting for Chandeliers to be rewired so my intention today is to give you one room – before and after. So here it is, our Foyer.
The only two things we purchased for this room are the light and the coat hooks. The light was made in the mid nineteenth century of bronze. Its beautiful hexagonal shape houses elegant panes of glass that end in a point at the bottom of the lamp. Around the top edges are intricately designed Ram heads which are connected by flowing bronze garland. It still has the original wiring so it will need to be updated but it is an amazing piece and we are thrilled to have found it. The coat hooks are from the late nineteenth century and again are made of bronze. With four hooks on each, they made the perfect addition to the foyer allowing us to hang our coats and scarfs during the cold season. Everything else came from our house in Los Angeles and seems to fit perfectly. I hope you agree.
There is much more to come to stay tuned for the ‘Big Reveal’. Au revoir.