La belle époque
Avenue de Tourville’s refined sense of style means there are period features at every turn – the sitting room's coffee table stands on Queen Anne legs, curving in line with the chintz print sofa. The moulded white mantelpiece sets the scene for drawing room tea, overlooked by the pastoral landscape painting in traditional oils, and even the wine glasses – whose stems are Grecian goddess pillars – are opulent. Should you wish to take a turn in town, might we recommend a stroll along the banks of the nearby Seine? Come home by Rue Cler to sample shops with plenty of character and heritage, before returning to recline in any one of the luxurious sofas.
Napoleon et Josephine
This home remains dear to your genteel hosts, but since retirement they have sent themselves to the Île de Ré for a little parochial peace. Together they conquer the world, travelling everywhere from the Mediterranean Riviera to Sri Lanka.
Republic and rebirth
In the dining room the fireplace supports a tall mirror almost to the ceiling, on which the gold-winged bust of an angel perches. While a collection of candles populates the room’s surfaces for warm-lit dinner parties. And when the glow begins to flicker, retire to the master bedroom painted in a calming combination of green and deep reds – draw the elegant floor length drapes together or simply dim the red-shaded lamps for a night’s sleep fit for royalty.
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