Monday, August 15, 2016

New FRENCH Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Don't let the Dog Days of Summer get you down. Come into the lobby of Paris Hotel Boutique, and enjoy perusing our new finds in air-conditioned comfort!

We are thrilled to bring you an eclectic assortment of vintage and antique pieces from France! Some highlights include:

Some highlights include:
  • Antique French General Portrait Paintings
  • 19th C. French Unused Tea Tins
  • Antique French Porcelain Transferware
  • Unique French Biscuit Tin Covers
  • Vintage Parisian Street Sign
  • French Hotel Silver
  • Assorted Estate Jewelry & much more

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Queen for a Day?

Sometimes we just need to laugh at ourselves, right?

 Yesterday I had the funniest request in my 20 years of business. A potential customer requested a photo of our French crown on a human head. She was contemplating wearing it for her wedding.

Okay, I put the make-up on and had my husband took photos of me with the crown. Needless to say, it wasn't right for her wedding, but I sure had a laugh posing with a crown!

By the way, crown is still available for purchase on our website!

Friday, August 05, 2016

A Glimpse of Life Before Antiques...

Been searching for this photo to wish the legendary Tony Bennett a Happy 90th Birthday! Hard to believe that this man is still so vibrant and releasing records at 90!

As some of you may know, I used to be a personal assistant to Blues musician, John Lee Hooker. It was a whirlwind of fun! Traveling and meeting people in my 20s and 30s. 

The photo above was taken at the 1991 Grammy Awards. (I'm on the left) Was so elated to meet Tony Bennett. And funny, I was never camera or celebrity shy! And funnier is that Tony Bennett hasn't aged much in 25 years, but I sure have!

Anyway, a blast from the past! A big Happy Birthday to the fabulous Mr. Bennett!!

Monday, August 01, 2016

PHB Memorabilia at Sir Francis Drake Hotel!

Some of you may know that my husband is a concierge at the Sir Francis Drake hotel in downtown San Francisco. The Drake just installed a case of memorabilia, dating as early as 1928, the year the hotel opened. I'm thrilled to have much of my ephemera, and my hotel silver grace the shelves. So many wonderful things to see from old photos to receipts!

Some history... The "Drake" opened in 1928. A stunning Art Deco hotel lavished with ornate carving and chandeliers. The Drake housed vaudeville and screen stars. It was, and still is, a breathtakingly beautiful hotel. 

My collection of Sir Francis Drake Hotel silver & china 

Throughout its history, The Drake has been known as the "party" hotel, with the fabulous Starlight Room overlooking the City and the early prohibition days. The owners of the hotel wanted to make extra income by selling and distributing alcohol to its guests, thus, this room was part of the original building plan. It was a very discreet operation that only a few people actually knew about. A lot of the Drake employees didn't even know that alcohol was being distributed. 

If you happen to visit The Drake in the near future, check out the display and my husband Leif

 at the concierge desk, tell him who you are, and have a cocktail on him!

Sir Francis Drake Hotel 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Flashback! Time for an Update?

Certainly many of you remember the (ahem) frightening decor of the 1970s. Believe me, I lived in one of those homes as well!

I thought this photo just about summed up everything. Lots going on here! Makes me dizzy!

I must say that the 70s win the award for the most hideous design. Any thoughts?

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Nutty Collection!

Happy Monday!

This may be the most "nutty" collection you've ever seen! 😜

My collection of vintage walnuts started when I went to my friend Kimberlee's house. She had this astounding collection of vintage West German papier-mâché walnut candy containers, ranging in all sizes. I purchased one from her, she gave me one as a gift, and the collection grew. There is even a walnut locket (shown in the front), made out of a real walnut! It used to reveal a wee pocket knife, but I've misplaced it. So there ya go! You never know what someone collects!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tomorrow is Le quatorze juillet, or Bastille Day, a public holiday in France commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789.

Paris Hotel Boutique is celebrating by offering 15% off all items storewide! Simply type 'JULY14' in the promo code box during checkout, and your discount will automatically be applied. Sale is good through July 14th, midnight EST.