Interior Design When It Sizzles

The 1964 film “Paris When It Sizzles” was not particularly well received when it hit the big screen, and not undeservedly – it is as one critic described it: “contrived, utterly preposterous and totally unmotivated.” Audrey Hepburn, arrayed in a myriad of Givenchy stunners as she flits about “scriptwriter” William Holden’s spacious Paris apartment, brightens things up a bit, as does a hilarious cameo by Hollywood legend Tony Curtis. But the real star of the film – and what makes it halfway watchable – is the stunning apartment that Hepburn and Holden inhabit during half the film (when they’re not lost in fantasy-flashbacks in which they’re fighting trench-coated spies and chasing vampires…like I said, not an Oscar contender.)

It’s apparent that a considerable amount of thought went into the apartment’s set design, in which each new camera angle reveals another impeccably decorated nook of cool French-glam. Basically, it’s the Paris apartment you’ve always dreamed of. I couldn’t help seeing if I could find pieces that evoke some of the feel of that apartment in modern terms. Anyone in the market for a luxuriously decorated Paris apartment?

Entryway

ParisWhenItSizzlesEntryway

1. Wall Art 2. Chest 3. Lantern

Sitting Area

ParisWhenItSizzlesSittingArea

1. Lamp 2. Mirror 3. Settee 4. Accent Table 5. Rug

Living Room

ParisWhenItSizzlesLivingRoom

1. Sofa 2. Table 3. Sconce 4. Bar Cart 5. Rug

Bedroom

ParisWhenItSizzlesBedroom

1. Headboard 2. Mirror 3. Ottoman 4. Rug

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