Close-Up: Colette & Pierre's Ceiling Bird

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Anyone who has ever visited a chateau has probably been met with the fleeting sentiment that they could move right in, possibly followed by the crushing reality of their walk-up apartment. But Colette spotted a design detail on an outing to a chateau in Normandy, and rushed right back to Paris to recreate a similar effect in her Paris apartment...

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At the Chateau d'O in Normandy, she noticed a flock of ceiling birds that appeared to be holding up the crystal chandeliers and decided to recreate a similar effect in her own small Paris dining room. Colette commissioned an artist friend to paint the graceful ceiling bird that is a lovely surprise you first spot while walking up the stairs to her top-floor dining room.

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. If you have an idea for a European house tour, please write kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com

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