Monday, September 01, 2014

Do You Wear White After Labor Day?

The old tradition of not wearing white after Labor Day came about from various clip below.

I happen to love white, especially winter white. So, perhaps I won't be wearing white pumps after Labor Day, not that I wear pumps at all anymore!

What do you think? White or no white?

Anyway, while we're talking....can we go back to wearing gloves and hats again? I would love that!

Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Found: Estate Sale Treasures!!

You know how it is when you're an antique dealer. You go to estate sales every week, wait in line for hours, and most of the time, come home empty-handed.

Well, this past Friday was an exception. I was so excited to enter this Victorian home in San Francisco to find the largest gallery of 19th century oil paintings. There were hundreds on every wall! Needless to say, I purchased about 10 paintings which will be offered on the website in the weeks to come.

I was so excited at the estate sale, that I could hardly breath. The most gorgeous floral oil paintings on canvas in huge, ornate frames!

These are just some random photos. Be on the lookout for them at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Have a lovely Labor Day Weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Over 50 NEW ARRIVALS at Paris Hotel Boutique!

Summer is going by so quickly, isn't it?

Actually, we're still waiting for it to arrive here in San Francisco, as maybe you've heard about our wickedly cold summer months. Paris Hotel Boutique is gearing up for a beautiful autumn season with an assortment of unique vintage items that you won't want to miss!

Some highlights include:

• Huge Vintage French Parfumerie Sign

• Antique Elevator Indicators

• Vintage French Menus

• Old Portrait Paintings

• Antique French Floral Picture Frames

• French Diamond Earrings

• Large acquisition of Hotel Silver and much, much more!

Monday, August 11, 2014

RIP Robin.

I am at a loss for words. We have lost yet another one of the greats to the horrible condition of bipolar disorder and addiction. We MUST keep educating the uninformed, and supporting our friends and relatives suffering.  Please, if you know of anyone suffering, be there for them, if only to lend a shoulder to cry on. Call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you or someone in your life has suicidal thoughts.

RIP Mr. Williams. You made us laugh. You made us cry. You were a master at your craft. The best. You were kind. You were mad. A true genius. I remember countless Sunday nights watching you do improv in San Francisco in the early 80s. It was magic. Thank you for the memories that I'll always treasure. The world isn't the same without you here. There's a spark missing and that's you. Farewell, friend.

Friday, August 08, 2014

What to Do With Old Tile?

I don't know about you, but I love working with original tile in homes whenever possible, as opposed to doing remodels.

I stumbled upon this image above and love how the homeowners kept their original pale pink tile and added the "Beverly Hills Hotel" decor to it consisting of a pink and green combo. Even includes the infamous "Martinique" leaf motif for window coverings!

You can see my bathroom (below), where I just went with the flow of the yellow tile with bright green time. Even with cracked tiles, I love the original bones of my 1939 home.

Have you used any creative ideas to work with your original tile?

1st bathroom image, Kimberly Cbau

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Antique Diamond Wedding Band Giveaway!

So excited to have another giveaway, this time through Facebook. To enter, you'll need to "like" our Facebook page.

One lucky winner will receive a c. 1920s sparkling diamond 14 carat gold wedding band (great for stacking)! Total approx. 1/4 carat in diamonds!!

 Click here to enter! 

Share with your friends & family!

Bonné Chance!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Is Your Head Exploding from Social Media?

Back in 2012 I blogged this about finding balance between your work, social media and your personal life. Well, it still continues to challenge me.

In 2002 a friend suggested that I start a website. Okay. Done. That was great. Now I have my own domain--an online shop to sell my goodies.

Then shortly after came the suggestion from my web designer to start a blog. What's a blog? Oh, a journal. That's kind of cool, I thought. Okay, I was off and running. Started slow and then full force ahead. Juggling an online shop and blogging about my latest finds was keeping me busy.

then it begins..

friend: Lynn, you should try Linkedin.

me: What's a Linkedin?

friend: Oh, it's great site for connecting business-to-business. A networking site.

me: Okay, done! I'm onboard. Not too hard. E-mails and requests are coming, but I can do this.

fast forward a year...

friend: Are you on Twitter?

me: What's a Twitter?

friend: It's when you "tweet" with others using 'hashtags' that look like this #, and things that look like that @. 

me: What the heck? I thought a tweet was a bird.

friend: Aw, you'll love it. Great for business.

me: I'm so confused! I don't know who I'm responding to. And, what's an 'FF'?

friend: Oh, it's a Follow Friday, silly! Every Friday you put those @ symbols in front of people that you want to give a shout out to.

me: Why?

friend: Just because, it's what you do on Twitter.

me: Okay, I'll do those "Follow Fridays" and try and connect, but it's a bit confusing.

a year or so later...

I'm at a funeral for a friend's mother and have lunch with a friend after. She insists that I register with Facebook. I kind of knew what it was, but was adamant about not going on. And so it goes...

friend: You must go on Facebook. Great for catching up with friends, and good for business too.

me: I already have a website, blog, I'm on Linkedin and have a Twitter account.

friend: But, this is much different. Please, just try it.

Later that evening, I sign up and I'm off to the races. Scanning and posting photos from the 1970s, tagging everyone and anything. It becomes a new addiction. And so it goes...

fast forward a couple of years...

Get a request from Victoria at SfgirlbyBay to be a part of a new site called Pinterest, a visual bookmarking site. A group of 300 bloggers are requested to select images of what "home means to them" and then, kind of like a domino effect, everyone is "pinning" these lovely images onto their "inspiration boards". 

I was completely hooked. Sat at the computer for hours just pinning beautiful images. Little did I know that years later it would become a main source of traffic for my shop.

Well, thanks to Victoria, Pinterest went viral! What started out as a small little group of bloggers, turned into one of the most successful forms of social media out there.

two nights ago at dinner...

brother-in-law: I like Instagram.

me: I'm signed up on Instagram, but don't use it.

brother-in-law: Why not? You can see your nieces and nephews on there, and it's a great tool for your business.

me: Really? Let me see if I'm still registered. Oh yeah, my last picture was from 2012.

brother-in-law: Start taking pictures!

So here I am today, trying to figure out Instagram... who to follow, how to get followers, how often to post, what to post, and when? Although, I must admit, I do love to taking pictures. What a great way to share my treasure-hunting with my customers!

Are you getting my drift? Currently, like many of you, I have a website and a blog. I'm on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Instagram. Have I left anything out? What do I focus on first? Can I just connect them all together? Are my customers getting annoyed? "Follow us here! Follow us there! Join us here! Read about us there!"

If you've read this far, I'm so very flattered. Now I get to ask you questions!

How often do you use social media?

Do you have a favorite?

Has it helped your business/occupation?

Are you overwhelmed with the many different media outlets out there?

How do you balance your work/social media world with your personal life?

Do you find yourself constantly checking your phone to see who's posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. etc?

Would love to hear from you!!