Wednesday, November 30, 2016

HOLIDAY ARRIVALS JUST IN AT PHB!!


Paris Hotel Boutique is on our way... 

We've loaded lots of toys & goodies on our sleigh... 

Peek behind the curtain to see our magical holiday arrivals! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from PHB!


From our house to yours, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope your day is joyful, filled with family, friends, and yummy fixings!

And, thanks to all of you who continue to be a part of Paris Hotel Boutique for almost two decades! We have a lot of be thankful for!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Glistening New Holiday Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!!



Silver & gold, tinsel & lights, Paris Hotel Boutique brings you new treasures to make your holiday season bright!

We've been working like little elves to bring you over 40 new arrivals today, and there's even more to come the first week of December!


Today's highlights include:
  • Assorted Vintage & Victorian Jewelry
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  • Antique Handwritten French Menus
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  • 19th C. French Jewelry Scale
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  • Vintage Etched Mirrors
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  • Rare Hotel Silver Pieces
     
  • Vintage Portrait Paintings 
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  • Vintage Books and much more!    
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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!!


Can you guess who Jackie is? 

Click here to read the story from Town & Country!

Have a great Halloween!


Thursday, October 27, 2016

OOOH!!! NEW ARRIVALS at PHB!!


It's that time of year, and Paris Hotel Boutique is gearing up for the holiday season!

Today we're offering over 30 new pieces for your holiday entertaining. We have rare pieces of hotel silver from the Plaza to the Ritz Carlton, elegant antique serving pieces, beautiful china and more.

There is much more on the way, so be on the look out for holiday gifts coming soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Just In! New Arrivals at PHB!


Halloween is a couple of weeks away and Paris Hotel Boutique has some wonderful treats for you as we enter the holiday season!

Also, about every two weeks up until Christmas, we will be adding new arrivals. Watch in a couple of weeks for a wonderful range of dining and serving pieces! Then more arrivals in November!

Today's highlights include:

  • Assorted Antique Hotel Keys & Fobs

  • 19th C. French Inlaid Mother of Pearl Desk Accessories

  • Assorted Art Nouveau Boxes

  • Monumental Art Deco Cathedral Lights

  • Victorian Jewelry

  • Antique & Vintage Oil Paintings, including Listed Artist
     
  • Antique Mother of Pearl Quill Pens and much more! 


Monday, September 12, 2016

NEW ARRIVALS AT PARIS HOTEL BOUTIQUE!


With brisk mornings, cooler days, and leaves changing colors, Paris Hotel Boutique is offering you our latest finds to capture the mood of this beautiful upcoming Autumn season.

Some highlights include:
  • Vintage Flip Cameo Rings
     
  • Antique/Vintage Women Portrait Paintings
     
  • Antique French Copper Pans From 'Grands Magasins du Louvre, Paris'
     
  • 19th C. French Tole Trays
     
  • Victorian English Silver Buckle Bracelets
     
  • Assorted St. Francis Hotel Silver Pieces
     
  • Unused Antique French Store Stock Lockets & much more!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Vintage Lovers... Don't Miss This One!


Yes, that's me modeling...ha ha...stop laughing!

It's been awhile since I've truly flipped out over a "new haunt." Well, I found it! After searching tirelessly for the perfect pair of distance eyeglasses, I was referred to RetroSpecs in San Francisco. Why hadn't I heard about this shop? Perhaps because they've only been in San Francisco for a little over a year.

RetroSpecs & Co. began as a one-man show in 1992. Jay Owens leased a Fleetwood Jamboree and hit the road in search of 1/10th 12k gold-filled American manufactured eyeglasses that he believed he could restore and resell in the antique world. Fast forward to today, teamed up with Marya Francis, their 46 person company offers the most amazing antique/vintage one-of-a-kind, and custom eyeglass designs to an international market.


The San Francisco shop has the most magnificent safe that houses their amazing, carefully edited "museum collection" of glasses that date from the late 19th century to the 1980s. What does "museum" mean? It means there are five or fewer known to exist worldwide. They are in mint condition, and many are unused old store stock. There are hundreds to choose from!

Glasses aficionado, "rockstar" Nita, opened that safe, and let me model some of the most wonderful glasses. Here are a few of my favorites...



1950s Bausch & Lomb "Outdoorsman" Aviator


1960s RayBan "Bewitching" Sunglasses (black with embellishments, carvings and rhinestones)



One of my favorites... c. 1950s West German Cat-Eyes


1950s Bay State Optical Gold-Filled Sunglasses


1960s French Rhinestone Cat-Eye Sunglasses


Now, back to reality. I found my dream pair. Exactly what I wanted. A pair that I could wear daily, and that would look dressy enough for a formal occasion.


These glasses are replicas of the 1938, American Optical, The New Mont Full Frame Ful-View.

They are 12 carat gold-filled with finely detailed filigree on the frame bridge and temples. The nose pads are gold-filled.


RetroSpecs knowledgeable staff takes time to measure every aspect of the glasses, from the bridge to the lenses, to get you the perfect fit. I'm anxiously awaiting my new fancy pair of custom eyeglasses! And, my photos don't show the entire shop that has literally hundreds of varieties of yellow and gold-filled frames, as well as anything and everything that you can imagine!



RetroSpecs staff of 46 craftsmen, highly skilled in the lost arts of frame shaping, precision lens drill mounting and frame polishing, produce, distribute and restore over 30,000 early and late modern 20th century eyeglass frames each year. Each antique frame that enters the restoration facility goes through an extensive process before receiving a registration number approving the frame for sale.

There are RetroSpec shops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seoul, Korea, as well as online vendors that carry their products. Or, please, do yourself a favor and visit their website RetroSpecs to see just a sampling of their stock, as well as the many locations that carry their products.

Thanks all for tagging along with me. It was such a fun discovery!

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 
450 POWELL STREET 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102

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.


Friday, July 08, 2016

Not Always a Pretty Picture.


Mother, mother,
There's too many of you crying,
Brother, brother, brother,
There's far too many of you dying.
You know we've got to find a way,
To bring some lovin' here today.


It's difficult to blog about lovely things and pretty pictures when the real world going on around us is in pain. 

No matter how hard we try, we can't always make real life look like that perfect social media life that we wish it was. When bad things, sad things, and negative things happen in the world, I try not to post about them. But today, I've hit rock bottom. I am in a very solemn mood.

What has happened to our world? Hate, terrorism, racism, fear. Our children don't live in the world we grew up in. It's getting hard to watch the news. Shootings have become commonplace. "Just another day."

I don't know the answer. None of us do. 

My heart goes out to all victim's families of senseless regent tragedies. Love to all...

Friday, July 01, 2016

Happy 4th!

Ann Miller, 1940s

Have a safe and wonderful Holiday weekend!

Friday, June 24, 2016


Summer is finally here and Paris Hotel Boutique has an eclectic mix of all new arrivals for you. Oodles of fun stuff to brighten your day! Highlights include:

  • Vintage Italian Chandeliers & Sconces

  • Assorted Victorian Jewelry
  • First Edition Books
  • Rare Tiffany & Co. Diamond & Enamel Ring
  • Antique Architectural Cherub Building Corbel
     
  • 1920s Parisien Siegel Hat Stand 
  • Vintage Plaza Hotel, NYC Teapot and much more!    


 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

~my dad and I, c. 1961~

Happy Father's Day to all of you special dads, grandpas, uncles and pet daddys! Glad I still have my dad, cause I don't have much family left...

And to all of the dads no longer with us, you're always in our thoughts...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Last Minute Father's Day New Arrivals at PHB!!


One week until Father's Day, and Paris Hotel Boutique is celebrating all of our Dads with some fun new arrivals! Simply scroll down, and click links below photos to shop!

Note; we will gift wrap smaller items if requested, and will be shipping USPS priority mail, so you should receive before Father's Day!












And head's up!
Over 45 new arrivals coming in the coming weeks!!

Thanks for visiting Paris Hotel Boutique and Happy Father's Day!