Our First Morning In A Paris Apartment

Usually we stay in a hotel in Paris.   But the last time, we rented an apartment and it was a disaster.  It was filthy, the bed linens were thread bare, the washing machine broke and I thought I heard mice.  How come the place with the view of the Eiffel Tower had looked so good online?  We spent one night in the gross apartment and then my husband booked us into a charmingly designed boutique hotel across the street from where we used to live.  Vacation saved!

So, I was hesitant to rent an apartment again until I found the Haven In Paris blog.  
Here, we are at their "Monceau Apartment" and everyone is happy and "high fiving" me. 

This is the light filled entry to the "Monceau Apartment" near the Parc Monceau 
and our old neighborhood.  
(All photos by HIP unless otherwise noted).
 The living room with herringbone wood floors and neutral, comfortable furnishings,
 Notice the antique mirrors and painting and marble mantel?  
There were fresh flowers and a bottle of wine when we arrived.
The couch on the far wall makes out into a bed, where our son sleeps.
There is free internet and telephone calls to the US.

 My sister and daughter are staying in this light filled room.  
The linens are crisply laundered and the beds are comfortable 
(love the taupe and white stripes).

 This is our room with
antique engravings.
 This is the view from where I am blogging right now.  

Howard just went jogging in Parc Monceau and brought back 
pains au chocolat, croissants and butter with sea salt crystals.  
I just heard my sister say," this is such a cute place."  Time to go make some French Roast coffee.

Oh...and last night (our first night here)...
Our favorite Italian restaurant on Place des Ternes (Tommy and Aunt TC).  They have 
delicious carpaccio, wood fired pizzas and spaghetti vongole.
On the walk home.

Best Wishes,
Mary Ann

Participating in Wow Us Wednesdays.


  1. looks stunning & definatley unlikely to have mice there

  2. I am sooooo jealous. I want to go to Paris one day. What a beautiful apartment. Enjoy!

  3. what a beautiful space...so light and airy with antique touches...you lucky girl!

    stuff and nonsense

  4. The apartment is MAGNIFIQUE. So glad you are having a great time in a great palce. I would have been do disappointed if you were left with only the bad taste of a bad place in Paris. Bravo! and amusez-vous bien!!!

  5. Incredible! This is such a find. We stayed in a wonderful apt last summer, which I keep mean to share on the blog. But, I will have to include a link to this one....amazing!

    Have a fabulous day in Paris!
    xo Elizabeth

  6. Am I getting the feeling you might not be coming home? LOL....omg looks amazing. The apt is just fabulous..looks so elegant and pristine! Hand delivered croissants? I am seriously jealous! You sound like us....we were in Paris for 9 days and my son who is seriously addicted to Italian food and doesn't care for French food found this amazing Italian restaurant and we were there 3 or 4 nights! I must say the food was excellent...but we came up with a truce and the rest of the nights were spent eating French food. Have you been to the famous bistro Lipp? Enjoy...looks like you already are!

  7. Wow! What a dream place to vacation! The apartment is just merveilleux! Love the floors! And your sunlit writing spot looks perfect. I might have drooled a little at the pic of the treats. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Springtime in Paris ! I am trying so hard not to be jealous, trying. Thanks for sharing all the great photos and tips:))))

  9. Good night, that's stunning!

    Bonnes vacances!

  10. OMG - what a beautiful apartment!! I hope I can remember this link when it is time for my trip!! I have so many bookmarks, it's always difficult to find something I've added! Have a wonderful time with your beautiful family!!

  11. Wow! That looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Oh, I didn't know you in Paris! That's just wonderful!!!

    I'm not everyday online (comments) anymore because I'm expecting our 3rd child and I can't tell how tired I'm feeling lately! :-) But I'm great, I just need to take it easy.

    I'm loving reading about you being in Paris. I dream with this place! The place you staying is stunning, but what makes me even happier for you, is knowing you're having a great time with your loved family. Create beautiful memories, sweetie!

    Have a Blessed week in Paris!!!!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  13. OH Mary Ann!! Happy You!! How I'd love to join you..but the drive would be a bit overlong.LoL!

    Gorgeous house!! I can see why you love it. Wow..you are going to have wonderful vacation. I do hope you take lots of photos for us..and that I catch your post and don't miss it. :o)

    Wow..I'm so glad I got a chance to drop by. I'll be thinking of you all day today and vicariously enjoying your lovely vacation spot.

    Donna @ Comin' Home

  14. So beautiful, Mary Ann! Jealous!
    Taupe is my favorite, so I instantly fell in love.
    Have a great day.

  15. Ahhhh! Why didn't I hide in your suitcase??!! This place is gorgeous!! I must go someday!!! They would have to drag me away kicking and screaming though ;) Enjoy every last second!

  16. What a beautiful place. What a wonderful vacation. I am so jealous. That is my dream vacation.


  17. *** MA~ It's a sheer delight to read that you AND your family are there, and have ALREADY started off having lots of fun!!! ~~~ Life can be soooo good, can't it?


    Linda in AZ *

  18. Oh how exciting!!! I am hanging on your every word! Just love it! The place is gorgeous. Can't wait for the next update on your trip. Have fun!

  19. OOO la la ... Have a wonderful vacation!! I love Paris!

  20. Wow- gorgeous apt.! A perfect retreat! Looks like an amazing time. Enjoy your trip- I'll live vicariously through you and have a croissant for breakfast tomorrow! :)

  21. Oh, my goodness. Such a gorgeous apartment. When I was there a few years ago, we rented an apartment from Paris Perfect and had a wonderful experience. Renting an apartment is the way to go! Looks like you and your family are off to a great start to your vacation. Wish I was there too!

  22. It looks so pretty, Mary Ann. What a fabulous and well deserved change from your last visit. Hope you and your beautiful family have a great time!!

  23. This place looks beautiful! Totally jealous.

  24. That is one of the apartments I had dreams of staying in. you are so lucky! Im quite envious. Have a wonderful trip. Fiona

  25. Ummm...I'm quite certain that I would have fit into your suitcase to come along with you! LOL! That is one gorgeous apartment and looks so quintessential "Paris". I'm sure you are having a fabulous time! :-)

  26. The apartment is beautiful! Enjoy your time in Paris.

  27. Mary Ann, that place looks wonderful! I love those built in with the curvy top doors. The headboard are great. They could be very coastal too. You are so lucky that you are there! Enjoy :)

  28. oh....so jealous right now i am having a hard time focusing!
    enjoy your amazing vacation, and be sure and take some more pictures to share with the rest of us, stuck here in the states.

  29. I wouldn't leave if I were you. Having lived in Paris you know it's extremely difficult to throw people out of apartments.

    Gorgeous, as is your blog.

  30. Have a wonderful time!Its'the most beautiful city in the world!

  31. Mary Ann,
    How grand for your whole family what a great experience and you shared with us what a treat. Savor the moments because you'll never have this day back again.
    Blessings are everywhere catch them while you can.


  32. WOW - this is an incredible apartment! I love that it's clean and white and lovely! Can I come stay with you?

  33. Green with envy. This is definitely our dream trip...right down to the bread and butter!!!

  34. Oh Mary Ann, I'm so glad you're sharing Paris with us. It may be the closest I'll ever get, and it will be so much fun visiting it with someone who's lived there!

  35. Oh my goodness, I am so glad you shared your lovely apartment... It is perfect! What a dream vacation ;) How fun it would be to be in Paris with someone who actually knows the city. Have a wonderful time and keep sharing!

  36. Holy crap...that home is a stunner....they might have to blast you out of that place:)

  37. What an amazing apartment! The whole trip seems like a dream! Enjoy - have some wine and cheese for me. :-)

  38. Looks absolely amazing! I imagine that staying in an apartment makes it feel a little more like you are living in Paris for real. What a treat!

  39. How lovely! What a beautiful place!

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  41. WOW! Absolutely stunning apartment. My husband and I were in Paris for a week last year and I was dying to know what people's home looked like inside. This one is amazing and beautiful. I find the neutral decorations and furniture to be so appealing and relaxing. Thanks for sharing.


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  43. Congrats for new home and this one look great special Marble Stone on the floor look great to me.


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