Welcome! I'm so happy you're here! I've been counting the days until your arrival. Please, just drop your things in the entryway and make yourself at home.
I do hope you enjoy your visit. I have so many lovely things planned for us! I've already set the kitchen table for a snack...
Or perhaps you'd prefer to take tea in the parlour? The view from the balcony is just exquisite; on a clear day you can see Notre Dame and Big Ben and the Empire State building. Impressive, no?
I recently reupholstered the banquette in the salon with purple velvet, so we'll have to spend some time in there admiring my handiwork. I've made sure every room is filled with fresh flowers too!
I have some errands to run this afternoon, so please help yourself to a book in the library while I'm away. They're alphabetized by author and cross indexed by subject...did you expect anything less?
Once you've settled on something juicy to read (I highly recommend this one!) you'll find that the chaise in the corner makes a perfect spot to curl up. Don't blame me if you drift off into a nap!
I'll show you to your room now. The sheets are freshly washed and pressed, of course. I bought the artwork above the bed on my recent round-the-world tour. We've had to buy a second home just to store all the treasures I found on that trip, but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do!
If you need me I'll be in my boudoir. It's the twenty-second door on the left. And if you lose count, you can recognize it by the soft scent of lilacs wafting from the room. Knock gently and if I'm asleep, please come back later. After all, even the best hostess needs her beauty rest!
All images courtesy of Elle Decor, April 2009.