Thursday, October 5, 2017

MARIANNE EVENNOU : A STAR IS BORN ! by Nathalie Molho, real estate expert in Paris France


Designer of a specific lifestyle in interior decoration: this magician who likes houses so much and reveals them so well, gave us an exclusive Interview!
A star who illuminates what is most precious to us: our home, our refuge!
Discover another article in the french magazine of this month ( Dec/JAN 2018 Vivre COTE PARIS N°54)

 "HOMES MADE TO LIVE AND CREATE" she uses to say!

Before and After Works Studio Place Sainte Catherine 75004

 Blessed with extraordinary insights to capture trends, Marianne puts her gifts into her work 
creating with inventiveness in order to guess even before her customers what spirit  they want
 for they new home. Sometimes just by entering a house she will be force of proposals of
 innovative and smart developments, optimizing each cm²  in particular: the "mini apartment"
 section on her website , rationalizing to the extreme in order to 
combine comfort and fantasy, simplicity and refinement, but always in her own aesthetic 
Marianne, tell us how your aesthetic was born , and  how  you  developed your own style as a decorator?
I just started by creating my own homes that are both workplaces and living places.
Everything went very naturally. My friends asked me to design their interiors, articles and
 requests followed

a cosy and design studio congrat MARIANNE EVENNOU !
A charming and cosy studio made with contemporary design 
Did you hesitated between ARCHITECTURE and DECORATION?
To tell the truth, I do not feel as an architect or a decorator. I simply create interiors. 
A bit like a designer who imagines a garment for a client and a friend, a second skin that
 offers both inner protection and a carapace to face the outside world. Hence the importance of an harmonious and inspiring relationship.
the solftness of colors :  Marianne' signature  

How do find inspiration or how do you think about works you are in charge of ?

 I always think first about the apartment‘s structure, the plan. It's a bit like the skeleton of the
house. It does not show but it's decisive. Living inside must be as fluid and comfortable as
possible. I need to adapt to the lifestyle of its inhabitants.
And then I figure out the space, first with colors, then with a few books and paintings...

Tell us about your color approach, always particularly subtle

I like playing with colors because they bring life and character to places. Nothing could be
 more impersonal than a white space. Color is a risk-taking but so much more stimulating. 
I particularly like the dull colors that give depth and gravity while being elegant. But this step
 is always approached with gentleness. The relationship to color is very physical. I often
 associate it with taste. Some people like salty, others  like sweet. 
The same is true for color. Some think in bright colors, others think in more nuanced colors.
Color is above all an emotion. 
I always try to be in a personal register but adapt to the sensitivity of the person.

Before and after the renovation : the kitchen becomes a masterpiece !
Aperfect optimization : MARIANNE EVENNOU SIGNATURE
A perfect optimization Marianne's signature 
How do you renew your inspiration? by exhibitions such as MAISON & OBJETS ? By
 travels, flea market visits?

I try as far as possible to distance myself from the words "trend" or "fashion" even if I am
 sensitive to my time and its influences, my trajectory is  much more timeless, personal and mixed. My sources of inspiration are more easily found in a painting, a reading, an
 encounter or a journey than in shops or lounges. I am a great dreamer who above all loves 
to be fed with emotions and an imaginary world.

You like to personally go antiquing, and mix the objects coming from flea market or
 vintage, it is not necessary -you are used to say- , to find a piece of furniture matching exactly to the size of its location, is it  this supplement of freedom that is important?

Yes, that's right. No recipe, no stereotyped  ideas  but just the desire for a mix of furniture and objects that are collected without a priori. I do not want to create sets but places where you
 feel happy to live and as open minded  as possible.

Your site appears as a catalog of encounters: a structural harmony between a place
 and an encounter: between those who are destined to settle in these places and you ... how do you manage to  conceive  more personalization, more inspiration, in order to make these houses, these apartments, these places always more unique?

Yes, every construction site is first and foremost a human adventure. And I always leave a
 little bit of myself in every project. I try to personalize the adventure as much as allowed by
  time and material constraints . Each project has its Instagram and allows the client to
 participate as closely as possible to the adventure. And we often end with a little book that 
tells the story of the site. I think of  these adventures as of novels that are written.

Mezzanine under the roof : brillant optimisation ! 

A journalist called you a " living spaces designer" this is a very nice compliment!

Yes, it was a magnificent compliment that went straight to my heart.
What is- for you -  the most important before buying a home?
It is in a very pragmatic way all that one can not change and with which one will have to 
arrange: the location, the light, the noise, the quality of the building. And then in a much less pragmatic way, that mysterious "I do not know what" that makes you feel good in a place or
 not. It is sometimes a story of irrational vibration as in any encounter but what makes the salt of life.

Do you live in PARIS and what is your favorite neighborhood?

I split mylife between Senlis and my offices in the Rue Sedaine near Bastille ( 11th district ) 
The slow time of my countryside home surroudings on the one hand and the other a
 stimulating,and on the other hand  a stimulating, young and creative neighbourhood! I do
 not really have a favorite district  but I am naturally attracted by those new trendy areas
 where onecan  feel a wind of freedom and creativity such as the 9th and 10th !

What would you say to our visitors  (in order to provoke a future meeting perhaps and a new adventure)

I am not very good at provoking encounters. I just think that some of them must be done 
naturally, by mutual attraction, and that we must always be demanding and selective in these choices.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The aim of the blog : search my home in Paris by Nathalie Molho, Paris real estate expert

mythic place des VOSGES formerly ROYAL SQUARE


Search my home in Paris blog wishes to help you in understanding the timeline of this special moment of buying an apartment in a foreign country and also the practices of professional people.As becoming a landlord in a foreign country represents a great challenge,I intend to help you in knowing or discovering the great principles of real estate regulations here in France ,and prices market depending on each quarter of paris, where as a french and  parisian native, I am living since always and doing my best to help you finding the apartment of your dream.

                                A view from Sully Bridge of  ILE ST LOUIS & the right bank quai walk

 To find an apartment in the City of light demands time, energy and a good knowledge of different districts and sub-districts of Paris, but also patience and perseverance.

In order to introduce you "my" Paris, you may discover my best addresses, opening or exhibitions, through my address book and lifestyle column ! Enjoy !



I started my career as Fashion designer, after academic studies, creating luxury ready-to-wear collections for women in Paris (where I was born) and where I developed my own label, before teaching fashion history and culture.

After a few years and through my personal experience of buying an apartment in Paris, I decided to become an independent realtor, which profession allowed me to go on in teaching. I created a fashion cursus after being invited for a lecture in Helsinki (Finland) I am still teaching for a Business School, which created a Master in Luxury, Fashion and Cosmetics

I created this Blog in order to help my readers to understand real estate market in Paris and to discover best addresses in some district, mainly for a start: in le Marais ( 3rd and 4th arrondissement )
As I have the opportunity to meet many foreigners in this area (where I work and live since 20 years) I think it’s more easy for you to read me in English.
I would be pleased to help you in any real estate projects ! Contact: +(33)6 60 69 77 67

Enjoy !


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Paris Haussmann by Nathalie Molho, real estate Paris expert




On the occasion of  PARIS and HAUSSMANN exhibition, organized by Carnavalet Museum the Pavilion of the Arsenal (75004) hosts this exhibition and offers several lecture and walking events (7 urban walks to discover the Haussmannian Paris)
Organized by geographical quarters, these walks (whose function was predominant in the model of the city according to the prefect HAUSSMANN 1809-1891) question us on the stakes of the contemporary city

The origin of the project  :
During his exile in England (1846-1848), Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte was greatly impressed by the western districts of London; the reconstruction of british capital necessary after the great fire of 1666 had made this city a reference for hygiene and modern urbanism. The Emperor wanted to make Paris, which in the middle of the 19th century looked like the Middle Ages period: the streets were still dark, narrow and unhealthy, a city as prestigious as London. This would be the starting point of the new Prefect's action.

A little history :
In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte made himself emperor of France and set out on an ambitious project to make Paris the most beautiful city in the world. It was during Bonaparte’s reign that the Arc de Triumphe and many other monuments were built atop what had been, at the time, the outskirts of Paris. In 1851, Bonaparte’s nephew, Napoleon III, assumed the role as the country’s emperor and by 1852 he had hired Baron Haussmann to complete Bonaparte’s goal. Haussmann was commissioned to take the existing medieval city of Paris and modernize it for the rapidly changing contemporary world of technological advances.
The main idea of ​​these enormous urban works was to allow a better flow of men and goods for better economic efficiency and on the other hand of air and water, in accordance with the Hygienist theories inherited from the Age of Enlightenment   which were booming , notably in reaction to the cholera epidemic of 1832. This campaign was entitled "Paris embellished, Paris enlarged, Paris sanitized"
Large swaths of medieval Paris were demolished to make way for wide avenues, new buildings, and upgraded infrastructure. The city was also expanded, most noticeably to the west where new avenues were extended from the Arc de Triumph.

Baron, being trained as an engineer of sorts, approached the project from the perspective of improving the city, not only aesthetically, but structurally. He wanted to make the city run smoother and work better for modern times.
It is estimated that the work of Baron Haussmann modified Paris to 60%: 18 000 houses were demolished between 1852 and 1868 (including 4 349 before the extension of the Paris boundaries in 1860), while 30 770 houses were recorded in 1851 In the Paris before the annexation of the adjoining communes.
In order to improve hygiene by the quality of air, according to the recommendations of his predecessor, Prefect Rambuteau, he set up a number of parks and gardens: a square was created for each district of Paris, as well as the Parc Montsouris and the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.

The “Haussmann” adjective also refers to the method of urbanism by destroying old neighborhoods, and the construction of wide and straight arteries that constitutes the urbanism of Haussmann.
Outside France, several capitals: Vienna, Brussels, Rome, Barcelona, ​​Madrid and Stockholm are inspired by his ideas with the ambition of becoming a new Paris. He also traveled in Istanbul and Cairo.
At about the same time, NEW YORK was built on a Hippodamian plane (1811)
It was during the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 that New York City adopted the grid pattern of the streets of North Manhattan. The purpose of this governmental decision, which stipulates the division of the city into twelve avenues from north to south and one hundred fifty-five streets from east to west, is mainly economic, the aim being to control the anarchic growth of the city and in particular of its real estate sector.

Haussmann is working on a global renovation of Paris with wide breakout and new perspective where the buildings form islets (with inner courtyards which allow to hide the constitutive mess , inherited from medieval  constraints,  contrasting with  the aesthetic and regularity of the facades)
Let’s remember  that there was no water in the apartments at that time :  water was found at  fountains, in the courtyards

Building and facades
Avenue de l’OPERA : Unlike most Parisian avenues, there are no trees. This was the result of a compromise between Haussmann and Charles Garnier, the architect of the OPERA house, who desired the best view possible of the main facade of the Opera at the end of the avenue. He did not want the view to be obstructed by the leaves and branches.

The facade of the Haussmann building symbolizes a brand image In the 19th century stone building while in the 18th century plaster building
The  SEBASTOPOL  boulevard was inaugurated as a play with a curtain raiser and the inhabitants were able to discover the perspective of the facades of the BUILDINGS
Staging and communication already existed at the time!
These buildings already existed although different from the Historic Monuments (whose concept was created in 1810) revealing a Paris offering an harmonious unity, avenues and wide boulevards 33 meters  maximum, bringing a coherent overall vision even if behind these facades there is sometimes a certain disorder resulting from the vestiges of the Middle Ages

The concept of apartment building
Haussmann vision and concept for his new city brings out the new function of apartments building, which are rent by bourgeois and  middle-class persons, all living in apartment fitted out in the same way
In these properties coexist two different and separate worlds : the middle-class or bourgeois and the domestic which never happen to meet in the staircase : for a simple reason : they do not use the same !
The upper floors are intended for workers and maids, the noble floor remind the splendor of classic aesthetic and pompous decoration though marble fireplace, wooden parquet and molding, which tends to show an excess of representation, as aristocratic castles did in their times

This difference of class living in the same properties express a tangible change in French society : there are no more titles for nobility only deeds titles !

Sewer  and street light  

Eugene BELGRAND worked, under the leadership  of Haussmann  in harmony with hygiene theories to modernize the sewerage network, installing collectors under the newly drilled arteries, constraining building ( by the law of 1894 ) to discharge their storm water into the sewer system
From then no waste water should be discharged directly into the Seine, the sewers were pouring not anymore in Paris but down Clichy

The street lights allow Parisians to feel secure even at night as George Sand says
The numerous fountains, the kiosks, and the squares give to the City a special character almost romantic incensed in many novel, and later moovies

Strolling in Paris it’s being alive !  as Honoré de Balzac said

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

DAMMANN Frères :a sensory experience PLACE DES VOSGES Nathalie Molho real estate Paris expert

DAMMANN Frères : a sensory experience …

DAMMANN Frères a sensory experience

Tell us how DAMMANN FRÈRES was born 

The history of DAMMANN stretches over three centuries: an exceptional and rare longevity that began in 1692 under the reign of King Louis XIV. It is from the beginning a history of trade. Louis XIV needed money to finance wars and to return money to the coffers of the State,so he granted to those who could pay, the right to trade.
Thus, Mr.Damame, of Dutch origin, traveled to Paris in order to  acquire by Royal order the right to import tea and other rare and exotic products, such as cocoa, spices and sorbets .
We have found the existence of the Royal Edict with the mention of  Sieur Damame in the french  National Archives.

Tea Time with DAMMANN Frères
Tea Time with DAMMANN Frères

Did the story become international very quickly ?

Absolutely! Even if archives are not numerous, we know the company has remained active since its beginnings. We know with greater accuracy that at the beginning of the 19th Century, the company through its heirs, Pierre and Robert,  developed the international trade of tea, spices and a novelty,  vanilla from Madagascar.  In 1825, they founded the first trading counter in Java, followed by another one in Indochina. A century later, brothers Pierre & Robert Dammann brothers opened a vanilla trading office in Madagascar followed by a tea counter in New York.

Throughout these years, the core business of the company was to work directly with larger fine food and epicurean markets large grocery stores: B to B. In 1926, Dammann became the official supplier of the transatlantic lines, so on all the ships of the CGT (CompagnieGénéraleTransatlantique), DAMMANN FRÉRES tea was served, celebrating a certain “art”of living from the Belle Epoque to the Roaring Twenties. This enhanced the beautiful brand image for the house!
M. & Mrs Dammann, founder
M. & Mrs Dammann, founder

In 1954, in the absence of heir, it wasJean Jumeau-Lafond (father of the then current president), passionate about tea,who took the lead of  the company . His goal was to democratize this product still confined to consumption habits of  the elite and haute bourgeoise. It should not be forgotten that historically, coffee is more consumed in France than in the United Kingdom, where the colonial empire favored the habit of consuming tea.

As a true traveling ambassador for his product, he traveled through France to promote tea in the fine food emporiums of each provincial town, gradually propelling it from the restricted department of herbalism and pharmacies. He found success with these traders initiating the sale of tea in bulk alongside other fine products such as spirits, pates and other delicacies.
Asian heritage of best teas
Asian heritage of best teas 

How did the idea of ​​unique universe DAMMANN BROTHERS emerge?

As a result of this commercial development, the idea was born that tea could attract the usual and loyal consumers, via the sale of different blend sold in bulk, and the first tea stores were created! But as with any success, a touch of innovation and a twist are needed to make the difference. Jean Jumeau-Lafond met his wife in Hamburg. She came from the Russian bourgeoisie and used Earl Grey tea but in order to soften the flavor , used a slice of orange in her cup!
 In these times, oranges were still a rare commodity, not available in all seasons. He imagined mixing black tea with essential oils of bergamot and sweet orange. After a few tests, the result was perfect, and the first modern fragrant tea was born. As a tribute to his wife, he named his creation Russian Douchka.
Commercial success came very quickly, thanks to one of his friends, the manager of a department store, where this new fragrant tea was very quickly popular, and in constant demand by the public.  
 It remains since that time one of the best sellers of the house.

As often, success arrives thanks to one idea, but  one had to be visionary and have faith in innovation to develop this creation. 

Soon after the creation of the first of the fragrant teas, more followed.
 The use of perfumed tea with flowers is an ancestral tradition: jasmine, rose, and magnolia tea, but the mix of aroma involves more sophisticated research.
For example, the "Jardin Bleu" tea, a black tea that has been developed with aromas of rhubarb, strawberry and wild strawberry, to obtain a fruity, slightly acidic  flavor, was only created after extensive trial and error.

Scented tea will become a primordial know-how, the signature of the house. Under the leadership of an aromatician,  new mixes are developed each year. Very early, too, the house is interested in herbal teas and more generally all the plants to infuse. Today, they are products that have a keen interest among consumers, mixes multiply to satisfy the very contemporary trend of "I take care of myself", "I make myself happy".
 In the 1970s Jacques and Didier Jumeau-Lafond are the tea suppliers of reference for high gastronomy. The great chefs such as Paul Bocuse or the Troisgros brothers, who develop delicatessen ranges destined for international markets, as well as major brands such as Fauchon, Hédiard in Paris, and Fortnum & Mason and Harrod's in London . Damman Frères has had the privilege of providing them and accompanying them in their development.

the best selection of TEAS
the best selection of TEAS 

How was born the famous Crystal tea bag ?

It was during a trip to Japan, in 1980, that Didier Jumeau-Lafond discovered a new material: A nylon veil coming from new technologies, flexible and transparent developed first for coffee  for Japanese consumers. It was taken over by DAMMANN FRÈRES for the creation of a new type of tea bag. Its total neutrality in taste and transparency are the advantages that allow this new bag to show the quality of the leaves used and to restore to the infusion the authentic taste of conditioned teas.
This Cristal® tea bag which is also a registered trademark, is always made from the same material nowadays imported from JAPAN. This innovation which our competitors doubted, they adopted it very quickly !
Today 120 million bags are sold every year, but DAMMANN FRÉRES remains in the category of "big craftsmen" and not "industrial". We wish to preserve the excellence of our manufacturing processes, to control the whole chain and to maintain the quality grade that our customers come to seek from us.
crystal bag a DAMMANN innovation
crystal bag a DAMMANN innovation

How do customers discover the breadth of your product range?

We propose more than 350 teas and mixes to infuse, so it seemed important to put them in a playful way, to make our customers want to discover them. To offer them this unique olfactory experience, we have created in our store in the Place des Vosges, as in each of our shops, a piece of furniture specially designed to welcome different teas to discover and to smell. This is our "tea organ"! It allows places Vosges the discovery of 120 varieties of teas. The olfactory discovery is part of the buying experience, it is playful the customer is having fun.
We were also among the first to offer tea as a gift, with our boxes, a showcase that offers different fragrances, and which functions as a "teaser", customers often wish after this sampling to know more about Dammann Brothers, to discover more and to make it known in their turn, like true initiates!

Where do your teas come from?

We have three experts who are constantly traveling around the world to select and buy the best productions.
We import our teas from China, India, Africa, Sri Lanka. Indeed, China and India are the world's top two producers.
You should know that the tea comes from a single botanical plant, the Camellia sinensis.
It is its manufacture, the way in which the leaves are worked, that varies. As with the vine, the terroir, the altitude where it is grown are factors that contribute to mark some differences.
There is an infinite variety of teas: from green teas to black, white, green or dark teas ... The processing operations that the leaves must undergo differentiate them. The shaping of the leaves also varies according to the regions of production, they can be worked in needles, twists, beads ...

What is the trend concerning tea  consumption?

Tea is the most drunk beverage after water!

The consumption of tea has taken root even in places where it is not grown. It has become a universal drink, from the time of the caravans (in the East and Middle East) to our contemporary societies which appropriated it in new forms: flavored iced teas, for example, we have in our teams an aromatician!

In some countries where tea is culturally anchored in rites (China among others), some customers are looking for "grand cru" aspiring to premium qualities.
The global market demand is increasingly strong worldwide, which results in a slight increase in tariffs.

Why and how did you come to PLACE DES VOSGES?

Dammann Frères settled  Place des Vosges for about ten years, looking for a flagship shop, which could allow  to establish his image as a 100% French  tea maker,  (our factory is located in Dreux ) Combining a unique history of  three hundred years with a very high quality requirement!
 This exceptional site of the Place des Vosges lined with private mansions dating from the seventeenth century, with majestic architecture and charming arcades was a dream place, chance has done the rest ....
The French ceilings: original painted beams, and the interior design of the shop generated a lot of meeting with the architects of the Bâtiments de France.This was the price to pay for settling serenely in this privileged setting of the Marais, André Malraux was careful to safeguard and protect in the 1960s, thanks to the precise establishment of a perimeter of which the Place des Vosges is of course part

Do you have other addresses in Paris ?

Yes :  6  adresses à PARIS : 24 avenue Victoria ,75001,  101 bis rue Mouffetard 75005,  12, avenue Franklin Roosevelt  75008, 6, place des Petits Pères  75002 ,  Bercy Village Chai 39 cours Saint-Emilion  75012 et à  BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT 72, boulevard Jean Jaurès 92100
We have opened stores in 66 countries, and we have a web site.

best teas from JAPAN
best teas from JAPAN

 What are your new challenges and what are your new perspectives for development?

We intend to offer new tasting experiences in some of our boutiques..Innoovation means maintaining quality criteria, we have forged a privileged relationship with certain plantations with which we have been working for 35 years.
Innovation also involves the development of some new products that are constantly tested, such as the "Lemon Caviar Rose" or "Rooibos" perfumed tea: exclusively harvested in South Africa with a relatively new tea, also known as red tea, or The "Carcadet" prepared from the hibiscus flower imported from West Africa or from Egypt. It delivers a ruby ​​red infusion very acidulated, without theine which pleases many children.
Actually, thanks to our tea-blender, and our aromatician, we have two real authors of teas. He and she compose according to their know-how sometimes so-called classical mixes, such as breakfast teas, sometimes fragrant compositions blending harmoniously the natural notes of the teas used to those, fruity, flowery and gourmet and flavors chosen for a New perfume tea.
Among the latest creations  the Altitude Mix, the perfect classic to accompany the day, Macaron Cassis-violette and Soupir d'Orient blends with green tea, or Oolong Caramel with salted butter and poppy  deliciously gourmet compositions ... .

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