Jamie Creel, owner and curator of Upper East Side posh décor shop, Creel and Gow, portrays exquisite and eclectic taste throughout his Parisian apartment. Similar to his New York City boutique, his Paris abode overflows with authentic and irresistible treasures, transcending a definite ‘French’ aura. The gorgeous 17thcentury townhouse resides in the lush Saint-Germain-des-Près district, contrasting vintage and contemporary French with modern art pieces. His furniture often has personal value, many by artists in his close circle of friends residing in the City of Lights.
‘While my apartment in New York is filled with family memorabilia, portraits, paintings, silver, furniture and books passed down from generation to generation, my Paris apartment has pretty much only things that I have picked since I first arrived here.’
Gazing out of his apartment windows, one will see the neoclassical dome of the Institut de France, as well as the celebrated Louvre. The almost 3,000-square-foot apartment is situated on the Rude de Seine, and was once lived in by the Queen Margot, notorious for her scandalous memoirs.
Designed by Hervé Van der Straeten, the sophisticated mirror overlooking the bed merges classic contemporary with noble materials. The designer, a close friend of Creel, is known for his iconic creations, such as Dior’s J’adore perfume bottle. Resting at the front of the bed is a Louis XVI bench, found by Creel at an auction. Creel is an avid collector, and often spends his days revolved around auctions and previews. Maison Ramsey designed the antique, gilded, glass-plateau cocktail table.
A painting by French surrealist, Alain le Yaunanc, lies above a cabinet topped by a Pierre Cardin Lamp and Creel and Gow speckled ostrich eggs.
Hand-painted wallpaper and a 19thcentury nickel brass tub add masculine flare and to the stylish master bath.
A set of double doors connect the master bedroom and the sitting room, where neoclassical cabinets from the 1940s surround the slate-sheathed fireplace. Above, notice the 18thcentury French gilt mirror. The organic and textural Harry Bertoia screen rests on the center of the mantle, complimenting the sensual hammered-brass chair by Philippe Hiquily from Galerie Yves Gastou.
Bertoia’s eye-catching Dandelion sculpture adds whimsy to the space, and the plush, Masion Jansen sofa and armchairs came from Creel’s dear friend, Lisa Fine.
‘The library is without question my favorite room in the apartment, as it is filled with things we have found on our travels, every piece has its own story.’
On the vintage Chinese lacquered cocktail table, mantelpiece and bookshelves, pieces from their many travels include mineral specimens, architectural models, and taxidermic tropical birds from Creel and Gow. The library also has a suspended screen sculpture by Bertoia.
Comfortable and chic, the guest bedroom overlooks the dome of the Institut de France. The walls, canopy and Directoire bedspread are all covered in Braquenié’s Monuments d’Egypte fabric from Pierre Frey. The framed, butterfly specimens are from Creel and Gow.
With its long, mirrored bar and banquette seating, the kitchen is representative of a quaint, French café. Herb specimens hung on the wall were initially collected by 19th-century naturalist Émile Deyrolle, and now lie above an antique backgammon table. Chairs and pillows are covered in yellow and-white geometric-patterned fabric by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, and the small round table is by Oliver Gagnere, French neoclassical designer.
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