11 April 2014

A Room With A View

Montmartre, France
By Haleigh In Non classé

When I moved to Paris almost six years ago I was allured by the possibility of a simple life. Living in Southern California, or imagining settling in other places like London and New York City, always left me feeling in need of more, more, more. Paris was the opposite. I thought “here, if for the rest of my life I have nothing more than a room of my own in a beautiful old building and the charm of the city streets for free just below, then I’ll be satisfied.” I knew this to be true because I tasted this life for two weeks before moving here. I rented a studio apartment below the Luxembourg garden with my sister on a tiny street only one block long called rue Campagne-Première. The street itself seemed insignificant until I read Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids‘ two summers ago in Spain with Audrey. Patti Smith and her own sister stayed at 9 rue Campagne-Première on their first trip to Paris, one of the most formative journeys in Patti’s creative life. What’s more is she chose it because Man Ray, Rimbaud, Verlaine, and Duchamp all resided on this same little street once as well. My heart lit up to discover such a parallel and coincidence. Our little room was up five flights of stairs with the window of the main room looking out over one of those beautiful churches, each extraordinary in their own right yet with names unknown to most because they are just one of hundreds in Paris. The experience altered the course of my life. I tasted what we call “la vie boheme” and knew it was for me. Today I have it, my modest little flat in Paris with no elevator up to the front door, no dishwasher or television inside. Plenty of tea to drink though, that some how all tastes better in this little place of my own. A change of scenery is always nice though. So I said yes to Habitat Parisien when they invited me to stay in their apartment, Coeur Vu, in Montmartre for a few days. The experience brought me back to our little room with a view on rue Campagne-Première. This time though the church out the window has a name that everybody knows, Le Sacre Coeur.

adorable paris apartment

paris apartment with a view of the sacre coeur

paris apartment with a view of the sacre coeur

COUEUR VU

I wasn’t sure my last experience with Habitat Parisien could be topped, but at Coeur Vu it was. Just like the rest of their picturesque apartments located throughout Paris’s best neighbourhoods, this charming flat can be rented by anyone looking for the perfect place to call home during their trip to Paris.

The view could not be better. I can’t explain to you the majestic experience it is to go to bed at the foot of the Sacre Coeur with the church lit up like your very own night light. In the day you can enjoy the peaceful quite of the apartment and write at the table looking out upon this landmark for inspiration. The carousel below is so charming as well. The location is ideal for all those looking to experience la vie boheme. Montmartre is one of Paris’s most quaint and unique neighbourhoods, with tiny cobblestone streets, hills, and sweeping views. It is known as being a haven for artists. The layout is spacious for a Parisian flat and is used well. It’s large enough for entertaining which I did while I was here, hosting a dinner party for my friends. The amenities in the apartment also covered everything I needed to entertain as well, from cooking to presentation with candle sticks, plenty of plates, crystal bowls, and more. The design of the apartment has all the traditional elements that I love about parisian flat, an old glass door, the ornate rod iron window railings, the old fireplace. All things you would hope to see in a beautiful French flat. If you would like to stay at Coeur Vu or any other of Habitat Parisien’s apartments, please visit their website.

paris apartment with a view of the sacre coeur

grocery shopping in paris

paris dinner party with friends

paris dinner party with friends

dinner party with friends in Paris

dinner party with friends in Paris vu 15

paris apartment with a view of the sacre coeur

paris apartment with a view of the sacre coeur

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  2. Berithe 11 April 2014

    Nice Daddy Money bags , eh? i would go to Paris tooooo

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    • Haleigh 11 April 2014

      If that’s what you think then you clearly have not read much of this blog and you are very welcome to never read it ever again. Cheers!

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  3. Donna 11 April 2014

    Lovely post, Haleigh! Thanks so much for sharing. The top photo is like a dream! Those views are truly breathtaking.

    Sending love from Canada,

    Donna

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  4. Donna 11 April 2014

    P.S. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I always feel like I’ve been transported to another world when I do. You’re a very gifted writer and the photos are stunning. Loving the outtakes from your shoot.:)

    Keep on inspiring others and spreading the magic!

    Donna

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  5. Michaela Jean 11 April 2014

    You paint the most lovely picture of Paris. And the same street as Man Ray! You lucky girl ;).

    xo

    Michaela

    http://michaelajeanblog.com

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  7. Nicole 11 April 2014

    That truly looks like the epitome of a Parisian apartment! Will definitely looking in to Habitat Parisien if I ever go to Paris!

    xx Nicole
    http://npk-blog.blogspot.com

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  8. Thank you so much for the recommendation! I added the site to my notes in case I get to travel to Paris – they have so many lovely places to stay. x

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  9. Ester 11 April 2014

    I completely understand your feeling! I am moving to France next month to work at Disney and I’ll be living in a studio… it’s incredible how back in our places we always feel like we need more of everything and then moving everything seems so simple, even a small place with no dishwasher or tv is perfect! 🙂
    I love reading your recent personal posts, Haleigh! Keep it up 🙂

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    • Haleigh 11 April 2014

      Hi Ester! A good family friend of mines works for Disney in France and has had a great experience here. She says the Disney community really supports their foreign employees here so I you will be in good hands. Thanks for reading and your support! XOXO

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      • Ester 1 May 2014

        aww I just saw your reply right now! I’m thrilled to hear that 🙂 thank you!

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  10. Lovisa 11 April 2014

    Very beautiful pictures!

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  11. Faye 11 April 2014

    Adored reading this Haleigh you have such an art for story-telling! So glad I could help you capture some of the magic behind these photos <3

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  12. Robert 11 April 2014

    Wow, this looks absolutely stunning. I’m just envisioning myself at your dinner party, the doors wide open, Sacre Coeur’s lights glistening in the background. Perfection.

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    • Haleigh 11 April 2014

      Robert, you are welcome at my dinner parties anytime!

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  13. maria 11 April 2014

    BEAUTIFUL new post haleigh! love all this light forever present in every aspect of your creativeness and I wish soon your name receives all the recognition it deserves for you are a great artist in every sense!

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    • Haleigh 12 April 2014

      Wow Maria, that is such a sweet comment. Thanks for making me feel like a super star, people like you are the BEST kind of fans 🙂 BIG HUGS

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  14. These photos are absolutely beautiful! I can’t get over the view and right outside a stunning carousel too? Absolutely loving it! x

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  15. Marie 11 April 2014

    We are trully happy of how it turned out Haleigh; you are very talented and clearly Habitat Parisien suits you! lol

    Best

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  16. Luisa Fernanda del Mar 11 April 2014

    Oh lord, everything is so beautiful. You look stunning and it looks all like a dream <3

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  17. Meg 11 April 2014

    love love love love love love love
    that night was so magical.
    i’m looking forward to summer parisian nights!
    xx

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  18. josephine 13 April 2014

    I love love love your pictures, it looks so homely! Need Paris now!

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  19. Zanita 13 April 2014

    I’ve actually stayed in the apartment above this one! Small world!

    Zanita

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  20. Marilou 14 April 2014

    Wow, the photos are amazing! I dream of very same thing. Nice little flat in an old building, with the beautiful view. Something old, something new..

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  21. Charlojiho 15 April 2014

    Nice photos !

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  22. Anita 15 April 2014

    Amazing! I could live there in a second.

    I am following you now.

    Xoxo fashionistaorbreakfast.blogspot.com

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  23. […] When I moved to Paris almost six years ago I was allured by the possibility of a simple life. Living…” […]

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  24. Savanna 23 April 2014

    I love this post!

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  25. Antoine 8 May 2014

    I love your nose! When did this get done 🙂 ?

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  26. Zara Boyd 26 May 2014

    Absolutely adore your apartment. I lived in Paris for two years when I was much younger and it is truly magical . The experience inspired me to do choose a degree in French and I hope to live there once again in the future! I wish to have a home like you some day. P.S I am addicted to your blog, such a great read! X

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  27. amélie 30 May 2014

    Hello dear Making Magique !!!!

    I just discover your blog through Miss Pandora, and I really like it ! you pictures are really lovely and sweet !!
    I love the dress that you’re wearing in this post, where is it from ?

    Thank You

    Amélie

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    • Haleigh 30 May 2014

      Salut Amélie! Bienvenue sur mon blog, je suis très heureuse que tu l’aimes! la robe c’est vintage en fait..donc il n’y a pas une autre…mais je vends les robes vintage dans ma boutique donc (http://makingmagique.com/shop) donc n’hésites pas aller voir là bas s’il y qqchose que tu aimes encore plus! XOXO

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  28. Joyce 24 February 2015

    What a magical neighborhood! I feel as though you moved to Paris with no compromises and really got the best experience out of it.

    Characters & Carry-ons

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  29. Christina 26 October 2015

    Just amazing!

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