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a royal estate

I’m infatuated by the Parisian home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Situated in the Bois de Boulogne (a park in the 16th arrondissement of Paris), the Windsor Villa was quite remarkable. The couple was said to have moved into the estate after Maison Jansen, the famous Paris-based design firm, redecorated the home under the supervision of the Duchess. I was thrilled when I found photos from a 1939 profile in Life Magazine! My only complaint is that I could not find an image of the legendary pipe organ in their entryway. Wallis thought it an eyesore, so she had a library painted over it in trompe-l'œil. How brilliant was she?

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Such a gorgeous home, she was brilliant!

06.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

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07.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlice

What a wonderfull house !
Do you know if it still exists ?

So Line

07.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSo Line

Didn't you jst love the class from days done by! And yes! She was brilliant!!
Have a PRETTY day!

So beautiful! I love the exterior, it is simply stunning :)


Hi - just a historical note for context with regards to Wallis Simpson being 'brilliant' and 'lovely' - she was a Nazi sympathiser, evidence of this was made public in 1996 (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/britains-wouldbe-nazi-queen-1312830.html), although it had long been suspected. I'm sure you didn't intend it but it's probably not a good idea to glorify or romanticise wealthy Nazis.

07.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Theriault

oh my goodness! this is simply fantastic. I would adore to see these photos in color- the home looks absolutely amazing!

that is quite brilliant! i'd love to see a photo of that as well. i'll have to look for some color photos. i'm curious to see all the patterns together.

They don't make classic designs like this anymore.

07.12.2011 | Unregistered Commentermichele

the black & white photos of the windsor residence from life magazine are not of the villa windsor at bois de boulogne ... they show , rather , a previous residence at boulevard suchet

10.22.2012 | Unregistered Commenterfyi

As mentioned in the last post, the picture are said to be of the Windsor Villa in the Bois de Boulogne, but are in fact their former parisian home, 24 boulevard Suchet (75016)in Paris, which is just outside the Bois de Boulogne (and now the parisian Ambassy of the Ivory Coast). I cannot find pictures of the Windsor Villa, which is within the Bois de Boulogne, at this address 4 avenue du champs d'entrainement (75016) Paris, where they both (the Duke and the Duchess) died.

10.31.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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