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sneak peek: hidden kitchen

by anne

in new york there are sunday suppers, in baltimore it’s sometimes, and in paris you have hidden kitchen.  it’s all part of this increasing trend towards intimate dinner parties where friends and strangers converge for a memorable meal.  today’s sneak peek takes us into the parisian flat of laura adrian and braden perkins, the creators the private supper club, hidden kitchen.  the two spend most of their time working as consultants for restaurants and food retail companies,  but weekends allow them to invite 16 people into their home for creative, seasonal dinners.  enjoy the setting where it all takes place, and click here for more images. {thanks laura and braden!}anne

[above: I really wanted a lot of green when I looked out our windows, but my thumb is not at all green. Everything I planted out there turned brown! So I e-mailed Elain Jarvis of Jardins Jarvis and she came to look at our window boxes, assessed the amount of light, the amount of work i was willing to do and my taste. A few weeks later she showed up with window boxes already planted and fit for our mini-balconies. I am so happy with the result! ]

We love our apartment, but it’s not really ours. We are renting it and most of the furniture belongs to our landlord. We’ve added our personal touches where we could to make it our own.   We originally chose the color “elephant breath” from farrow and ball to paint our salon, but decided we just couldn’t paint a room with a color with that name! Our painter, Barnaby, agreed and came up with this color of his own- we’ll call it barnaby’s breath! Originally, this room was floor to ceiling off-white so you couldn’t notice any of the molding. plus, it was just blah. Barnaby used a custard-y white on the trim and mirrors and did the ceiling and molding pure white to show off all it’s glory.

The single best thing about our apartment is that our Boston Terrier, Tatie, lives here! We are preparing for his 5th birthday party next month. Guests will wear black and white and all the food will be black and white too!

Hidden Kitchen. On the weekends, our salon magically turns into a dining room where were serve a ten-course meal to 16 hungry guests. For more info, head to our website: www.hkmenus.com.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the hidden kitchen sneak peek after the jump!

The first thing I purchased, even before moving in, was that amazing crystal chandelier. I just happened to see it in a window of an antique shop in the village Saint Paul in the 4eme arrondissement. It replaced a hideous brass number similar to the one that still exists in our dining room! Always something on the list…

The only parts of this room that were influenced by us are the curtains and the new coat of paint. Okay, and all the booze. Curtains, as well as pretty much everything, are insanely expensive here in Paris. So I found these online at Anthropologie and brought them back from the states during a family visit. The paint here is Farrow and Ball by the name of Dauphin. I love that it almost looks like leather!

Braden has a joke that he collects plates the same way I collect shoes. Sadly, it’s quite true. And the same goes for cookbooks. Even though he never follows recipes, he loves to look through cookbooks for inspiration.

We got these lamps at the most amazing store in the Marais, Les Milles Feuilles. The lamps were expensive enough and then when we saw the price of the shades, we almost fainted. So we compromised by getting the lamp bases there and heading to Ikea for the shades at 10€ a pop. Not bad, huh?

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