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  While the new facade is nice, (certainly to the paranoids who were concerned that the old facade was about to fall on them), I have to admit, I'm going to miss the way it looked before. Having grown up in a culture where distressed is manufactured (stone washed jeans, I'm looking at you), there's something sad about the restoration of a building that genuinely took decades to gracefully decline.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Thanks, Chica!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Chica

You are on the Blogs of Note this month..congrats :) :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by PoetessWug

I must admit, I like the new look! I'm one of those people that never understood why anyone would want things to look like nobody takes care of it!! LOL And if I was going through a neighborhood where "distressed" buildings were, I'd think they didn't care about their community!…I'm from another generation. What can I say?! _

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lost In Cheeseland

When I first walked past this and saw it had been renovated my first thought was "oh no, Nichole is going to be so disappointed!" :) I agree, and unfortunately, much of Paris is trading elegantly distressed for modern perfection. It's a shame.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Forest

nice before and after photos! I too have a bit of a soft spot for naturally delapitated things like the earlier picture of it. But, at least they didn't give it a facelift and turn it into something completely different losing its original spirit.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Maria

The practical homeowner in me thinks they may have been dealing with water/termite damage from the rotting wood. I love that it was so carefully restored and not turned into a Starbucks or something like that. Congrats on being on the Blogs of Note!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Katherine in Paris

There was a horrible fire here not to long ago that gave this restaurant that distressed look. It was so sad, because they kept several birds in cages by the windows. After the fire, they didn't bother to board up the place straight away and the burnt remnants were left in plain view. But, in general I agree with how things can look too clean.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by memorials for loved ones

Wow, it's great! Thanks for the photo and congrats you with being on the Blogs of Note ;) You're doing great job, thank you.

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Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Susan

Nichole and Lindsey…I really hope Paris does not renovate and perfect too much…so much of the charm of Paris is it's "elegant distress".

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