In case you don't have chance to jet over to Paris this week...enjoy these photos of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge's Paris apartment, the contents of which will all be sold during six auctions over three days at the Grand Palais this week (like the Chanel fashion show.)
What is really spectacular about this collection is the breadth and variety of the objects, art, and furniture. Saint Laurent did not discriminate in his taste for beauty, he was comfortable juxtaposing a Roman torso with a Matisse, an 18th century tapestry with Art Deco chairs. While collecting within a specific genre can be rewarding, giving oneself the freedom to collect anything allows further enrichment of a quality of life. Surrounding oneself with beautiful things is about lifestyle, taking daily pleasures in memories of travels, anecdotes from history, or just stories from one's childhood. Appreciating the beauty of a thing however minute or foreign must add joy to every moment of appreciation. Of course, we don't all have to have Saint Laurent's deep pockets to attain such a lifestyle, it only takes a mindset.