Daun Thomas Frankland
Daun Thomas Frankland, Founder of Paris at My Feet, offers a “bespoke” service of tailored, discreet and personalized experiences of Paris. Clients share her passion for the decorative arts, antiques, auction houses, galleries and the history, culture and lore of France. A proud Virginian, her roots reach back to the days when Lafayette came from France to fight with George Washington for independence. Living in Paris, her adopted home for the last 15 years, her love for both countries is alive and vibrant as she delights in showcasing the treasures and corners of the “City of Light”.
Bi-lingual with a dual degree in Art Studio and Art History, she has woven a tapestry career in the U.S. and Europe. Early on Daun worked for the renowned antiquarian Gep Durenberger organizing his famous Decorative Arts Seminars. An entrepreneur since 1988, she opened Thomas Matthews Antiques and Interior Design in the Washington D.C area where her antiques, carefully shipped and crated from Europe, are refurbished and showcased. Daun launched Paris at My Feet in 2001. She also volunteers as a docent at the American Ambassador’s residence in Paris where she revels in sharing stories that show the bonds between America and France.
Just as there is not a typical day or “sejour” with Daun, nor are her clients. They range from designers, art dealers, historians, artists, executives, diplomats, architects, museum patrons, celebrities and many who are returning to the “City of Light” seeking a different experience. The experience could be a trip to the flea market or an art gallery, a visit to the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, or a behind the scenes visit to the fashion houses of Chanel or Hermès. With her connections the term “back door” takes on true meaning with Daun as your “accompagniatrice”.
To date, Paris at my Feet has been exclusively word of mouth or “bouche d’oreil”, where clients are referrals from her vast network of contacts in the design and art world. Notoriety in the press shined the light on her taste and flair for the decorative arts when her Parisian apartment was featured in House Beautiful and most recently she was mentioned in Architectural Digest. Inspired to showcase and share her passions virtually, visitors to her site receive a warm welcome from her Parisian apartment. Also featured are video tours and clips of her favorite corners of Paris, as well as a showcase or her treasures.
As one client said “As unpretentious as she is charming and elegant, Daun led us to discover “corners” not to be found in the guide books. Her contacts, mastery of the language, enthusiasm and knowledge of design, art and antiques made for a memorable experience. We truly felt that Paris was at our feet”.