What is the interior design of La Grenouille?

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Step inside La Grenouille in New York and instantly be transported to a different time and place. The classic and elegant décor is vibrant and ornate, filled with colorful flowers every place you look. In fact, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant is famous for its floral designs. Ever since it first opened its doors in 1962, it has been known for its perfect bouquets. Charles Masson, owner of La Grenouille, handles the floral arrangements himself, a responsibility he took over after his father — the original owner of the restaurant — passed away. Masson updates the flowers weekly so that they are always perfectly timed with the season, making the restaurant abundantly fragrant and full of life. In the main dining room, you’ll find plenty of color beyond the flowers. The atmosphere is almost theatrical featuring red banquettes, oil paintings and mirrored walls, the perfect compliment to the white tablecloths and golden lighting. Tiny bouquets of white roses adorn each table and larger arrangements bring privacy to the dining room. For a change of pace to the grandeur of the dining room, visit the second floor of the restaurant where lunch is served and private dining is available. Bernard Lamotte, the painter, and later a friend of the Massons originally had a studio workspace on the second floor before La Grenouille opened. Charlie Chaplin and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry were just a few of his visitors. The second floor of the New York restaurant features a high ceiling, two-tiered atelier with a skylight to let the sunshine in. There is also a wood-burning fireplace, a Juliet balcony, and paintings by Lamotte and the Massons. In the evening, the second floor comes alive with a pianist performing classic French songs for you to tap your toes to.

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