Grandson of a millionaire, [Cole] Porter spent his entire life surrounded by opulence, and his home at 13 re Monsieur was no exception. In the entryway, black- and- white checked tile led from the front door to a finely cut marble staircase flanked on each side by columns. From the top of the stairs, a grand salon stretched out over much of the first floor, enclosing in its white paneling soft velvet couches, oriental- finished tables, and colorful rugs. Platinum paper coated the library walls, while elsewhere in the house zebra- skin rugs complemented ornate art deco furnishing. . . . Porter’s workroom . . . , painted entirely in white, contained nothing but a white table, a white piano, and one hundred white pencils. The wall facing the courtyard was made of frosted glass with a small, clear porthole so that Porter could gaze outside for inspiration.
—Luke Miner, Paris Jazz: A Guide, 2005.