Design Highlights from Paris

It’s unbelievable to think that an entire month has passed since we were in Paris. It really was one of our favorite trips ever, in spite of the daily rain and the fact that I was sick for three weeks after we got home. Last year, when we visited Paris, we stayed at The Peninsula, which was fabulous with top notch service and amazing restaurants on property. This time around, we opted to stay at the Marquis Faubourg Saint Honoré, designed by one of my favorite interior designers, Michele Bonan. The location was incredible, right off of the Faubourg Saint Honoré, on the rue d’Anjou. It is literally around the corner from Saint Laurent, Hermes, and all kinds of great shopping. We also walked to the Hotel Costes for drinks several times. The hotel itself is super chic, as one would expect, and our room was very large for Paris, well-appointed, and comfortable. The downside to a property with fifteen rooms is that they seemed a little short-staffed and they did not have an on-site restaurant or bar, just a chic room where breakfast was served.

One of our favorite dining experiences on this trip was at Loulou, a super chic restaurant designed by Joseph Dirand, another favorite designer at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs. We were seated at an intimate table in front of a window overlooking the Louvre, which was lovely, but the view inside was just as fabulous. I am in love with the mix of materials in this restaurant– gorgeous, heavily veined marble, burnt orange velvet, caning, plaster, and gilded accents– beyond! I am looking forward to seeing the Dior exhibition at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs when I return to Paris in a couple of months. They were still mounting the show when we were there and it opened a couple of days after we left.

{A Better Photo from Loulou’s Website}

Another design detail that I noticed throughout Paris, was the use of exquisite trellis work, or treillage. I dream of doing a beautiful treillage application in a future client’s house.

{Beautiful Treillage at the Ritz Paris}

{This treillage in St. Germain de Pres stopped me in my tracks on our walk back from the Musee Rodin.}

Another highlight of this trip was finally going to the Marché aux Puces, or flea market. Despite having been to Paris a few times before, we had never ventured there until this trip and we are so glad we did. It was raining pretty heavily that morning and I thought the day would end up being miserable and tried to convince Fabian to go to a museum instead. Thankfully, he insisted that we should go– I’m pretty lucky to have a husband who insists on going to a flea market to shop for antiques– so we did. We started at the Paul Bert Serpette section of the market and spent most of our time there. The level of merchandising and the pieces to be found there are truly fantastic. I was blown away that this was a flea market because it was nicer than most of the antiques shows I have been to in the US. 

In spite of the beautiful displays, there were still some good deals to be found. We bought a pair of super chic, hand-made plaster sunburst mirrors from a local artist that I plan to hang in my living room. I almost wish we had planned to spend two days at the market because I am sure there was still quite a bit that we did not see. When you go, be sure to have lunch at ma cocotte. The restaurant, in the Paul Bert Serpette part of the market features stylish design and delicious food. Again, we were blown away that we were at a flea market! 

I am thrilled that I will get to be in Paris for the second time this year come September and am even more excited that it will be an antiques buying trip with Huff Harrington. I can’t wait to learn and hopefully, come home with a few treasures.

{All Photos by Paloma Contreras Exclusively for La Dolce Vita}


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