Sponsor Spotlight: Huff Harrington Home + A Fabulous Giveaway

This is such an exciting week for La Dolce Vita, first we unveiled our new look and new home at www.ladolcevitablog.com. Tomorrow, I will be sharing the before and after photos of a big design project I recently completed– I can’t wait to show you! Today, the excitement continues as we welcome our newest sponsor, Huff Harrington Home, who will be giving away a fabulous gift to one lucky winner.
Huff Harrington Home is a beautifully-curated destination for design lovers in Atlanta, but luckily for all of us, they also have an easy to shop website. Long-time friends, business partners, design lovers, and francophiles Ann Huff and Meg Harrington founded Huff Harrington Fine Art and soon after, decided to extend their business into the realm of home furnishings and decor resulting in a fabulous one-stop-shop for anyone seeking to furnish a space, no matter the size. They carry a wide assortment of chic furniture, accessories, textiles, jewelry, and tabletop items along with their beautiful selection of art. Huff Harrington is generously extending a 20% discount code especially for LDV readers. Simply use the code “LADOLCEVITA” at checkout. They are also giving away a pair of pretty and versatile Lola Lamps from Currey & Co. to one lucky reader. You can find all of the details below!
{A Beautiful Vignette at Huff Harrington Home}
{Owners Ann Huff and Meg Harrington}
{Win a Pair of Currey & Co. Lola Lamps!}

1. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what room you would put these stylish lamps in.

2. Leave ONE comment on between today, Monday, June 9, 2014 and Sunday, June 15, 2014. A winner will be announced on Monday, June 16, 2014.

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3. Tweet about the giveaway with a link to this blog post for another entry (follow La Dolce Vita on Twitter in order to show me your tweet). It is up to you to return to this post to enter your additional entry after tweeting about the giveaway.

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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}


Friday Favorites: 06.23.17

I am so happy that it’s Friday, but am even more excited about our trip to Paris in a couple of days! Everyone in our office has been working so hard lately, so I am very much looking forward to a few days spent away from the office, enjoying the beauty of Paris and finding inspiration to bring back home.

Design: I have loved this dining room, designed by Neal Beckstedt for fashion designer, Derek Lam since it appeared in Architectural Digest a few years ago. In fact, I had it pinned to the giant inspiration board I used to have in our office. Lately, I have been very drawn to pale wood finishes and neutral palettes, so this elegantly composed, neutral dining room is right up my alley.

Style: I just started following the super chic French blogger, Marta Cygan on Instagram (@lifeofboheme) and love her timeless style. How chic is this simple, summer look complete with a basket a la Jane Birkin?

Watch: I realize that I am majorly late to the Veep party, but I am so glad that I finally made it! I caught part of an episode on HBO the other day, found it incredibly hilarious, and have been binge-watching ever since. I’m obsessed! How much do you love Gary?

Read: With my series, “The Style Files” and “Five Minutes With”, I am usually the one asking questions in order to learn more about people I find interesting and inspiring. Every so often, as I work on those posts, I think about how fun it would be to answer the questions myself. Well, this week, I was interviewed for two great Q & A’s! First, I chatted with Gen Sohr of Pencil & Paper about my style and favorite things for her series, “Creative Conversations“. Then, I spoke with my friends at Huff Harrington about my design aesthetic, travel, and sources of inspiration. I can’t wait to join them on a shopping trip in Paris this September! Next, I had a very interesting, in-depth conversation with The Lifestyle Edit about my career, design, and entrepreneurship in their Instagram series. You can read part one of the interview here and part two here.

Drink: My go-to drink is usually a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, but in the summer, I love a good rosé. While I don’t usually like frozen drinks, I finally had to see what all of the frosé fuss was all about and I have to say, I really liked it. It is so fun and festive! When it comes to rose, I prefer one that is a bit more dry and has a nice, very pale pink color. Bon Appetit has a great frosé recipe with some helpful tips for ensuring your frothy, pink drink is just right. 

Shop: Fourth of July is just around the corner! Between having our nation’s birthday upon us and heading to France whose flag shares the same colors as ours, I have been in the mood for red, white, and blue as of late. This red top is perfect for a dinner out, you can never go wrong with a great-fitting, pair of white jeans, and this bathing suit is super chic. Can we make this pattern into a linen sold by the yard, please? Below, you’ll find some of my favorite red, white, and blue picks!

A Buying Trip to Paris with the Pros

Huff Harrington Meg Ann

{Meg Harrington and Ann Huff of Huff Harrington Fine Art and Huff Harrington Home}

As you may already know from my recent posts, Fabian and I are heading to Paris on vacation at the end of the month. As if that weren’t enough, I was recently invited on the trip of a lifetime with Huff Harrington in September. Ann Huff and Meg Harrington are the creative forces between Huff Harrington, a chic fine art gallery and home furnishings store in Atlanta, Georgia. Ann and Meg are huge francophiles with a passion for France and antiques. They travel there often to find fabulous things for their store and eventually found that they wanted to share the creatively inspiring process of scouring the French landscape for unique finds with others. As such, they began offering personally hosted shopping trips to Paris and Provence a few years ago. I will be joining Ann and Meg on their next trip to shop the hidden markets and best vendors in Paris from September 27th through October 3rd. I am so excited to visit Paris twice in my year and to see the city through Ann and Meg’s eyes, considering their passion and in-depth knowledge they have of the city and French antiques. 

Huff Harrington Store

{Huff Harrington Home}

We’ll go off the beaten path to experience a couple of Paris’s best little street markets and we will also spend two fabulous days at the famous flea market, Les Puces. We’ll also venture outside the city to a wonderful antiques fair open only to dealers and buyers, so we will have access that I wouldn’t have on my own. We will have lively lunches and group dinners as a group and will also have a day of sightseeing and culture in the city. Evidently, we will also have some free time to explore on our own, so it sounds like a really well-rounded trip. You can see a sample itinerary here. Huff Harrington’s buying trips are geared towards smaller groups between 7 and 14 people, making for a more intimate experience. There are still a few slots left for the September trip, so if you’ve ever wanted to go on a buying trip to Paris with a couple of dynamic and knowledgeable guides, you can get all of the details and sign up here. We’ll see you there!


Huff Harrington Market

{Antiques at the Market}

Huff Harrington Croissants

{Is there anything better than shopping for antiques with a side of fresh croissants?}

Huff Harrington Mathieu in Chatou

{Shopping for Antiques}

Huff Harrington l'Entrecote

{A Group on a Recent Shopping Trip}
Huff Harrington Paris at sunset

{Sunset in Paris}

Huff Harrington Dinner Toast

{One of Several Group Dinners}

Huff Harrington I want it all

{Can you think of a more appropriate sweater to wear on a trip as you shop your way through Paris?}

Huff Harrington Ralphs

{These stylish gals know that a stop a Ralph’s is always a must while in Paris!}

For more details on the next Huff Harrington Buying Trip, please click here.

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