We’ll Always Have Paris

Fabian and I have been in New York for a couple of days for a few meetings before we head to Paris this evening to relax and scout products for exciting new projects. (Stay tuned!) It’s been nearly a year since my last Parisian adventure, so I’m looking forward to the slower pace, legendary antique markets, and design inspiration around every corner. See also: A glass (or bottle) of Côtes de Provence Rosé and a piece (or baguette) of local French bread. Don’t get me started on the cheese shops and flower markets! The last few weeks have been packed with a lot of exciting developments on the work front. Since our “vacation” has shaped up to be a work trip, I’ll be taking a break from LDV for the week while traveling. But don’t worry, I’ll be posting to Instagram frequently and I have pulled together an assortment of previous posts about my visits (and obsession!) with the City of Lights. From pretty places with elegant spaces to the best antiquing in the city, catch up on why I can’t stay away and neither should you.

Jet Set: Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré Paris

Last year, Fabian and I stayed at the Hôtel Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré, which was designed by lauded European designer Michele Bonan. I have always admired Bonan’s beautiful work and chic aesthetic—he truly has a knack for bringing together elements from various periods and design movements to create a beautifully layered look. The chic, 15-room hotel is actually a historic 1730 mansion, which the Marquis de Lafayette once called home. The hotel features many of the Bonan’s signature hallmarks, including traditional architecture, Louis XVI fireplaces, and exquisite millwork mixed with mid-century furniture and a few carefully-selected pops of color. It was such a treat to stay in this treasure. Hôtel Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré; 8 Rue d’Anjou

 

JET SET: RELAIS CHRISTINE

Relais Christine has been on my bucket list! Nestled in the St. Germain de Pres district in the Left Bank’s chic 6th arrondissement, Relais Christine is straight out of a storybook. Its beautiful ivy covered walls, chic awnings, and Juliet balconies rival the newly renovated interiors, which are swathed entirely in Pierre Frey fabrics. Je t’aimeRelais Christine; 3 Rue Christine

 

THE PINNACLE OF LUXURY:

THE PENINSULA PARIS

I wrote about our stay at Peninsula Paris in 2016 and I’m still dreaming about its jaw-dropping architecture, extraordinary attention to detail, and sense of history. The revitalized hotel is home to 200 well-appointed rooms, 45 stunning suites, and three wonderful restaurants: Le Lobby, Lili, and L’Oiseau Blanc. Its stunning Asian-inspired Bar Kléber is also brimming with design inspiration, including two stunning indigo silk panels hand-painted with white peacocks and pagodas as a nod to Vietnam. (Henry Kissinger signed the Paris Peace Accords to end the Vietnam War in this room.) Located steps away from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe in the elegant 16th arrondissement, the opulent property was built in 1908 as a grand hotel. It’s storied past—George Gershwin penned “An American in Paris” here in 1928 —rivals its immaculate renovation and legendary service. The exquisite property is worth a stay, or at the very least, a stop. Peninsula Paris; 19 Avenue Kléber

 

A Buying Trip to Paris with the Pros &

LDV Travels: The Best Antiques Shopping in Paris

{Fellow Francophiles and Tour Guides Meg Harrington and Ann Huff of Huff Harrington Fine Art

and Huff Harrington Home in Atlanta, GA}

Last fall, I went on one of the most inspirational shopping trips of my life. The curated tour was one of several that Ann Huff and Meg Harrington of Atlanta’s Huff Harrington organize and lead each year. The self-professed Francophiles offer personally hosted trips to Paris and Provence every year. On our trip, they led a small group of interior designers and shop owners through the best—and often times, secret!— markets and vendors in the city. Ann and Meg’s passion was infectious and their in-depth knowledge of Paris and French antiques made the entire experience a dream. I plan on revisiting many of their favorite haunts again this trip, including the famed Marché Aux Puces and the design district in the St. Germain de Pres district.

Do you have any favorite Parisian haunts I should check out? Please comment and let me know. Until next week– a bientot!

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  1. HOTEL COSTES is also heaven. the bar/ restaurant is a good people watching hang. but staying there is next level… sexy AF.

    And they have the best candles in the world so the whole place smells like heaven.

  2. Bon jour!! I too love paris. I was there a year and half ago and discovered a food tour called Paris by mouth- run by ex pats. It is one of the best things ive even done. Small groups tour the best oF the best foods in a specif area. I highly recomend if you have time. You will love it!!