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Paris...What Strikes?

Reid and I just got back from a 6 day trip in Paris.   We must have walked between 6 - 8 miles a day in search of museums, churches, cafes, and boutiques.    It was exhausting but well worth it.  Paris is a beautiful, romantic city that in my opinion has some of the best architecture, art and food in the world!  And no, the strikes did not impact our trip.  Well, that's not entirely true...but a little more about that later.   Below you'll find my favorite pictures from our trip.

Also, I recently completed a design plan for a client's guest bedroom in which the inspiration or jumping off point for the room was a pretty painting of a french flower shop that was given to my client by her son.  During my search for furniture, bedding, fabrics and accessories for this room I was surprised at how many items I came across that were considered "french".  Maybe a trend but one that in my opinion that is worth investing in because these items are inspired by french antiques that will stand the test of time.  Below you'll also find my  favorite "french" items from national catalogs.  Enjoy!

This picture shows a contemporary structure in front of the Louvre called "I Like America".  The artist, Mounir Fatmi, is in the running for France's most prestigious contemporary art prize, the Prix Marcel Duchamp.

On our last full day we had planned to see Versailles but our plans quickly changed when we learned the workers went on strike.  So instead we went to Giverny to see Claude Monet's famous gardens.   It turned out to be a good choice.  The gardens were beautiful, even in the fall.

Monet's house

A neighbor

And of course...the Eiffel Tower

OK...I had to include a picture of my favorite pair of boots that I really wanted to buy.  But Reid, the sensible one in our relationship, quickly convinced me I was completely out of my mind after he saw the price.  Vanessa Bruno, a talented french fashion designer,  just opened her first store in the LA of course.

Enough about our are my favorite "french" finds that you can order right here in the US.

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