Monday, December 3, 2012

Paris 2012


This is the second time I visit Paris and I feel it's like the first time. I remember when I went back in 2009 it was around the same time of the year, cold and rainy... but it didn't matter to me because I would go there regardless of what weather!
Everything looked very new to me; I'm not talking about the monuments and museums, but the shops have a totally different feel. It's a city that renews itself day after day. I imagine that because of the huge amount of tourists it gets yearly. 

I don't know why but I come here to get all kinds of inspiration... everything is so beautiful and artistic! And it's the second time that happens to me the same: when coming back, I want to start designing right away :)

This is some of the pictures I took. All of them make me so happy. I hope they make you happy too!


St Germain des Pres old street

Christmas decorations are a must in Paris and they are to die for!

Can you believe that you can order this as a floral arrangement?

Galleries Lafayette is a department store like Macy's and they have this decorated skylight on the seventh floor

This huge wall of kitchen towels organized by color is so inspiring

All home decor stores have beautiful displays

Desigual had a complete home decor section and the colors are as bright and fun as here

Laduree is a famous store that sells delicious macaroons. This year the windows are really colorful 

I loved this lovely blue ceramic set, it reminded me French Proven├žal without the yellow
This cute drawer cabinet was cover with a floral tapestry fabric. What a great idea to use our stash!

French people are known for cooking dishes with many types of mushrooms, so you can find them everywhere at street markets

They even make these grapes look more delicious. Artistic decorations everywhere!

Chinese tea sets

You can put different kinds of tea in these containers covered with fabric


I found this store that have home linens in every color in the rainbow...

Coffee anyone?

Colorful street markets show a great contrast against the grayish city landscape...  

One distinguish feature of Paris is the flowers. You have them in almost every color possible

Parisians have an eye for "everything" floral. And these damask roses are an example on how bold they engage with color
I had the most amazing time! But I have more pics to show you that deserve their own posts, like a quilting show that by chance I was lucky to visit and a very traditional parisian flea market...

I can't wait to talk to you about them :)

Much love, Pat


38 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a wonderful trip!! I love all the photos -- I'm feeling inspired!!

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    1. Thank you my lovely friend, for being by my side!!

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  2. Beautiful pictures! Such wonderful inspiration too! Congratulations on your new blog! I love your fabric!

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  3. Wow! Thank you for visiting KellyS :)

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  4. Oh what an inspiration in these photos - thank you so much! LOVE that you have a personal blog too now and will enjoy following you!

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    1. Hi Marija, how nice to see you here visiting my new blog! Thank you for your comment full of love <3

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    1. Thank you so much, hope you can follow me along in this fun journey!

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  6. I live near Limoges, at Christmas the flowers are lovely, they dip the tips in gold or spray them slightly with gold... so pretty.

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  7. Beautiful, inspirational pics, can't wait to see more!!!So glad you had a wonderful time!!!

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    1. I really did Katarina, just a few days that I've would like to be more to capture everything I could. I have so many other pics I have separated to be shared on another post, so stay tuned :)

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  8. Beautiful is the only thing I can think of.

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    1. How nice to read you like it Margaret! This will be my little nook where I share my inspiration to design and make things for you all. Thanks for your love!

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    1. Thank you for spending time in my blog, you guys have a blushing girl here with all your nice comments :)

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  10. aahh Paris! My husband whisked me away for Christmas there when we'd only been dating for 3 months. Wonderfully special place for me - we bought our wedding rings while we were there and married the next February. Truly the city of love!
    Fabulous and inspiring photographs.

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    1. Oh Lucy, what a romantic story!! You will treasure these memories all your life, and... who knows... maybe you can go back again to celebrate one of your anniversaries:) Thank you for commenting!!

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  11. Congrats on your new blog. These pics reminded me of my trip to Paris, which was over 20 years ago. I hope to go back one day myself. Such a beautiful place.

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    1. That's true Janet, Paris is a city made for tourists to come back over and over... There are so many things to see!

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  12. Those are beautiful, inspiring pictures. You have such a fabulous eye for capturing beauty. I so enjoyed your gallery! :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, so glad you could come and stay with me for a while :)

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  13. Oh my gosh, how beautiful. I can only dream about ever going on such a wonderful trip. I'm so glad to see you with you own sweet little blog home.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh Debbie, such warm words! Thank you for visiting me. I only hope to share beautiful thing for your delight :)

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  15. Congratulations on your "own" blog! I think we're very lucky to be able to get a little bit closer to you in this way!!
    These are great pictures and looking at them made me very happy!
    I love Paris and I've been there many, many times ( not to much of a distance from where I live). I feel very much at home there, but that feeling is very different from the at-home-feeling I have here in the Netherlands. I totally agree with you saying it inspires you the moment you're there. The energy, the dynamic of the city is contagious, at least it works on me that way. The importance of beauty and culture is evident in the french society and it can be found in the most simple details like the grapes on a death trunk of a tree at market. The French value their history and their culture (attitude heavily criticized in this country ) and I think this inspires them to live up to it, to maintain that reputation of doing and creating memorable things, which does not necessarily mean continuing in the same way. I think it's this energy, this creative urge that artists like you, plug into when visiting this beautiful city.

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  16. These images literally took my breath away. I tend to get that way when I see beauty. You are so very, very fortunate to be able to do something that you obviously love so much, and are clearly good at. Thanks for sharing so that I can live vicariously through your travels and lovely photos!

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely words Valerie!! Welcome to my world, I hope to inspire you each and every time :)

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  17. Absolutely lovely eye-candy Thankyou! ... don't the French have great linens....too nice to wipe the dishes.
    Cant wait to get your blog updates...I'm sure they will all be so pretty.

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    1. Hi Salley, welcome to my blog! The dish towels are to die for... They sell so many because they don't use that much paper towels as we americans do, lol! Is very funny how each country have different habits, right?

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  18. Fabulous pictures Pat!! I love all the details you captured. We just went to Paris in October - my first time in 19 years! I was even more fabulous than I remembered. We only had a day and a half and now I am dying to go back again and spend more time!

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    1. Hi Amy! Yes, I saw you recently went because I was following your beautiful pictures on Instagram :) Totally agree with you that Paris is a city go visit more than once, so much beauty to see! Thanks for spending time to visit my blog... Much love <3

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  19. I can see where you get your inspiration from. Beautiful photos.

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  20. WOW...beautiful pictures! I love how many different textiles there are. Oh, and the roses are like no other I've ever seen before. Great pictures of inspiration indeed!

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  21. Beautiful, I am so glad you have made your own blog, you create such wonderful colors in your collections. I am visiting from Maureen Cracknell, I am so glad she sent me.

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  22. Beautiful pics...brings back fun memories of visiting there with my DH...thanks for sharing!

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  23. totally amazing images!!!!!! thank you for making my day!

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