My first day in Paris was also my 30th birthday, bathed in good wine and Nutella crepes that I nibbled while winding my way through Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I explored the Jardin du Luxembourg from beneath an umbrella, watching the raindrops dance in the fountains. I wandered the streets, mapless – a practice I like to call “getting lost on purpose” and allowed the city to reveal itself to me. Pure heaven.
That was a few years ago and Paris is seducing me back for a visit, leaving me fully enamored lately with all types of French-inspired design so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you!
This heavily gilded French mirror and console are simplified by setting them against a plain white wall. Plus, I’m dying to know what’s inside that Chanel bag!
A monochromatic room done in deep plum seems perfectly regal and modern, even when used on traditional furniture. Bonus: I fully adore the Marie Antoinette artwork!
Subtle wainscoting and decorative moldings elevate this simply furnished room to another level of sophistication. I only wish we could see more of that marble fireplace!!
I’m not sure if this living room is actually located in Paris, but the various pinks and easy-going nature speaks to me in French.
via This Is Glamorous blog
Perhaps this will be the scene for my 40th Birthday!
via Marie Claire Maison
Simple touches, like the cabriole legs on the accent table and damask etching on the mirror, add little whispers of tradition into this simple, eclectic living room.
My dream: live in 1920′s Paris. Is it any wonder my new favorite movie is Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”?
Traditional twists, like this large statue, paisley upholstery, and heavy wood armoir maintain a sense of charm even for those more prone toward modern furnishings…and note, the white birdcage. Love!
Yes, yes, I realize this not-really-an-antique Loux XIV chair piled high with romantic novels and irresistible throw is rather cliched, but I can’t help but see it and think c’est magnifique.
via Paris Apartment blog
This gorgeous Parisian apartment looks loved and lived in, full of style but also full of life!
I think it’s time to book my tickets. I simply can’t resist Paris…or another round of Nutella crêpes!
Images courtesy of This is Glamorous, Marie Claire Maison, and The Paris Apartment