Aren’t we all absolutely in love with Springtime in Paris?
Yes, especially in April when our hearts and minds leap to thoughts of travel, love, dining out of doors and making plans to refresh our gardens, homes, wardrobes and lives?? How blessed are those who are born in this charming, optimistic, happy season of rebirth!!
What is your heart’s desire this April…a little Paris brought to life??
We can enjoy Parisian charms no matter where we live in the world! Her beauty is everywhere! The City of Lights brings images of architectural beauty, charming florists, fragrant scents – colorful spices, teas and fleurs, and cuisine, of course! Volumes have been written to include her food, recipes, poems, tales, history and art!
We can entertain, dress and travel with Parisian flair and scent in our homes, gardens and transport our spirits, if not our physical beings!
Paris is always with us somehow!!
French cuisine is beloved throughout the world. Many of our most celebrated chefs and creative patisseries and restaurants are French or have been schooled by them!
Think Julia Child, Paul Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, Auguste Escoffier, Pierre Hermé, Jacques Pépin, Joël Robuchon and Jacques Torres. Can we possibly perceive culinary culture in 2022 without the classics and innovation provided by Balthazar, Benoit, Café de Flore, Le Grande Colbert?
Luscious soufflés, smoked salmon, foie gras, flaky almond croissants, desserts of berries, crème, and delectable chocolats define our collective memories of gourmand.
Enjoy coupes or flutes of chilled Champagne at a sidewalk cafe, delectable quiche Lorraine with a crisp Sancerre in the Garden, delicate pastel macarons from Laduree, warm pain au chocolat, almond butter croissants and café au lait in steaming breakfast cups or hot chocolat at Angelina as on rue de rivoli! We are there instantly!
Are you revisiting memories thru favorite photographs, collections of art and objets culled over time from vacations, business jaunts or gifts?
Maybe from collections of Hermes scarves and dinnerware, Charvet silks, Hediard and Mariage Freres teas, coffees gourmet treats and tins!
Conjuring highlights from travels is so pleasurable…reliving life and times brings them to back again and again!
It seems we all have been inspired by French and Parisian tastes of all kinds: art, couture, design, food, wine, love, music, and film!
Whose life hasn’t been enriched by the art of Degas, Monet, Renoir, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec ~ the designs of Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent and Louis Vuitton, or the style, fantasy and talents of Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Yves Montand, and Francois Truffaut?
Would the world of fragrance possibly be the same for men or women without France? Chanel No. 5 remains the world's most famous perfume - created in 1921!!
Of course, we love our Paris with her Arc de Triomphe, Centre Pompidou, Place de la Concorde, Cathedral de Notre-Dame, Jardin des Tuileries and Luxembourg and bien sur, la tour Eiffel!
The Louvre was originally constructed to protect Paris in the 12th century and then served as royal residence to Louis XIV. Today, it is the most visited museum in the world!!
Bernardaud, the fine French Limoges porcelain house has created a classic white dinnerware inspired with architectural motifs on each piece.
Tres chic – beauty and function, to be dressed up or down!
Interior and industrial designers continue to be inspired by the glorious architectural details of Paris’ serene beauty for modern and eclectic designs alike.
Art nouveau, Beaux Art and Deco periods continually appear and are referenced in passementerie, textiles and home design. Many from intricate Toiles or Provencal prints are now translated to sophisticated modern designs.
Yesterday, was Fridays with Oscar. Beth featured a comfortable pair of boyfriend jeans and sweater. Click the title or image below to read the article.