bonjour spring brunch

  1. Amy says:

    Although the post is about Paris, do I spy the lemon sitting on a Stangl plate in the photos??? So few people who didn’t grow up in New Jersey know about Stangl.

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Amy….Absolutely, I love my Stangl Collection. You are quite right…believe fleurs are universal!! I am happy you “spied” them!! Undoubtedly, you grew up in NJ!! In fact, my niece B and her family are in Maplewood!!

      Enjoy….wonderful especially in spring and summer!
      “Vintage MMK by Stangl shown – is actually Made in America – wonderfully cheery and chic! I found these charming Stangl pieces on a Museum trip to Washington DC antiquing (or trying) during a major heatwave…it was so hot I sat thru 2 movies to keep cool! I have added Fruit Salad Plates and some charming serving accessories, including a Pitcher that is fun with Flowers!” xoxo MMK

  2. Lisa says:

    Can you elaborate more on your time creating retail products and identities for stores and museums?? Sounds fascinating.

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I developed the Retail Stores for the Los Angeles Museum of Art and the Guggenheim in NY. Each exhibition was an opportunity to create themes…ie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Gehry, Mexico, etc. My experiences included traditional Retail Buying and Merchandising for Specialty and Dept. Stores, as well. Happy to share further, if you have specific questions…many thanks for your interest. xoxo MMK

  3. Eve says:

    Nice post.

  4. Christine F says:

    What a fun post! I have such a plate fetish and I love anything French. Herbs de provence are yummy on scrambled eggs 😋
    Enjoy your weekend Beth

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Christine – Kind thanks – delighted you enjoyed the post! We all love Paris and seems you and I love Plates…and everything French too! Yes, the Herbs de Provence are great on eggs, fish…so much! I love the crocks & have the Sea Salt & Basil – Poivre aux Herbs aussi!
      xoxo Delight to be in touch! More to come-MMK

  5. Arina Drakulich says:

    Just wanted to tell you that I also recently lost my husband of 52 years.
    We got engaged under the Eiffel tower Thanksgiving 1966.
    So Paris has wonderful memories……

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello Arina – So sorry to learn of the loss of your dear husband. Surely, he was a romanic!
      I hope your wonderful memories and all things French will be a comfort to you….always.
      Thank you for sharing…what is it they say “you will always have Paris” – indeed you will!! xoxo MMK

  6. Julie Greene says:

    Loved your descriptions of Paris! I have only had my first visit and can not wait for the second. Such a beautiful place.


    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Julie…thank you for your sweet words. Yes, it is a beautiful, inspiring place!! Tres chic!! I enjoy watching French Film and Music, as well. You might want to soak up the culture thru them and museum visits as well, till you can safely return again! xoxo MMK

  7. Andrea says:

    Oh Beth – pitter , patter👏

    Had to cancel our trip to France due to Covid19, but prior to that, we visited Old Quebec, in Quebec City. Like a time warp – uber French but English speaking.

    My mum passed on the love of table cloths and napkins. Home made or expensive, it matters not. Flowers from the yard or florist, candles from $store or Boutique, music from the radio or live, put them together and your guest will be transported, regardless of what you serve. They will feel loved, so thank you Beth, for helping us remember to have fun with the details during these uncertain times. 🥂

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello Andrea – Nice to meet! Your Mum sounds like a delight and so wonderful to share these loves and memories especially with Mother’s Day coming right up! Hopefully, you will enjoy many Parisian inspired meals, days and evenings until you are able to visit again! Keep your joie de vivre and stay safe in the meantime!! xoxo Marlene

  8. gloriasutton says:

    Hi Beth, I love Paris also, beautiful and very Romantic!!!

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Gloria – So happy we could share a little Paris together…we all need Beauty to make us smile and hearts be glad to be alive!! More to come -xoxo Marlene

  9. RORY says:

    Very pretty post. Thanks for the pics. You are very inspiring.

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hi Rory…so pleased your inspired as intended!! Thank you for sharing your enjoyment – I am delighted! More to come! Marlene

  10. G. Leanette Flentroy says:

    Ms. Marlene,

    Very nice blog. My favorite city is Paris. Perhaps, at some point, you could tell us more about Maison & Objets Gift Show.
    Thanks much for sharing. And I look forward to next Saturday!

    G. Leanette Flentroy, Esq.
    Dublin, CA

    • Marlene M. Kristoff says:

      Hello GLF!! Happy that you enjoyed the post and share my love of Paris too!! Nice to meet you…so close to SF!
      I’ll keep your Maison & Objets interest in mind…In the meantime, fyi, it is very cutting edge and has the latest in Parisian Home, Garden, Table, Furniture Design. Of course, it is always inspiring to attend and a treasure hunt for sure!
      Many of my favorite French Vendors – now Friends exhibit there. Open only to the trade. More later. Have a good week till we “meet” again. xoxo MMK

  11. Abbey Milstead says:

    Love the Stangl pottery! I have my Mother’s. You short hair style looks great on you!

    I enjoy your column everyday.

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