Bonjour and welcome to Storybook Cottage. Today I am participating in the weeklong Spring Home Tours hosted by my dear friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you are stopping by after visiting Pam’s gorgeous home from Simple Details I want to say that I am so glad that you are here.
My love affair with Paris started over 15 years ago when my husband and I lived with our family for three years near the Alsace border. We traveled to the City of Light many times and I try to return every two years or so. Springtime in Paris is truly a delight.
Parisians are famous for their simple elegance. Of course the spring also brings with it the blossoms of my favorite flower, the peony. I wanted to blend these two elements together when creating a vignette in the entry.
One place I always visit while in Paris is Ladurée. I stock up on my two favorite French thés (teas). They are Marie Antoinette and à la Rose.
Would you care for a cup?
There is nothing lovelier in the afternoon than a cup of tea paired with a macaron.
The French always make the most of every meal, even if it is something small.
The table is set with lovely linens that the French are famous for.
Great care is taken even in the smallest of details.
From here we’ll travel into the living room.
I wanted to capture some of the magic that is found in the gardens of Paris.
You can visit two of my favorite Parisian gardens in their springtime splendor HERE.
I have always loved the formality of French gardens.
The mantle receives a small portion of greenery with a Parisian flair.
When I spied these pillows I was instantly transported back to that magical day.
I always keep my eye out for authentic vintage Eiffel Towers when shopping the brocantes/marché aux puces (flea markets) in France.
The beloved tower shows up again on the napkins along with assorted French ingredients for an apéritif on the bar cart.
Of course no French garden is complete without lavande (lavender).
It is truly simple touches that remind me of all of the pleasures Paris brings.
You don’t want to miss a visit to E.Dehillerin which is a famous Paris cooking supply store that even Julia Child adored. Each time I travel to France I select one copper pot to bring home with me.
Some are old and some are new.
They join my collection of antique French Métis dishtowels.
Make sure you pick up some Maille mustard while in Paris too.
The kitchen table is set for le petit déjeuner (breakfast).
Bicycles and flower carts are often seen in Paris and this centerpiece charmingly combines the two.
Would you care for some French press coffee?
It’s delicious when paired with pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant).
There are some additional offerings on the counter.
Perhaps you would like a bit of quiche?
My favorite quiche recipe is from “Mastering The Art Of French Cooking”.
Clean up will be a breeze.
I’ll use one of my vintage French dishtowels.
I hope you enjoyed my Parisian Spring Home Tour. Next up is Monica Wants It. You won’t want to miss seeing her delightful home!
Here is the complete list of all of the homes on the tour.
Monday - March 21
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty
Cuckoo4Design - Julia
Life on Virginia Street - Sarah
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia
Snazzy Little Things -Jeanette
Rain On A Tin Roof - Jenna
Tuesday - March 22
Making Home Base -Chelsea
Claire Brody Designs -Claire
Driven By Decor - Kris
Eleven Gables - Emily
Bliss @ Home - Kristin
Hymns & Verses - Doreen
Wednesday - March 23
Style Your Senses -Mallory
Our Southern Home - Christy
Simple Details - Pam
Decor To Adore - Laura
Monica Wants It - Monica
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara
Thursday - March 24
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer
Simple Stylings - Summer
Remodelando La Casa - Cristina
Life Love Larson - Andrea
Our Fifth House -Carmel
No Minimalist Here - Sherry
Friday - March 25
Dimples & Tangles -Jennifer
Refresh Restyle - Debbie
Far Above Rubies -Anita
Talk Of The House - Kelly
Tidbits & Twine -Kim
It All Started With Paint - Linda
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