Bonjour! I am back from Paris and still dreaming of being in the city of romance and beauty. It was an amazing trip to be there with mon amour, Judd, for work and to discover the city through the lens of a designer. We loved going to the design show Maison de o’ject and were inspired by the new trends there along with shopping at the Paris flea market. Every view in the city was an inspiration design-wise from iron works, and architecture to the fabrics used. As I come back to the reality of my designer living in the NOVA area, I am bringing back the trends that I found that really spoke to me. Let’s dive right in!
Stunning Ceilings and Furniture
Words can not describe how absolutely magnificent seeing the ceiling of Versailles in person. The photo doesn’t even do the breathtaking imagery justice! This certainly has me feeling inspired to use more French baroque furniture and whimsical details this fall. Trip back in time, anyone?
Modern Storefronts and Beautiful Brasseries
Could you imagine a more beautiful sight than strolling through the night time with the golden glow of candlelight and the smell of flowers? I sure can’t. Oh, to be back in Paris with the gorgeous surroundings that have left me inspired for days. Which part of this picture leaves you feeling the most like you’re in Paris? I can smell the delicious food from here! This reminds me of the elegant beauty I try to bring to my own designs.
I always say that beauty is in the details, especially in design. From furnishings to throws, and place settings to bar cart decor – every little detail does not go unnoticed.
I wonder what they were drawing inspiration from when building the Gates of Versailles, as seen above. Every single crevice is so beautifully crafted and covered in effortless golden features!
How cute are these little demi-tasse cups I spotted?
I’ll take two pairs of these, please!
Green, Black White -- and Red!
Black and white is still dominating and should always be! I saw a lot of the king and queen of a pairing matched with green, oranges and fuchsias. I also saw it mixed with golden yellows. All done to perfection of course!
Could this design be any more “Paris?”
Black and white all over!
This Dior chair is 100% GHI approved!
One of my favorite parts of the city was the use of floral – which you all know I love to include in my designs! It really just elevates a space to the next level, and what could be better than that? This particular spot was so beautiful that I could stare at it for hours. The windows seem like they go on for ages, all so identical yet unique. Each with a different story to tell behind the balconies.
How could I talk about windows without talking about doors? I took hundreds of photos on my amazing trip, and so many were of doors. From golden accents on more demanding doors, to green accent doors that breathe life into front entrances – every door was different than the next and full of history. Certainly lots to think about as the new season approaches and I start my next set of designs!
Clearly, there was lots to draw inspiration from in the “City of Love.” I come back feeling design renewed and inspired by the eclectic surroundings – which is my design love language. As fall approaches us at full force, I am feeling ready for the challenge of bringing these trends to life on American soil.