Entertaining | An Ikea Place setting

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Everything in my house is from Ikea, and I love it. We've only been in the house a few weeks, but we had our first little impromptu family meal this weekend. I took precisely two photos. Not the most amazing table ever, would be better with this matte black  silverware, but I thought I'd give you all a chance to see those 79 cent dishtowels/napkins doing their thing! Love the plates too. The napkin rings are Nate Berkus for Target. Here are the links! Tablecloth, Plate,  napkin, Napkin ring, pitcher, Chair, Table.  Hope you all had a great weekend! … [Read more...]

DESIGN | Monsieur Bleu at Palais de Tokyo

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Suffice to say this may be the most beautiful restaurant I have ever been in. Monsieur Bleu, the restaurant in the Palais De Tokyo (It's kind of hard to find as there are two other eateries on site. This one is on the Avenue de New York, on the river, around the corner from the entrance to the Palais.) French architect Joseph Dirand envisioned and shaped the space around a fictional character, Monsieur Bleu. Elegant and cultivated, mysterious and suave, Monsieur Bleu is a true bourgeois gentleman, artist, gastronome and dandy that lives simultaneously within and outside the codes of the … [Read more...]

Maison Plisson | The Cutest Gourmet Grocery in Paris.

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Delphine Plisson spent her college years in NYC. Inspired by New York's Dean & Deluca, she moved back to Paris inspired to create a gourmet grocery/supermarket/restaurant. After 20 years in the fashion industry, she decided to change her life and follow her calling creating the eponymous Masion Plisson in the Marais district. She embarked on a French road trip checking out farmers and producers.  “My concept is to bring together the best French food artisans all in one place”, she explains. Unlike other grocers in Paris, Plisson has an aim on artisanal products, most of which are french … [Read more...]

Hermes Carnets d’Equateur Tableware

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‘Nature is so beautiful that adding to it serves no purpose’ – Robert Dallet (1923 – 2006) Hermes Carnets d’Equateur tableware with drawings by artist Robert Dallet is simply gorgeous. Taking a turn for the wild side - the tableware features jaguars, lions, tigers, elephants, toucans and more. Artist and Naturalist, Robert Dallet devoted his life to drawing animals from every continent of the globe, from pumas and ocelots to elephants, parakeets and ibis. Dallet drew tons of sketches until he got every aspect right.  This unique inventory which was his life’s work is comprised of eighty … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving 2015!

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Every year I host my family for Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. (You can see how much better I got at it, because it's all here on the blog!)  This year I was lucky enough to have both my side and David's side over - a total of 23 people including kids! Every year, my favorite part is the table setting. (Last year Goop instagrammed my table!) I use my wedding china - it has a feeling of abundance perfect for thanksgiving- and fresh veggies to decorate. I try to tie in rustic elements, with linen and twine and loose sweet flowers. Those elements counter act the ornate place … [Read more...]