All posts tagged: Paris

Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Inside Maison Louis Carré by Alvar Aalto

Maison Louis Carré – Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s only remaining building in France – is a modernist architectural masterpiece situated about an hour outside of Paris. Open to the public from March to November, it’s a must-visit, Scandinavian gem for architecture and design buffs looking to get a deeper insight into his design process. As an avid Aalto fan myself, I’d already visited his home and studio in Helsinki, and was keen to step off the beaten tourist trail of Paris and step inside another Aalto interior, which combined architecture, furniture and design into a total work of art. The house is located in the remote village of Bazoches-sur-Guyonne and was the home of French art dealer Louis Carré. He acquired the sloping site in 1955 and the following year met Aalto at the Venice Biennale while the architect was supervising his pavilion there. They immediately bonded over their love of fine things – fine art, good wine, the good life – and became friends for life. Carré commissioned Aalto to design him a house that could serve both as a private …

La Petite Papeterie Française

Slow Office – La Petite Papeterie Française

I briefly introduced this lovely French brand in my round-up of finds from the northmodern furniture fair in Copenhagen. And couldn’t wait to dedicate a whole post to their stunning imagery. As some of you may know, I’m a bit of a francophile as well as a scandiphile (no idea if that’s a word, but it should be?) so as soon as I saw their beautifully curated stationery embossed with little French words, AND simply styled, I fell a little bit in love. La Petite Papeterie Française (which translates as The Little French Stationer’s) was founded by Sylvie Bétard, a lover of all things paper, in 2012. She creates beautiful objects produced in France that also respect the environment – most of the items are made from recyclable materials and use solvent-free glues. Who knew you could make pages out of recycled almonds and olives? Following a successful collection designed by illustrator Anaïs Génot for the home, La Petite Papeterie Française has now released a collection for the office created by Elsa Le Saux, as seen in the images here. The …

Paris Je t'aime

Paris Je t’aime

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been to Paris, the city of Love – with a French other half, it feels like a home away from home. I always love coming back and there’s always new places to discover. Wandering along the Seine, sipping coffee outside a quaint cafe, gazing up at the shuttered windows and coming across pretty quiet corners – Paris is just perfect for a weekend, whether you’re exploring it by yourself or have someone’s hand to hold along the way. Last weekend we hopped on the Eurostar (literally hopped, we live in King’s Cross…) and explored the city like locals. Avoiding the tourist trail and bustling museums, we instead wandered from coffee shop to coffee shop, meeting friends and family en route. The whole weekend revolved around food and drink, from hot chocolate and crepes to a glass of vin (or several…) and oysters – we returned full to the brim and with huge smiles on our faces. Here are some picture postcards from the weekend, along with a couple …

favourite instagrammers to follow

My top 9 favourite Instagrammers to follow

In need of some inspiration at the start of the new year? I’ve gathered together nine of my favourite Instagrammers whose beautiful composed and styled images I’ve been lusting over for some time. From mouthwatering bakes and recipes, through pretty street corners, to bunches of bright blooms, this lot have creativity and style in abundance. Simply click on each image to be lead to their profile! @littlelottieloves Why: her super-cute captions and lovely British style What: yummy cakes, Swedish fika, the best coffee shops in London, and pretty streets @maevdkrogt Why: for the charm of Amsterdam What: charmingly crooked Amsterdam doorways, coffee haunts, brunch spots and perfectly propped up bicycles @jasminetartine Why: for that little Parisian je ne sais quoi and her inspiring quotes What: croissants, bustling Parisian cafes, views over the Seine, and windowsills of flowers @stylonylon Why: her laid-back but super-cool style and top Olympus Pen tips What: outfit posts, covetable wears, chunky knits, coffee and east London haunts @abbie_melle Why: her beautiful compositions and lightness of touch What: wild, foraged blooms, the pinkest roses, sweet delights and homely table …


Snapshots of Paris

This week, as many of you will know if you follow me on Instagram, I hopped over the channel to Paris for the quickest of stopovers. I was there for work to see the new Le Corbusier exhibition, Measures of a Man, at the Pompidou, that celebrates the 50th anniversary since the great architects death. Between that and dashing to two other smaller exhibitions, also on Corbusier (well worth seeing), I managed to weave my way around the city, stopping every now and then to take a snap or two. Starting from the top floors of the Pompidou, with their views over the jagged rooftops, I made my way down to Saint Germain des Pres before heading back to the Marais later to have a well-earned tea and slice of cake at my favourite concept shop and cafe, Merci. It was strange being in the city without my Parisian boy, who usually leads me around and feeds me metro tickets – every now and then I’d stop at a corner and say ‘oh I’ve been here …

Photo-Grands Boulevards

Q&A with… Jenni Sparks

London-based illustrator Jenni Sparks creates fascinatingly intricate and playful maps of cities across the world, from London and Paris to New York and San Francisco. Not only are they beautiful pieces of art, painstakingly built up following months of research, they also provide a handy reference point as they’re based around the tube or metro maps. Each stop has its own identity, and in turn, its own unique style and font. I took a moment to chat to her during her current travels to India and Sri Lanka about doodling, brutalist architecture, reality TV and studio life in London Fields. What is your background, how did you end up doing what you are doing now? I spent most of my childhood doodling on things, even at school most of my schoolbooks were covered in silly drawings! I went to a pretty academic school but when it came down to choosing a degree and ultimately a career I knew that a 9-5 job wasn’t what I wanted. Because I found art so much fun I thought it was a …


Hotel Henriette, Paris

I fell in love with this stunning, pastel-shaded boutique hotel in Paris the moment I clapped eyes on it on Pinterest. Situated on a small, quiet street close to the Mouffetard district in the 13th arrondissement, Hotel Henriette is a new addition to the French capital with 32 individually designed bedrooms. They offer a calming balance between modern design and pretty vintage touches; I love the playful wall treatments with diagonal strips of colour and whole walls of earthy plywood, placed next to mid-century furniture and charming, faded floral cushions. Created by interior designer Vanessa Escoffir, there’s also retro Platner chairs, Arte wall coverings, hanging rope light fittings and Thomas Eyck products dotted around the rooms. And anywhere with pineapple-shaped accessories gets my vote too. The soft linen-clad beds look good enough to jump right into – I could gladly pass a weekend here and not even venture out to the beautiful city outside!        All images: Hotel Henriette, Paris Hotel Henriette, 9 Rue des Gobelins, 75013 Paris, tel: 01 47 07 26 90,


Travel: New Year 2014 in Paris

Welcome to the first post of 2015! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. I spent a quiet Christmas with my family in Surrey this year – lots of good food, good wine, dog walks and evenings spent in front of the fire – before travelling to Paris for New Year with the French boyfriend. The city was looking as beautiful and romantic as ever – we spent New Year’s Eve itself at a friend’s country house before descending on Paris for culture, coffee and cake! So without further ado, here are a couple of recommendations of things to do, see and eat. We wandered around the trendy Marais district and came across plenty of cute, little coffee shops and boutiques. The one above, called the Boot Cafe, had lovely fresh flowers both inside and out. The cafe is just big enough for three small tables, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in atmosphere (even Garance Doré likes it…). Boot Café, 19 rue du Pont-aux-Choux, 75003 Paris A trip to …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I can’t believe there are only two more weekends in November. Things are definitely starting to feel festive, with plenty of Christmassy, crafty fairs and food markets. It’s also time to fit in all the art exhibitions you haven’t got round to seeing, before they switch up in December and January. So here’s my pick of three things to do this week- get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brick Lane, an immersive fashion expo at The Photographers’ Gallery and foodie heaven at a unique Supper Club in Farringdon. STOP What: Renegade Craft Fair Where: Old Truman Brewery, London When: 22 + 23 November The Renegade Craft Fair heads across the pond and returns to London. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the fair, ranging from stationery and gift wrap to one-of-a-kind jewellery, illustrated prints and homeware. There will also be workshops such as Prickle Press’ DIY letterpress postcards, a pom pom bauble workshop with Pom Pom Quarterly, plus other crafts hosted by Mollie Makes magazine.  LOOK What: Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week in London. It may be Halloween, but I have three fab, non-ghoulish events for you. First up, two exhibitions, one focusing on the nude and the other on pets, and secondly a new cinema experience in Shoreditch (hint: pillow). ps. I’ve already carved my pumpkin, but if you fancy checking out some more artistically inspired designs, check out the pumpkins at Granary Square in King’s Cross. You can even take one home with you, or try your hand at some Halloween-inspired recipes from nearby restaurants including Benugo and The Grain Store, to name a few. STOP What: Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude Where: The Courtauld Gallery, London When: Until January 18 This exhibition of Egon Schiele, a central figure of Austrian Expressionism, brings together a group of the artist’s nudes assembled from a variety of international public and private collections (none of his major drawings are held in a UK public collection). They chart his short but prolific career (he died at the age of just 28) plus it’s also the …