PARIS FREAKING FRANCE.
Let’s just say for the whole week I was there I had the same gleeful look on my face as Carrie Bradshaw when she saw the Eiffel tower for the first time. I loved exploring a city with such character and history.
While we did do one of those cheesy “hop on hop off” tours to see some of the major tourist sites, we mostly spent our time touring the city with good friends who’ve lived in Paris for a couple of years. I much prefer experiencing a new place this way – living as the locals do. (This included a hilarious midnight adventure to an adult store called the Sexodrome, but that’s a story for another day.)
One thing I love about an old city like Paris is the mix of industrial iron, ornate stonework, and gilding. There are pops of gold all over the city which add a magical touch.
Also, can we talk about those oversize teal doors in the first photo? Giant, richly painted doors are everywhere. And the door hardware is so sexy and elaborate I can hardly stand it. It’s been decided – if you become a design client of mine, you’re getting a crazy awesome front door.
Instead of getting caught in the overcrowded tourist trap known as Versailles (although it is beautiful and I’d love to see it someday) we traveled about an hour north of Paris by train to visit Château de Pierrefonds, a 14th-century castle. To say that it was breathtaking is an understatement. My little head has a hard time wrapping around the idea that a building has been standing for nearly 800 years. That’s good design, my friends.
Also, if you thought pattern mixing was a new concept, let me just show you some of the ballsy interior design at Château de Pierrefonds. The French are not afraid of making a design statement with color and pattern.
It’s hard to tell from the photo below, but the those striped little creatures on the blue-green wallpaper by the window are hedgehogs. HEDGEHOGS. (Sidenote: anyone know where I can find hedgehog-print wallpaper? Obviously I have to have it.)
The Louvre was on my must-see list for the architecture. We didn’t go inside (because TOURISTS and the fact that seeing the Mona Lisa in person is incredibly underwhelming) but I love the juxtaposition of the modern glass pyramids with the centuries-old buildings. It reminds me of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto with its modern ‘crystal’ addition.
Here’s a peek at the view from our 6th-floor flat overlooking Montmartre and the Sacré-Cœur. No big deal. Only the prettiest morning view I’ve ever enjoyed while eating croissants and pain au chocolat.
I’m now back in the US, in our new home in Texas. (I don’t live in California anymore. Remember that time I moved halfway across the country right before a month-long international trip? Yeah, I’ve tried to block that stressful decision from my mind too.) The #myricktravels have ended for now, and it’s time to DECORATE ALL THE THINGS in the new house. We’ve more than doubled our square footage in the new home from our Pasadena apartment, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. In the best possible way.
Bye bye, France. Hello Texas. Let’s do this.