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April in Paris by Liudmila Kondakova

Ahhh, April in Paris – what’s not to love?  Ever since Jeanne from the blog I Dream Of mentioned her plans to visit the City of Lights, we’ve been dreaming of a Parisian shopping trip.  The last time we were there, we had an amazing day in the Marais so we thought we’d give Jeanne our short list of fabulous design stores just in case…

Blue Porcelain Plates by Studio Ditte

A visit to The Collection is a must for their wonderful collection of wallpaper and giant wall stickers – don’t know if they ship rolls back to the States so bring an extra trunk for packing!

Quirky Planters

Luka Luna is not much from the outside but once inside, it’s a treasure trove of fun and whimsical home accessories.

A Sweet Souvenir

While many think the concept store Merci is a must-see (and it is quite the store!), we loved Fleux which has two stores on rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie.  The mix of beautifully designed furniture and stylish elements is sure to please and who wouldn’t want this key chain as a souvenir?

A Fashionable Room

With so much to see in the Marais, Jeanne might just want to skip a long lunch and pick up a jambon beurre at the oldest boulangerie in Paris – which happens to be in the Hotel du Petit Moulin, a boutique hotel decorated by none other than Christian Lacroix.

The Twins on the Roof

And with all the walking around, a dinner on the rooftop of Printemps at Deli-cieux to watch the sun set over the Seine and toits mansardés is a wonderful way to end the day.  Jeanne, if you’re reading this, we’d love to be your tour guides!

Photos via World Wide Art, The Collection, Blog de la Mechante, Fleux, Le Petit Moulin and yours truly


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  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann March 30, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Mais bien sur, I would LOVE to have you as my tour guides anytime. Thanks so much for the fantastic list! I think I’m going to need an extra suitcase. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

  • Reply quintessence March 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

    OMG I want to go with you!! I’ve been just DYING to go and not only do you former Parisian residents have the inside track but I know with your stellar language skills there would be no Parisian snobs sneering at my rusty franglais!!

  • Reply stitchfork March 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’ll carry your bags!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass March 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I will have to bookmark this! Lucky Jeanne, heading to Paris.
    Have a nice weekend.

  • Reply pretty pink tulips March 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Now, that’s a trip I wish you really would plan! I think I should do an annual trip to Paris….I’m still reliving all the wonderful things we did and that was nearly 2 years ago. It’s already been too long!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita March 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Well look at your gorgeous girls! Love the picture! And that key chain is too too adorable! I think I need a quick trip to Paris myself!

  • Reply Decor Arts Now March 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    My sister in law and I fantasize about strip to Paris! I am saving this post for the trip!( it will happen!!) you two look great!
    Xoo, Lynn

  • Reply annie March 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I love Paris in the springtime…well anytime actually. This is a great list for next time! I want to have dinner with my twin on the rooftop of Printemps!

  • Reply Julie Khuu April 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I’m dying to visit Paris during springtime! I’ve only gone during winter so I’m sure this would be such a treat when the weather is fabulous and everyone’s out and about enjoying themselves…great post! I’m inspired ;D

    Thanks for visiting and leaving awesome comments, hope to see you back soon!

    Peace. Love. LOL!


  • Reply design elements April 2, 2012 at 1:07 am

    wonderful images especially the last one. Happy new week

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