I recently listened to The Vacationers‘ audiobook on a long drive back from NYC recently. It was the perfect book to keep me focused on the road but still entertained—and the best last summer novel. As I’m flying to Paris later today, I’d love to know what great books you’ve read lately. I’ve been working around the clock to get ready for this week-long vacation so I’m excited to unplug and enjoy the city of lights. Speaking of lights, you should definitely check out these lighting tips from the pros for everything you need to know about types of bulbs, wattage and more. Follow my Paris shenanigans along on Instagram!
Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. -Honoré de Balzac
Packing for Paris is no easy affair. The pressure of looking as effortless as a Parisian (on Fashion Week no less) is high! Regardless, I’m excited to be flying to Paris in a mere 48 hours and spending a week in this beautiful city. I’m opting for a minimal suitcase filled with casual essentials (organized in drawstring travel bags—these things are lifesavers!) and lots of empty space. I’ve done some of my best shopping in Paris in the past and I don’t intent this trip to be an exception.
The last time I was in Paris was in 2011. Way too long ago. On the agenda: la Biennale des Antiquaires, lots of walking around and spending time with friends/family and maybe a little bit of Paris Fashion Week. This time I’ll be staying on a cobblestone street in Montmartre, so sneakers are definitely in order. Montmartre in September is great because it’s one of the only neighborhoods in Paris to have vineyards and it will be harvest time. I’ve been scouring books and blogs for the best new Paris addresses, but if you have insider knowledge, please do share in the comments below. One last thing—flying to Paris in this “See you in Paris” sweater: amusing or tacky?
If I was ever in a blogging rut prior to NYFW (I was) — it cured me. So much inspiration. I decided that despite Labor Day being long gone, I’m going to stick to my love for light neutral tones and shades of blue, à la Rosie Assoulin. I also decided it was time to get a boyfriend just so I can buy this sweater for someone. Just kidding (not kidding). In all seriousness—don’t you ever wish you could shop the men’s department for yourself?
“There is a certain urgency to have it all done at once, but the best places come together over time.” —Lauren Soloff
Domino Magazine’s Spring Issue has been open to page 77 on my desk for a few weeks now—serving as inspiration for a new client project I’m working on in this beautiful Ottawa house. This airy art-filled house owned by Leanne Citrone and her husband, is a testament to the science of decorating a house around an art collection, and not the other way around. The couple started collecting art slowly—starting with a beach scene by Massimo Vitali—and seeked the help of designer Lauren Soloff to bring their collection together in a coherent manner.
The rooms were kept neutral: with lost of natural colors and textures: ivory linen, jute, tan leather, sheepskin, organic wood… This allowed the art to truly stand out. Each piece in the house was chosen carefully and as such, the design evolved organically over a period of two years. There is no better way to decorate a home. Read the story on Domino.