out the window

allo all! it’s been a couple days under the radar getting things together but i finally came up for air and wanted to say hi.

i’m writing from paris on an impromptu trip with a my guy, his partner and his wife, my good friend.

the boys go to a food show every other year in the same exhibition hall as the maison objet. but this one is called sial. it’s a gourmet trade show and showcases some of the best food products from around the world. he imports artisanal stuff so it’s a foodie playground for them.

anyway he asked me for a recommendation for an apartment to stay in  so i steered him to my girl erica at haven in paris. when one of my favorite apartments was available, i couldn’t help but want to go! he surprised me with a ticket so here i am.

i stayed here a couple years ago wanted to share this place and its  neighborhood.  things got busy and i never really got to do it so over the next couple days i’m gonna try hard to post a bit about it cause every street is packed with deliciousness.

for the record i swiped all the pics above from the haven site.  it’s home sweet home already and no longer picture perfect but oh it is very cozy!

just outside is paris on a silver platter.

directly across the street is procope, the city’s oldest restaurant.

just past that are a million incredible art galleries like kleinmann above.

and i can almost reach out and touch it from the window! well it’s getting dark and it is saturday night. everyone else is out waiting for me so i’d better get going. have a great weekend, more soon!

October 20, 2012. Haven in Paris, Paris Apartments. 10 comments.

on the other hand


allo all! after a long day, we’re about to have a long night! we moved over to a new neighborhood and it and the new lair are as completely opposite from the last one as can be. the hood is beyond lively, as it’s the heart and soul of st. germain. the new apartment is 400 year old open and majestic aerie with enormous windows overlooking all the action but incredibly quiet. this is just another of the incredible collection of places put together by the inimitable erica of haven in paris. she’s really becoming my superhero.



the beams that look like they’ve been here forever and the furniture and curtains are all finished in patrica guild fabrics another testament to the attention to detail of erica and the owners is in everything from the state of the art kitchen and electronics to the silky cotton embroidered bedding.


genevieve called the room with the major view but it’s all good, there’s really not a spot in the place that’s not astounding! we’re about to go out and taste a little saturday night life and enjoy it all.


real quick we did hit the flea today with jean and found some fabu pieces for her apartment in the 7eme. i fell in love with these old coral sconces with beads made of wood.


of course i could furnish an entire building with what i fell in love with. but as i’ve complained, taking pics can be more of a hassle than it’s worth. there’s no sound more beautiful than the french language unless it’s a woman screaming at you!


anyway i tried to be slick with my camera but really haven’t mastered it. still, i know you appreciate my efforts and am going back tomorrow and promise to try to do better!

finally, i got a really surprising email from caroline taylor the other day, a writer for the financial times. she wrote a fascinating article on the the power of blogs and let me know that she included this one in her top pics! if you get a chance to pick up the FT today, it’s an incredible read. what blogs have become is nothing short of revolutionary!


the writers she interviews are breaking stereotypes and making real livings, bringing together communities and changing the face of publishing. she mentions places you can list your blog to get more exposure and tomorrow i’ll list some of her highlights. (gen’s restless)! it was inspiring cause if you have a blog you can really reach for the stars if you’re motivated. so keep on keeping on, blogs are the future and the future is now! bon nuit!


April 18, 2009. Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Haven in Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Flea Markets. 21 comments.