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A Duplex in Paris

Lauren Santo Domingo’s airy Paris home is full of grand eighteenth-century details {gorgeous moulding} and beautifully decorated with an elegant mix of modern and classic silhouettes, incorporating luxe textures and graphic patterns.  Its soft white walls contrast brilliantly against the dark hardwood floors.  Note the dining table below designed by Francois Catroux converts into a bar for parties {so cool}.  The space contains all my favorite elements of a dream home … and in Paris, no less.

Lauren Santo Domingo's Paris duplex

Lauren Santo Domingo's Paris duplex

Lauren Santo Domingo's Paris duplex

Lauren Santo Domingo's Paris duplex

Lauren Santo Domingo's Paris duplex

{Images via Vogue; Photography by Oberto Gili}

Souvenirs from Paris & London

It always helps to savor and prolong fond memories from our travels by bringing home a few special souvenirs. To wit, these limited edition Hermès silk ties with Kelly boot charm only available at the 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré flagship.  These ties were made to commemorate the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais, an annual elite show-jumping competition organized by Hermès, and can be worn wrapped around the wrist or as a necklace.  Regrettably, I was too distracted by all the commotion in the flagship and neglected to buy more as presents.

Hermes silk ties

Those of you following along on Facebook and Twitter may have seen other fun souvenirs {wink}, but from London I came away with the glamorously spooky Damien Hirst skull card and a quintessentially British limited edition Mulberry clutch with Union Jack turn lock. These pretty unique finds will be worn with happy memories, indeed.  What are some of your favorite souvenirs from recent travels?

Mulberry Damien Hirst

Paris {Part III}

On previous trips to Paris, we stayed on the right bank, so this time to try something different we stayed on the left, which to me felt more removed from touristy crowds and rather tranquil.  Up the street from our hotel was Le Cherche Midi, a restaurant packed with locals night after night.  So one evening, we had a delicious Italian dinner there.  Have you ever seen such an abundance of shaved truffles on pasta?  Afterwards, we wandered down to the Seine, caught the most gorgeous red sunset, and strolled across Lovers bridge with its shimmering padlocks.

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On another evening we lined up at our favorite place for steak frites: Relais l’Entrecôte, where it seems they have greatly expanded their dessert menu since we last visited. Happily, the efficient service and secret sauce remains unchanged.

Relais Entrecote

We took a stroll through the beautifully lush Jardin du Luxembourg, the second largest public park in Paris and garden of the French senate.  It is my new favorite place in Paris.

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Jardin du Luxembourg

Hope you have enjoyed seeing Paris through our eyes these past few days.  Already, we long to return … After all, Paris is most lovely in the fall.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Paris {Part II}

I am a devoted fan of French macarons and although Ladurée has long since opened up shop in the states, I cannot resist stopping by to sample some of its delectable pastries. There were so many tempting desserts on the menu, it was difficult to choose and so we ended up with three.  A perfect afternoon indulgence, indeed.

Paris

To live among so much breathtaking beauty and history must be something locals become accustomed to after awhile, but as visitors we marvel and gasp at the richness and abundance of it all time and time again.  I will never tire of coming to Paris.

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Outside Louvre Paris

Louvre Paris

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Paris

One more report on Paris to come … Have a marvelous weekend everyone!

Paris

Paris {Part I}

We arrived in Paris from London via Eurostar, which made us nostalgic for the days of train travel when we could easily jump on at a moment’s notice and in no time at all arrive at so many great European cities.  It was a warm summer day, so after we checked into the charming La Belle Juliette, we set off to take in all the loveliness that is Paris.

La Belle Juliette Hotel Paris

Quite possibly the prettiest boutique hotel, decorated with modern French flair and great attention to detail.  Upon check-in, we were upgraded to a spacious junior suite complete with two Mac computers that also function as TVs.  {Note: We were barely around to notice, but due to construction of a building next door, you may hear hammers & drills during the day.} We stopped by Palais Royal, one of my favorite spots to chill in the afternoon shade and made our way to the Museum Les Arts Décoratifs to visit the Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit.

Palais Royal

Palais Royal Paris

Fountain Paris

The Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit was a grand visual feast, especially for a design and fashion lover’s eyes.  It gave me greater appreciation for the brand’s heritage and the creative force that is Mr. Marc Jacobs.  A sneak peek below, but you really must go to experience it in person.  To be continued …

Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs exhibit Les Arts Decoratifs Paris

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