About six years ago I ran away to Paris. I needed a time out. I was between jobs and feeling uninspired with life in general, and truth be told a little bit heartbroken from a disappointing breakup. So I packed my bags and my sad little heart and up and left to go to the most romantic city in the world to spend six weeks by myself in a country where I don’t speak the language.
I swapped my Brooklyn apartment for a lovely Parisian 2 bedroom flat in the ultra charming area of the Marais, a stones throw away from the Place des Vosges. Let’s just say I did not get the short end of the stick. I spent my days exploring Paris, soaking up the art, culture, food, design. Spending time alone in a foreign city by yourself can be extremely therapeutic, instead of thinking about the past or projecting into the future, I found myself just living in the moment and appreciating the beauty around me. I mean, you’re kind of forced to live in the moment when you’re navigating everything new and in a different language.
Of course I was lonely at times, but there was so much to explore in Paris, and as a designer I fell in love with so many things. And along the way I learned a few things about myself as well… first, I am completely fine with long periods of time by myself and second, I fucking suck at learning languages. The second item was reconfirmed after living the first six months of this year in Madrid, but that’s another story.
So back to the French, yeah they really know how to do it well, from food to fashion, art, and lifestyle. And when it comes to Interior Design, there is this effortless sophistication that seems to come so naturally. There’s a comfortable minimalism, it’s timeless, the details are simple but so well thought out. The materials are rich and natural, combined together to create a neutral palette that is textural and layered, it evokes a feeling of calm and ease. They keep it uncluttered, showcasing an interesting piece of furniture or light fixture with the rest of the items more simple, so perhaps one or two pieces stand out and make a statement. These images below are some of my favorite French inspired interiors and French designers.
I don’t know when I’ll get back to Paris, so for now I’ll just put on some Edith Piaf, pour myself a glass of beaujolais, a peruse through these beautiful interiors.
My sketchy little vignettes