43 Romantic Paris Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Now that our appetites for all things Swedish
and Scandinavian Christmas are satiated,
it seems fitting we flit over to Paris
to devour French deliciousness
and glean romantic decorating
ideas for styling our
own holidays.

By the way,
you do know by now that I type
these posts stream of consciousness
style, right? 

Please pardon the resultant weirdness
from the renegade style. 🙂

Some of the holiday moments below
of outside and inside may not
actually be Paris moments, but the spirit
of Paris is certainly within them.

Do you know about Christmas
celebration traditions in France?

Traditionally, the Nativity scene is displayed
until February 2nd (this day is known as
La Chandeleur and is 40 days after Christmas Day.
Le Réveillon de Noel is Christmas Eve Dinner,
and at midnight, French families eat a special
meal to celebrate the very beginning of
Christmas Day (Noël).

The French call Santa Père Noël and sing
“Vive le vent” (Long Live the Wind) to the tune
of “Jingle Bells.”

I hope you are finding pockets of peace
to enjoy the splendor of the season and
are slowing down enough to notice the beauty
all around you in nature and in the kindness
of others…if the season has not felt kind,
do know that you are not alone in your
grief, and it will pass. It will. You’ll see.
Hold on. We all hurt in different ways.

Allow hope tp find you just where you are,
created perfectly to be loved.

And just like that…we’re off to Paris!

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2.

I will meet you here any day, any time.

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3.

White quiets everything beautifully.

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4.

Random:

I once wrote a review of a Chanel fashion show

and submitted it as part of a challenge from

Vogue Italia…no idea if it was published, but

I’d like to think it showed up somewhere in Italian.

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5.

Isn’t this warm textural goodness?

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6.

If you have visited Laduree in Paris (or elsewhere),

then you know what the Patisserie fuss is about.

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7.

Could you dig it if this was your winter daily workout?

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8.

I take back everything I have ever said about

bold color being too overstimulating pour moi.

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9.

Don’t you love it when you can make it snow inside?

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10.

I need more pinecones in my life.

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11.

I would blog all day long in exchange for one of these.

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12.

Can’t take my eyes off of this monochromatic wonder.

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13.

Rawr.

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14.

So simple lovely, it hurts.

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15.

More Laduree grandeur, and more IS more.

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16.

Loving the scale of the Christmas tree decorations.

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17.

Now this is the storybook French Christmas my mind imagines!

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18.

I think this  is Chanel.

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19.

Don’t you love the idea of a matte grey bulbs?

Also matte grey bulbs + a Paris balcony?

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20.

Imagine this same scene after the sun sets.

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21.

Someone likes candles a little.

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22.

C’est romantique, oui?

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23.

I’m charmed by the hearts on the doors, and look at the table skirting!

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24.

Still warm.

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25.

There is nothing like Paris architecture.

Laduree snow white pastries

26.

Laduree and snowflakes are a match made in heaven.

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27.

Ah! It only looks like Paris!

It’s Tina’s house (The Enchanted Home)!

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28.

I’m seeing stars.

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29.

Would you, could you, sip and sashay around these digs?

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30.

Those stars are at it again, and i love it.

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31.
Bubbly, a bubble bath, and a beautiful snowfall, anyone?

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32.
I have been posting so much rustic decor that
this elegant moment gives me pause.
(Merci, Paris, that you go light on the burlap)

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33.
Is it wrong that the Laduree stuff has me craving
sweets, and I’d happily take a big bite out of one
of these white chocolate pretzel-like trees?

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34.
I’m charmed.

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35.
In my imagination, it’s completely silent here,
and time almost stands still.

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36.
The apartment we rented in Paris had wonderful shallow
balconies like this, just barely able to accommodate two chairs.

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37.

My little sister has been making these for years,

and they never go out of style.

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38.

I have no idea what this moment means, 

but I’d love to be there.

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39.

Controlled chaos lovely.

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40.

The romance of little white lights and crystal.

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41.

A very special hotel suite in honor of Coco.

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42.

Simple, casual, but something Paris about it.

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43.

We had to have a touch of blue!

Thanks for touring Paris with its chic, romantic,

Christmas magic and je ne sais quoi mystery.

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If you missed any of my recent posts

(and I have been serving them up like

a sugar plum fairy on steroids, dude),

give them a click so I know you’re there.

Swedish Christmas Decorating

Mom’s Swedish Accents

My Simple, Romantic, Thrifty Tablescape

Holiday Tips from The Enchanted Home

Holiday Gift Ideas

I’m exhausted and if it weren’t for

the sweet peaceful refuge of this blog,

I might even complain about the long list

of holiday tasks still not checked off the list.

How can I rant or rave with all the lovely

creations and creatives working magic

on their interiors and our moods?

Peace to you right where you are.

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8 Comments

  1. December 14, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Your Paris photos are stunning. I enjoy your blog so much. Merry Christmas, friend.

    • December 15, 2016 / 2:14 am

      so happy to hear that, carol jane! merry christmas. xox

  2. December 14, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Michelle, You are an amazing writer, what a talent, and you make it look effortless! Thanks for this gorgeous tour of Paris at Christmastime!
    xo
    Holly

    • December 15, 2016 / 2:21 am

      merci, kind holly. let's go to Paris! you can memorialize the trip with your impressionism, and i'll write the article!xox

  3. December 14, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    You have THE best blog in blogland….. I'm listening to "Frozen Lake" by Bob James/Keiko Matsui and looking at all this gorgeousness and I could just die right now….

    • December 15, 2016 / 2:30 am

      that sounds awesome, cindy. i have the best blog readers! xox

  4. December 14, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Stunning – all. I was completely enchanted. Please, though, know that #35 is Chicago (view of the old Water Tower with John Hancock lit in the background). I was personally delighted as it made me feel that I could walk over there (I am a Chicagoan) and nab a little slice of something that feels like Paris. 🙂 Happy Holidays to you and thank you for the beautiful post.

    • December 15, 2016 / 2:34 am

      yep! just a Paris state of mind, and i was just at water tower this week–beautiful! thanks for reading! xox

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