Bonjour! While we could not work a side trip to Paris into our current trip, while still in Europe, I thought I might as well share fall lovely from days gone by in France. Pictures from London will be shared soon, but I am too busy BEING in the moment to stop and post (not to mention that would steal time away from my wonderful companions!). So this was prepared to air while I am away.
Let’s peek at Paris when the leaves were falling.
Rich Autumnal Palette
Our hotel suite boasted an inspiring mix of warm, autumnal hues and finishes, including a mahogany headboard, bronze sculptures, sconces and hardware by Rosaline Granet, gold silk window dressing, cognac and mink toned velvet cushions, and beautiful gilded moldings and mirrors.
(All of the guest rooms have fabulous French windows overlooking the most peaceful courtyard!)
To bring a similar fall palette to your home decor: reach for warm metallics, toss a pumpkin-toned velvet pillow on your favorite chair, and paint a tired vintage dresser or side table a sophisticated shade of cognac.
Of course you can’t go wrong with quiet neutrals when they are this French-inspired and lovely like this bench:
Apple of My Eye
What is the season of fall–anywhere–without delicious, orchard-fresh apples? Here’s a simple, healthy, and hospitable gesture for the guest room should you be entertaining this fall. Three delicious apples lined up on a simple white porcelain tray. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Fragrant Bakery Goodness
We consumed more baguettes and pastry than I care to recall, and if you find yourself far from Eric Kayser (my favorite Paris bakery below), bake something sweet and comforting. This boozy pear apple crisp recipe is straight out of my Chicagoland kitchen, not Paris, but don’t you just love the aroma of a baked apple crisp bubbling away in the oven on a cool, autumn afternoon?
My favorite comfort food in fall is a crisp or cobbler, and the Paris-loving, Ina Garten shows us how to make a delicious apple crisp here:
Here’s mine, and I used gluten-free flour so the whole family could eat it.
The opera is wonderful, French pastry divine, but what we enjoyed most in Paris was wandering the boulevards, allowing ourselves to be surprised around every corner by artful design, architecture, history, and nature showing off its October glory.
Pavillon de la Reine’s exterior was fiery beautiful! Swept up in fall rapture, it was breathing with voluptuous reds and greens (can you see the delight as my beloved beholds the spectacle below?).
How scrumptiously autumnal brown is this Paris chair, and can you even imagine how the patina will EVOLVE?
More Handsome Leather Chairs
I am too often immersed in social media and need to be intentional about discovering soulful beauty breathing locally. That beauty may be blooming in a garden or gracing the walls of a gallery. Just for a day this fall, be a tourist in your own town or city!
Can you believe the shocking red on the above walls? It’s Musee de Carnavalet, which houses an incredible selection of historic Paris treasures. We had the place to ourselves on a rainy fall day. It is closed for renovations, but I cannot wait to get back within its walls when it re-opens. Speaking of vivid red…
I wish you all the colors and wonder autumn brings, and…
Can’t wait to share highlights of my London adventure with you soon!
Peace to you right where you are.
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