Celebrate Bastille Day with a View of the Eiffel Tower

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 8.40.55 PMTomorrow, there will be merry celebrations throughout France, and especially in Paris for Bastille Day. Of course the Eiffel Tower will be sparkling for the occasion.

Visiting Paris with our children was one of my fondest family vacations -and thanks to the advice of a friend, we rented an apartment in the 6th arrondisement. It made our stay so relaxing, as we could spread out, eat some meals at the apartment, do our laundry and feel like we were “living” there.

We did not have a view of the Eiffel Tower, but some of the apartments available through Paris Perfect offer just that! How incredible to wake up and end the day with that million dollar view !

The Marguax ApartmentScreen Shot 2016-07-12 at 10.09.40 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 10.10.17 PMChateau Latour Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 8.39.09 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 8.39.45 PMThe Champagne ApartmentViognier Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 8.42.43 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 8.43.34 PMSome people just dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower up close….why not be one of those who actually makes that dream a reality!

 Viva La France!


Giving & Framing Experiences

IMG_7586I recently read (and believe) that experiences we give people can often be more meaningful than tangible gifts. Often, these experiences make lasting impressions that continue to give the recipient joy as they recall the exquisite dinner, the watercolor or calligraphy class, the Saturdays spent at the museum or a trip they had always dreamed of.

I found this to be true for myself, as I finally got around to framing the receipts of some incredibly special dinners (albeit extravagant ones) at some world renown restaurants. Yes, the food was delicious and the wine divine….but it is in recalling these experiences and the circumstances that surrounded them that continue to bring a smile to my face.

French Laundry in Napa Valley on a work, turned pleasure trip with my husband. L’Arpege in Paris on my birthday, again with my husband. Dream trips. Wonderful memories.

For ideas of experiences that you might want to give someone special, check out this article, 10 Experience Gifts That Keep On Giving.IMG_7584 IMG_7583 IMG_7579IMG_7587Now, these framed memorabilia hang in my kitchen, as a reminder of meals and experiences that were extraordinary….even as I unload the dishwasher and make another batch of cookies for my kids. Because not every day feels extraordinary, we sometimes need reminders.

What’s one of your most memorable experiences?


Let’s Go to Paris!

This is NOT a joke!!! I want to win a trip to Paris, sponsored by my friends at Grange Furniture and if I win, I get to take one of my readers with me!!! 
To celebrate their custom capabilities with over 75 wood and color finishes, Grange asked me and 4 other bloggers to design an “ambiance” or rendering of one of their best selling pieces, the Directoire Console
Here are a few looks that Grange created for House Beautiful.

For my “ambiance”,  entitied Vanity Fair, I had my brother and sister-in-law’s home in Dallas in mind. They love blue and wide open spaces, so I dreamed up some glam, some texture and some details in blue.
Lamps – Double Gourd in Prussian Blue by Christopher Spitzmiller
Wallpaper –  Dorado (Currant) by Tilton Fenwich for Duraless
Mirror and accessories – Aerin, Kelly Wearstler
Please vote here for my “ambiance” and you and I might be jetting to Maison et Objet in Paris next Janurary!!!! 

S’il vous plait assez?! (Pretty please?)