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I’m back from a pre-Christmas trip to Paris and I have so much to share…but more on that later.  Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about this store, merci, situated in the city’s hip 3rd arrondissement. Situated in an old wallpaper factory, this eclectic, light-filled shop covers three floors… and makes me wish (even more) that I had an apartment in Paris to decorate. Linens, tableware, lighting, even flower and garden solutions make up just some of merci’s selection.  Fashion… Read more »

This cute little shop in Village Saint Paul is chock-o-block full of a little bit of everything vintage.  Need some art supplies?  They have them.  Cute little enamel number signs?  Check.  Ceramic pitchers, vintage linens, old postcards and retro toys jockey for space amid the other wonderful items that fill the shelves.  Maria, Brian, and Erin joined in on the fun and we could have stayed for hours, picking our way through all the goodies.  I left with a chalkboard “dinner… Read more »

I love surprising family and friends with gifts from Paris, to let them know they were thought of while I was away.  However, finding the right gift can be such a challenge with so many choices available, so imagine my delight when my friend, Verena, asked me to please bring her a new diptyque candle to replace one her husband bought for her on a Paris business trip.  Hooray, a destination sure to have just the right gift!  And the… Read more »