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Whenever I visit Versailles, I try to imagine what it must have been like to live in that opulent chateau. Interior designer Jacques Garcia doesn’t have to imagine. For 25 years, he’s lived like a king at his own chateau Champ de Bataille near Rouen in Normandy. According to WSJ.Magazine, he’s ready to move on to another […]

Neo Thissen in France

05 . 30 . 17

As we all know now, Instagram has the ability to bring people together. I was explaining to my friend this weekend that it’s because you can immediately tell that you have  common interests and style. I met Belgian interior designer and antiques dealer David de Decker-Thissen on Instagram and then in real life in Paris […]

I have Kate Betts to thank for suggesting the new book Mistakes Were Made (Some in French). She posted it on her Instagram account and also has a blurb on the cover “Any Francophile with a Hollywood crush will devour this wonderful sexy story.” I can attest that she was right. My copy arrived yesterday […]

I was sad when it was announced that Peter Copping would no longer be designing for Oscar de la Renta. It would be no longer running into him in New York. But I was also happy because I knew it meant that he and his partner Rambert Rigaud could return to their lives in France […]

Paris Can Wait

04 . 26 . 17

The Tribeca Film Festival is happening in New York right now. It always brings together the best new films and I’m grateful that Lincoln Motor Company, who is a sponsor of the film festival, generously offers me passes each year. The hard part is figuring out what to see. I think I’ve chosen a few […]

A Modern Chateau

03 . 29 . 17

The Provence Chateau of Pierre Yovanovitch just featured in the WSJ.Magazine looks like a modern version of Hubert de Givenchy’s Château de Jonchet but that doesn’t make it any less interesting. The larger main chateau, Fabrègues, still retains original architectural details but the farmhouse turned guesthouse, La Ferme, was in such bad shape that the interiors had to be rebuilt. […]

Chic Paris Rentals

03 . 17 . 17

Someone asked me after my recent Paris post about renting in Paris. In addition to staying in exotic locals around the world, you can also stay in chic Paris apartments when you are a member of THIRDHOME. They have so many properties in great locations including this one near the Champs-Elysées.  If you haven’t looked into THIRDHOME yet, […]

Pretty in Paris

03 . 15 . 17

It was miserably cold and snowy in New York today. I just want to be somewhere else. Preferably in Paris and an apartment as pretty as Anne McNally’s that was featured in Architectural Digest. It’s on the Place de Vosges which is where I stayed on my last trip. It’s a chic respite in the middle […]

In our over-connected online world, I’m always surprised when I come across a person, or two people in this case, from the past of whom I’ve never heard before. Such was the case of Boni de Castellane & Anna Gould sale at Christies in Paris on Monday, 6 March 2017.  “Boniface de Castellane, known as ‘Boni’ […]

This awards season was probably the first time many Americans have heard of Isabelle Huppert. The 63 year old French actress made her debut in 1971 and has been nominated for awards since 1975. I was lucky enough to be invited to a press screening of her recent film Elle for which she earned all those […]

I think we all know that fashion designers also have great interior design style and Pierre Hardy is no different. His duplex apartment in the Marais area of Paris just featured in the WSJ is mostly black and white but is definitely not boring. “Black is not a choice because I find it more beautiful than […]

Chaos and Creation

02 . 06 . 17

I’m having an amazing time in Mexico but I still can’t help thinking about planning another trip to Paris this spring. I was especially inspired after seeing the Paris home of the late Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani. Architectural Digest photographed the home shortly before her passing and her son, Francesco Carrozzini, encouraged them to publish […]

Not everyone can afford to hire the famed French interior designer and architect Jean-Louis Deniot to decorate their home but now you can experience his chic design style at the Hotel Nolinski in Paris. The soothing shades of greens and greys mixed with gold create a perfect respite after a day of exploring the City of […]

Hubert de Givenchy, the renowned French couturier, shared a friendship for decades with the designer and sculptor Diego Giacometti, the brother of brother of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Many of the bespoke pieces he made for Givenchy will be up for auction at Christie’s in Paris on 6 March 2017. The accompanying week long exhibition will also celebrate […]

French Country Cooking

11 . 13 . 16

Mimi Thorisson’s first book A Kitchen in France wasn’t just a cook book. It was a view into a life in the countryside of France that could not be farther from the one most city dwellers in this country live. It was born out of her blog Manger that highlights the beautiful seasonal produce that […]

Everyone keeps asking me when I’m going back to Paris. Unless something comes up sooner, it probably won’t be until the Spring. In the meantime, I’m putting together my list of new places to visit and Divellec is topping the list. Le Divellec was a venerable seafood restaurant located in the Invalides area of Paris […]

I’m still in Birmingham but I can’t wait to get home so I can read David Netto’s new book on the famed French interior designer Francois Catroux that is being released today. In my post The Chic Catroux in 2011, I lamented the fact that we don’t see more of Catroux’s design work and now […]