Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Pop of Color in the Heart of Paris

Happy Wednesday, all. How about a little splash of color to boost us through the middle of the week? It's been so lovely to see the bright lanterns currently hanging in the Place de Furstemberg for Paris Deco Off pop into my Instagram feed this week. It reminded me that I never shared photos from last year when they danced over my head as I walked through the loveliest little square in Paris. 

Right around the corner from Ladurée Royal, the Place de Furstemberg measures just 20 by 22 meters, but the world's greatest fabric houses grace the tiny square. Pierre Frey, Rubelli, Manuel Canovas, Osborne & Little all share the place with the four flowering paulownia trees and 19th century lantern described by Henry Miller in Tropic of Cancer.  Delacroix lived and painted here the last years of his life and the Musée National Eugène Delacroix occupies his apartment and studio.

Even without the lovely, cheerful lanterns swaying in the tree branches, it's one of those spots in Paris where one can't help but be charmed. Grab a box of macarons from Ladurée or a choux or two from La Masion de la Chou, window shop, wander and soak up all the color.

Where do you wish you were wandering this week? XO


  1. I love this little square daughter and I were here the other year...must book another trip to Paris ;)
    Happy Wednesday to you too!

  2. Oh my friend, who but the French could come up with such a whimsical surprise? Fabulous. Have a great day! Anita

  3. Jeanne,
    A lovely message to always look up! I too love that little spot of whim and charm!
    Wishing you a lovely day full of pleasant surprises!

  4. LOVE!! I wish I was wondering on a warm beach in the British Virgin Gorda !

  5. Oh, those lampshades hanging from the trees is so charming! Love beautiful fabrics, as my mother sewed many of my clothes growing up and was always taking me to the fabric store. I especially love beautiful trims. To be honest...if I could be wandering anywhere this week it would be Mexico where a warm breeze was blowing!!!!

    Have a wonderful day, Jeanne!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  6. I wouldn't mind wandering in Paris......I could spend weeks there! But now that I think about it...I wouldn't mind wandering on a quiet empty beautiful beach in Hawaii with a tropical drink "dispenser" to ensure I never run out, hey one can dream:)

  7. I love lanterns and those are so pretty! I can't wait to get back to Paris. Next time.. it will be the south of France. I'm interested in renting a car a checking out some of the local cities on the water:)

    (I feel guilty with all this mild weather and I'm worried that we will not have enough snow pack for the summer.....)

  8. Jeanne, so inspirational!! Fab fabrics and those lampshades are so fun!!

    French Artist Frederique Chemin

  9. Wow, I have never heard of this square... sounds like textile heaven!

  10. This is so beautiful!! I love all the bright and colorful textiles and this would be beautiful to see in Paris!


  11. Would love to experiance such a place of inspiration, how edgy to see all these shades hanging In the trees. When in Paris do like the French do.



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