Furniture and life-style company Restoration Hardware just introduced its “Big Style, Small Spaces” look-book. One of the ideas was for a Paris pied-à-terre (pea-ay ah tare), which literally means a “foot on the ground.” I would quite happily put my foot on the ground in this elegant space – I’d even agree to move my whole-self in completely. The décor is a mix of understated cream and grey tones that visually expand spaces that do tend to be on the petit side in Paris. There’s an eclectic mix of luxe details, like crystal chandeliers and a huge Venetian mirror in the bathroom, and tougher pieces, like the iron café table and bedframe. I’m afraid, however, that my cats would definitely shed all over the lovely upholstery. Tant pis! (Too bad!)
On a rainy day in Paris this summer, I had one of those lightning bolt moments when I finally got why the French love combining grey and cream in their décor as well as in fashion. These ARE the colors of Paris – cream to caramel stone in the buildings, grey roofs, grey paved streets, and quite often a grey sky for good measure.
No one makes all the colors of Paris look more inviting than blogger and photographer Nichole Robertson. Her book, Paris by Color, is simply beautiful, as you can see from these pictures. She groups items big and small that she finds in her walks around Paris by their dominant color. Every time I leaf through my copy, I’m jolted by how much I love this beautiful city of grey, cream, and every other color under the rainbow.