Un abat jour

imageI discovered the boutique Les Mille Feuilles several years ago, and I always try to stop in when I am in Paris. Here you can find everything you need to accessorize a room in the perfect French manner. Their website is nice, but it doesn’t express the range of their offerings, nor the artistry of their little vignettes throughout the store.

imageI’m a huge fan of their lamp shades, or abats jour (ah-bah zhoor), made of reproductions of historical documents. The first time I saw them, I gushed so much that my daughter was mortified. I have a lovely desk lamp that needs a new shade in a hard-to-find size. The owners helped me pick out the right frame and e-mailed me what I’ll need to select the print or prints that I want to use.

imageThey explained that the shades are made right here in Paris by a small family firm of only four people. (The circle shades, above and below, are from a different company, but they’re pretty cute, too.) They are closed for the summer, so there is no point in completing the order today.  Once ordered, my new shade will take about six weeks to be delivered to the shop. Then, they will either ship it to me or I can pick it up the next time I am in town. I can’t wait! It’s going to look so amazing.

imageEven if you don’t need new lamp shades, this is a great place to pick up picture frames, candles, and chic decorative objects for your own home or to give to others. I love the up-cycled metal clock faces,above. The shop is in the heart of the Marais at the intersection where rue Rambuteau turns into rue des Francs Bourgeois as it crosses rue des Archives. They are open seven days a week, but just in the afternoon on Sunday and Monday.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to Un abat jour

  1. Ellen A. says:

    How unusual! If I had a boutique of my own in the New World, I would be tempted to stock it floor to ceiling with these utterly charming shades. You have a wonderful eye for finding the French style of beauty in design. Perhaps that will be a second or third career for you one day.

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