Jess (And Her Dad, Les) Take Paris! Get All The Vintage Recs, Design Goods, And See Her Haul

Yesterday you bought Emily and Elliot and immediately you’re getting a giant ole dose of Les and Jess (aka my dad and me). He’s also referred to as DIY Dad for many who have been right here for some time 🙂 For years my dad has talked about dwelling in Paris (his and my late mother’s favourite metropolis). Then lastly final 12 months he determined to go for it. He utilized for his non permanent visa, booked an Airbnb in Montmartre, and on January tenth, 2023 he was off. I had my worries (as a result of I’m a perpetual worrier, particularly in the case of him) however greater than something I used to be wildly pleased with him. Anytime I instructed a buddy what he was doing their response could be one thing alongside the strains of, “Your dad is the best.” My response would at all times be, “he actually is.” Annoyingly, he simply continues to be my hero and function mannequin:) How many people, 12 months after 12 months, say that we need to do one thing, transfer someplace, or simply make a change, and right here is my dad at 73 saying, “f$#! it, I’m shifting to Paris.” A privilege clearly, however scary nonetheless. His girlfriend was solely going to have the ability to keep a couple of month so he had nearly a complete month on his personal, exploring this metropolis he had beloved for years. One thing that little punk from Chicago would have by no means dreamed of.

And since we’re greatest buds, I clearly wasn’t going to overlook the possibility to hang around with my dad in Paris…with a free place to remain, ha. FYI it was his thought first (or he no less than mentioned it out loud first)! I additionally don’t take without any consideration what a particular and uncommon reward it’s to get to have this type of journey with him. It’s simple to neglect how fleeting life is. I stored reminding myself of that as I made him sit in cafes for longer than he needed, strolled via streets dodging canine poop, and treasure looking via seemingly infinite flea markets and decor retailers in very chilly temperatures.

are you able to inform he was able to not be sitting at that cafe anymore?

Okay, sufficient sentimental nonsense as a result of this can be a design weblog and I don’t know for those who’ve heard however Paris is kinda identified for its design. To say I used to be on an endorphin excessive 75% of the time would probably be an understatement.

NOTE: Bear in mind this was my first actual time in Paris (outdoors of a 24hr layover in 2019 the place my greatest buddy and I largely simply received day drunk on the garden of the Eiffel Tower. 10/10 would suggest). So for many who have been there or reside there, I’m positive that truth might be manifestly apparent:) NOOB ALERT.

So Many Totally different Varieties Of Bistro Chairs

So earlier than we get into the classic buying (and what I introduced again dwelling with me!) let’s focus on how stupidly cute each. single. cafe’s. bistro. chairs. are. How are all of them completely different? Is there a secret french bistro chair manufacturing facility? Can we go?

And these had been simply the one ones I took awkward footage of! I used to be mainly a bistro chair paparazzi. I actually love these mild blue ones with that additional loop of rattan on the backrest.

Additionally these inexperienced ones? Or that loopy lengthy bench?? Or that candy plaid??? I would love some assets, thanks.

Random Design Particulars

I imply it’s no shock that the doorways are stunning with equally stunning {hardware}. However take a look at that unbelievable bistro desk at a random cafe. I’d LOVE to have that in my kitchen. I even thought the general public trash cans had been fairly and thoughtfully designed. As my dad stored saying, “the French know find out how to do cute.”

This brings me to the buying portion of this put up.

Village Suisse

Now, I can’t bear in mind if my dad deliberate to take me to Village Suisse that day or if we stumbled upon it, however regardless it was a enjoyable place to go searching. We had been there on a Thursday and I’d say solely 20% of the retailers (little storefronts) had been open. We did discover out later that final week was a vacation break for faculties so possibly that had one thing to do with it. However actually, enterprise hours in Paris are um, unfastened or uh, unpredictable so your guess is nearly as good as mine. I’m positive the weekends are higher:)

I did fall for that little inexperienced pillow however for the reason that store wasn’t open and it didn’t actually work with my lounge design, I took it as an indication to go.

Nevertheless, this classic Murano glass striped lamp was one other story. I believe I mentioned this within the put up however in my workplace reveal, that actually gorgeous ceramic desk lamp was solely borrowed for the shoot. I used to be underneath a time crunch because it was sponsored and hadn’t discovered one but. Ceramicah doesn’t usually lend out their lamps for shoots however since they knew me they had been form sufficient to make an exception. Additionally, have you ever seen all of the awards and press they’re getting!!? I’m so glad for them and it’s so deserved!

The draw back although has been attempting to exchange such a particular lamp (since that one was too far out of my price range). It has felt close to unimaginable. My essential buying aim of this journey was to discover a classic desk lamp for my desk and this was a giant contender…nevertheless it was our first day buying and we hadn’t gone to Saint Ouen but…

Right here’s simply one other cute store and a cool design second within the village.

Versailles Particulars I Need To Steal

Naturally, we needed to go to Versailles since it will have been my first time and my dad hadn’t been contained in the palace in 25 years. I wouldn’t say February is the perfect time to take a look at the gardens however clearly, I used to be extra within the interiors and getting some inspiration.

And man, do I’ve a newfound appreciation for parquet flooring! I believe I’ve simply solely seen dangerous variations in San Francisco faculty residences however these flooring have made me a believer. I need them in my future dwelling.

Additionally, all the ornamental ceiling trim and mouldings had been actually to die for (they had been throughout Paris however very particular right here, duh). I need to determine find out how to add it to my bed room ceiling. If in case you have any assets please let me know within the feedback!

I even beloved the stylish simplicity of the guard rails and stair railings. Clearly, these are usually not authentic to the palace (ha) however had been executed in a method that they quietly add to the general romantic aesthetic.

I needed to take an image of those superior topiaries for Caitlin:)

This was not at Versailles however on the restaurant on the Louvre. Whereas a bit overpriced and a complete vacationer lure, we actually beloved getting to soak up the view after we had been executed taking a look at all of the artwork. Plus we had been averaging 8 miles of strolling a day so a close-by place to eat and relaxation was extraordinarily appreciated. Additionally, this was in all probability the nicest photograph we took collectively on your entire journey.

Saint Ouen

Oooooo child, lots of you instructed me I needed to go right here for classic buying/inspiration and also you had been proper. This space is a design lover’s dream and is full of probably the most unbelievable classic. Earlier than I left for my journey a particularly form reader and designer who lives in Paris, Allison Crawford, messaged me on Instagram and provided to take me round. I used to be so grateful and PUMPED. Sadly, the one week I used to be there was the one week she was going to be out of city however she since she’s so candy she despatched me an inventory of issues to see within the space. Go comply with her as a result of her account is gorgeous and she or he is so proficient!

From Allison:

If you happen to do every thing right here, count on to spend 2-3 hours shopping the flea.

In case you are taking a cab, give them the deal with of L’Atelier 55 in St. Ouen. Put within the precise deal with. In case you are taking the metro, take the 13 to Garibaldi and stroll about 10-Quarter-hour to L’Atelier 55. You can too take the metro to St. Ouen through one other route, nonetheless, I don’t suggest that route.

Begin at L’Atelier 55 on Rue de Rosier, and peek in Maison Dumas (similar homeowners as 55 however completely different vibe). For very high-end inspiration, stroll throughout the road to Glustin. It’s inspiration gold and really costly. Great spot to look.

After hitting these retailers on Rue de Rosier, go subsequent door to Vernison to wander round for an hour or so. This can be a typical flea market expertise with inexpensive choices than different elements of the flea. Bear in mind to barter.

After Vernison, go to Serpette to stroll round inside. That is the perfect inspiration and it’s la creme de l creme of Parisian classic and antiques. There’s every thing from De Sede sofas to classic Chanel jewellery to LV trunks. It’s my glad place!

After you stroll round Serpette, go outdoors to Paul Bert to stroll all of the out of doors stalls. This may take you 30 minutes to an hour.

After that, go to Mob Lodge or Paul Bart cafe for drinks and a meal if hungry.

This was the primary place we stopped at 80 Rue de Rosier. I can’t determine the title and don’t need to get it unsuitable in order that’s the deal with. It was extra of an architectural salvage spot with INCREDIBLE items. I didn’t discover till about 10 minutes in that images weren’t allowed in many of the areas so that is all I received.

Take a look at that rattan pendant and all these gorgeous mirrors alongside the wall! I additionally beloved that little sconce and nearly requested how a lot that small mirror was however rapidly realized I didn’t even have a spot in my home for it. It jogged my memory of Em’s classic mirror:)

Paul Bert

Paul Bert is now my glad place too and I’ll by no means be the identical. It’s simply stall after stall of probably the most stunning issues. My dad was sooooo affected person with my painfully sluggish tempo. I used to be simply attempting to take all of it in!

Sorry for the horrible and never tremendous inspiring pics. I received nervous about taking pics after that first spot and didn’t need to make anybody mad. I really hate entering into bother and generally make up guidelines for myself that aren’t at all times even actual. SMH. I promise this place is precise magic. However understandably not cheap. I’m manifesting having no less than $10k to spend subsequent time I’m going so I can actually indulge. How I’ll get that cash I have no idea. Miracles occur proper??

I did, nonetheless, make one teeny tiny buy and that was a studio drawing by Lebanese artist, Joseph Terdjian for two euros. Since I didn’t have something however a big tote to hold it in, it received actually crinkled. To ease my unhappiness and disgrace, I’m telling myself it provides it character…

The Flea Half

This was the standard feal market space Allison was speaking about. Once more, don’t rent me as your photographer. We had been fairly beat by this level within the day nevertheless it was enjoyable to stroll round for a bit. Had I had extra power I’d have executed some actual digging.

Le BHV / Marais

Okay, so those that reside in Paris would possibly chuckle at my love for this retailer however I don’t care. My god, I want it existed right here. It has every thing. You may get there instantly from the 1 or 11 metro line off of the Hôtel-de-Ville cease the place you’ll be welcomed by a house enchancment part. Please see under.

Now, it’s not that we will’t get issues like this within the US, however right here it’s multi function place, the place you’ll be able to see and contact with your individual eyes and fingers!

Take a look at how fairly this {hardware} is! This isn’t a reduction retailer by any means however the choice is so good for brand new items. These images are absolutely the tip of the iceberg.

Then you definately go up just a few flooring and head to the decor part the place you might be greeted with all of the lights you’ve drooled over on the web however possibly haven’t seen in particular person, or no less than not altogether in a single place like this. I used to be very tempted by these lamps above for my desk however had my coronary heart set on one thing classic.

Even my dad was overwhelmed with design pleasure! JK he was prepared for me to be executed. Sorry, dad. I nearly purchased slightly triangle pillow for I believe 30 euros however stopped myself as a result of I knew I used to be in an adrenaline overload. I stored repeating to myself, “simply since you prefer it and it’s from Paris doesn’t imply you want it.” I truly mentioned that to myself most in all places we went.

Y’all this division retailer even had a superb classic part. DEAD.

I additionally thought-about that black and white desk lamp for 320 euros but in addition determined it wasn’t proper. Did I textual content Julie and Caitlin each time I noticed a lamp? Principally. They helped me off the adrenaline design ledge just a few instances. Whereas my dad has an ideal eye he’s of the “for those who like, purchase it” college of thought. Dad, I like EVERYTHING, I have to be additional discerning!

And listed here are another images of fairly issues as a result of this retailer had infinite fairly issues.

You wanna know what else this retailer had?? A gallery exhibit of unbelievable Ukranian artists – L’artwork de la resilience. Right here is an article about it. I beloved every thing however these ceramic items had been undoubtedly a favourite.

In case you are in Paris the exhibit is on for a pair extra days! You’ve till March fifth.

We ended up having to return later as a result of a safety tag was left on a shirt my dad purchased and sadly for him, the place we entered was a ferm LIVING show and I wanted to test it out.

I’ve been a ferm LIVING fan for years (my navy velvet pouf and one among my candelabras are from them) and to get to see all of this product truly in particular person was superior. I LOVED that striped chair and cupboard. Completely chunky:)

What I Purchased

On our first journey there, I truly hadn’t purchased something up up to now (sorry this put up isn’t in whole chronological order) and I used to be very drawn to this brass cleaning soap dispenser. Look, I actually adore it however was it well worth the 98 euros?? Effectively, I suppose it doesn’t matter now. Ha. The standard is nice and it’s actually fairly. Not an enormous remorse.

These candlesticks had been from our journey again and as you’ll be able to see they’re ferm LIVING. I beloved the colours and contemplating I personal WAY TOO MANY candlestick holders and candelabras, I assumed why not?! For 15 euros it was a superb name since they’re tougher to search out on-line.

The Flea Market We Had Been Trying For

To nobody’s shock, I wasn’t executed looking for flea markets. I figured because it was Sunday there needed to be a superb one. So I made a decision to verify TikTok (don’t decide me) for assist and boy did it lead me to a gold mine. Now, the account I noticed mentioned to get there when it begins at 7… I say don’t get there at 7. We received there at 8ish and just some distributors had been establishing. Positive you would possibly cease a gem, however 9/ 9:30 is a lot early, no less than within the winter. Perhaps in the summertime when it’s not freezing, distributors are keen to open up earlier. I’m positive my dad would now like credit score for telling me there was “no method” a Paris flea market would begin at 7. Tremendous dad, you had been proper. So to not catch frostbite, we went to a restaurant close by for a restaurant au lait and a croissant for about an hour. He was such a champ as a result of we weren’t correctly dressed and he hung in there as I as soon as once more slowly scoured every sales space. I used to be in heaven. I needs to be clear that he additionally loves these things A LOT. Nevertheless, he likes to blow via and I wish to rigorously absorb every thing.

This was the deal with I put in my cellphone and it was off the 13 metro, Porte de Vanves cease: 16-18 Av. Georges Lafenestre, 75014 Paris, France.

Nice sconce, even higher mirror. Sadly didn’t want both.

Two superior lights that I handed on.

My father plotting my dying however too chilly to deal with any follow-through.

A mirror I WISH I might have introduced again with me and two cute candlesticks. Don’t fear I didn’t purchase them. I do know I’ve sufficient.

Bizarre however superior pendants I needed and sconces that jogged my memory of Birdie’s room (that I’ll have by chance texted Em about at 3 am her time. WHOOPS!)

Plates I’d have purchased in a second if I might have simply introduced them again with me and a cupboard with cute ft.

Wanna see what I truly purchased???

What I Purchased

A sconce for my hallway for under 20 euros! Take a look at that candy pull string. It technically wants shades so you will discover me scrolling via Etsy for the foreseeable future. I did additionally purchase the fitting lightbulbs that value about one other 20 euros.

I received each of those artwork items for 10 euros whole. I believe that black and white drawing is so fairly and whereas that wine bottle nonetheless life might simply learn “dangerous generic artwork,” it’s an actual portray on a sturdy board that I believe will look actually cute float framed in my kitchen.

Clearly, I needed to come dwelling with a design ebook and this sq., impartial cutie caught my eye. I ought to have negotiated down however I paid 15 euros for it. No regrets:)

Now I’m nonetheless slightly on the fence with this one and I’ll let you know why. First off, for those who don’t know what it’s it’s a foot hotter that I received for 20 euros (down from 30). My plan is to chop out the again and canopy my lounge’s nonfunctional swap and functioning thermostat with it. They’re whole eyesores. Functionally that is nice as a result of I can open the entrance after I need to use my thermostat which isn’t tremendous usually, after which maintain it closed and fake it’s not there after I’m not utilizing it. I’m simply undecided if the brass is true and assume it is likely to be stylistically not what I truly need. I’m not going to chop it till I’m positive and if I’m going a unique route my dad desires it. Win-win.

Oh, I’m so enthusiastic about this little swap I received for 20 euros (down from 22:))! I’ve a giant sconce on the principle wall of my lounge that you simply haven’t seen but and it’s managed by this not-as-pretty generic swap. So my dad and I are going to make a cool plate to cowl the rectangle gap after which mount this swap on high of that. It’s going to look a lot cooler and really particular…I hope.

Right here we’re after braving the chilly flea market, attempting to really feel our noses on the metro dwelling. In whole, I spent about 85 euros (plus 20 for blubs) which I’m very happy about. What a excessive!

Different Lights I Regarded At

All through the week we hit just a few different lighting shops. This classic store, La Calinière, was cool however laborious to essentially see what was in there as a result of it was so full of little to no pathways. These lights had been on the entrance of the shop which is how I received to them. The desk lamp was 350 euros and I didn’t ask concerning the sconce as a result of I knew I didn’t need it.

This store, Yonoil, was in my dad’s neighborhood however we stored lacking the opening hours. He was excited to point out me as a result of he and his girlfriend had purchased some lights from there. Very cute however no cube for me.

So did I get a lamp for my desk??? I positive did:)


It’s a narrative as previous as time. Woman sees her first classic lamp in Paris, she’s nervous she wants to take a look at all the opposite choices, no different choice lived as much as the primary one, she will get first lamp. So this attractive, Murano glass lamp is mine! Now it wasn’t low cost. My dad was the literal greatest and provided to purchase it for me. It value 650 euros. I don’t deserve him. It additionally was fairly the scene of us packing it up as a result of we couldn’t discover a field that was a carry-on dimension so I wanted to verify it. I used to be nervous my complete flight. However y’all it received right here in a single piece and I lovingly look at it on my desk each few seconds. Caitlin needed me to purchase the lamp as quickly as I despatched it to her:)

Oh, and the store proprietor Beatrice was so fantastic. Right here is her Instagram if you’re in Paris!

Then my dad truly noticed this Thirties tray as he was shopping for the lamp. I immediately fell in love. I paid for that although, clearly. It was 50 euros.

And eventually, this was my dad’s cute house. Tremendous cozy, filled with classic, and had a ton of character. Very similar to my father as confirmed under.

I didn’t learn his PJ shirt until possibly our ultimate night time and burst out laughing. So whereas a VERY cringe shirt, the phrases aren’t unsuitable. He’s in actual fact wonderful and I don’t assume I’ve absolutely processed what a enjoyable and funky week we had but. We did nonetheless agree that it was the perfect. If you happen to ever get an opportunity to fulfill Les Bunge you’re a fortunate one and for those who ever get the possibility to go to Paris, uh, GO.

Oh, yet another story which will have been probably the most unbelievable a part of the journey! On our second or third day, we had been getting off the metro to go someplace and as we had been strolling down the road a gal stopped me. I assumed she was attempting to ask for instructions which I used to be at first actually apologetic about since I didn’t know Paris or any french for that matter. However then she requested if my title was Jess. She acknowledged me from Instagram and needed to say hello. I used to be shocked! My dad was shocked! We couldn’t imagine it! That has by no means occurred to me earlier than. Not solely did a Parisian know who I used to be however she was additionally simply the sweetest. So Marie (I’m sorry if I misunderstood your title!) it was an absolute pleasure assembly you and thanks for making me look cool in entrance of my dad:)

I hope this was a enjoyable Friday learn and that you simply would possibly even be impressed to make a journey together with your mum or dad or a member of the family. Caitlin and Brenda are large followers too:) I do know it’s not at all times simple to make time however life is brief. Go on an journey for those who can and bonus factors if it entails a number of flea markets. Au revoir, from Les and me.

Love you, imply it.

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