24 days, but who is counting? Ha! The past few blog posts I have been making a Paris flea market/brocante shopping list. But today, I thought I would venture off that and venture into a specific district in Paris, the 6th. The 6th Arrondissement also called Saint-Germain-des-Pres Quarter is on the left bank of the Seine. Paris districts are shaped in a ring. District 1 (the Louvre museum) starts tight in the middle and spins out in a spiral around and around to 20 as you can see on the map below : The 6th is special with its juxtaposition of wide boulevards and quaint alleys. It offers some quintessential Parisian landmarks and cafes and houses wonderful French décor and design stores.


Thank you for joining me on my countdown to Paris. I will experience my own April in Paris when I arrive on April 23rd! I have been before, however, I am really diving in to research in preparation for this time. I want to make the most of my 5 days there! Remind me to write about our almost 3 week home exchange we did a couple summers ago! As I do the research for this trip, I am kicking myself for not seizing more opportunities during my longer stay. I have been composing a shopping list for my upcoming trip. I have posted the past couple of days about French grain sacks and industrial design. Today, I have another item to add to my list…bird cages. Birdcages are magical to me for


Day 27 of my countdown to Paris, arriving on April 23! Today I am adding another category to my shopping list for all things French….industrial design. Industrial design is trending big right now. It is that warehouse look that exposes pipes, ductwork, original beams and brick. It has elements of stainless steel and metal with a minimalist utilitarian feel. Flip on HGTV to find Fixer Upper and watch Joanna Gaines of Magnolia do her industrial thing. What I love is mixing it with rustic farmhouse elements as Joanna does on her show. Rarely, can I find an industrial bottle rack at my regular antique and flea haunts here in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. So, I will also add this to my li

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