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Paris Travel Tips Wanted

January 6, 2016

Hello lovely friends. I will go to Paris later this month for a week to work. First, for my new client Merci, and then to visit the Maison + Objet along with a bunch of other fun studios to visit crammed along the way. I’m very excited and you can follow my Paris adventures on my @decor8 Instagram beginning January 18!  SO I’m looking for some suggestions from YOU. I love pretty cafes, dessert, jazz clubs, shows, boat rides, I’ll take any tips honestly. Just need fresh and inspiring places to see and photograph.

Paris Travel Tips Wanted
I scoured my favorite blogs for tips but so many of them have posts that were written a year or more ago and we all know that cities like Paris change so frequently that I’m more interested in what is hot NOW. Also, flower shops and lunch spots. I don’t care about museums or monuments or tourist spots because I’ve been to Paris many times and hit those already.

I would love a tip for Korean food, a good Japanese place with excellent Udon soup and definitely a Lebanese place with amazing tabbouleh, falafel, hummus, etc. Also, any good Spanish places with tapas? And maybe something very Italian and delicious? A very hip and cool restaurant would be great too. I’m really open when it comes to dining out, so don’t hold back. Please leave website links in your comments so I can easily find these places if you don’t mind. I’m so grateful, in advance, so thank you!

Do you also have some great ideas for photogenic spots in Paris other than the usual suspects (Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower)? I’m very much a fan of hills and architecture and pale white buildings and streets with a lot of ambiance that aren’t totally commercial and littered with phone card and cell phone shops. I remember my last time in Paris, there were less of these streets (though I was close to the river and Notre Dame but still) so I’d love to be in districts where I can find privately owned bakeries and foodie spots – in other words, pretty spots to photograph so I can create content for this blog that I’m proud of upon my return!

I will be in these neighborhoods from what I know so far: Haut-Marais, Saint-German-de-Pres and Bastille. I’ve never been to Montmartre, is that worthy of a see?

P.S. Doesn’t the Broken Arm look nice and the I think Miss Banh Mi looks like fun along with Street Bangkok. I love casual and unusual places and Asian food but also great places for breakfast. My dear friend Susanne from Milas Deli just went to Paris and has a lot of bakeries on her blog, so I’m going to look over there now…

Thank you all so much, since getting pregnant in 2013 and then having my son nearly two years ago, I’ve only been to Berlin for a day and Amsterdam for 3 days, so this is mama’s adventure so I want to soak in as much as I possibly can to make up for all of those lost trips. Though I must say, being with my little boy has been worth it but I am ready for some stimulation and fun so please give me some of your lovely ideas… I’d appreciate it so much.

xo

Holly






Shopping + Products, Travel

Blickfang Design Fair Hamburg: Review

November 17, 2015

Want to see some fresh design that hasn’t been all over the web (yet)? Well, I had the pleasure of attending the Blickfang International Design Fair in Hamburg last Friday on opening day and found it to be so well done – beautifully curated and organized. Of course, the most important thing to me was whether or not the booths were interesting, would I like any of the designs, was anything looking new or fresh?

Blickfang Design Fair Hamburg: Review

I’m happy to report – yes and what a great show! Of course, you always see things that look like a designer was heavily influenced by something already on the market, but this fair was actually very original and interesting to attend because I found a lot of the designers had their own sense of style and certainly Continue Reading…






Objects, Travel

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

February 16, 2015

On Valentine’s Day we went with our little son to Schloß Hehlen (Hehlen Castle), a very sweet castle built in the 1500’s located about an hour away and enjoyed the most beautiful cakes in their cafe, Kaffeewirtschaft, on the castle grounds. Aidan enjoyed his babycino so much and when I took his little hand and walked him around the cafe, he was thrilled. I was too and I particularly loved the wallpaper near the fireplace, so I snapped it and posted on my IG. Within seconds, the wallpaper manufacturer identified it as the Raphael in Green by Sandberg. I didn’t even tag it! That’s the beauty of Instagram – you can post nearly anything and someone will identify the place, the product, even the person within mere minutes.

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle
(my iphone photo above)

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

After visiting the Sandberg website I also found it in a few other colorways but the beige instantly resonated with me as the room it’s shown in looks exactly like my living room – the large window to the right, the linen sheer curtains, even a similar pendant light! You can imagine how this reawakened my need to wallpaper a feature wall in living room! Now I’m trying to decide – will it be a Sandberg, Designers Guild or Farrow & Ball wallpaper? Hmmm.

Sandberg Raphael Wallpaper + Hehlen Castle

Isn’t the lovely? I particularly love it with the marble table and the pretty plants and wooden seating. Fresh and simple with a touch of rustic romance.

(images: sandberg //the snap of me and my little one by his papa)

 






Travel

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

July 22, 2014

Hey guys, its Kelly Brown and Holly asked me to stop in from time to time to post tours of beautiful spaces that I shoot professionally so you get to see them first. This is my debut post on decor8 so I hope that you enjoy it! I am so excited to share with you a shoot I did recently at Gracias Madre, a plant-based (vegetarian & vegan) Mexican-inspired restaurant in sunny West Hollywood, California. In my opinion, the only thing better than eating a really, really great meal, is eating it in a beautiful atmosphere. Wendy Haworth and her design team along with patio designer, Scott Shrader, have created just that at Gracias Madre. By the way, you can click on any image below for super large views to ohhh and ahhh over the details and to pin!

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

I visited the restaurant during a recent trip to LA and immediately fell in love with the space, not to mention the food! I couldn’t help myself but to walk around the entire restaurant checking out every inch of the space and noting all the amazing design features. Lets just say its on my “must go to” list in LA. The plantain fritters and the sopes, so delicious! Oh, and the drinks! Small batch mescals and tequila with housemade syrups, shrubs, tinctures, and bitters! Yep, I had myself a good time!

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

With a Mexican flare, the interior is fresh and bright, perfectly utilizing color and pattern to balance out the large space. Cozy corner nooks and an amazing outdoor patio makes you want to stay there eating and drinking all night. Its no surprise that Gracias Madre received the People’s Choice Award from The American Institute of Architect’s 10th Annual Restaurant Design Awards in Los Angeles.

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Tour Gracias Madre In West Hollywood, California

Executive Chef, Chandra Gilbert and Beverage Director, Jason Eisner go above and beyond to create beautifully distinct dishes from local and organic ingredients. Here’s what they say about the restaurant: “We first conceived the idea of Gracias Madre while visiting the families of our employees in Mexico. We wanted to both; offer organic Mexican food to the communities we serve as well as honor the mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico and often live without their husbands and children while they work side by side with us in California. Inspired by some of the recipes of these families and the love of their mothers, Gracias Madre serves organic, farm fresh, locally sourced food, full of flavor and love.” So, what do you think? Wouldn’t you love to eat (and drink!) in this beautiful space?! I know I can’t wait to go back! –Kelly

(text/photography kelly brown)






Travel

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

March 17, 2014

FvF in Berlin just teamed up with Vitra to create a gorgeous apartment that is now available to rent out for when you want to welcome friends for dinner parties, workshops and overnight stays. They’ve offered me a chance to use the space, so perhaps I will this summer (more info here) but until then, here’s a gorgeous view of the apartment they’ve designed. I just love the kitchen and the windows throughout the space. There is nothing like an old German pre-war building (particularly a Jugendstil altbauwohnung), that’s for sure…

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

FvF + Vitra = New Berlin Apartment

From their press release, “Under the direction of Freunde von Freunden, the architect Etienne Descloux and the interior architect Katrin Greiling, the 65sqm “Altbau” apartment on Mulackstrasse was rebuilt and designed to become a flexible apartment, adaptable to the diverse scenarios of everyday life.”

Anything in particular that you like about this space? When I look at it I keep thinking of how much I want to get back into client work again – I’d love to design a commercial space – like a restaurant, office, even a hotel. Would be so much fun! Perhaps later this year…

(images: fvonf)






Travel

Taste of Prague

February 28, 2014

Hello lovely decor8 friends! It’s Rincy again with another Simple Times post. I must say a very warm thank you for your comments on the last post here, it is such a comforting thing to know that we are really in this journey of growth together in 2014. (the recipe of the Lahmacun will be soon to follow, I promise) In the last few weeks since then Holly has welcomed Aidan, a beautiful new spirit into the world and aside from the qualities one hopes for another -purpose, reason, self-esteem, creative joy- in the last year I’ve begun to realize wanderlust is the most infectious of all to spread to a little soul.

Taste of Prague

This past week I was able to take a trip to Prague. It was a breath of fresh air and really one of my most favorite trips in the last few months of travel. I’ve spoken previously about the advantages of knowing a local in adding a richness to plans while abroad and I cannot speak more highly of the Taste of Prague team for doing just that for us. I’ve heard much about the touristy aspect of Prague however, prior to arriving we had maps of suggested less travelled walking paths, countless names of tried-and-tested restaurants and a four hour walking tour revolved around food to help aid in learning more about the culture and history of this beautiful city.

Taste of Prague

We travelled everywhere by foot coming back to tired legs and full bellies but the effect of this city lined with its myriad of architectural styles, rich history, savory meats and of course the beer (and wine!) sure did leave it’s mark. I always find it difficult summarizing travels and images to share but wanderlust will always be aplenty after even the smallest of trips.

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

If you are curious, some of my favorites in Prague: EMA espresso bar Prague Castle this guide and the ToP crew also has an apartment for rent, too as shown below…

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

Taste of Prague

I sincerely hope that near or far around your area, you can find a little spot that creates that spark of wanderlust for you too. – Rincy

(text/images: rincy koshy)






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