Inside Kelly Wearstler’s Paris

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Design allows me to explore so many mediums, from art history and sculpture to architecture and graphic art. I seek out inspiration wherever I go and in whatever I do and for me, travel is the ultimate source of discovery. I love experiencing new cultures and destinations, whether for work or on holiday with my family. Whenever I travel, being aware of my surroundings is the surest way to find new possibilities for discovering beauty and translating it into my work and everyday living when I’m back home.  My sketchbook and digital camera are always at the ready for capturing whatever may strike my eye. A decorative button that I discover in a London shop could spark the whole vibe of an interior, a vintage metal clutch at a flea market could motivate me to fill a room with metal panelling or a line detail on a carved stone door in Istanbul may inform the silhouette of a chair.Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 8.37.38 AM

Paris is one of my favorite places in the world for inspiration. The art, the fashion, the architecture, the food, the history – the French passion for life is always of the moment.  I visit the city twice a year and every time fall in love with something new (or old!). Paris is home to some of the best vintage and contemporary shopping in the world.  A few years ago I purchased a vintage jacket with graffiti painted on leather in two colors from Pretty Box.  It was very Jackson Pollock and cool.  When I wore the jacket to the Ritz for cocktails one evening, I felt the interesting tension of its graphic motif with the period paneling of the room.  It felt incredibly inspiring…and voilà, there was the inspiration for the wallcovering in the entry of my home.

Here are some of Kelly’s favorite spots around Paris: 

WHAT TO SEE:

Centre Pompidou: A modern, progressive, and amazingly inspiring museum. One of my favorite places to explore, discover new artists, and quench my boundless curiosity for art history.

Musee des Arts Decoratifs: I carve out an afternoon to get lost in this museum every visit to Paris.  It never disappoints.  The curation and the shows are truly one of a kind.  I caught a trompe l’oeil exhibit there a few years back that remains one of my all-time-favorite experiences.  The museum’s book store is also insanely inspirational.

Maison de Serge Gainsbourg: The façade of the former home of the French music maestro is an ever-changing colorful canvas of graffiti in homage to the artist. A must-see for its layers of love letters and creative street art.

 

WHERE TO EAT:

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La Fontaine De MarsI love this classic brasserie restaurant with its red and white checkerboard tablecloths and traditional tile floors.  This is where I indulge in pommes frites and of course bread and butter.

Patrick Roger ChocolaterieEach of these luxury chocolate shops completely captures your senses.  The packaging, the art, the aesthetics are over-the-top amazing.  Place de la Madeleine is a favorite with its dynamic window front.

Le Petit Vendome: The quintessential Parisian café, it’s a charming and super cozy spot for classic baguette sandwiches and a taste of authentic Paris.

WHERE TO SHOP:

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7L Librarie: Owned by Karl Lagerfeld, this is a jewel of a book store near St. Germain des Prés with an amazing selection of art, design, fashion and photography books.

Pretty BoxOne of the best spots for vintage fashions from the 20th century.  They have a really cool edit of pieces from the 1980s.

L’EclaireurInspiring, minimalist art-gallery like spaces with a unique approach to presenting a curated selection of ready-to-wear and limited edition fashion and objects of art.  There are several locations in the center of the city, my favorite is on 10 Rue Boissy d’Anglas.

Merci. 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003. A super chic home, fashion, beauty and garden bazaar. Vintage and contemporary designers are showcased throughout several floors and the used book café library is well-stocked with literary finds to discover over a cup of tea.

Cire TrudonOne of the most beautiful candlemakers, Cire Trudon’s new boutique hosts an artful and storied collection of perfumed candles, room sprays and accessories.

Galerie du Passage  (Galerie Véro-Dodat): An architectural gem with checkerboard floors and arched doors. It holds beautiful vintage shops, a shoe shop, and an amazing, family-run guitar shop.

WHERE TO LINGER 

Minerales Do BrasilThis is like a candy store for my inner kid – the collection of crystals, precious stones and minerals here are phenomenal.  The best jewelry designers buy their stones here.

Clingancourt Flea MarketEach time I go to Paris I make a point of stopping at the Clingancourt flea market. The offering is incredibly layered, full of anomalies and soulful antiques. Every piece has a story.

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Rue Montorgeuil Food Market in the 2eA super lively street in the center of Paris with lots of little food shops, pastries (Patisserie Stohrer is of legend), fromagerie and a colourful fresh fruit market.  It’s one of the oldest street markets in the city and the smell of fresh baguettes is divine.

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WHERE TO STAY:

Le BristolI’ve been staying at Le Bristol for years.  It is the quintessential luxurious home away from home with a distinctly French design made complete with their sweet white Burmese cats, Fa-Roan and Kléopatre, who greet you on the way to your room.  Close to all of my favorite shopping spots.

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St. James ParisSuper residential in feel and details, the St. James is a gorgeous collection of distinctive rooms in a grand chateau. The terrace garden has three hot-air balloon inspired pergolas and is a fanciful spot for cocktails or brunch.

About the Author

Kelly Wearstler’s global luxury lifestyle brand is renowned for its distinctive designs and sophisticated soulful vibe pioneered by the celebrated interior designer. The brand’s breadth of influence spans from residential and commercial interior design to collections of furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, wall coverings, tiles, luxury bedding, home décor, jewelry and objets d’art. With a signature style that juxtaposes raw with refined, melds color, sophistication and spirited spontaneity, and seamlessly blends diverse periods of furniture under one roof, Wearstler has revolutionized the look, feel and meaning of modern American design. Visit @kellywearstler on Instagram for more of Kelly’s vibe. www.kellywearstler.com