Bonjour, mon amis!
Happy Monday – and hope you’re having a great one so far. I spent this past weekend running a Sonoma wedding (beautiful), and working on the design/styling of our new home – it’s coming along! Sorry for the brief hiatus – the fam and I are working ’round the clock to pull our little house together.
At the moment, I’m contemplating a Parisian black and white motif in our guest room, to keep things chic and contemporary, while still carrying through a traditional theme. Looking for Parisian inspiration (outside of everyone’s instagrams), I did a bit of research on Parisian culture this weekend. Here are three off-the-beaten-track cultural finds to inspire your next trip to Paris:
Nestled in the 14th arrondissement, the Cartier Foundation’s contemporary art center is the perfect place to find off-beat art installations (like graffiti and street art exhibits and photography series). Bonus for those with little travelers: creative workshops and family friendly guided visits are offered weekly.
One of the most iconic Beaux-arts buildings commissioned for the 1900 exhibition, the Petit Palais is located directly across the street from the Grand Palais in the 8th arrondissement, and features mosaics and stained glass in the rotunda. The structure houses decorative arts, sculptures, ancient and classical art, graphic art, and symbolist murals. The relatively affordable garden café is also a perfect lunch stop! Did I mention that this site is featured in one of my favorite movies (‘The Devil Wears Prada’), when Andy and Miranda are working at Paris Fashion week? Le swoon.
While Rodin’s ‘thinker’ statue is BEYOND popular and well known, the Rodin museum is relatively small and less crowded than other popular tourist destinations in Paris. The interior works are stunning, but the outdoor statue garden is the piece de resistance – particularly when in full bloom! A must visit for art lovers and fresh air aficionados alike.