I am so excited to share with you some of the photos I took while in Paris for the famous Paris Déco Off show that took place during the same week as Maison&Objet and Paris Fashion Week. The City was alive with inspiration! The City of Light was open with such a beautiful welcome inviting us in to the private apartments and showrooms that normally are hidden behind the wondrous doors of Paris.
115 showrooms dedicated to showing off fabrics and wallpapers of some of the greatest design companies around the world were all decked out and easy to find with the beautiful linen lanterns acting as the X that marked the spot! The showrooms were clustered in two areas of Paris, one on the Left Bank and one on the Right Bank. With every corner I turned and saw new lanterns I truly felt like a child, wanting to run and be the first to uncover the treasure!
You've no doubt heard that travel is the best gift we can give ourselves. No matter where or how far from home. Just taking yourself out of your normal routine opens your senses to new sights and tastes which elevates us to look at things differently (with more knowledge) when we return home. The wallpapers and fabrics at Pierre Frey were some of my absolute favorites!
The colors and textures were magnificent, and much to my personal delight, everything was done to the max. No holding back. If it was a neutral wallpaper like the one above from the Ralph Lauren Home showroom, the texture made it come to life.
There was a multitude of very delicate but vibrant fabrics like the one above from Jean Paul Gaultier. And yes, pinks are hot, but notice how it is anchored by the dotted black and white fabric, keeping it fresh and not too sweet.
Thibaut's door design took my breath ... their window was a piece of artwork created from their own wallpapers and fabrics.
The lights of Paris Deco Off have now gone out ... but the memory lingers brightly and I have come home with a new vigor to let my imagination run wild in my designs and not hold back!