The art of writing “Thank you”

I love the idea of sending cards to friends. It starts with the search for a design that best fits their personality and mine. Then, tailoring a message to show how I am thinking of them. And finally, once the card is received, getting their excited reaction and sometimes rekindling a long-distance relationship. But I…

Visiting the Musée des Arts Décoratifs: design and toys in Paris

Are you passionate about design, fashion and jewelry? Is your inner child urging to reveal itself? Then the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris is a must for you. Located in the Louvre’s western wing, the Arts Déco, as Parisians call it, is not as famous as its grand cousin. Yet this institution is highly…

Shopping for Egon Schiele paintings and Chanel jewelry at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris

In my post on Christian Dior, I asked you which designer’s or artist’s home you dream of visiting. If I had to answer myself, I would say Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment in Paris. In February 2009, I had the chance to see the works of art that belonged to him on show at the Grand…

Merci, the Parisian concept store with a big heart

Merci was the talk of the town when it opened its doors in Paris’s fashionable Marais district in March 2009. There was something unusual about this concept store with an eclectic selection of vintage Chanel bags, kitchen utensils and used books: Merci donates 100% of its profits to a charitable cause. While charity shops are…