Christmas Shopping at Parisien Salon

Dear Diva Readers,

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What better to buy the loved ones on your list than something from Paris?  Better yet, you don’t have to save space in your luggage toting it home from Paris when you can order online and have it shipped to all the people on your Christmas list!  Want to know what my friends and family will be getting for Christmas this year? (Shhh… don’t tell!)

My cousin will be the recipient of some tower-dishtowels-set-of-3/ ” target=”_blank”>Paris dish towels.  What better graphic punch than La Tour Eiffel to brighten up her kitchen?

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My aunt definitely needs these enamel door plates to Frenchify her home! I love how you can label the rooms in your house in French – listing the bedroom, guest room, kitchen, bathroom, powder room and there’s even a plate for labeling the basement door.

My gal pal Lisa will get to relive Parisian memories of our times spent wandering the rues of Paris together with this gorgeous photograph of the Passage St Paul nearby where she used to live in Paris.  The photo was actually taken by Parisien Salon founder Linda Donahue and is done with gallery-quality metallic paper using archival inks

What better gift for newlywed friends? Monsieur et Madame napkin rings – so dinner time every day is a French occasion!

My sister will LOVE this Kasia Dietz hand-painted reversible canvas tote.  You can choose from Rive Gauche or Rive Droit, but for me there’s really no choice at all…. It’s Rive Gauche all the way!

For my dear mom I cannot decide – she’s certain to love the Jules Pansu pillows… but with such great designs which one should I choose??

Should it be the jacquard weaved “I love Paris”?

Or is one of the dog pillows more her style?

And for my friend the blogger of ShesShoppingNow – it’s clearly got to be Fleur de Sel.  My friend and I have toured the salt field of Ile de Re together and so we always buy each other special salt from all our travels!

Whatever you buy from Parisien Salon’s new online boutique it is sure to be Paris-Perfect.  Make sure to check out Parisien Salon’s online magazine – a “Virtual Paris”.  As the HiP Paris blog explains, Parisien Salon “transports readers to the city and offers resources for those planning actual journeys” giving “a true insider’s view of Paris.”

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Guest Blog: Souvenirs de la Reine: DIY Diva Magazine Rack

Today’s Guest Blog comes to you from my dear friend whom I call La Reine – she’s the fab bloggess of She’s Shopping Now and from time to time she graces Antiques Diva readers with royal presence! Without further adieu, let me present to you her royal highness – La Reine with today’s Guest Blog.

Photo Taken on a Cross Country Drive in the USA last winter–
The Antiques Diva & La Reine of She’s Shopping Now Blog


GUEST BLOG DIY Diva Magazine Rack!

Dear Diva Readers,

There are many good reasons why The Antiques Diva and I are friends:

  • we met as expat spouses living in Paris with time on our hands, no children, and husbands who worked long hours  
  • we share a passion for travel, antiques, shopping, food, collecting and entertaining
  • we tend to be a little quirky at times: friends and family often smile, incline their heads, and decline to comment on our ideas and adventures
  • sometimes our creative ideas challenge our capabilities…and our time constraints

Recently The Antiques Diva® shared with us her latest DIY project, a footstool fashioned from a moneybag she’d purchased 13 years earlier, and carried with her through 4 moves to 4 countries: voila!

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The first time The Antiques Diva and I traveled together, we visited Île de Ré a charming island off the western coast of France (near Cognac).

La Reine, The Tampa Girl and The Antiques Diva (all looking incredibly young!)

Why were we there? To track down the island’s famous sel gris (grey salt) and fleur de sel (finishing salt), and sample some of the incredible salted caramel ice cream (caramel à la fleur de sel)! On our visit we also discovered the Ré wines, and a lovely salted caramel liquor.

Along with the bags and bags of salt, a fabulous chandelier I found at Barbotine (and hauled home on the train!) I also carried home a 3-pack of wine from Vignerons de l’Île de Ré so that my husband, The Big Guy, could appreciate a taste of Ré (the ice cream would have melted!) And over 8 years, 3 countries, and 6 moves (Paris to Copenhagen to Hoboken to St Louis to Chicago to New York to SoFlo!) the empty box has traveled with me, just waiting…

TBG was out of town for a few days, and I was resolved to flip my way through a stack of magazines that was so tall it kept sliding off the coffee table. When we repatriated I was so overwhelmed by how cheap it was to buy US magazines: I could get a year’s subscription for $10, when I’d been used to paying €10 for a single issue on the Champs Elysee : I over-subscribed. Unsettled since our recent move to SoFlo, most of our furnishings were still in storage, including our magazine racks. But: I knew right where the wine box was, and I’d planned for years to turn it into a magazine rack. So inspired by The Antiques Diva® recent DIY Diva blog post, I got to work:

I took the side off the box because I wanted to preserve the so-charming rope handle.  Et voila: a mere 30 minutes late, a tres chic and tres unique magazine rack.

Now every time I grab a magazine, I’m reminded of our visit to Ré and wonderful friends and food and adventures. Je mes souviens…

à la prochaine,

la Reine