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Posted on January 5, 2015

Fashion Inspiration: Parisian Chic

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 I hope your 2015 is off to a great start! Did you have a good new year? I enjoyed having time off with my family to celebrate the holidays. 2014 was wonderful but I love the idea of a fresh start and setting new goals.  

It was no surprise to me that I was gifted this book – How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits.  Have you heard of it?  It’s a book meant to be entertaining rather than teach you how to be French, think Coco Chanel and Catherine Deneuve.  Although the subject is not a new topic, it’s a cute book and light read by author, Margaret de Maigret.  It delves into the lives of four stylish and friends who give you fashion and life tips from the perspective of French women, dining recommendations and places to explore whilst in Paris.  The photos are also beautiful! 

Posted on July 16, 2014

Wanderlust ~ The Peninsula Paris


After nearly ten years in the making and decades of searching for the perfect property, the Hong Kong-based luxury brand’s first European property, the stunningly beautiful Peninsula Paris, is scheduled to open on 1 August, 2014.  Perched at 19 Avenue Kléber, in the heart of the 16th Arrondissement, guests are only steps from Avenue des Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe.

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Posted on June 26, 2014

The Timeless Bistro Chair

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One of my favourite things to do in the city of light after a long day of shopping and sight seeing is to sit at a sidewalk café and people watch.  The bistro chair is synonymous with Parisian cafés and it’s not a secret that I have a little obsession with this chair.  I am purchasing some for our home and have recently been asked to source them for clients from France. 

The French bistro chair is made from rattan cane and can be found throughout Paris and the world.  They are durable, comfortable, and varnished with a marine coating which protects them from the elements.  The woven seat is often made of cane or palm and the holes allow liquid to drain off.

Breakfast is served. Riviera Bench and Chairs. #serenaandlily

White kitchen with eat in dining space and bistro chairs

Also known as Chair No. 14, the bistro chair has an interesting history. It was designed by Michael Thonet, an independent cabinet maker, and was introduced in 1859.   The distinctive design has only six wooden components, two nuts, and ten screws.  It’s unique steam-bending technology, known as Bentwood, was created by heating beechwood slats at approximately 100 degrees celsius, pressing them into curved cast-iron molds and then drying them for several hours.  Being mass-produced by unskilled workers, the chairs were economical and could be disassembled to save space during transportation.
Modern French breakfast nook - love the bistro chairs and the clean lines.

This timeless chair earned the Thonet brothers the gold medal at the 1867 Paris World Exposition. Millions were selling around the world by 1930.  They are still being made in Bentwood’s factories today and used in cafés and homes around the world.

a surprise wedding with a sweet reception at a local cafe  Photography by, Planning and Coordination by

What are your thoughts on the bistro chair?



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Posted on May 14, 2014

A Warm Hello and 7 Things on My Radar

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A warm hello and I hope you are doing well.  Please excuse the unexplained and long absence.  Life has been busy and there is so much to tell you.  First, spent 10 amazing and, as always, wonderful days in Disney World for spring break, and a couple of other spring trips, to wrapping up my semester this week.

Now, looking forward to my favourite season spent with family and friends, finding new inspiration, and getaways.

7 Things on My Radar

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 The biggest news of all… Do you remember my foster Frenchie, Mac?  He was adopted a few weeks ago and although I miss him each day, he was adopted by a wonderful man who loves him and is giving him a wonderful new beginning in life.

Anson Mount of AMC’s Hell on Wheels.  Anson spent a couple of days here to help Mac transition easier.  Aren’t they adorable?  You have to love a man that loves his dog and rescues one that was as sick as Mac.

My last kiss goodbye… one of the hardest things I’ve had to do.

You can see Mac making his debut on Hell on Wheels in the 2nd or 3rd episode in the new season that begins in August.  If you haven’t watched it, tune in this season!



Posted on February 10, 2014

A Parisian Pied-à-terre

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As you know, I’m always dreaming of Paris.  After a glimpse of this stunningly beautiful Haussman pied-à-terre with the loveliest of golden details, chic objects, and iconic modern furniture designs, I’m ready to pack our bags …

Did I mention this apartment has a view overlooking the Louvre?

xoxo, B

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