Hello form Paris!




Hello from Paris!

I decided after my accident and subsequent brain surgery to not follow the routine of the last few years but go to Paris this January. While January is not Paris at it’s very best, I am not fazed by grey skies and some rain. I used to have an apartment in Paris and went there in the winter time for three months. Why then, one might ask? Because the gardens at Weatherstone were covered in snow and ice, and as yet I was not spending much time in Aspen. That Paris apartment is long gone—after the fire at Weatherstone I felt all my attention, efforts, and money should go back to rebuilding the grand old house  in Connecticut.  But Paris has remained a place where I feel at home, and so after this last very challenging year I felt the need to travel to the place I have always gone to for beauty and inspiration. The grey skies of Paris work so wonderfully with the colors of the many magnificent grey buildings. I  also had not been to Maison & Objet, a trade show of design and decoration, in several years. It is held every September (when I love being in Aspen for the fall colors) and in January. So the spirit said, go to Paris! I did and it did not disappoint.

I am also very lucky to have a  close friend there who shares a similar  a visual vocabulary  and yet is always nudging me forward to what is new, as she stays abreast of what is “ au courante ” in design. this partnership allows me visit to the venerable old places  I love as she keeps moving me forward, albeit slowly, into the future.  One might also ask why do I not have that same experience vis-a-vis the new and edgy in New York. I think there are several reasons —  but as this is not my diary, I will spare you that analysis. Maybe I  simply do not get downtown enough!

What I love about Paris is there is always so much that is new!  In our increasingly homogenized world I see so much of the same thing in every city. Originality is the most important element we have in design and Pais always seems to be a fertile ground for the new idea or the new boutique.  This,side by side with the classic elements of this marvelous city make it a haven for those of us who revere the past accomplishments of a civilization and yet are inspired by seeing the new. There is no call for “out with the old, ” declaring that all that is new is the only way that excites.   The blend of diverse universes is what makes Paris such a special place for me.

The new things I discovered  and will show here are not big or necessarily earth-shaking;  they are often small artisanal shops, a type of packaging, a new florist, a beautiful ribbon,  things that illustrate that wonderful French expression ” une certaine je ne sais quois.”

Thus these photos are a small glimpse of what caught my eye—or mouth —  at that moment. Many of these places may be things you already know, but just in case, Hello from Paris!


Pictures from Maison &  Objet (which was okay, but in my humble estimation not riveting). Perhaps because I was not buying for a project or a shop or for my website, my eyes were not as focused as usual.  I am merely  sharing images of things that I liked — as simple as that.  I hope you enjoy!

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We have all seen green walls  and flower walls but I thought these were especially lovely. The orchid wall: a beautiful combination of complementary colors and texture.

Mixtures of beautiful greens from a company called Ran–let me know if you want the contact info ( photos above and below).


More green and textures in this charming dog below, from a company that makes very well done artificial flowers (the next 3 photos).


As you well know, I am a total sucker for animals and flowers, so a couple of more photos of both.

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You know my love of birds because of the bird room in Charleston, but these beauties from Meissen are as wonderful today as they were in the 18th century.  I would love them for Chilsolm, but they are MAJOR Meissan so some reproductions and minor antiques will have to suffice for now.

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Sea fans covered with something glittering: the photos do not capture how alluring these decorative objects are! (The above photo is from an interesting French company called Cranatomie.)

One trend throughout was the  fair was oversized scale, which I love. By the way, the stated trends of show were “Techno Made, Nature Made, Human Made.”  Go figure.


I think these feathered chandeliers are fun!


Love these oversize vases!

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The scale of the  four  photos above was enormous — I especially love the large vases.



I regret that  the photos above do not show the one magical moment (I did not have video capability) to show you a collaboration between the porcelain company Bernardaud and the French tea company Marriage Freres.  The combination of technology  and traditional Japanese art was so peaceful and lovely. We heard that this has been been posted many many times  via youtube:  you could enjoy a cup of tea with birds flying around, trees blossoming, and petals falling.


An Italian company  (above)  has the best looking plastic or acrylic (not sure which) products. They take classic models and create them in wonderful colors.  Of course the ones I prefer are the  classics reinterpreted, such as the Adam salt and pepper holders  or Baccarat-style candle holders.  But the modern shapes are handsome as well.


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The faux lavender looked looked so real!

Now, back in Paris:

The new Foundation Louis Vuitton is very interesting and the “shadow room” (its unofficial name) is fun! There is barely a straight line in the Frank Gehry building. It was evening when I went so do not have an exterior photo– sorry.  It is quite a construction!IMG_2677

Clowning around with my dear friend Sylvie.


Moi, in the shadow room.

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All the above photos are of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.  Definitely worth a visit!


Above (and two photos below) are of a new restaurant for me, La Société.  It is considered a hot spot on the Left Bank, just off of Boulevard Saint-Germain.



I had the very hot pasta with lobster but the best thing there, in my humble opinion,  was the mashed potatoes .  Amazing!

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Every trip to Paris means going to Le Cabinet de Porcelaine on the Left Bank.

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I love all the flower displays on the small streets of Paris.


As promised, from an earlier post when several of you asked about the golden candle cages that are in the library at Chisolm House. They are from Laparra Silversmiths – 157 rue du Temple, 3rd arrondissement.

As I said, I am always amazed at the beauty of the food.  Just look at the richness of the two breads and cakes below from patisserie/restaurant Bread and Roses (7 rue de Fleurus).

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Christmas is long over but the decorations are still in some places.  The photo does not do their beauty justice.


Again, the specialty food stores are such a treat for the eyes.  The following pictures are from Hédiard ..  love the red currants and cherries snuggled in leaves!

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Like the photo at the top of this post, I love how the French cover an ugly construction site  with a faux facade. Above is the Hôtel de Crillon, totally covered in a trompe l’oeil canvas. Notice the figure in the upper lit window—no ugly scaffolding in Paris!!!!

Sylvie and I went to Versailles for an exhibit of the ultimate in French furniture, from the mid 1600’s to the early days of the first Empire. The quality of the pieces was extraordinary. While these are the periods I love, I’m confident that anyone interested in great craftsmanship would find the exhibition interesting and informative.

As you can see in the photo below, they are restoring the gilding on the roof — certainly too bright for now but  it will surely age gracefully (I hope).

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The photos above and below are trompe  l’oeil.  Notice how even the fence  and stone facade are faux, but are so successful.  They really do “fool the eye.”


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A miniature saddle in the Hermes window.  How chic!


Another flower shop.  J’adore.

Like everyone else, I always make a stop at the George V just to see the flowers: cute  gigantic bears  and lots of orchards and roses this time.

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Love the simplicity of a line of primroses at an ordinary cafe — a small touch but so appealing.


My custom for the last 40 years has been to buy flowers for my hotel room. I stayed in a new hotel this time,  so set out to find the nearest florist. In the past I always went to the vendors of Place de la Madeleine to buy nosegays of whatever is in season (my favorite is violets).  It is a treasured ritual.

I have always adored the way the French package their upscale products—the quality of the tissue paper (called papier de sois), the quality and weight of the cellophane and boxes, the texture and finish of the boxes, paper, and ribbon, and the stylish graphics make something seem so much more special. I know people who collect Hermès boxes and, of course, my favorite is the magical packaging from Ladurée. Small things, but in my mind they make all of the difference.


I am crazy about the Christian Louboutin nail polish and its packaging.  Yes, I know it was really crazy to spend almost $50 for nail polish, but it was stunning and cheaper than another pair of shoes. The bottle is so fabulous!!



Wonderful packaging from Hédiard


A relatively new boutique,  a throwback to another time and style in an ultra-modern world…but the Parisians love it and so did I!  Buly 1803, 6 rue Bonaparte, on the Left Bank.

Paris has always had wonderful shops for chocolate but this time I have noticed an explosion of designer chocolates. As with so many things, the French have taken a simple product and made it into an art form. I bought more chocolate on this trip than anything else because I was so intrigued by the thought and design.


Architectural shapes in chocolate  created for the fair and presented at Maison & Objet by the Japanese artist/ designer of the year,  Oki Sato. I just found them to be creative and wonderful.


Above—brought these amazing chocolates home and remembered I had 19th century majolica plates that matched these modern chocolates beautifully. So there was couture chocolate everywhere!  There are no more pictures of these miniature masterpieces  as I ate many before I took photos.  Sorry!

My last night in Paris I went with friends to another new restaurant that is, for the moment,  very much a hot spot.  It is called Lazare and sure enough it is just outside the Gare St. Lazare, run by the chef Eric Frechon
It was classic bistro food.  Delicious!

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It may not look like much in the photo, but the shrimp – tempura style were yummy!



Just a view from my window as I return home to snow and my dogs. I have not forgotten your many comments on the Chinoiserie room at Chisholm House.  Perhaps I shall get around to responding to differing opinions– or not. As soon as I return and have my puppy fix I am off to Charleston to continue planting the garden. So in case I forget to respond to some of you, let me say this.  I realize one cannot appeal to all tastes and one is entitled to one’s  opinion….  it makes everything more interesting and we all learn in the process, new things from one another.  Maybe this old  American expression says it best,  ” That’s what makes horse races!”

I hope this post was not too tedious, I just wanted to share a bit of what I saw. Sadly, I lost my travel camera, so all photos are via iPhone —  c’est la vie!
I hope my next post will not take a month to do!!!  There is never enough time.  I do this by myself  and it takes me forever,  so again I apologize for the infrequency and typos but if I keep going over this bloody thing I shall never post it —I need obviously need an editor, but I do love staying in touch, regardless.

For the next post I want to show all of you the work of an extraordinary French artist. She has painted the rooms of the “Beau Monde” in Paris and has painted each and everyone of my beloved pups.  She is such a true  and special talent that I know all of you who the decorative arts will appreciate her work .  Until then…. Carolyne













101 thoughts on “Hello form Paris!

  1. Just the most entertaining and beautiful! I didn’t want it to end.
    safe travels,
    Lynn Ziglar

      • Hi Carolyne,
        I absolutely love your website. Truly extraordinary! I hope you don’t mind my asking, yet I noticed in your lovely green “Chinoiserie” room a particular Chinoiserie Chippendale chair near the window. I can’t tell for sure if you have a pair, but I am almost certain I noticed they have bird heads at the end of the arms? I have a pair as well, plus 6 side chairs, for dining purposes. I have owned the set for quite some time and have often wondered how to find out more about them. When I spotted yours, I thought perhaps you might offer some advise. I do know how terribly busy you must be, and truly I am rarely so bold. Thank you! Thank you!

        • Hi Janet,
          I cannot tell you much about the chairs except that I love them, they are pair but mine are reproductions from the Ann Getty collection. If you have original you are very lucky. best, caroline

    • I share your love for the beauty in detail,exploring Paris and gray skies.Your post is divine and i could not have expressed it better.Thank you for the beauty.Paris will forever be my second home.

    • My husband and I travelled to Paris two years ago. It was a magical trip and seeing your photos brought back so many wonderful memories. Your vision and interpretation of the world around you never ceases to amaze me. I don’t respond frequently to the comments on your blog but know that I’m truly one of your most loyal devotees…I’m one of those who collect Hermes boxes. I have one nailed to my dressing room wall, not far from the round Twilly box on my dressing table. We can all find pleasure in appreciating the simple things that enter into our lives. Sincerely,
      Peggy Warren

  2. Carolyn, thank you thank you thank you for sharing a touch of Paris with us. I’ve not been in a long time…..fifteen years at least. It is a place I love and your pics and remembrances bring forth my own personal memories. Safe and happy travels until we see you agiain.

  3. HI Carolyn,

    As I was reading I was getting a bit worried about the typos as this doesn’t seem to be usual.

    I have an eagle eye for spelling & grammar and am very happy to help out if you would like me to quickly read over posts before publishing.

    I was born in South Carolina but live in London at the moment so I am enjoying all of your posts on your Charleston home. I’m sure everyone would agree that your unassuming manner and lovely taste make your blog (and you) very special.



    • Oh Marianne—must say I wish you were in s.c.—but hope London is a wonderful experience for you.
      I went through the words of the post numerous times and perhaps because I know the story I correct in my mind when I reread and thus do not have the the “eye ” to see the typos. Frustrating to say the least—but I so understand the value of an editor. cr

  4. Carolyne,you never cease to amaze me.
    Such an interesting and informative post from my favourite city.
    I think a SMALL group of your followers (taken out of a hat ,maybe,as there are too many to go at once) should come with you on one of your visits to experience these wonderful and inspiring treasured places.

    Those cakes just jump out of the page and dare you to take a slice.
    Must make a visit for those alone,although seeing all these photos are making me realize how remiss I have been lately and MUST take myself there with a like minded friend.
    As I am invited to a three day 50th Birthday in Monaco in early May,i shall jump on Eurostar and take a couple of days
    exploring many of your finds ,and with the hope of finding a special gift that is so beautifully packaged that it seems a shan’t to open it.
    Anyway.so appreciative of the time and trouble you take to include us devoted fans..
    Seriously though,Would you consider a SMALL group of us joining you next time ‘ To ROAM around Paris with Roehm!!’
    If so I am first on your list.
    So pleased that 2014 is behind you and that you are well again.
    Best Wishes
    Wendy Sainer.

    • Hi Wendy—thank you for your enthusiasm —–I shall get back to you on this as I have had some thoughts slightly in that direction. Alas I am still working on my editors notes for my next book but will come back in a few weeks time. best cr

  5. I’m truly sad that you did not acknowledge the troubles in France or at least “Je Suis Charlie.” I was there too… Against my parents’ wishes as an American Jew. Amidst all the beauty and chic that you so eloquently reported, there was a palpable discomfort… A shadow of sadness… In the shop windows, on the billboards. How did that possibly escape you?

    • Dear Steven,

      I am so sorry. I understand you because today I cried when I read the letter ( to her parents) from the beautiful young girl that these dreadful people killed on Monday. Perhaps I am too passionate on these horrible subjects and therefore choose to use this little blog as a way to speak only about beauty and design. I am very opinionated and if I started down the path of topical issues…I simply cannot go there. After the horror of Paris I ranted and raved about so many elements–including the lack of an American prescence there during their time of mourning. I know that it is best for me to keep my feelings and opinions between me and my family and to try and present some beauty and inspiration( hopefully) through my books and what I write regards caroline r.

    • Dear Mr. Stolman,
      Apparently you have stumbled onto the wrong blog. Ms, Roehm’s blog, as far as I know, is not a political or news blog. It is a blog that’s about beauty, interior design, horticulture, wonderful food, and of course, beautiful dogs! Your condescending and incredibly bitchy comment is not welcome here. Yes, everyone knows the atrocities in Paris, Yes, everyone who is human is devastated.. But to blame Ms. Roehm for not bowing down to this, and instead posting things that make life worth living, is mean spirited, and frankly, low class of you.

      • Sandra , So Happy you mention my beautiful pups. I have been pondering doing a book on dogs with mine or including friends who live near by. Just have not come to grips with the core—as we know I am not a writer and beyond a love letter to my pups I am not sure it would be of interest to others—know I am not capable of doing an Ole’ Yeller or Lassie, or Marly story thanks cr

  6. Carolyne, you’re the next BEST thing to being there in person……I love Paris ANYTIME! Thank you for this delightful tour!

  7. What a wonderful blog post! I love Paris as well and am always inspired by the French. Welcome Home!!!!

    Oh, I will be your editor. I will work for free…having the pleasure to work with you is compensation enough!

    Looking forward to your future posts.


  8. Thank you for sharing your Paris photos! I too love, love Paris – especially the little flower shops, they are just so beautiful. I will be there in July, can’t wait! Glad you had a nice time.

  9. Thanks for the trip to Paris – just what my old eyes needed here in Maine where we are under four feet of snow. Very special winter break a la Carolyne! Thanks for taking the time to share. Everything you post is so beautiful it’s a virtual feast. XOXOXOXOXO

  10. No apologies needed for your words or camera. It is always inspiring to see your beautiful life! Please do not feel the need to respond to criticism of your lovely home. To each their own. Those that share images of their own homes are brave. Keep blogging, merci de partaker!

  11. This post made me feel as if I was with you in Paris. I too find beauty in all the items you posted. I realize an editor would make your task much lighter, but with only you creating these posts the reader feels a real connection to you. Thank you once again for sharing your love of beauty with all of us.

    • Thanks Terry I have tried to find ( occasionally and not very hard) someone but in the end I can only give my thoughts to it as I only know what I see and feel. But it makes my post few and far between and always soon long because I have so much I want to share. cr

  12. I loved this post, but I love every post you do and look forward anxiously to when they come out. You had mentioned that people had different opinions on your beautiful Chinoiserie room, if by different you mean Beautiful, Stunning, Lovely, A visual feast, Breath-Taking, then I would say respond, if not… I would let them go and move on. Anyone who could not see the absolute beauty in your lovely room, needs beauty within them. Regarding beauty, I think that is what I love the most about this post, the attention to details… the attention to purposeful beauty in whatever the French put their hand to… packaging, including a fabulous nail polish bottle and yes it was completely worth $50.00, flowers on bistro tables out side, a gilded roof top… I am going back to view and study all of the details. I thought the photos of you and your friend at the Frank Geary Building – Louis Vuitton was part of a new add! You need to send that to them! All the best to you! Rié

    • I’d planned to write Carolyne and compliment her on another fabulous blog…but you took the words right out of my mouth!
      Well said!!

  13. Carolyner dear,

    What a brilliant post ! I’m in busy busy with a major remodel
    In Pebble Beach and can’t get away … Your holiday musings
    We’re a perfect escape for me .. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Wishing you continued good health and hope to see you in LA
    With your new book at the CC

    Hearts love,

  14. Cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your magnificent photos..They are a glorious feast in themselves.
    Could we possibly join you on your next visit to Paris?Maybe a group trip could be organised!!
    In the meantime I look forward to your next Springtime posts.
    So pleased you are better now.

  15. Hope you had some rest & relaxation in Paris. I just returned from my first visit to Missouri, and you were right about how friendly everyone was. Looking forward to your gardening endeavor in Charleston. I was hoping that your next book might be about the restoration of Chisolm House (hint, hint) and I look forward for some inspiration from its new gardens, since I will be starting from scratch at our new home in MO…Best wishes………………..

  16. So, so beautiful — thank you for sharing your trip to Paris — I was amazed the photos were with an iPhone — remarkably well done.

    Please don’t kill me — in the opening paragraph — “I am not phased by grey skies and some rain” … should be “fazed” (as in unfazed…)


  17. Dear Carolyne,

    Thank you for sharing your persona Paris favorites. I am so inspired♡☆♡☆


  18. It’s a wonderful life! Wish I could have it (except for the brain injury, no offense ). Be safe. God bless Wendy Catucci

  19. It’s a wonderful life! Wish I could have it except the brain injury, wouldn’t want to go through that. No offense. Stay save and be well. God bless

  20. Enjoyed this post very much- especially your comments about Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation- Arch Digest recently had an article about it so it was interesting to get your opinion- (The pictures of you in the “shadow room” are so cute! Are you sporting a new short hair style-perhaps because of your surgery? Anyways from what I could tell , it looks adorable!) Always love seeing pictures of Paris!

  21. What a delightful and exciting blog, a lovely way to end the day. Thank you for sharing your exquisite eye with us.

  22. Thanks for such a lovely post. Absolutely love Paris and thrilled that do you do your own posts. Will continue enjoying them whenever the mood strikes!

  23. Wonderful, to connect with your inspiration in Paris! Thank you for taking us with you!

  24. I loved your photos from Paris, so beautiful! Like many people have stated before me, I feel like I was in Paris with you and you make me want to go back!

    Thank you for sharing!

    PS, can I please ask you if you remember the brand of those fabulous panama hats that you took a picture of at Maison d’Objet? Thank you!

    Love Tarand Marie

  25. Carolyn,
    Thanks for yet again another of your inspiring posts. I look forward to and enjoy each one. I lived in Charleston for five years. I am originally from Chicago and moved to Florida in 86. My youngest daughter who was born in Florida decided to go to college in Charleston because we traveled there so many times throughout her young life. I followed her later and enjoyed many years living there. Two years ago I decided to move back to Florida where I could enjoy the weather. ( I can always visit Charleston afterall and I do) Shortly after moved back to Florida a novel poured out of me about my times spent in Charleston. I have nearly finished now and started yet another with the same characters being set in the UK. Best to you in this adventure we call life and best of health this year.
    Kate Delahanty

    • Hi Kate good luck with your books –I am just finishing# 12 for my publisher to take to print and am beginning work on a Charleston book cr

  26. Dear Carolyne–thank you for the most delightful inspiring post!! I would love to have the contact info for Ran regarding the orchid and green texture wall, both equally beautiful. thanking you in advance and sending warmest regards-RRR

  27. i am such a fan! I have all of your books! I think you should do a book on your visions of Paris. I have had my apartment in St Germain for 18 years, and share your love of this beautiful city. I will print this out for my guests to enjoy, but hopefully you will do a book for my sofa table!
    Thank you for the inspiration I get from all you do.

    Be well and keep moving forward,

  28. Dear Carolyne,

    I’m rarely on Facebook but recently I’ve made a special effort due to a story in the February issue of “More” magazine of all my new favourite secret places in Paris for the beginning of their travel series.

    I haven’t seen you in years. I believe the last time I had the pleasure of seeing you, I had already left Mademoiselle magazine as your fashion editor in New York and I was working at American Vogue in Paris as their European editor?

    Regardless, I was delighted, as always, to see your name and to participate in the extraordinary beauty that has always surrounded your life’s work.

    I have to admit, reading about your accident and the brain surgery that you had shocked me. I have no idea what happened to you but I was so relieved that it all appears to be a success. Bless.

    Another aspect of your choice, given the enormous size of the Maison et Objet show, is the fact that we were both inspired and photographed the same things! This obviously put a huge smile on my face as well as all those oversized animals in flowers. Truly a visual delight. I feel you were correct in your evaluation of the overall show in general. I’ve been covering this show with private clients for years and felt it wasn’t as strong as it usually is. The good news is that all the vendors to whom I spoke were thrilled with how much they were selling after the first two days so that was exciting for me.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Paris experience and again, to reiterate, could not be more happy that your health appears to be great.

    Would love to see you when you’re next in Paris!

    Much love,

    Lyssa Horn

    • Dear Lyssa,
      How very nice to hear from you after these many years. I am not sure if I have this correct– are still living in Paris? If so let me know and when I next get over there I shall try and reach you. After I left fashion I followed my heart and plunged into the world of flowers and interiors and gardening. I loved designing clothes but the business was a difficult one. Thank you for your good wishes concerning my health–last year was not my best but I am focusing on making 2015 a much better one. warm regards caroline—-I shall check out the Feb. More issue

      • Dearest Carolyne,

        Yes, I’m back in Paris after living and working in St. Barths for many years. I have to admit, I’m thrilled to be back to my home away from home but my heart will forever be in New York as well with my incredible family who reside there.

        I remember when you left fashion and I understand your wise choice. I also remember how clever and brilliant an idea it was for you to work with one of my favourite florists, Henri Moulie. I thought, “Now there’s an intelligent woman to place herself in such an extraordinary environment to learn from some of the best”.

        My sister and I were very fortunate that our grandmother LOVED flowers and gardening as well. She sent us both to “junior garden club’ when we were quite young and it was a thrilling and educational experience. All three of her daughters, one being, of course, my mother have also been very influenced by flowers, gardening and interiors as well.

        I would be delighted to see you when you’re next in Paris. But again, more importantly, I’m so grateful that your health appears to be good. I’m sure 2015 will be a stellar year for you as you certainly deserve it!

        Big hug,


        • Dear Lyssa,

          Thank you I so adore my flowers and everyone else’s as well. I shall be in touch upon my next trip to Paris and please be in touch with me when you return to NYC to visit your family. a big hug back caroline

  29. You have such an eye for color and form. Thanks so much for sharing these exquisite photographs with all of us!

  30. Such kindred spirits we are…..our Paris time echoes your post…our linens from Maison & Objets….our first apt. outside Versailles…traveling the tunnel the fateful night of Diana’s tragedy…later, our second apt. near the Parc Monceau, buying
    all the blue flowers our florist had for a dinner party….being Oscar’s guests at Balmain to view the collection….the charm of Cafe de Flore, the elegance of Lasserre…trips to Hediard for pate… French chic around every corner!!!!! Who would have
    ever thought at the time that the young girl I knew in Missouri would become one of the world’s great design aesthetes & such
    a gift to all of us…..THANKS for sharing your discerning eye!! Made our day….XOXO David & Rick in Omaha

    • Hey David and Rick—now you are making me miss Paris—I did love having my apartment there. I was in the 7th arr. You are sweet to say such things about a gal from Mo.Let me know when you come to NYC.. carolyne jane

  31. Dear Carolyne,

    I am in the process of savouring, more than reading, Ines de la Fressange’s book Parisian Chic. Then along comes an email alert regarding your Hello from Paris post. It’s like double-dipping, like two desserts! I feel like I’m back in Paris! And the best part is that both of you share web addresses/contact info for the some of the glorious artisans you have discovered. It’s just heaven.

    I am a knitter, and for years I have been referencing your blog for color/texture inspiration. Your October 2013 post Mum’s the Word is a particular favourite. This posting from Paris is a close second.

    On a completely separate note, I for one am thoroughly pleased that you reserve this space for the presentation and appreciation of design, taste, and beauty. Period. If we feel the need for social commentary, political opinion, or advocacy, heaven knows there and any number of other sources to which we can turn. You have made your blog a sanctuary, a place for us all to get away from all that for a brief moment, and I thank you sincerely for your focused vision, discipline, and judgement.


    • Dear Stephanie,
      Thank you for your support on my decision to keep the post centered in the design world. My exception was when I did the story on my accident because I did not want anyone to be as oblivious about a head injury as I was. If I can spare anyone going through that then I am most happy.

      That said, there is a lot of ugliness, danger, anger, and sadly, hatred in this world and it makes me so upset when I read and listen to what is going on. There are highly informed people who can better express the sadness and outrage so many of us feel in the face of ineptitude, neglect, corruption, meanness and evil. If I can share something I love or enjoy or find interesting it is a small offering to give another place ( many people do this as well) to get away from the often difficult times we are in. I long for more stories of the goodness and greatness that is also out there in the world. regards carolyne r.

  32. Carolyne,

    I don’t normally comment on anyone’s blogs, but I must say that I am a little turned off by several of the comments regarding your spelling and grammar mistakes. It feels rude to me and I just wanted to say that I feel the tone of the words you write and I couldn’t care less if you have misspelled a few words. I love your passion for beauty and I have enjoyed all of your books. Thank you for sharing Paris with us.

    • Hi Deborah,
      Thank you for recognizing that I am a designer who wants entire life has been devoted to the visual world. I was actually a rather good student (except in anything to do with mathematics) but I never learned to type so my posts are done with three fingers and that while I was very good at interpretation of literature I always got good marks for that my punctuation and spelling were less than stellar. I do go over my posts but I have finally decided because I know the story, I know what I wish to tell my brain skips over things and I suppose automatically corrects them—I do know the difference between fazed and phased but I really did not see the typo.
      But thank you very much I do not take offense at corrections—feel silly but in the end so what.
      I do appreciate a champion tho so thank you for commenting on my on again off again blog. best, caroline r

  33. Hi Carolyne,

    As usual I enjoyed your latest post from Paris. Keep them coming as they are enjoyed by so many of us.

    Please don’t be discouraged by some of the comments a few of your viewers made about grammar and happenings in Paris. We all view these posts because we admire the beauty and inspiration you discover and create. We appreciate all of this. That’s why we seek them out. We don’t look at them and read them to discover boo boo’s,…or at least we shouldn’t.

    The world is so full of people who love to critique others. I wish we as a society could begin to learn that some of us internalize pain and hurt while we often look for good and beautiful things to share with others. Our world needs more of it, not less. I know you to be such a person and I admire you for it.

    I join the thousands of others in thanking you for sharing yet another beautiful experience.

    I’d love to see you sometime soon at Weatherstone.

    Fondly, Bob Law

    • Hi Bob,
      Thank you for your comments.I am currently in colorado but heading back to Ct. to see my mom and my pups. I then have to go to Charleston for a couple of events I am hosting. I seem to be a gypsy these days. Will be back for sure when the daffodils and tulips start blooming and would love to reconnect at Weatherstone. You know where it is so please call or stop by.
      sincerely carolyne

  34. Carolyn, do not worry about having an editor—your free associations and stream of thoughts are wonderfully charming—and so much more interesting than a sanitized version could ever be… Keep on exactly as you are. Everyone who has loved your books and blog are so thankful for your recovery and enchanted by your observations…

    • Thank you Eleanor–
      You certainly captured how I speak and I write—free associations and stream of thoughts! cr

  35. A lovingly detailed post on Paris, but I will be one of the curmudgeons who believes that these posts should be proofed before sent off, stream of consciousness or not. The pleasure of the pictures must be matched by pleasure of the text and too many mistakes looks negligent and is, in any case, jarring for the reader. All the Best

  36. I will agree wtih some of the others here that so many writing mistakes do not belong here, (or anywhere) It is not about being a perfectionist, it is about respect for language and for your readers.

    • You are quite correct in your judgement…… but alas I am what I am and it is the best I can do at this time.

  37. Carolyne.
    Please stay the ‘wonderfull’ way you are.
    You are not writing an exam paper,but sharing these beautiful photos and experiences with us all,and we love you for that.

  38. Dear Carolyne,

    Three things —

    Count me among those who appreciate that your blog stays focused on design, beauty, inspiration and the visual.
    As a watercolor artist, I have a favorite saying that I heard years ago:
    — When someone creates a piece of art, a piece of evil is taken out of this world.
    That is how I think of your blog, especially this one from Paris, which has seen so much suffering recently. Your photographic images show all of us back home that Paris is still beautiful, alive, and inspiring. Unbroken. I personally find enormous consolation in that.

    The chinoiserie room is fabulous and a perfect reflection of what I know about you from reading your books and posts. Just like the bird room. I have a tiny powder room that is in need of some playfulness and drama, and your Chinese room is inspiring me to go BIG in that tiny room.

    In my former life, I wrote and edited. Your style of writing charms me to no end. I’d rather have more posts as quickly as you can generate them than perfectly edited pieces. My advice is — damn the typos! Full speed ahead!

    Thanks for sharing your world with us!


  39. Dear C,
    I concur with Wendy–tis a shock, and with great sadness to read the rude comments from Thomas and Karen, hopefully they will gain a little insight and manners from your blog or at the very least learn some self control. Carry on my dear as you desire in your unique style. RRR

  40. dearest carolyne – ‘overflowing with heart-felt, warm intense gratitude and (“love”) for this your so generously-shared (generous in your time and focus, giving to others of written – & imaged – descriptive detail) epistle. as i’d sent prev., you have been in my view since your early days with Mr. de la renta … i as fashion designer and artist in san francisco … always awed in utmost respect for your expressions!!! – this specific gift of your paris experiences/appreciations moves multi chords of resonant appreciations/affinities – especially the “zen” quotation, and the reference to sea fans – both the more intimate, personal to my life … and so often i’ve had a yearning for glaceed fruits!!! i hope we might share such delicate appreciations of visual intimacies aesthetic … is there an email contact?
    i must join deborah, bob law, and eleanor who have voiced my definite shock at certain viewers’ comments …
    and those friends who have well-expressed, relief and thankfulness that you are now again thriving, living so fully —
    wondrously. with best regards, wishing you all wellness, blessings, susan d

    • Susan you are funny!!!!I have to admit as a non typist I really dislike having to do “shift” for capital letters…it drives my partner nuts!!! cr

  41. Dear Thomas and Karen,

    I too am jarred when I see mistakes in spelling and grammar on Carolyne’s blog. Her attention to detail is world renown so how can she publish such exquisite books, take such delightful photographs, provide such endearing commentary but not correct simple spelling mistakes. How difficult could it be to do a quick spelling and grammar check? Incredible as it sounds, the current version of the blog program Carolyne is using doesn’t provide a way to check for spelling and grammatical mistakes.

    Carolyne is my partner and I’m her biggest fan. She uses her blog to ‘kick-back’ with friends and share things of beauty she’s seen and heard. It is a welcome diversion from the hours she has been spending each day combing through the 300+ pages of her next book looking for the minutest of corrections. And, if it wasn’t this book it would be another of her projects! If Carolyne let perfection be the enemy of good she wouldn’t achieve half of what she does each day.

    I hope this helps to explain this, jarring to some and endearing to others, incongruity of Carolyne’s blog.



  42. Love the cabinet de porcelaine shot. Samuel Mazy is a terrific gent and always has wonderful things.

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