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My Trip to Paris: Part 1

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September was a busy month for me. Among other travels, I spent a week in Paris attending the Maison de Objet trade show. The show provides endless inspiration for all of the products we design here at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. However, Paris itself provides inspiration in equal measure. This week I’m going to share with you some of what I saw.

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What a great color palette!

1 What a great color palette!

During a trip to the Paris flea market, I stumbled upon these two canine companions.

2 During a trip to the Paris flea market, I stumbled upon these two canine companions.

I love the orange and blue combo.

3 I love the orange and blue combo.

Gingham, great and small.

4 Gingham, great and small.

I love this illustration of the humble snail.

5 I love this illustration of the humble snail.

Love!

6 Love!

I want these for Martha's Easter basket next year.

7 I want these for Martha's Easter basket next year.

Here's a cute idea for Valentine's Day.

8 Here's a cute idea for Valentine's Day.

This was next door to my hotel and I thought that it was such an attractive way to plant a topiary.

9 This was next door to my hotel and I thought that it was such an attractive way to plant a topiary.

I love the slate chips covering up the dirt. So chic.

10 I love the slate chips covering up the dirt. So chic.

I love these pictures and the hanging composition.

11 I love these pictures and the hanging composition.

A playful way to identify a fire extinguisher.

12 A playful way to identify a fire extinguisher.

I walked right by this window before doing a double take and realizing that...

13 I walked right by this window before doing a double take and realizing that...

...the cafe curtain is actually painted on the window, such a whimsical tromp de l'oeil.

14 ...the cafe curtain is actually painted on the window, such a whimsical tromp de l'oeil.

I was riding one of Paris' many city bikes down the Seine when I caught a glimpse of the most unusual sight...

15 I was riding one of Paris' many city bikes down the Seine when I caught a glimpse of the most unusual sight...

...teepees along the River! I am obsessed with teepees and cannot wait to get one for Jude and Truman.

16 ...teepees along the River! I am obsessed with teepees and cannot wait to get one for Jude and Truman.

I saw this in a card shop and it made me miss my two little upstairs neighbors at home.

17 I saw this in a card shop and it made me miss my two little upstairs neighbors at home.

I saw this from across the street and had no idea of what it was but knew that I had to get a closer look...

18 I saw this from across the street and had no idea of what it was but knew that I had to get a closer look...

...still couldn't figure it out.

19 ...still couldn't figure it out.

Then it all made sense: birds!

20 Then it all made sense: birds!

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