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My Trip to Paris: Part 2

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While walking through the streets of the Left Bank, I was blown away by the craftsmanship that is dedicated to front doors. Materials, colors, shapes, and ornamentation are all taken into serious consideration. Here are some of my favorites.

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The polished brass of this extravagant door knocker is particularly dramatic on a black door.

1 The polished brass of this extravagant door knocker is particularly dramatic on a black door.

I love the bold geometric pattern of this door and can imagine it as a beautiful shape for a mirror frame.

2 I love the bold geometric pattern of this door and can imagine it as a beautiful shape for a mirror frame.

Only in Paris could you find a door so heavily embellished and painted the chicest color in the world.

3 Only in Paris could you find a door so heavily embellished and painted the chicest color in the world.

Another fantastic door knocker. The bronze and Prussian blue are a great combination.

4 Another fantastic door knocker. The bronze and Prussian blue are a great combination.

The iron work in Paris never dissapoints.

5 The iron work in Paris never dissapoints.

Every time I go to Paris I go back to visit this doorway. I love how the hollyhocks are rendered so life-like in the wrought iron.

6 Every time I go to Paris I go back to visit this doorway. I love how the hollyhocks are rendered so life-like in the wrought iron.

A closeup of the hollyhocks.

7 A closeup of the hollyhocks.

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!

My Weekend Trip to Montauk

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I spent one of the first weekends of autumn celebrating my godson Luca’s sixth birthday in Montauk on the tip of Long Island. Montauk is a beautiful surf town that is unlike any other place on Long Island. I was with a group of old friends and their young children and we stayed at the Crow’s Nest Inn and spent a relaxing time catching up and watching the kids play. One afternoon we all packed into cars and went off to the beach for a lunch of some of the best Mexican food that I have had outside of Mexico. Here are a few pictures!

 

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The Hideaway is located on 364 W. Lake Dr. It opened in August 2006 and serves the best Mexican, BBQ and seafood.

1 The Hideaway is located on 364 W. Lake Dr. It opened in August 2006 and serves the best Mexican, BBQ and seafood.

The view onto the marina was beautiful.

2 The view onto the marina was beautiful.

I loved the picnic tables painted in high-gloss bumblebee yellow with Lilly Pullitzer-like floral umbrellas.

3 I loved the picnic tables painted in high-gloss bumblebee yellow with Lilly Pullitzer-like floral umbrellas.

The detail underneath the umbrellas.

4 The detail underneath the umbrellas.

The daily catch board.

5 The daily catch board.

The place had lots of fun decorations.

6 The place had lots of fun decorations.

I love a good taxidermied shark.

7 I love a good taxidermied shark.

A great DIY light fixture.

8 A great DIY light fixture.

Everywhere you looked, there was something to read.

9 Everywhere you looked, there was something to read.

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The best margarita ever!

12 The best margarita ever!

I got the orange t-shirt.

13 I got the orange t-shirt.

This device vibrates to let you know when your food is ready to be picked up.

14 This device vibrates to let you know when your food is ready to be picked up.

Three of my lunch companions - the birthday boy is in the middle.

15 Three of my lunch companions - the birthday boy is in the middle.