Posts tagged Déco

Le-Kitsch-De-quelle-planète-es-tu-01Once upon a time when I lived in the Oberkampf area, this bar was one of my favorite places to go for Happy Hour. It still is today, even with a little bit of a treck.

Not only is the interior just the best and basically a knick-knack heaven at Le Kitch, but their cocktails have spunky fresh names. Even when not there for Happy Hour, and their drinks are very reasonably priced, and was a core spot while on my student budget when I first arrived in Paris.

I’d like to also add that this is the sacred location of the green nom nom cocktail that is named after Shrek. I’m not sure you can get much more awesome than that. So, obviously, when miss Rachel was in town, this was on our hit list.

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A while ago I started to feature a small series on here called A La Maison with pictures of people’s spaces. The first space features besides my own was O + J. Part of the reason I did this is that I love discovering people’s homes (in a non-creepy way). I feel like what someone surrounds themselves with at home can say so much about a person. It’s intriguing to see what people you adore choose to surround themselves with in their own little space.

Valérie is a French photographer, and her nest is the coolest I’ve seen in this city.

Chez Valérie - De quelle planete es tu :1Valérie’s home up in Paris’s 19th district is refreshingly cozy. It’s hidden away in an interior courtyard, an escape from the Parisian streets.

As you walk in, a mint green SMEG fridge radiates with the vintage knick-knacks, perfectly toned enamel kitchenware and floral motifs. Her stunning wooden kitchen table is tucked between vintage school chairs (one of my dream déco choices). The large industrial windows that open to a small terrace out front are lined with books, framed photographs and succulents. Don’t even get me started on her bathtub.

The living space has a wall of bricks, which I just drool over every time I walk in. It’s simple, so beautiful and seems effortless. I could feel stepping in the front door that someone creative dwelled here.

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You can find out more about Valérie’s photography here and here.

Café Pinson - De quelle planète es tu - 5Café Pinson is located in the heart of the Upper Marais.

I discovered Café Pinson through a Yelp Event a few months back, and was so excited to go back and indulge in their treats. Their juices rock my world.

One of those sunny mornings in early spring I decided to pop in and enjoy a juice with a new friend. Café Pinson has a variety of things on their menu available for people with dietary restrictions: gluten free + vegan. They promote a healthy way of enjoying sweets, and tasting their tasty unique creations that you may have never heard of. Even things like tree sap! The staff is friendly and the space is cozy as can be, with magazines and books piled around, and bookshelves filled with knick-knacks.

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Café Pinson
6 rue du Forez, 75003
Tél: 09 83 82 53 53
Métro: Temple (3) / Filles du Calvaire (8)

Loustic - De quelle planete es tu :: 1As a side note, I have many memories from University on Rue Chapon. It’s a lovely street near the Pompidou with various gross sales shops and beautiful buildings with shadow-filled streets. But now there’s a new hub on this very quaint rue: Café Loustic.

Café Loustic was opened oh so recently by coffee connoisseur and avid Yelper, Channa. Let’s just say his taste in déco is unlike any other café I know of in Paris. It’s perfection. The tones are relaxing and are as cozy as can be. The wallpaper is sublime, and from the tiles to the the bench of seats facing the shelf of deliciously plump tartes and treats, your eyes will wander. Every pattern goes together just perfectly, and it’s got this sort-of-rustic-vintage-industrial-chic feel that makes me crave an espresso as soon as I walk in. Like a sudden need for a burst of energy.

The café itself is set up in a way that is wonderful for a chit-chat, with the people you came with, or for other coffee lovers sipping one of Channa’s delicious brews next to you.

The grub comes on and off from the fabulous Kale Project, Sugar Daze as well as Emperor Norton (see the fancy sandwich in the below). What I loved the most was that the sandwich was toasted and not microwaved, which made it nice and crispy yummy… not too big and not too small. For lunch they’ve got deals with quiches and salads with a bevvie and the likes. Or even pop in for a sweet and espresso for an afternoon pick-me-up. But be careful, you’ll sink into the beautifully patterned, über comfortable couches in the back and getting up will seem slightly harder than you expected.

I’m pretty sure popping in here to sip an espresso once a week and flipping through a magazine before work would be the most amazing routine of all time.

A perfect spot for a cuppa and smiles. I’m anxious to learn more about coffee. He’s got some intense equipment & contraptions at Loustic.

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Loustic
40, rue Chapon, 75003
Tél: 09 80 31 07 06
Métro: Arts & Metiers (3) & Rambuteau (11)