Countdown to Maison et Objet 2014 - Part deux

It's now just over 2 months before we leave for Italy & France and it seems like there's more to do than ever!

About midway thru the trip, we'll be attending Maison et Objet , one of the largest - if not THE largest interior design/homewares trade show in the world! The 2014-15 theme is:

“Sharing”Our era is clicking on the “Share” icon. Generation G for Generosity is bashing cynicism and liking “We”. New uses and values are reconfiguring ways of living together, exchanging information, goods, services and experiences. In the digital age, networking information is producing new tools with emerging practices in an economy of collaboration and cooperation. We are seeing a dynamic of creative sharing which is programming the future of a caring world.

Hopeful and nice.

Here are some images from the 2013 show...

                                                                Oh la La!

Our Paris home, (I love the way THAT sounds!), is located in the  Village St Paul neighborhood of the 4th Arrondissement, near the Marais.  

                                                               Village St Paul

We booked through Guest Apartment Services.  They actually specialize in Ile St Louis, the oldest Master Planned Community I've ever seen, developed in the mid-1600's and about 2 blocks wide.  Ile St Louis is bisected by one main road - St Louis en l'Ile - running its length and is absolutely filled with restaurants/cafes, residential buildings, a few hotels.  Ile St Louis also boasts the original location of Berthillon, maker of world famous ice cream.

All so beautiful!

Our apartment is about 2 blocks and a bridge from l'Ile St Louis.....

Besides scouting out the emerging interiors trends at Maison et Objet, I'll also be mining the past by scouring the Paris Flea Market, Marché aux Puces, with Toma Haines' company, The Antiques Diva.  We're looking forward to finding some unique and beautiful things, like those below, (yes, please!) to send home.

Before France, we'll be in Italy, where I'm intending to make it to the Porta Portese  flea market in Rome's Trastevere neighborhood and hopefully find unique and wonderful objects there, too, to send home.... 

like these.... perche no?

But the bulk of the trip will be spent in Paris.  Stay tuned!