Where do you go when you're looking for inspiration and design trends?
You go to Paris and, in particular,
you go to Maison Objet, one of the largest and most innovative home design shows in the world. Here you'll see everything from designer textiles,handcrafted furniture and the finest in home accessories.
I arrived on a very cold morning and quickly warmed up after my first cup of French cafe au lait. There's nothing like French coffee! Within 10 minutes of my arrival, I stumbled on a Portuguese glassmaker. The company, run by a mother and son duo, makes the most beautiful colored glasses, dishes and table top items. The jewel tones of the glass candlesticks would be perfect in almost any room in your home. I can't wait for these to arrive in time for Spring.
Next up on my list is a favorite for many Savoir Faire Home clients. Arte Pura from Italy creates some of the most elegant and sophisticated table, bed and bath linens that are like nothing else I've ever seen.
I've ordered them in a variety of muted tones and each one is adorned with hand applied crochet and lace. These are so special. This year I added some of Arte Pura's candles. Each candle is decorated with wax lace.
As the long day was coming to an end, I was happy to see a familiar face. Sergio from Bella fabrics greeted me with a big Italian hug. Bella fabrics produces fine Italian wool and cashmere blankets and they were a big hit at Savoir Faire Home. His new introductions include hand embroidered wool in the most incredible designs. The quality of their workmanship is incredible.
A trip to Maison Objet will always include a sighting or two of the most bizarre. This year didn't disappoint me. Here is just a few of the craziest things I saw. A refrigerator covered in blue fur!
Pillows and benches made from hay. Yes, real hay!
Finally, florescent colored Turkish olive jars.