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Two Favorite London Stores To Revisit

So I’m off to London this week and my schedule is looking jam-packed as usual. There’s always just so much to do! Along with seeing friends, having what I know are going to be some great meals and taking in a couple of shows, I’m also looking forward to visiting some of my favorite stores. And it just so happens that two of them are re-opening after makeovers right about now. What great timing!

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First, Atelier Abigail Ahern! You know what a huge fan I am. My last visit was pretty fabulous so I can’t wait to see what the new store looks like!

Second, Toast. Here are a few shots from their 2013 Spring/Summer collection:

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I’ll be sure to post plenty of photos of everything on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

And not to worry, I also have blog posts lined up to keep you entertained here while I’m gone. TTFN!

My Favorite Store

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Good morning everyone! I’m just popping in to say hi before I fly back home. Like on every trip to New York, I spent hours at ABC Carpet & Home the other day, sourcing a few things for projects (and maybe one or two things for myself!) and I just had to show you one shot. Those windows, floors and walls get me every time and that couch was so pretty and comfortable and I loved those pendants and table with it.

I swear if I could only shop at one store for the rest of my life, It would be ABC. I love everything about the place. And no, this is not a paid endorsementl

Okay, gotta run now so I’ll see you all tomorrow!

A Visit to Atelier Abigail Ahern

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You already know how much I love Abigail Ahern so her shop, Atelier Abigail Ahern, was on the top of my London shopping list. Here are some quick photos I took.

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If you’re familiar with her home, you can see that it looks and feels almost just like it.

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It has the same famous gray walls, bookcase wallpaper, convex mirrors, ornate fireplaces, chandeliers, statues and vases …..

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Believe it or not, I didn’t buy a thing. Not because I didn’t find anything I wanted. I did. This rhino being one:

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and this chandelier being another:

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But they wouldn’t exactly fit in the suitcase!

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So yup, I left empty-handed but it was still so fun to visit. If I lived in London, I’d be a regular for sure.

Atelier Abigail Ahern
137 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1QP
Tel: +44 (0)207 354 8181
Mon-Sat: 10:30-6:00, Sun: 12:30-4:30

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Slightly Obsessed with Ben Pentreath

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I just bought a ticket to London for February so I’m already thinking about all the places I need to visit, including Ben Pentreath.

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If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a home accessories and antique shop full of interesting-looking pieces sourced from around the world

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and its owner just has impeccable taste.

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This photo of his salon has been making its way around the blogosphere and it’s no wonder:

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I love so many of the individual pieces but it’s the feeling this room evokes that really gets me. (If you missed any of my prior posts on the topic of decorating by feel, you can find them here and here.)

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Here’s the same room designed slightly differently:

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I can’t wait to see the store in person but if London isn’t in your future plans, you can shop online.

(Photos: 1-2,4.FT 3.Livingetc 5-6.Ben Pentreath)

Tips FROM THE RIGHT BANK: Favorite Home Decor Shops in Paris

One of the questions I get asked the most is: “Where should I go shopping in Paris?” Obviously there are thousands of places (there are entire books dedicated to this topic) so the answer really depends on what you’re looking for, your style, budget, location, etc., etc.

A while ago, I put together a list of antique and vintage clothing shops in response to a reader’s question. To supplement that list I’ve compiled all the home decor store recommendations I’ve made over the past year or so here. (These are the stores I’m visiting on this trip.)

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The Collection
Boutique showcasing home decor items and furnishings created by European designers.
33, rue de Poitou, 3e

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Caravane
6, rue Pavée, 4e
19 & 22, rue Saint Nicolas, 12e
Furniture, lighting, decorative objects, linens and textiles with a global flavor.

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Sentou Galerie
29, rue François Miron, 4e
26, boulevard Raspail, 7e
Fun, contemporary furniture, housewares, and gifts representing a wide array of designers.

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Cire Trudon
The world’s oldest -and arguably the best – candle maker established in 1643. Yes, 1643!
78 Rue de Seine, 6e

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Khadi and Co.
37, rue Debelleyme, 3e
Clothing and home textiles made of hand spun traditional Indian cotton.

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Tombées du Camion
Some call it junk, others call it found objects. Either way, this place has a lot of it.
17 rue Joseph de Maistre, 18e

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Emery & Cie
Fabric, wallpaper, paint, rugs, tiles, hardware ….. to die for.
18, passage de la Main d’Or, 11e

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Astier de Villatte
Exquisite ceramics beloved by all.
173, Saint Honoré, 1e

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Marche Saint-Pierre
Mega fabric store.
2 rue Charles Nodier, 18e

I already blogged about the store, Merci, almost two years ago here. I don’t think I have time for it this time but if you haven’t been, I definitely recommend it. I also posted earlier about  Cote Bastide, Blanc d’Ivoire and Habitat.