Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Parisian Fleurs D'Hiver

One of the things Robes and I do first when we get to Paris is go pour "Les Provisions".
This means we get bread, fromage, cornichons, coffee, real yoghurt, confiture, bottles of wine for the apartement and some incredible FLOWERS.... Not any flowers but ones we can't get at the "unsupermarket" we have here in a small town.

So, while we are going through this cold snap here in South Central Texas ,( which is on a similar latitude as Tampa) and the wind chill is 7 degrees..(Yup one digit.) I am reminicing about balmy Paris in JANUARY!

After Pascal Mutel ,where we used to get flowers, closed one of his shops on the Carrefour de L'Odeon, we were surprised it is now a shop devoted to artisanal single malt scotch and whiskies mostly made in Japan.( not a problem, but we were in search of Les Fleurs.) When you are in search of flowers Scotch just doesn't cut the mustard, AND when you are in search of Scotch, flowers don't quite float the boat either!!!!!

We were sooo happy to discover this lovely shop. Frederic Garrigues, Styliste de Fleurs,
in the Marais, at 2 Rue St Gilles.
Love this very basic domed light fixture with little postcards of musical notes ....
Do you think it has something to do with the fact he studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts???? Nah!!!!

The French love their spring bulbs and hyacinths are prolific everywhere.
As you will see in later posts.

Another great idea, take your curly willow put small vases in some organza bags and put some orchids in there. Simple, Classy, Elegant.

What did we leave with??? The anemones from the first picture.
Look at how they do the bag, with the little sprig tied with raffia....... And their card.
Thanks Frederic!!! We'll be back!


  1. just WHAT IS IT about paris and flowers????

    great images from a great trip.

  2. Tough choice for me if asked flowers or single-malt scotch. But seriously Japan..tisk..tisk says the Scottish husband!

    I keep thinking about you 2 every time I hear the temp in Brenham. Don't you wish you had stayed in Paris? I wish I were there. Glad you're home safe and love seeing your photos.

    Hugs to you and Robes xx

  3. What a great flower shop! the bouquet you got in the first photo is magnifique!!

  4. Provisioning is one of the things I love most about "living" in Paris...your list is my can shop for me to check this wonderful flower shop's in our neighborhood. Hope you are coping with the cold snap in TX.


  5. I want your life my friend! And that red pendant with the card/notes!

    Always lovely hearing from you. Your positive attitude is so contagious!

    Yep, selling boots here! And not one single return! I am so glad I went for it!

    Warm hugs to you,


  6. The anemones had me gasping for breath.

    The light fixture is amazing as well.

  7. Your photos are beautiful and your narration is so interesting! I will be your newest follower. I don't know about Japanese scotch, though! hehe! Did you try it? Linda

  8. beautiful, marianne, and that music card-studded light is such a wonderful touch, isn't it...?


  9. No scotch for me, especially when I can't read the writing on it cause it's in Japanese!!!!!However, I've been known to enjoy a whiskey sour on occasion,thank you very much. Maryanne;)

  10. I have just read all of your Paris posts...thanks for posting so much gorgeousness! It's almost as good as being there. Tracey xx

  11. Hi Maryanne,

    Since I know you appreciate Swedish antiques, you might be interested in what I found scattered around my house!

    Happy weekend to you!

    Warm hugs,


  12. Lucky you to be in France enjoying all those wonderful flowers and elegant containers... I´m pretty sure the roses are Pierre de Ronsard, they look soooo beautiful!!!!
    hugs dear Maryanne

  13. You would most certainly know Maria Cecelia!!!Pierre de Ronsard they are!!!!!!Maryanne xo