Tender, bleak January, with its still-short days and skies tinted with melancholy, can be the most challenging to enjoy of the great, grand year ahead. Your eyes can become starved for beauty and spring seems an age away. But Paris just might be more exquisite in winter than at any other time. One reason is the endless architectural delight found in observing the myriad shapes, sizes and styles of windows. So here, for your January travel dreaming and scheming, a selection of some of my favorites.
I’m sharing some of my favorite winter flowers from the Paris flower markets over at the Paris Perfect blog today, too.
p.s. Be sure to see the January/February issue of Victoria magazine with an antiques-shopping feature I shot in Provence last spring!
Hello, dearest friends and bright New Year wishes to you! You are always in my thoughts and heart.
I so hope that 2017 offers windows of wonderful opportunity for each of you and that the year is filled with health, happiness and fulfillment.
My year has been eventful and full of travel and very fulfilling professional projects. I’m officially able to share with you now details about my upcoming book release, Paris in Bloom by my wonderful publisher, Abrams Books.
I wrote and photographed Paris in Bloom to transport you on a sumptuous floral tour of the city, just as if we were strolling together through the streets on a perfect spring day. An unashamedly romantic celebration of her floral charms, Paris in Bloom was inspired by my first visit to the city as a teenager with my Mum. Picnics in flower-filled parks along the Seine, up-close viewings of Impressionist paintings, observation of the Parisian art of presentation and wonder at the magnificence of the architecture all had a profound effect on my artistic journey.
In addition to hundreds of photographs taken over the last several years, inside I share my personal recommendations for the best flower markets and floral boutiques, parks and gardens. Along with a guide to locating the prettiest spring blossoms in the city, I include a field guide for identifying the most common flowers and blooming trees. You’ll even find a step-by-step lesson to create your own Parisian-style floral arrangement for your home and much more!
Much thought and care was put into making Paris in Bloom a book for you, as a Paris and flower lover, to savor again and again, one to keep on your nightstand to inspire dreams of your first, or next, visit to this glorious city.
Since many of you have been with me from the early days of this blog, I feel that it is our special project together, one that your support has inspired and encouraged me to pursue and finish.
I’m so excited that book is already available for pre-order now right HERE. I’ll have final copies in my hands very soon and will share a sneak peek of the interior with you then!
And a few weeks ago, I edited together a video of clips that I’d been shooting over the last year and am happy to now share it with you here! Take a look and let me know what you think!
2016 has been a roller coaster ride, hasn’t it? But no matter what is happening in the world, with politicians or governments or the economy, the important thing is our personal connections. I’m proud and honored to have dear friends in Russia, Korea, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Dubai, South America, Europe, Canada, Asia, the US – really all around the globe. You make my days brighter and I love hearing what’s happening in your part of the world.
I’ll be back in a few days with a special giveaway for each of you. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
p. s. for those of you that asked, my book Vintage Roses will be available in the US in February! Details here.
Hello, my friends – it’s that time of year again! I’m very excited to share so many calendar options with you this time. As always, I am offering my loose-leaf photo calendars in my shop – two different Paris calendars, “Romantic Paris” and “Classic Paris”, both with elegant gift wrapping. They are available in 4×6 and 5×7 sizes, perfect for an inspiration board or desk easel, and the real beauty of these is that at the end of the month, you have a frameable, fine art photograph. As you may remember, I spent several months in Paris this year working on my next book, Paris in Bloom, and captured a wealth of new images that I thought you’d love for these calendars. My wish is that they bring the magic of Paris to you every single day of the year!
“Romantic Paris” calendar images
Each calendar comes gift wrapped in a heavy-weight, rich, metallic envelope which will keep the pages protected.
“Classic Paris” calendar images
And if you prefer a traditional, large format wall calendar, I’m so pleased to share my latest collaborations with my licensing partners Brush Dance and Graphique de France. So many choices for the flower or Paris lover! These are available wherever calendars are sold, including Papyrus (stores and online), Amazon, Calendars.com and from the Brush Dance and Graphique websites.
I hope they will brighten your days in 2017!
Much love and wishes for a beautiful month ahead.