The Ace About Town Series-“Postcards From Paris”

I had to put this series on hold for a brief time last year due to the unexpected loss of a close member of our family. But, it’s a new year, a new start and time for new adventures. One of my resolutions this year is to bring more original work to my blog. I’m not a professional photographer (I could barely get through photography class, my camera has more buttons than my beloved vintage Chanel jacket), but hopefully I can capture the beauty of the spaces that I am privileged to have access to. I’m going to crawl through attics, storage rooms and peek into a few closets. Strange, perhaps. But, a designers storage room can rival that of the Geffrye Museum in London. I’m going to be interviewing people across the globe, and I have a stellar list of designers to interview who are  influencing the way we look at design. Unfortunately, some of these interviews will be taking place via Skype. I don’t think Mr. B. or the Fashionista are ready for me to become a seasoned world traveler in the name of design.

I was in Greenville, S.C. this weekend, bundled up in Ralph Lauren from head to toe (all Christmas gifts), Mr. B. did spoil  the moment briefly when he told me I looked like an over-paid stable hand. Hmm…do I spy a RL on  a large majority of his dress shirts? So while I trotted my riding boots up and down Main Street, I made a detour into one of my favorite shops, “Postcards From Paris”. Owned by Linda McDougald, I have seen this fabulous store evolve from an emporium of all things french & fabulous to a design studio with an exceptionally talented group of 10 designers, and a basement full of European antiques befitting an American castle of any size. The upper floor still houses a retail space selling upscale candles, china, and housewares, and I was graciously allowed access to the downstairs space which is closed to the public by a velvet rope. The latter is a perfect touch and an indication of what is yet to come. While her designs are certainly worthy of mention, I wanted to share the essence of “Postcards from Paris”, a place that transports us back to a time of old world elegance.


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The downstairs lobby, with vintage penny tile, aged stucco and an absolutely gorgeous custom door…


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This lacquered cabinet houses an eye-catching display of books and curiosities all unified in elegant tones of ivory.


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 An antique trunk filled with vintage treasures. This vignette is simply brimming with inspiration…


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A few leatherbound and well read tomes…a perfect way to add a character to a bookcase.


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An ornate candle sconce imported from Europe. I love the shadows it casts against the wall…just beautiful.


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 A close-up of the ornate panelling and handforged hardware on an antique armoire.


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I love the contrast of the modern lines of the dual coffee tables paired with the ornate carving on the arms and legs of the antique settee.


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A hallway ttransporting us to another world. The bench is absolutely divine, and of course mixing old and new creates a curated look. This vignette of furnishings and accessories would be perfect for an entryway.



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This mannequin was dressed in a luxurious piece of silk fabric (a very lucky mannequin), the displays are creative, stunning and eye-catching…


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The perfect office…if only my desktop looked as organized and styled, and elegant.


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Through the looking glass…


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Table for six…

 If you ever take a trip to Greenville, S.C. stop by this elegant shop, it will be well worth the visit.  P.S. Don’t forget to visit my Pinboards on Pinterest or follow me on Instagram for more design inspiration. Until next time…


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