Have you visited the serene blog, Hello Lovely? Michele curates lovely images from around the world including those of her own homes. She is our guest today…
Bonjour, friends…I’m so thrilled to serve up fall inspiration ideas as a guest of Classic Casual Home today!
Like you, I’m a great admirer of Mary Ann and Classic Casual Home and always go away with my cup overflowing with inspiring design, reverence for home, and lovely finds shared.
I’m Michele, a writer/artist/decorator from the Midwest with a decor blog called Hello Lovely. I’m a big fan of casual elegance as you may have surmised by my black Converse sneakers in the wet, red fallen leaves! Since I have a passion for beautiful interiors and European-inspired everything, I thought we could stroll down memory lane to a couple of Octobers ago. We visited Paris in the fall and savored as much of the season, mystique and enchantment as possible! It was easy as pie to take away beaucoup inspiration for fall!
Ready for some fancy pics and simple tips from a down-home girl? Awesome.
We loved our stay at the pretty, posh, and palatial Park Hyatt Paris Vendome.
Our suite contained the most inspiring mix of warm, autumnal hues and finishes, including a mahogany headboard, bronze sculptures, sconces and hardware by Rosaline Granet, gold silk window dressing, cognac and mink toned velvet cushions, and beautiful gilded moldings and mirrors.
(All of the guest rooms have fabulous French windows overlooking the most peaceful courtyard!)
To bring a similar fall palette to your home decor: reach for warm metallics, toss a pumpkin-toned velvet pillow on your favorite chair, and paint a tired vintage dresser or side table a sophisticated shade of cognac.
What is the season of fall–anywhere–without delicious, orchard-fresh apples? It’s a simple, healthy, and inspiring idea for the guest room when entertaining: three delicious apples upon a simple white porcelain tray! It doesn’t get much easier than that, oui?!?
We consumed more baguettes and pastry than I care to recall, and if you find yourself far from Eric Kayser (my favorite Paris bakery below), bake something sweet and comforting. This boozy pear apple crisp recipe is straight out of my Chicagoland kitchen and not Paris, but don’t you just love the aroma of a baked apple crisp bubbling away in the oven on a cool, autumn afternoon?
The recipe is impossible to mess up and simply delicious with or without liquor (and with regular flour or gluten-free flour).
The opera is wonderful, French pastry divine, but what we enjoyed most in Paris was wandering the blissful streets, and allowing ourselves to be surprised around every corner by masterful design, architecture, history, and nature showing off its October glory.
Pavillon de la Reine’s exterior was fiery beautiful! Swept up in fall rapture, it was breathing with voluptuous reds and greens (can you see the delight as my beloved beholds the spectacle below?).
For many of us who spend a great deal of time online, we need reminders to step away from Pinterest and our favorite inspiration blogs and see soulful beauty breathing right under our noses locally. That beauty may hail from a garden, a park, or on the walls of a city art museum. Just for a day, be a tourist in your own town or city!
Can you believe the shocking red on these walls? It’s in Musee de Carnavalet, which houses an incredible selection of historic Paris treasures, and which we had to ourselves (!) on a rainy October day. It is now closed for renovations, but I cannot wait to get back within its walls when it re-opens!
(Opt for classic, casual, comfy footwear for your day tripping adventures and not the cruel red bottoms you see lounging on our Paris balcony below!)
Thank you so much for the opportunity to meet and share lovely with you, Mary Ann and Classic Casual Home fans…this excuse to re-visit an October in Paris has lifted my spirits!
I wish you all the colors and wonder autumn brings…
…and peace to you, right where you are.
Please head over to Hello Lovely as I am Michele’s guest there…showing more Fall Inspiration!