notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin
notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin
notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin
notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin - Salad wrenches
notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin - lawnmower by ATYPYK
notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin
notquitesnowwhite - L'art du jardin

Today some snapshots from the opening of the exhibition “L’art du jardin” at Grand Palais in Paris. It has been the most beautiful garden installation I have ever seen. The perfect inspiration for urban garden lovers, so fun and crazy. Did you see the cute tricycle lawn-mower by ATYPYK? A brilliant idea for keeping the kids busy on Sundays.

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Here is my little Paris review. This time we were staying at a cute apartment in Le Marais. The area is extremely historic, arty, young and very very busy. For shopping and inspiration I totally enjoy the Rue Vieille-du-Temple neighborhood. Don’t miss to pass by MERCI, have a coffee at the Institut Suedois and for dinner try the traditional “Les Philosophes” or the hip and very Pink Flamingo pizza place.

For the classic superhip & chic go to Collette, Astier de Villatte, Ba&sh at Rue Saint-Honoré. Enjoy the cool shops and the beautiful architecture at Palais Royal and say Bonjour to Mona Lisa at the Louvre.

Get the best “Oh mon dieu”-view from Sacré-Cœur. For the romance and the real Paris feeling walk the streets of the cute Montmartre neighborhood. For the best ideas in town go to Atypyk and Les Mauvaises Graines.

For the real deal – the less touristic Paris, try the 9th arrondissement (around Rue Condorcet & Rue Navarin), find beautiful vintage outfits at Chezel, have lunch at Hôtel Amour and take a tea at Musée de la Vie Romantique.

Last but not least – my latest discovery – Rue de Grenelle at Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Classy and very inspiring. Don’t miss to check out the Maison Martin Margiela shop and the most fun Bonton kids shop.

Voilà! I’m driving back home with plenty of nice memories, Champagne in the boot and a Vogue on the backseat.

in the garden
the Café
the blue gate

My all time favorite place to take a very Parisian break, is the Swedish Institute (SI) in Le Marais.

This wonderful Parisian ‘Hôtel particulier’ is one of the most beautiful places where you can discover Swedish culture, art and design. I love the Café with all the yummy Swedish pastries and the cozy scandinavian atmosphere. Make sure you pay a visit to the garden. It’s magic!

Ps: Isn’t it crazy to go all the way to Paris to have a perfect Swedish coffee moment? I guess it’s all about the mix. Simply perfect!

Institut suédois
11 rue Payenne, 75003 Paris
(Métro: Saint-Paul)

August 27, 2012 • NQSW shots, Paris Guide, PlacesNo Comments

Le Miroir is my favorite place to wine & dine¹ when I’m in Montmartre. It’s the kind of neighborhood bistro you wish to find when you are hungry in Paris. Perfect for a yummy lunch² or a cozy dinner. Just make sure you reserve a table.

¹ the “cafe gourmand” takes you to the moon and back!
² if you have spend all your money and you want to enjoy French cuisine,  go there for lunch!
The lunch menu is absolutely affordable and the food is amazing.

Le Miroir
94 rue des Martyrs, 75018 Paris
+33 (0)
(Métro: Abbesses)

August 23, 2012 • NQSW shots, Paris Guide, PlacesNo Comments

Last time I have been in Paris at my friends place, I totally fell in love with the exquisite handmade tableware of Astier de Villatte.

The little boutique on Rue St.Honoré takes you on a trip to another century. So inspiring and sensual.
Ps: Don’t forget to check out each and every one of their candles.

Astier de Villatte
173 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
(Métro: Palais Royal)

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If you’re planing a stroll trough the charming ‘Le Marais’ area, you should pay a visit to my latest discovery. Odetta a cute little vintage boutique, which offers a great selection of vintage designer clothes, accessories and furniture.

76 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris
(Métro: Chemin Vert)


After all the shopping in the creative Bermuda triangle of Rue Custine, you shouldn’t continue your Paris tour without a lunch at the wine shop “La Cave du Nansouty”. Great food, good wine and a very sympathetic waiter makes this little tour in the 18th arrondissement complete. All the three shops share a great sense of humor and a passion for the unexpected! Enjoy!

La Cave du Nansouty
38 rue Custine,  75018 Paris
(just behind the bus stop Cusine-Ramey; Métro: Château Rouge)


April 7, 2012 • NQSW shots, Paris GuideNo Comments

My passion for concept stores took me all the way to the less touristic part of Montmartre in Paris.
The urban gardening store Les Mauvaises Graines is a really cool and original place, run by two very sympathetic guys, who turned out to be the neighbors and lunch-mates of the Atypyk boys. What a nice surprise! We had a good lunch all together and I’ve been so happy about the new discovery.

Les Mauvaises Graines
25 rue Custine,  75018 Paris
(Métro: Château Rouge)