I came across a little gem in Fontainebleau. One of those treasure chests dressed like a little shop..
Its mere display was already intriguing enough. The reflection of the church on its window had turned the ballerinas into angels. The beautiful little statues were dancing in the air. From any angle you would stand, the illusion was perfect: the shop was inhabited by angels. I had to open the door…
So glad I did. What seemed like a shop was actually the laboratory of an alchemist. If you are ever running short of inspiration, “My Favorite Things” is the place to visit. The Beautiful things of Ms Guitard will drive you on a trip back in the goo’ old Art Deco and antiques times. They also have a the magic power to take you on a journey all over the world on an enchanted road of scents, from Delhi to Paris via Honolulu, Yakushima or Anchorage.. You don’t believe me? here is a glimpse of what you can find this little Cabinet of Curiosities (Curiosités).
Open the door of “my Favourite things”…
Every single object is an invitation to travel, touch it, smell it, feel it, listen to it, or simply admire it…
The old barber shop is right at the bottom of the shop
The new ” Strolling Paris” is inspired by precious moments in three major Parisian parks and gardens. An afternoon shopping at the Palais- Royal, a marriage proposal at the Tuileries , a sweet taste the ” Luco ” or an impromptu concert in the heart of the Buttes -Chaumont , this collection is available in duo scented pockets. The pockets ” Palais Royal Tuileries” unveil floral notes of hyacinth & bouquet, “Jardin du Luxembourg” gourmand notes of lilac & Honey ” Parc des Buttes Chaumont ” woody notes of cedar & sandalwood.
Want to travel with your eyes closed, without leaving your room? Easy! here are some of the magical candles 100% made in France by Astier de Villate. enchanted road of scents, unto the heights where the scented aromas of magical places live. It is a journey that can go from the baroque spa at Marienbad, to the heady streets of Delhi with its million scents, on to Scartuchio, the best patissier in Naples, and make a stop at Mantes la Jolie’s aromatic herb market… The wax used to make the Astier de Villatte candles is unique, 100% natural and pure, without paraffin, GMOs or petrochemical by-products.
“Gusts of citrus fruit, sharp and alive; lemons from Italy, Bergamot and Scented Geranium all invade the air. Suddenly it’s the calm after the storm. A delicious, warm, sweet and slightly powdery mist rises from the cobblestones. Suave Styrax resin and Nutmeg are joined by the scent of green almonds from Coumarin, the celebrated molecule of the age”. Vive la France, quoi!
the ballerina is a unique sculpture made of Tape plaster / wood and wrought iron base (by made the brilliant Mrs Alexandra Valla – http://alexandravalla.com/
Music, maestro ! The quality of Marshall meets the requirements of the 21th Centuries: a radio of premium quality (and looks!)
Spend some time in this shop, and you won’t need Daily prompts for a while…Want to see more? click here.
7 thoughts on “The French word of the day : curiosités”
I have never been to this magic place while studying there. That’s the problem…INSEAD takes all the time and we miss gems like that! Pity.
Nothing to regret, it opened only a few months ago 🙂 There is a new market too, will show you soon .. Hope you had at least the time to wander in the Sunday market?
So pretty! Lovely curiosities and I admire the reflection of the church in Yvette store window!
Thank you for this side trip to Paris. This post speaks to my love of resell shops, flea markets and other curiosities.
You’re most welcome 🙂 same here, I always find those places so inspiring, so lively and full of secrets…
A very special place, discovered by a very special person! Loved the opening photo and your poetic description!!!
Thanks so much! the shop is a real treasure box, and last but not least, the owner is so sweet. Great stuff and conversations, what else? 😉