TRAVEL :: Aveline is a Parisian Shop

What a delightful discovery! Aveline is an art gallery on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, specializing in objets d’art from the reigns of various Louis.*
Aveline, an art gallery on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France
Thanks to Follow Lauren — who’s currently happily roaming somewhere between Barcelona and London — for the sighting. (Photo via 1-cities.)

*If the lack of proper pluralization here bothers you, 1. you are likely an astute pendant, and 2. you may wish to peruse this.

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: An Antidote for Stormy Weather

Cynthia Rowley's home via The GlowImage of Cynthia Rowley’s home, as photographed for The Glow

How’s the weather where you are? I’m definitely appreciating coffee this morning, as we were woken repeatedly last night because of Tropical Storm Isaac-induced 50mph winds and rains. (Three cheers for Aveline, who quickly fell back asleep on her own each time she awoke!) This morning it’s oddly dark; the thick cloud cover isn’t letting a bit of light in. The scene is very much the opposite of the above image!

Squalls are expected to continue throughout the day today, so to counteract the dark rain beating against the windows — and before we lose power! Josiah just texted to tell me there is a partial power outage at work — I thought I’d share a lineup of things which are nice and calming. Pretty things such as…

Paris Map Illustrated by Josie Portillo…this lovely paris map, drawn by Josie Portillo. Can you believe it’s the first map Josie has ever illustrated?
Sophie Digard Linen Blanket with Dots via Makie Clothier as seen on Oaxacaborn dot com…this handmade dotted linen blanket, designed by Sophie Digard and available on Makie Clothier.
Scan from German vintage children's book Fahre Mit Durchs ABC via Lab-Curio as seen on Oaxacaborn dot com…these pages from the German vintage children’s book Fahre Mit Durchs ABC, via Lab-Curio.

Ceramic Dala Horse via BergenHouse on Etsythis ceramic dala horse via Bergen House on Etsy — the figurine was actually painted in Brasil!

Vintage wallpaper showing Paris streetscapes, via SmileMercantile on Etsythis vintage wallpaper of the streets of Paris, via Smile Mercantile on Etsy. I think it would look charming covering a single wall in a guest room — you know, in that dream world where we all have an extra room to decorate in Parisian vintage decor. :)

Hope your Monday is lovely, friends!

P.S. If you enjoyed this edition of Monday’s Pretty Things, you might want to have a little look at some of these, too.

Guest Blog, Summer Vacation Tour, Travel/Moving

TRAVEL :: Paris with Igor: A Stop on the Summer Vacation Tour

Today’s famed destination is brought to you by the man behind the Happy Interior Blog — take it away, Igor!


A little more about Igor
My name is Igor and I am the blogger of Happy Interior Blog. I was born and raised in Austria to Serbian parents and after a few detours in Athens, Greece, Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany, I landed in Munich, Germany where I’ve worked and lived for the past five years. I am an interior design lover and a passionate traveler – and one of my favorite and most frequented destinations is Paris, the French capital. Especially during the past three years I’ve been returning frequently to the City of Lights predominately out of a special reason – love. Apart from this very emotional reason I am lucky enough to have a good bunch of friends in Paris and find myself rather at home in this beautiful city.

Igor of Happy Interior Blog shares Top 5 Things to Love about Paris - Virtual Travel Igor’s top five things to love about Paris

  1. My love & my friends.
  2. The Parisian lifestyle. There is always time for a coffee in one of the many street side cafés.
  3. The yummy food. Nothing beats a fresh baguette, French cheese and a bottle of red wine in Paris.
  4. The Haussmannian architecture. Paris bursts with some of the most beautiful buildings around. Nothing compares to a typical Paris street lined with Haussmannian buildings and cute little shops and cafés.
  5. The sparkling Eiffel Tower. No matter how cliché and touristic this is, it still enchants me every time I behold this spectacular sight.

Top 5 Things to Love about Paris - Virtual Travel - Photo of Bicycle and Theatre de L'Atelier

Eiffel Tower - Top 5 Things to Love about Paris - Virtual Travel Series

Cafe sign in Paris - Top 5 Things to Love about Paris - Virtual Travel Series

Flower Shop in Paris - Top 5 Things to Love about Paris - Virtual Travel Series

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos and tour, Igor! Readers, be sure to check out the Happy Interior Blog, where Igor blogs “everything that inspires [him] for a happy home”. You can also like Happy Interior Blog on Facebook, or chat with Igor on Twitter @IgorJosif.

This post is a part of the Summer Vacation Tour, a virtual travel series hosted here on To ‘travel’ to other locations while I’m taking a brief break from blogging, click here. (Want to be featured in the future? Email me!)