This and That

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“Great design is eliminating all unneccessary details.” – Minh D. Tran

Antique Prints have always been a springboard for my inspiration.  From the start of my business 20 years ago (I can’t believe I’m saying that), I have been collecting everything from ephemera scraps,  antique wallpaper,  plates of ornamentation, architectural design and flora and fauna renderings to name a few.   We are constantly framing these for our design clients and many can be seen hanging in our stores.  The fact that they were hand drawn is mesmerizing and  first editions are so saturated in color, there is no comparison to the reproductions one can find in books these days.

The above print was one of the fabulous finds we acquired in Paris.  My ex-pat college roommate introduced us to a mother and daughter team who own one of the most intricate collections of antique prints we have ever come across.   After many hours, fabulous company, and some tapas and champagne, we acquired new friends and selections were made and a new DL Rhein pillow collection will be born.

A classic never gets old. We  had a blast noticing classic designs found within architecture around Paris that are patterns already in our current line.  We love modernizing old designs by changing the scale and repeat and choosing a bold color to embroider with.

 Shown Above: DL Rhein Greek Key Pillow in Metallic Silver and Zig Zag Pillow in Orange.


Greek Key and Chevron Flooring in the Passage Verdeau in the 7th arrondisement.

DL Rhein Turquoise Moroccan Tile Pillow


Moroccan style iron work in The Marais.  Even the security gates in Paris were inspiring!

Parisian Architecture

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“All architecture is great architecture after sunset, perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.” – Gilbert Chesterton

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FOODIE’S PARADISE in Paris 150 150 admin

“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.” -French Proverb

No other city is thought of as a gastronomic wonderland like Paris.  A Foodie’s dream, even the pickiest of eaters would find themselves in heaven from experiencing  the cheese and bread alone in this delicious city.  Our first breakfast in Paris was no exception.  Buttery Croissants with the perfect flakiness, housemade Tarma (known as Tiramousalata in Greek) which was given to us by the manager of Chez Marianne, and two kinds of cheese we picked up at the local Wednesday night market in The Marais.  The superb lattes from Columbus Cafe on Rue de Vieux Temple just around the corner from our apartment became our mandatory stop on the way to the metro each day.

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Winter in Paris

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“Winter solitude–
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.”

– Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho

Ah, the quiet of a winter’s day…

What is winter, you ask?  It is the season between fall and spring, when it’s 75 degrees in L.A, and 30 degrees in Paris.

I’ve been to Paris in the summer, and there is a far different feel to it.  There is so much to look at, from the women in their little dresses, to gelato vendors, color everywhere… that the city itself, its architecture and trees, gets lost.  Not on this trip, baby!  Stark branches ruled the day, bringing peace and mystery with them.  They remind me of a certain part of the Temescal Canyon hike in Pacific Palisades, where barren branches create a canopy over hikers.  Each time I am there, I feel inspired.

In Paris, the beautiful simplicity of the quiet winter allowed for the stunning architecture to stand out… you could almost here a twig fall.
For this L.A. girl, it was a welcome change.

Now, back to my flip flops…


Paris, à Mais Oui!

Paris, à Mais Oui! 150 150 admin

It might be eighty degrees outside, but today we are dreaming of snow in Paris.  We will bundle up in cashmere, pea coats, and scarves and look (or feel) très chic.  Why Paris? Pour que non (why not)?

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