Thursday, 30 July 2015

A special visit to the Dior Home Boutique in Paris


Before we left Australia on our recent holiday,  a designer friend of mine urged us to visit this beautiful boutique nestling within the magnificence of all things Dior. 
This uber-chic flagship store is perfectly placed on a corner of the famed Avenue Montaigne.  Our stroll along this beautifully wide boulevard, beneath the trees on such a lovely day, was dreamy.   We paused at the entrance, enjoying the pale grey palette and the perfectly clipped topiaries.

Ushered into the store,  we made our way through the very tempting Dior handbags and fashion,  to the Home Boutique.  I had, through Instagram, made contact with the charming Doris Brynner and meeting her was a delight!  Once married to Yul Brunner,  Doris, whose best friend was Audrey Hepburn, must have many fascinating memories of those glamorous times.  Doris transformed the Dior Home store 15 years ago and has maintained an establishment well known in all the right circles as the place to find unusual and special pieces for the home.   

Her personal style is legendary and the beautiful displays reflect her incredibly experienced eye for high-quality beauty in the home.    

The lighting in the boutique is soft and complimentary, creating a soft glow.  Unfortunately,  my camera was not very happy adjusting, so please forgive the quality of my photographs.    I was quite disappointed when I processed them...

I adored the green leaf faience above, and my mind immediately leapt to summer lunches on the veranda!  How could I resist!!  The beautiful fern set it all off beautifully!

The "Ginkgo" is a new design.  In the photograph below, the ginkgo napery is displayed.

I loved this design .. casual yet chic..

Bold and bright with an organic shape.. 

Both this colourway and the one below are so chic.

These wicker serving pieces are so delicate.  I marvelled at the expertise of weaving these intricate designs.  I imagine them lined with exquisite linen, serving fresh bread...

Utterly glamorous.

I loved the whimsy of the butterflies.. so dainty

The enamel frames, available in all the jewel colours, are very sought after.

Mr R-I chatting to the charming Frederick

Clients are encouraged to help themselves... there is a water bowl for doggies down below too!

Shapes, colours and forms.. the fish is a recurring theme!

Throughout the store,  the glassware is particularly beautiful

The charming Doris who was so warm and welcoming.

This is a magnificent Ardmore vase which Doris commissioned.  Ardmore can be quite ornate and detailed  and Doris explained she prefers more simple designs.  Handmade by Alex Shabalala for Dior.

Pillowcases and sheets in the softest shades edged with exquisitely delicate lace. 

The wide range of colours 

Lucite in all colours.  Notice that magnificent green glass piece in the background.

I loved this large basket.. 

More beautiful shapes and colours

I could imagine using this for a summer lunch onboard a yacht!


But for me,  this vase said it all.  Impossible to say how that magnificent tree was etched into the glass.  It is a very tall vase and no photo in the world could do it justice.

Stopping by the Dior Home Boutique will now become a Parisian ritual.  Firstly, to say hello to Doris again and secondly to discover more of her special finds!  This magnificent "tree" vase will haunt me for a while although I do look forward to my 'leaf' plates arriving!

Thank you to Doris for this special visit.  It was such a treat being shown around by her!  Thanks also to   Stacey of Quintessence Blog for her post on this fabulous store which was helpful in reminding me of the name of the Boutique!  Do drop by and read her post.  Her photos are an improvement on mine!

Dior, 30 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris
(+33 1 4073 7373)


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