72 Hours in France!

As mentioned in my last post, I spent 72 hours in France this week with Susanna Salk, filming two new video episodes. We were so incredibly lucky with the weather – a little rain on one day and the rest was what we all imagine as the proverbial springtime in Paris! Our home away from home for the week, and the subject for one of our upcoming videos, was designer Timothy Corrigan‘s stylish Paris apartment – the view from my bedroom, below.

view from Timothy Corrigan's Paris guest room

On our first day, we all made an outing to the Picasso museum to see the latest exhibits. For those of you who have never been, the museum is housed in the former Hôtel Salé, a beautiful 17th century hôtel particulier in the Marais.

Picasso MuseumThe exhibit, Guernica, in partnership with the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, celebrates the 80th anniversary of this anti-fascist masterpiece with a collection of sketches and preparation pieces, showing both the genesis and influence of the work.

Guernica exhibit at the Picasso Museum

There is also a Giacometti exhibit of pieces designed exclusively for the Hôtel Salé along with photographs and archival material.

Giacometti at the Picasso Museum

Giacometti light at the Picasso museum

The beautiful weather was ideal for a stroll back through the Marais

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais Paris

and the Palais Royal.

Palais Royal

Palais Royal Paris

Tim pointed out the distinctive door of the the very private JAR salon. You may remember his incredible show at the Metropolitan Museum.

JAR Paris

Like everything he touches, Tim’s apartment is the epitome of comfortable elegance. He is also the most generous and welcoming host who had a bottle of bubbly waiting for us to celebrate our reunion.

Timothy Corrigan Paris apartment

It was even pleasant enough to have dinner outside on the terrace of the stylish Buddha Bar – the entrance brimming with its signature flowers and east meets west sensibility.

Buddha Bar Paris

The next day was spent shooting the apartment and catching up on jet lag. That evening, Timothy hosted us at his club, the very elegant Cercle de l’Union Interalliée.

Cercle de l'Union InterallieeAs Architectural Digest’s Mitch Owens was kind enough to share on my Instagram post, the club was originally built by Baron Henri de Rothschild and decorated, in its day, by Ruhlmann and later by Jacques Garcia (although Juan Pablo Molyneux seems to have been involved as well). The gardens are stunning – so extensive, lush and verdant for the middle of Paris.

Cercle de l'Union Interalliee gardens

The next day, we headed to the northern Loire to visit Timothy’s new country house, Château de la Chevallerie.

Timothy Corrigan's Chateau de la ChevallerieYou may remember his former Chateau du Grand-Lucé, which we filmed several years ago. The new chateau is stunning, with original 18th century boiserie throughout most of the rooms

Timothy Corrigan Chateau de la Chevallerie boiserie

and magnificent property with canals and follies throughout the landscape. Stay tuned for our “before” video of the chateau coming sometime soon! We’ll then hopefully be back in a year or two after Timothy works his magic to see the final results! He not only has a passion for the process but is incredibly knowledgeable about French history and design and adept at weaving California comfort in with European elegance.

Timothy Corrigan Chateau de la Chevallerie folly

On our last day, Susanna and I squeezed in a fun breakfast with friend, publishing executive and author Debra Shriver (In the Spirit of New Orleans and Stealing Magnolias: Tales from a New Orleans Courtyard).

Debra Shriver in Parisphoto by Susanna Salk

She is one of the most creative and stylish people I know (follow her on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean). I wish we had longer to visit all her secret Parisian haunts but we did manage a quick visit to a chic hat shop and a local market.

Paris market

Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Paris without visiting one of my very favorite shops, La Tuile à Loup.

La Tuile a Loup

Owner Eric Goujou is not only cultured and discriminating but charming, fun and a marvel with flowers. Be sure to check out our fun live video from the store.

flowers at la tuile a loup

While the shop specializes in ceramics handmade in France,

marbleware at la tuile a loup

Eric also carries other French handicrafts such as baskets and linens

baskets at la tuile a loupall photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence unless otherwise indicated

While it was a quick 72 hours in France, Susanna and I managed to squeeze in a fair amount. I’m already beyond excited to return when Timothy finishes his chateau to share his exciting journey!


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10 Responses to 72 Hours in France!

  1. Bonny says:

    This is fantastic.
    I haven’t been to France for so long!!!!
    Thank you!

  2. Debra SHRIVER says:

    You two were amazing! Must’ve been the bubbles from your morning champagne. Merci beaucoup for squeezing me in! Next time, I hand over the whole address book. Bisous. XXOO Deb

  3. I too haven’t been in France before but I’m really looking forward to hearing more of your experience out there, Stacey :) Take care!

  4. Jackie says:

    Oh to be the guest of Timothy Corrigan! You guys look to have had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see Tim’s new chateau!

  5. Robbieboys says:

    Great photos! Looking forward to the videos!

  6. What a trip!!! I love Eric’s shop and the visit. He is a true connector. Thank you. xoxo Mary

  7. These photos are a tantalizing prelude to the video. Can’t wait.
    But 72 hours is not enough time in France!!!! Hope you get to come back soon.

  8. franki parde says:

    Who needs a Royal Wedding anyway…fabulous stay in France!! franki

  9. Kathleen says:

    I am exhausted just looking at all you covered in 72 hours and that includes the drive time
    to Chevallerie in the Loire. Talk about making the most of every moment, the two
    of you could write a book!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing all of the beauty!

  10. Jana says:

    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/genius-picasso-creativity-greatness-prodigy-legacy/ … And now, after so much time I feel domestic in Your writings because everything is so familiar, connected, personas, places and artistic vision of my favorite duo from Quintessence. It’s good to see the Europe Queen still alive in its luminosity. Thank You for sharing 💕

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