Paris Chic at the Dior Home Boutique

When several of your chicest design friends all mention the same Paris shop as a must visit, it is duly noted. So although my recent trip was a short whirlwind visit, meeting with Doris Brynner at the Dior Home Boutique was a stop not to be missed. The Dior flagship store, at its legendary Avenue Montaigne address, is well known for its couture creations. But within this bastion of fashion, is a secret source for all things chic for the home.

Dior Home Boutique

Presiding over this space is the inimitable Doris Brynner, well known in all the right circles for her impeccable taste and discerning eye. And despite her celebrated status as, according to Former Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand, a “symbol of chic” (two years ago she was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Culture Ministry), she was a down-to-earth delight – welcoming and unpretentious.

dior home shopThe second wife of actor Yul Brynner, Doris lived a glamorous life, cavorting among the fashionable set, often with best friend Audrey Hepburn (the godmother of her daughter), here at the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble.

Dior Home

Living in Switzerland years later, post-marriage and financially challenged, she opened a small home accessories shop near her home in Morges (between Geneva and Lausanne). This led to another, the Veranda, in Gstaad. Decorated in cozy English style with country furniture it became THE meeting place for everyone après ski. The next shop in Geneva cemented her reputation as a source for unusual finds and a sophisticated global mix, so when long time friend Peter Marino called to say he had recommended her to Bernard Arnault as the only person capable of transforming the Dior home boutique, she moved to Paris. That was over 15 years ago.

Dior Home BoutiqueBrynner finds and commissions almost everything in the shop. From their signature enamel frames, available in a kaleidoscope range of colors and shapes

Dior Home Boutique

to an incredibly diverse selection of glassware. There is handblown Murano created for the shop,

Dior home shop

organic modern shapes

dior home boutique

and charming hand painted one of a kind glasses.

Dior home

There are etched tumblers in graphic patterns

Dior Home boutique

whimsical art glass

Dior Home Boutique

and fish in many iterations.

Dior Home Boutique

Dior Home

Dior’s favorite flower was lily of the valley and Brynner has applied it in many forms. On pretty hand painted glasses

Dior Home

or this gift worthy set of plate, vase and cup

Dior Home

Their signature hand painted Limoges bears the flower as well. Brynner has long been a supporter of Vladimir Kanevsky‘s porcelain floral creations, so perfectly paired with the dinnerware and it was difficult to resist the appeal of the incredibly chic olive wood flatware.

Dior Home

The tea set would be the most lovely way to enjoy breakfast on the terrace come spring

Dior Home

It’s easy to see why stylish Parisians flock here to stock their shelves. So many tempting tabletop choices! Satisfy your craving for indigo with this pretty scalloped set

Dior Home

Dior Home

With inspiration from the garden appearing in both fashion and decor, this artisanal set handmade in Africa is a charmer,

Dior Home

each piece individually signed by the artist.

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And the luminous gold edged colors of these designs are irresistible

Ceramic dinnerware at Dior Home

ceramic dinnerware dior home again graced with the realistic interpretations of Vladimir’s creation.

Vladimir Kanevsky at Dior Home

From the beginning, Brynner has been enchanted by the casual charm of wicker and always carries a selection of chalet chic baskets and practical serving pieces, paired with indestructible pyrex. It’s this unaffected mix of the high and low, the exquisite with the practical that informs Brynner’s distinctive mélange.

wicker baskets Dior Home

wicker serving pieces Dior Home

And that is why there was a steady stream of fashionable men and women shopping the boutique, stopping to say hello to Brynner, who knew them all by name. Regular customers, passing through Paris on their way elsewhere, clearly made time for a stop at the shop to pick up a gift or essential something for their home. Perhaps a signature candle, colorful tray,

Dior Home store hand carved frame,

Dior Home frame

or popular enamel tumbler, available in a rainbow of choices.

enamel tumblers at Dior Home

It’s no wonder that people come from around the world to shop at the Dior Home store. And any of these items are a phone call away – Brynner assured me they regularly ship packages around the globe to customers addicted to her distinctive style and special finds. No trip to Paris will now be complete for me without stopping in to see what Brynner has found.  A special thank you to Alex Papachristidis for facilitating the introduction to Doris  – perhaps next time, we’ll have to visit together!

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


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15 Responses to Paris Chic at the Dior Home Boutique

  1. I love how chic the wicker and Pyrex pieces are… What a great find!

  2. Ellen Fisch says:

    Ms. Brynner has a marvelous eye for charming and beautiful home accesories!

  3. Lori says:

    I love the sense of whimsy throughout her assortment! Somehow my immediate impression of a Dior home collection was that it would be serious, but this is sophisticated and lighthearted at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Fabulously diverse collection-something there for each of us.
    At this moment , I’d like at least half of it and that would certainly include
    those lovely lily of the valley dishes. Am starting a Limoges fund!!

  5. I am entranced by this amazing woman. Her creativity and aptitude for life, not to mention her amazing “eye” and taste without stuffiness. I’m taking notes. Thank you, this is definitely not what I anticipated when Dior home collection popped up.
    Stay warm.
    Mary

  6. Karena says:

    An incredible woman with impeccable taste. There are several items I would snap up in a heartbeat…love the art glass!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  7. Stacey-
    There is no end to the beauty here. Such stunning and different glassware!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

  8. Wow. She sounds like an amazing woman. Stacey, I’m so kicking myself that I didn’t stop in here! Your beautiful photos will have to suffice for now, (I remember seeing that lily of the valley photo on Instagram, so pretty!) but I think another trip to Paris is in order just so that I can get to Dior Home in person! XOXO

  9. Asta says:

    Splendid! will definitely stop into Dior Home when I’m in Paris. exquisite selections by such an elegant talented woman!

  10. Fatma says:

    Wow what a beautiful collection

  11. Fatma says:

    What a beautiful collection

  12. Can one buy these items from NY?

  13. Adore the baskets and the lily of the valley glass plates! Lovely post. ox

  14. Magy sery says:

    Fantastic collection

  15. This is what I love about your blog Stacey – I arrived in Paris this afternoon and wanted to know more about the Dior home boutique – and sure enough you’ve covered it in your inimitable style! Thank you so much! Jennyxx

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