Paris is my mecca for inspired home decor on the cheap. I wasn't disappointed this time.
Here's the skinny.
In the dining room of the Virginia house I'm renting, there is a black colonial wrought-iron chandelier. In and of itself, not a bad lighting fixture. But to my eyes it was too austere for the room, and the pseudo-Provencal lampshades didn't go with the rest of the Polly look or color scheme. And besides, my Parisian sensibilities called for something a bit softer, more feminine. I hung some pearl Christmas strands to soften it, but it still needed more.
I found the remedy in Paris -- where else?
While out shopping last week, a few blocks down from BHV on rue de Rivoli, I stumbled upon one of those Paris-Affaires shops, kind of like Dollar Stores in the US. They had bunches and bunches of the prettiest fake flowers I've seen in a long time. I scooped up 3 bottes, 3€50 each.
Saturday at the Marche aux Puces in Vanves, I was actually looking for some Luneville plates. No luck. But I did spot some wacky crystal bobeches in a variety of pastel colors. A few were missing a hanging crystal or two, and the owner was clearly eager to get rid of them to this ignorant American lady. I smiled all the way home, having purchased 6 bobeches for 15€.
I haven't even finished unpacking my suitcase, but I couldn't suppress my urge to re-look my chandelier.
Should I keep the bobeches? (Final photo)