I came across the most charming and exquisite shop today, called The Collection.

It’s in the Marais, on rue de Poitou. In the windows were hand painted wallpapers: just two rolls, the ones in the middle of the collage below. Textured, hand painted backgrounds, then the little birds were appliqued on, with fabric and then some little twigs. I know, it doesn’t come through very well here, but take a look at their website and then go to wallpaper. Even the city scenes at the bottom of my collage had various appliqued pieces to give the most wonderful textured effect. They were really unusual and fun! You can buy on line. The owner, Allison Grant, doesn’t sell directly in the U.S. (yet) but did exhibit at Maison et Objet last week.
The lights you see hanging were sort of skeleton frames, made of velour!.And the tree in the picture is, of course, a textured collage.

Collection collage

And here, to whet your appetite, is what we had at a small creperie on the rue du Vielle Temple:

This is a “Dame Poire”: compote of pear, figs, vanilla ice cream with caramel butter sauce.

Needless to say, it didn’t last long on the plate!

Dessert 1