five things i learned during my sabbatical in paris

It’s our last night in Paris. By all mathematical standards, this would mean that six months have passed since we traded all stability – as we knew it – in Toronto for a new home in Paris. Many unknowns, many challenges, many solutions, and many new realizations later . . .  I’m still here, I’m still me, but I am better. Throughout the adventure I’ve chronicled my adventures for (beautifully re-designed) Glitter Guide: the where, the how, and now and in the nick of time I’m sharing the why. The things in invaluable lessons I learned along the way . . . We have 360 hours left in Paris, 360 hours that will…
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draper james opens its doors

Road trip to Nashville, anyone? Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James has opened the doors to its first bricks-and-mortar shop – and to no surprise, it’s located in the Tennessee capital. The flagship is a perfect expression of the Draper James aesthetic: neo-traditional with a playful twist. And with a signature palette of blue and white, who better to design the interiors than the master of stripes himself, Mark D. Sikes? We wanted the store to feel like her home, a place that as not only beautiful but comfortable and inviting as well. The windows of the store feel like a front porch and the cash wrap has a big island like a kitchen. – Mark…
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the scout / 34

It’s Halloween tomorrow — how are you celebrating? It’s one of my favourite holidays, but let’s be honest I enjoy any reason to get a little festive. Unfortunately Halloween isn’t much of a thing here in Paris, so it will be considerably more low key for us this year. You will see the odd carved pumpkin or gourd display in an American-ish café and there are a few costume shops (which I’m guessing pander to expats like me), but it’s certainly a rarity. Our friends just purchased and renovated an apartment in the neighbourhood and because one of them is Canadian, they are throwing a housewarming/Halloween fete to toast their new home. I…
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home tour: love the design’s christine flynn

I’m excited to share with you my latest feature for Domino, which is special because I was able to collaborate with my brother, Cameron Bartlett – who happens to be a brilliant photographer. Together we produced a very slick home tour story through the Toronto abode of Love the Design‘s Christine Flynn. Without further ado . . . Canadian style brings to mind a number of adjectives, and the best of them all come to life in the home of Christine Flynn, a Toronto-based artist who is redefining Canadiana through her décor boutique, Love the Design, which offers contemporary art, vintage finds, and one-of-a-kind furniture. Flynn’s family home echoes her shop, where knotty…
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a field guide to the flea markets of paris

I recently teamed up with Love the Design – one of my favourite Toronto shops for décor, vintage finds, and home accessories – to produce a handy dandy Guide to the Flea Markets of Paris. My kind of assignment, I’ll say!  Hunt. Rummage. Scour. Whatever you prefer to call it, searching for antiques is the name of the game, and doing so at one of Paris’ famous puces (pronounced poose) is the main event. Home to the largest flea market in the world, Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Paris is one of the best places to strike it gold for buyers and dealers alike. Planning a trip across the pond? If you’re an…
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