Introducing two new things on LifeStyled – Travel and our Paris Editor – Jane Lunn.
Jane lives in Paris (via London via Australia), she’s a fashion marketer who’s worked in all three countries with everyone from Kylie Minogue to Gucci. She’s married to Joe, mum to baby Lily and lover of all animals. Seriously she’s like Snow White in the forest with the birds landing on her arms (read more about her here).
Each month Jane will be bringing you the best of Paris through the perspective of a local – from where to stay, what to eat, where to shop, recipes, experts…try not to hate her.
Here I am with Jane just outside The Louvre – the whitest dirt in the world. Let us know if there are particular things in/about Paris that you want to know about and she’ll track it down for you.
Profitez-en, découvrir, rêver…
When we need to get out of Paris – it does your head in sometimes - we often head to Lyon, a city renowned for its food (often dubbed the gastronomy capital of France). But for me it’s always been about the way the city looks. The architecture and design is a mix of classic French vintage and modern cool which really sets it apart.
As you walk through tiny cobble stone streets and wind through all the hidden alleys you’ll discover 200-year-old shop fronts filled with everything from pink praline tarts (my favourite) to Prada.
This trip we stayed at “Une Nuit Au Second” a gorgeous B&B apartment that is nothing short of perfection.
Housed in a 19th century building in the centre of town, the apartment has a feeling of time worn elegance: collections of antique wooden frames and vintage posters sit comfortably beside sleek and stylish couches, all set amongst the classic French design features of floor-to-ceiling windows and parquet flooring.
I wanted to move in. Or at atleast take the furniture home with me. The owner Agnes Moutet decorated the space herself and here she shares a few of her design secrets and tips.
What is the style inspiration for your home?
Our house is a mixture of many things I love. With no established style, everything sits harmoniously side by side. It’s a mix of modern and vintage and above all I tinker and customise. Objects move and change according to my desires.
What influences your style choices?
Design shows, flea markets … just walking the streets, I see and think of new ideas.
I love the wall of empty frames? Where did the idea come from?
A frame is simply beautiful. There is no need to put something in it as one can imagine what one wants… The majority of the frames come from “Au Passe entrepose” – an antique dealer that sells antiquities from many different centuries. It’s a cavern of treasures!
What’s your go to brands/stores for luxe pieces, vintage finds and cheap treasures?
Ikea and Habitat for the simplest things. Kaolin and the design boutiques of Lyon for luxe objects and most important, antique / flea markets for everything and anything!
What are some items you can’t live without?
I cannot live without all my lights…they create ambience all by themselves.
How would you describe your personal style?
Eccentric and changeable – it all depends on my mood, season and location. I love changing my style.
French women seem to have innate style. What do you think is the reason for this?
To be friendly and refined is important for all women. This is passed on from mother to daughter in France. It’s a lot of work!
What’s your favourite city?
Rome for now but I’m yet to visit every city in the world.
Gucci, Gucci, Gucci! However in general, I treat fashion and beauty like the décor of my house: I mix all styles. I can hijack a garment as I will with an object. It’s more fun to do this!
I need…to be exhilarated.
I want….to delight the senses.