Luxury home goods stores are to be found aplenty stateside, but what about in Paris?
There was a time when shopping mavens would advise you to get on a train and go all the way up to Lille, a city long known for its fabric mills and factory outlet home linen stores.
But unless you're a serious shopaholic, today there's no need to leave the city. Paris itself offers bountiful shopping opportunities with which you can decorate your bedroom, your bathroom and your dining table without ever leaving the city limits – such as Zara Home.
Zara Home bed linens — Photo courtesy of François Halard / Zara Home
Zara Home is a popular home linens and housewares shopping boutique with the young and elegant Parisians with taste. Everything in here looks and feels delicious.
From the seasonal collections of bed linens to the ever-changing and equally as invigorating tableware and bathware collections, there's something here sure to be pleasing for both him and her.
Their summer offerings feature the new Garden of Eden, which is a print featured on sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers and other bed linens of romantic leaves, flowers, butterflies and dragonflies; the print immerses you in your own summer garden, while ensconcing you in the comfort of your beautifully dressed bed.
Their classic Toile de Jouy has been updated, and it's featured in four fresh colors for this summer's collection: raspberry, pumpkin, mustard and green. The Toile is transformed with fruit and flowers to give it a fresher look, and this is also what's featured in the tableware and other textiles.
To mix and match with this collection, solid-colored sheets with curvilinear shapes and geometric embroidery are available in complimentary colors, and also in the same Toile de Jouy print.
Colorful, butterfly-themed tableware by Zara Home — Photo courtesy of François Halard / Zara Home
Brand new for this season's collection, and as fresh as the sea spray, is the Mare Nostrum print collection. This bed linen print features oceanic flora and fauna, harmonized with sailor's knots, ships and other nautical themes. The blues of the ocean are the color tones here, and prints of coral, fish and other marine life bring this collection to life.
For kitchen and lounge houseware, artist Raoul Dufy has designed a capsule collection for Zara Home called Riviera. The Riviera collection is inspired by the highly colorful landscapes of the French Riviera, and here you'll find vibrant oranges and azure blues that give the collection both a retro touch and that feeling like you've escaped for the summer to the French Riviera.
The cushions in this collection are also inspired by this Southern France landscape, and the kitchenware features ceramic tones.
Zara Home blankets — Photo courtesy of François Halard /Zara Home
For the little ones, the classic Bon Voyage collection lets your child re-trace (or plan ahead) their trek around the globe. This print for bed linens and blankets features globes, city maps, backpacks and even animated characters.
The collection is sure to please the adventurous child, while for the more feminine, there's the Petit Chinoiserie, composed of Japanese-inspired prints and origami animals. The hues in this collection are all pinks and pastels, evoking the delicate world of Japanese cherry blossoms just in bloom.
Whether your indulgence is re-doing your bed, bath or beyond with one or more of these inspired Zara Home collections, you're sure to enjoy getting lost for an hour or two (or three) in this shop, easily found on the Champs-Elysées.