Basic French

C'est le printemps! Spring is here today with a huge blue sky and temps in the 60s. Whenever I think of Spring, I see Paris in bloom...the bells of a cathedral, voices filling the air, children playing in the parks. Strolling around enjoying a nutella crepe while window shopping. All the amazing kiosks filled with French fashion and home magazines! Oui!

Since I love Paris, and decor8 readers love good design, let's visit Basic French. Won't you join me as I peek in on them to view their new spring treats and winter sale?

Did you see anything that you liked? Here are my picks: The Tade guest soaps made with olive oil and damask rose essential oil are so unique, they appear as pieces of carved vintage metal, at least in the photo. What a memorable way to welcome your guests; place a few neatly on a stack of towels in the guest bedroom, top with a fresh cut tulip and a polkadot bow tied around the stem.

If you love pillows, and we all know you do, these sweet squares are a perfect pick me up for your summer patio. In delicate patterns of polkadot and greengate stipe. If it's gardening you love, protect your manicure with something lovely, like these floral gloves. No reason to skip on looking cute in the garden!

One (of many) aspects of French culture that appeal to me is how the customer is treated in Paris. While I was there, store clerks willingly gift wrapped everything I purchased, lovely rolls of wrapping paper in joyful colors with coordinating ribbons proudly displayed behind the sales counter. How lovely. Imagine, gift wrapping a purchase instead of tossing it into a plastic bag aka the American way of saying thanks. I prefer the French style of showing customer appreciation, which is why I'm pleased that Basic French feels the same. They will gift wrap your order completely free of charge upon request. How sweet is that?

Thanks Carol for the tip!

(images from Basic French)