Thursday, November 17, 2011

Our Parisian home

Two months from today we will be on a plane to Paris and a day later we will be dropping off our suitcases in our little Parisian home before heading out to explore the city’s sights.

We’ll be spending our first two months in Paris in this 20m2 studio in the 8th arrondissement.

Above images via Parisian Home
Isn’t it sweet?  It will be a huge change from our three bedroom semi in Sydney’s inner west.

There were so many rental options on Parisian Home, it was a little overwhelming.  Once we had narrowed it down to three studios, we decided to take a virtual tour of their surroundings via Google Maps Street View.

You can see below why we finally chose this particular studio (apart from the cute modern interior).

There is a wine bar just two doors down,...

...a bicycle share station right across the road,...

...a restaurant strip around the corner...

...and a fresh food market just a little further down the street.

It’s also only a few blocks from away from Champs-Élysées…

…and the Arc de Triomphe.

Above images via Google Maps

I can’t wait to drop off my suitcase and head out to order my first café crème.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Engagement party invitations

Wow, a whole month has passed since I last published a post on this blog. I suppose I have been super busy, but still…
Anyway, we finally crossed a big job off our to do list. The engagement party invitations are done.
Harry and I spent the weekend printing, cutting, folding, stamping, punching, tying and sticking and this was the end result.
I stole borrowed the idea for the origami heart invitations from Eat Drink ChicI changed the design slightly so that I could make bigger hearts out of an A4 page and so that the centre of the invitations wouldn’t have a fold down the middle, giving us more space to print the details.
We used linen paper in ivory from Cristina Re. The stamps on the front of the envelopes are from the ‘Love Mail’ collection from kikki.K and the stamps inside the invitation were bought on Etsy.
We wanted to print a sweet message on the front of the invitations, but the printer margins were making it difficult, so instead we decorated them with Japanese washi tape in three different Parisian designs.
Then we spent Sunday evening hand delivering them. They received lots of compliments and very confused faces trying to figure out how to open them (I guess my tiny little arrows weren’t obvious enough).
It was a big job, but we were very happy with the end result and you can tell a lot of time and love went into the making of these beauties. Thanks to Eat Drink Chic for the inspiration.
You might be wondering, why all the Parisian motifs. The font is small, but maybe you can make out the details in the third image above. That’s right, we’re moving to France… and these invitations were our announcement to our extended friends and family (those close to us have known for a little while). We’ll be living in France for up to 12 months and or engagement party will also be our bon voyage party.
P.S. Please excuse the photo quality. I couldn’t find the camera battery charger, so these were taken with Harry’s phone.