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In the spirit of the holiday shopping weekend, I thought I would share with you all the beautiful window decorations at Le Bon Marché, one of the most wonderful and well-known department stores in Paris. This year marks it’s 160th anniversary!

To be honest, I was going to talk to you about the hours I spent at La Grande Epicerie, the amazing affiliated (but has it’s own building) emporium dedicated to la bouche (mouth). Yum! I went there to stock up on fleur de sel de Guerande, and le Beurre Bordier, but I became too wrapped into the wine tasting, sampling of items and life at the cheese counter to take any photos.

However, on my way out, I walked past these windows, designed by Tom Dixon…so my post changed. 🙂

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It was a collection dedicated to the Left Bank, interspersed with les oiseaux (birds), and their elegant cages. Except, the shoes, bags and diamonds were on display.

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The 3-D replicated rooftops made me want to recreate this in my own house. Every other window was longer, and had moving mechanical birds, lights and music.

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Birds all carrying musical instruments on a mechanical runway…

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I couldn’t tell if the lights in the windows of the buildings were on sensors, or timed, but the whole concept was magical.

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In front of the mechanical display windows, there were large rooftops of Paris built on the street, with a wooden walkway in between. It allowed everyone to feel like part of the display.

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I was probably outside for about an hour, lèche-vitrine and watching the lifelike displays…until the whole concept of beautiful things in cages, in store windows set to music in this gorgeous setting got to me…

I was lured inside (well done, Tom) and found a Bordeaux wine colored, limited edition Chanel lipstick.

Ah, Noël…:)

Le Bon Marché
24 Rue de Sèvres
Metro: #10 Sèvres-Babylone

La Grande Epicerie (aka Fine foods and picnic heaven)
38 Rue de Sèvres
Metro: #10 Sèvres-Babylone or Vaneau

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