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. 🙂

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.

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.

Birds all carrying musical instruments on a mechanical runway…

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


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.



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