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As spring rains began falling this week, I must admit I wish such moments would last far longer than they ever do. There is something so soothing, so invigorating and so comforting about rain, temperate rains, rains that signal a new season’s arrival, and of course the sounds and sight of rain whether we are inside or out is part of the package that has me so enamored.
To pull on my wellies, to slip on my trench, these are my beloved spring clothing favorites. Why? To be honest, I probably can’t put my finger on it entirely, but it has to do with life, an opportunity for growth and the reminder that yesterday can be washed away whether we want it to be or not and to live in the moment, soak it up, revel in it and drink in the beautiful scent that it brings.
The talk of spring rain brings me to Paris as it is the season I am so eager to experience in the City of Light and as of yet have not have the privilege. And one of my favorite pastimes whether I’m in Paris or not, especially after a very busy day or week is to slip away to a favorite cafe, commandeer a table for one that offers an ideal vantage point and sip and dream. Ideally, my dogs would be with me, and I lose all track of time. If the sun is shining, to feel it on my back as the day either begins or ends is surreally magnificent.
But what if we can’t escape to a favorite cafe? What can we do? Why not create a petite reading and dining space in our own home? Here’s how:
- Save up and purchase a few bistro chairs from TK Collections, (the iconic brand that supplies most of the Parisian cafes with their furniture)
- Select a beautiful table cloth (love these beautiful cotton options)
- Make a hot cup of something warm for morning or pour yourself a glass of rose for the afternoon evening
- Add delightful reading material (perhaps this, this or this?).
- And voilà!
I don’t know about you, but cultivating our own “Parisian respite” in our everyday lives would be a lovely treat to look forward to, no matter where or how we partake and enjoy. So here is to the next time such a moment is offered, may we revel in, delight in and savor it, no?