Where to Stay in Paris- For the Design Obsessed

It’s happening again.  I’m having an interior design identity crisis thanks to our recent trip to Paris (an awful problem to have, I get it).  I’m blaming it all on the W- Paris Opera. Here’s a peak inside this old meets new hotel, a great place to stay if you ever find yourself venturing to Paris.


This trip was a week long trip for us and although it was packed with activities there was still plenty of time to take it all in (compared to our brief two day stay in 2011). What I really became impressed with on this trip is the way the French mix traditional with modern.  The Paris W pulled this look off effortlessly,  pairing furniture and decor together that I would never have thought to mix in a million years.

In the above picture the traditional arm chair with it’s detail and curves becomes modern with the color-blocked fabric and the modern black and white print on the pillow. Add the sleek modern side table and the look is très chic.  The view of the building in the background isn’t too bad either.


Check out the black shiny entry with it’s luminous dots that welcomes you into your room decked out in crown molding.  Opposites attract is definitely what I found works when mixing traditional and modern.


The room was difficult to photograph so the mirror shot was the best I could do to get a good view of the whole room.

The chandelier had me swooning as soon as we walked in. A great modern alternative that keeps the traditional lines of a chandelier but stays modern with the black metal wire.

I love that every area of a room gets attention, there’s a bit of wit, art, and of course class, all through the room. Can’t wait to show you more photos of the hotel in my next post!



This hotel is not only beautiful but the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I highly recommend a stay at the W-Paris. After a long day of sight seeing this was the perfect place to come back to, drink an espresso, look through a book, and relax.

How to get this look in your own home?

1. Use more traditional furniture when it comes to furniture pieces like couches, chairs, beds.

2. Pair your traditional furniture with modern coffee tables, side tables, and night stands.

3. Art. A great collection of art will definitely help achieve this look.  Don’t be afraid to mix abstract with realistic art pieces.

4. Use dramatic drapery that reaches the floor.

5. Finish the look with fresh flowers.

What do you think about the “French Modern” style? Would you still be my friend if my house looked like this?