in paris: my creation is…
Posted in paris, paris: made by hand, recent work August 5th, 2009 by piablog



… ta-dah!!!


A special window dressing at the Parisian English bookshop, WHSmith! The window will be up for the whole month of August, in celebration of my book Paris: Made By Hand



The bookstore is on the corner of the very famous rue de rivoli and rue cambon – right across the road from the gorgeous jardin des tuileries and a short stroll to le louvre.


Do you like it? Oh, oh, I do hope so. I wanted it to be something really special. It was alot of work, alot of fun, and I was able to document parts of the ‘making of’ for you as I know how much you love to see the behind-the-scenes. I am going to show and tell all in the next post. For now, here is my window creation! If you are in Paris, please do stop by to check it out in person…



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  1. Sarah says

    Oh it has been so so long since I wandered around the magical streets of Paris .. and you always capture the essence and flavour so beautifully. Your entries are a constant inspiration. Greetings from Australia where this week the pink cherry blossom has sprung!

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  2. georgia says


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  3. heather c says

    Wonderful Pia! And I do love this store too!! How exciting and what a wonderful opportunity!

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  4. Kimberly says

    It is utterly, completely, absolutely fabulous! You continually amaze me my friend~

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  5. Laura [what I Like] says

    It’s totally charming, whimsical, beautiful…I love it! You are one talented woman…I love how the window itself sort of looks like a book cover. Really great.

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  6. cindy says

    fantastic! if you rearrange the letters of whsmith you can almost spell whims-y, which is what your wonderful window says to me.

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  7. chelsea says

    Oh, Pia! That is just too cool. What loveliness!!!

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  8. erin says

    i love it! the bunting is perfect!

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  9. TERI REES WANG says

    Love to see the success of your life’s endeavors coming together!
    Cheers! Well done.

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  10. nath says

    how perfectly darling! well done and congratulations, that looks like it was a lot of fun!

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  11. Liberty Post Editor says

    What a thrill for you! It must be so satisfying to see your dream, vision and hard work come alive in a book shop window. Wonderful display. Big Canadian Hug and Kisses across the miles, you superstar you…LPxo

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  12. Paris Parfait says

    Pia, so glad to see all your hard work paid off! It looks great and I shall be seeing it for myself very soon. Cute photos of you in front of your handiwork. 🙂 xo

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  13. Shanon says

    Lovely and fun! How great, congrats! =)

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  14. Christi says

    your own window display for a whole month! that is praise indeed.

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  15. Rachel says

    Félicitations! Will have to check out the real thing 🙂

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  16. Gigi says

    It is wonderful–whimsical and just right! Congratulations!

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  17. Melissa says

    It is absolute perfection! We spent many hours in this lovely bookstore while living in Paris for two months! Congratulations to you~

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  18. sk says

    That is so exciting!! Congratulations!

    I love the photos you took of the store + you (that’s you, right?) What a perfect way to document the adventures of your new book!

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  19. Andi says

    Only one word: parfait! Not only is your cardboard creation perfect, but so are these pictures. Congrats on SUCH a success!!!

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  20. An says

    Fantastic Pia!!

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  21. rabbit & the duck says

    The window is just gorgeous! I wish I was in Paris to see it in person! Looking forward to seeing more behind the scenes shots.

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  22. Kate says

    Oh Pia, this is so beautiful! And I’m more than a little envious that you can just pop on a train to Paris – sigh.

    I also wanted to tell you that your blog has been listed in the Sept/Oct edition of Inside Out! Very exciting.

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  23. katiecrackernuts says

    So proud.

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  24. Deb says

    Oh I know that shop well, it was one of my favourite link-with-back-home places when I lived in Paris.
    This display looks fantastic. Wish I could see it for myself!

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  25. joanna goddard says

    so beautiful! good for you!!!! xoxo (and how cute are you?:)

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  26. The Deco Detective says

    I love it! This is what you weere talking about earlier when I said I might go to Paris with my BF in August, right? It looks super cool – and like a lot of work, like you said. Looking forward to seeing how you made it.
    Congratulations on getting a window display with your own book, and in Paris, even!

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  27. Amanda says

    Wow Pia! How exciting must this be! Congratulations, it looks fantastic.

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  28. Sam says

    It looks fantastic! I’ll definitely go and have a look. Congratulations!

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  29. Anne says

    Congratulations with your window display Pia! That’s so cool 🙂 I just went check it out in person and I really like your creation, it’s very charming! Well done 🙂

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  30. Anne says

    Congratulations with your window display Pia! That’s so cool I just went check it out in person and I really like your creation, it’s very charming! Well done

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  31. vintage simple says

    So happy for your success, Pia! The store window looks great! Love the (paper?) bunting! Love it all – congratulations!

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  32. jennifer says

    love it! so perfect.

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  33. Deborah Milne says

    Congratulations & absolutely fun! You must be over-the-moon? Lovely, lovely blog!

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  34. michelle says

    that is so cool Pia. The photos are too funny. Shame i cant buy you a drink 🙁

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  35. Amanda Nicole says

    It’s wonderful! And how adorable are you in front? Tres.

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  36. Simply Seductive says

    Pure genuineness! I absolutely love it. Congratulations on another milestone chapter related to your book/life!

    August 7th, 2009 | #

  37. Rebekah says

    I wanted to say I love – LOVE! – the book. Just got it and read it front to back and enjoyed each page. Marvelous!

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  38. Lee Tran says

    Wow, what a stunning and epic piece of craft! I love that you have taken your handmade style to a completely new level and scale, Pia. I wish I could teleport to rue Rivoli to see it! Felicitations x mille.
    Lee Tran

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  39. Michelle says

    love it, well done sweetheart! xx

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  40. jessiev says

    pia – you’re so talented and creative. this is SO MUCH FUN!

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  41. Batixa says

    I was there a week ago and the whsmith windows is even better than the photos show. Congratulations!
    I bought a book and had the oportunity to go to some of the shops, great work!

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  42. Mimo (fashion stylist in Paris) says

    ohh I want it now! I’m gonna go there as soon as I can and pick up a copy!

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