Our Laura is most definitely a connoisseur of the finer things! While she may appear to be just like everyone else, Laura has an eye for beauty, a refined palate, and a talent and desire to spoil others with exquisite recipes that please all the senses. Laura, in my humble opinion, is the Princess of Pastry. I happily walk very quickly (OK…I run) to the kitchen when she takes the time to bake fresh, homemade goodness for us. Laura also has a timeless sense of fashion, and a grand appreciation of tradition. I knew her take on our Parisian Living would be perfect! Her passion and excitement for Carved Solutions’ Parisian-inspired gifts really brings their special qualities and uniqueness to life! I’m sure you will enjoy this Parisian journey with Laura as much as I did.
Smiles always, Dawn
Say this with me in your best French accent… Ooh la la, c’est manifique!
Paris. The name alone transports us to a place of romance, style, and sophistication. Paris has long been the epicenter of all things chic. Paris’ impeccable taste can be credited in all manner of good design, from Coco Chanel’s iconic perfume to Louis Vuitton luggage and Dior’s haute couture. France is also home to some of the most lavish architecture and décor in the world. If you’ve ever marveled at the Eiffel tower or Versailles, you cannot question the supremacy of Parisian style. And did I mention the French artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Degas that have shaped our very understanding of beauty? It is from these rich cultural landmarks that Carved Solutions drew inspiration for our very own line of Parisian Living personalized gifts. If you’re coveting the timeless elegance of France, Carved Solutions has you in mind. From candles to guest soaps, glassware to serving pieces, we can add a little taste of Paris to your everyday life. Let’s take our minds on a journey to France shall we? Allons-y!
First, follow your nose. Lavender could be thought of as the signature scent of France. Famous purple fields in the rural countryside teem with its delicious rejuvenating fragrance. Lavender has a therapeutic effect on our senses, known to relieve stress and bring balance to a hectic mind. It’s no wonder that the French are famous for a less-stress way of life. Dreaming of lavender? Our luxurious lavender soaps are made with 100% pure essential oils, guaranteed to smell like you’re strolling through Provence in July. It’s the real deal! With this post we are offering a special offer of 20% off through the month of July on any of our Parisian Living soaps. Simply visit Parisian Living to take advantage of this luxurious opportunity! So go on, draw a bath and soak up the goodness!
If the way to the heart is through the stomach, then I know why I love Paris! What would the world be without French cooking? No culinary education would be complete without learning how to master the perfect soufflé, the delicate macaroon, or a savory coq au vin. In the winter, a comforting dish of beef bourguignon has native Vermonters praising the French masters. A balanced cup of fresh pistou soup is a perfect way to begin a lunch. Can you tell that I’m dreaming? My head is churning with croissants, brie, baguette, cassoulet, duck confit, and my all-time favorite, tarte tatin. Traditionally made with apples, this tarte is baked upside-down and results in a caramelized, flaky confection that elicits saliva from even the most discerning palettes. My ultimate favorite recipe is made with pears, and comes from the beloved Patricia Wells in her Bistro Cooking book. Served with a dollop of crème fraîche, it’s a temptation bound to crumble ironclad self-control into sweet buttery indulgence. But don’t worry, when it’s this good, the calories don’t count; Bon appétit!
Are you lucky enough to enjoy the talents of a chef in your home? They spoil your taste buds regularly, so it’s never the wrong time to spoil their passion in return. Imagine their delight in our personalized integrity cutting boards! Stylish, functional, and luxurious, they will elevate the chef’s chore of chopping, mincing, and dicing to a true pleasure.
And what better to go with that delicious food than a great glass of wine? Wine is arguably one of the greatest global contributions from our French friends (at least from my perspective!). Whether you prefer a Beaujolais or Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, your wine will taste better in our gorgeous stemless tumblers or graceful tulip stemware. Don’t forget the importance of keeping your bottle at the right temperature for optimum enjoyment. Our wine coolers handle the task with a special personal touch.
When I was a burgeoning woman at age 15, I was fortunate enough to take one of the most memorable vacations of my life with my parents to Paris. Luckily, after more than a decade, I can still recall France with such vivid detail that I feel it has never left me. The smell of golden baked treats wafting from les pâtisseries. Shopping in the Galleries Lafayette. Priceless works of art in the Louvre. Have you had the pleasure of travelling to Paris? Even if it remains an item on your bucket list, you can enjoy the dignified Parisian spirit with our pampering personalized products.
Don’t forget to enjoy your special 20% off just by visiting Parisian Living. I hope you have enjoyed our mental journey as much as I have!
Laura Martin, Client Transaction Specialist