Let’s give a great big Design Files welcome to Tracie Ellis of AURA! AURA homewares are some of the most delightful products I’ve ever seen and we’re very lucky to have Tracie with us this week. Tracie has put together a special travel diary for us from her recent trip to Europe with each day will be a different colour and jammed full of delights! – Jenny x

Tracie’s visit to a little patisserie in Paris for breakfast – the perfect way to start the day!!

Hello fellow lovers of The Design Files. I’m so excited to be guest blogging for Lucy and Jenny – it’s my first guest blog spot so I hope you like my pics and musing. The images are from a recent couple of weeks in cold, cold Europe where Jaine (my marketing manager) and I visited London, Paris and Copenhagen before exhibiting at the Heimtextil fair in Frankfurt.

This weeks posts will be very colour driven, I’m very passionate about colour, and especially after such a great trip, today I’m feeling very inspired by Orange…..

Breakfast at a little patisserie alongside the Jardin du Luxemborg – so much to choose from. We decided a Tarte Aux Abricots (Apricot Tart to you and I) was the perfect start to a cold Parisian day. We also meet a very lovely Gold Retriever in the Patisserie. Only in Paris!

And onto Hermes, (window shopping only) as their signature colour is orange. If I ever needed a saddle, this is the one I would want!

We drooled over these Laduree macaroons with orange centres at the Burlington Arcade in London, but alas there were more homewares stores to explore. The Moonwalk light by French designer Thomas de Lussac is just gorgeous.

Our local Parisian food market – the simple things are often the most inspiring like the gorgeous colour of these roses, orange roses have always been my favorite (will someone remind my husband!) and these beautiful Mandarins, with leaves left attached – why don’t we do that?

Merci, one of my favorite Parisian stores, have added a cake store since my last visit, so now they have 3 cafes, and why not! As well as a very aspirational range of fashion, homewares and food, Merci, to me, is all about the layout and visual merchandising of the store – the oversized warehouse style of the space is fabulous, and I can only aspire for us to have such a destination in Melbourne, tucked away down a laneway with different corners of product everywhere you look…

What a perfect way to end a long but inspiring day, with a glass of wine in the library.

Until tomorrow,
- Tracie x