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hi guys! ac and i landed in ny yesterday and i'm back at the computer. our trip was fantastic and i just wanted to thank everyone for the wonderful amsterdam and paris tips (we loved the fondue in monmartre!). i have about 750 emails to go through, so i'm going to take today to unpack, go through emails and come back tomorrow with some fresh finds (they sure piled up while i was gone!). but i wanted to give you a little glimpse into our trip: here is a flickr album of some of my favorite shots from the trip. i'll have a full write up tomorrow with some shop highlights but i just wanted to thank you for all your help and all your great tips! be back tomorrow with plenty of fun new design finds. xo, d*s






Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back...pictures look great!

I've been going through design*sponge withdrawl all week so I'm so glad you're back!

Big fan in Ottawa, Canada


9:25 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks laura!

i feel like i've been away for months, it's soo weird, but great, to be back.

i promise to keep your eye candy needs met now that i'm back ;)


9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos!! I love that you captured the little things about travel we tend to forget...breakfast, shop display, particular flower or tree etc.
You've inspired me for my next travel photos.

9:33 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks greg!

i'm glad you like the smaller things. i feel like for me, photos are meant to remind me of the little things that impacted me while i was there. for me, what i remembered about paris was:

1. blue sky
2. the tops of buildings
3. gorgeous food and ice cream
4. greenery

about amsterdam:

1. looking through trees to see water and rows of gorgeous houses
2. potted plants!
3. the sound of breeze and water (to come in video form soon)

d*s :)

9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back, grace! felt like you were gone for ages (maybe laura and i could've formed a support group ; )
looking forward to your shop highlights.


10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow - who knew one could go into blog withdrawl!?!

you went to envy!! that wall of fridges is sooo cool (not punny)

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooh! the fondue place! i was there years and years ago. "red or white" "meat or cheese" ??? how wonderful. welcome back & cheers, mav

12:58 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yes! we went to envy for my birthday- it was lovely. LOVE those old ice boxes. so, so cool. i had delicious gnocchi :)

and yes, i loved the fondue guys. they helped me hop over the table, i loved it. best fondue in years.


1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace, welcome back! Thanks for posting all of those photos - my favorite was the coffee cup. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray! You went to the fondue place. :)

2:52 PM  
Blogger Anastasia said...

amazing photos! Im so jealous!

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back grace!! i've definitely had some major design*sponge withdrawal. glad you had a great time.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome back grace! your photos are wonderful! -joy

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unlucky me for not having internet these lasts weeks, your hotel was like 5 minutes walking from my home!
I would've been glad to offer you a tour in Paris...but as i see the photos, you seems to have enjoyed your trip a lot :)

8:47 AM  
Blogger jordan said...

Hey Grace,

I'm glad you liked the fondue place. The bottles crack me up. Did you go anywhere else on the "Haunts and Jaunts" list?

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've been to that fondue restaurant w/ the wine in baby bottles, sooo awesome!! looks yummy!

1:08 PM  
Blogger paperlily said...

So glad you're back!
The Flickr album of your trip is delightful. I love the blue scarf with your black and white outfit. You look great!

2:42 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

thanks so much guys! and thanks, paper lilly- i'm obsessed with my new parisian blue scarf. french women have the most amazing way with scarves.

d*s :)

2:45 PM  
Blogger Susan Schwake said...

what a lovely lovely trip you had! good for you. it is so nice to see the photos too of you enjoying yourself in that lovely city! we missed you a lot! my daughter just came back a few weeks ago bearing ten scarves, four for herself and now, well, we all have one too!
l u c k y!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Lori Zimmer said...

welcome back! i missed my daily ritual. can i just ask, where was your hotel? love the pics- you love food as much as i do it seems hahahaa

11:39 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


we stayed at a nice place in montmartre called the tim hotel. nothing super fancy, but the view was fantastic. our hotel in the marais was nothing to write home about, neither was the one in amstedam. live and learn ;)


11:42 AM  
Blogger Lori Zimmer said...

Who needs a swanky hotel when thers a whole city to discover! i'm an expert on thrifty travel.
unfortunately i didnt make it to montmartre, i went over thanksgiving so cold and big mistake!! did u go to the catacombs?

12:00 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


we weren't able to make it sadly. we were horribly jet lagged on fri and sat and sunday was spent trying to get in as much shopping and sight seeing as possible. then we forgot that that monday was a holiday so practically everything was closed. so sad. but that just means we'll have to go again ;)


12:05 PM  
Blogger The English Dept. said...

Hi there. I'm going to Paris this fall and I'm having a hell of a time finding a place to stay. Any recommendations?

3:06 PM  

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