Last year I stayed in a gorgeous apartment in Paris while I was working on my book. Owner Maria did an incredible job with the renovation - sourcing light fittings, door knobs, bathroom fixtures and furnishings from brocantes (French flea markets). I will show (+ tell!) you more of this beautiful space this coming year, but for now I just wanted to take you for a little afternoon aperitif at Maria's stunning bar, situated in the hall of the apartment. Isn't it gorgeous? This fresque is an original and is a typical Brittany-scape, you can see the women on the cliff in their traditional dresses, and the sailboats below. Maria had it restored and added the bar stools which she had upholstered in a turquoise plush velvet.