I think it’s finally time I showed you around behind the scenes of Messy Nessy Chic. If you follow me on instagram, you probably know that I recently moved out of my bed and into a real office. I’ve spent the last few months obsessively making it my own personal hub in Paris and I had a hunch you might be interested to take a look around…
I’ll try to link to as many items as I can on our tour and also give a few DIY tips, such as this personalised “detective” door decal. You can probably tell it’s not professionally done but if you’re looking to recreate something like this and save a few bucks, simply print out your letters in a font you like and stick them to the back of the glass and trace over. I used a gold marker pen (those ones you shake) and a black whiteboard pen for the shadowing. Et voilà, welcome to Messy Nessy Chic., Co. Inc!
My very own personal neon sign was a gift from Alex for my 30th birthday. He went through hoops to get it made as there are only a few people making neon signs in France, but if you’re interested in having something similar, this Etsy shop has some fun ones.
You can see the table where I write all of my articles a little bit better here. It was the old kitchen table in my childhood family home in southern France. I added some retro travel stickers by Laughing Elephant that I picked up from the Merci concept store here in Paris to give it a touch of “messy”. The Robin Day style polypropylene stacking chairs were a good bargain from La Redoute.
The cushions on the IKEA day bed where I occasionally crash after an all-nighter, all came from the wonderfully afforable H&M home (yes, they have a Home department online and it’s brilliant). The Nordic striped curtain is actually a shower curtain I got from Society6– I think it does the job all the same and if I ever have a ceiling leak it should come in very handy! Oh, and the atelier mirror was a bit of a splurge from Maison du Monde.
In case you’re wondering what to do with your leftover liquor bottles that are too pretty to throw away, stick some rosemary in there and you’ve got a rather attractive addition to your shelves (↑ on the right).
You might recognise this little number from my DIY Christmas gift guide. Yes, I do actually take my own advice and gifted myself with a “Chanel No5” flower pot. I’m terrible at remembering to water flowers so I found some very good fake ones from Maison du Monde and the vase is actually a plastic one that my local florist was using for her window displays, but no one can tell! You can download the high resolution perfume sticker here. Fake it ’til you make it!
I picked up a hundred or so “lost” vintage photographs for around €15 euros from a vendor at Les Puces (flea market) in Paris to use for my blog series “Preserved Moments of Historical Sass”. I also found they updated my parents’ old rustic wardrobe quite nicely.
Ah, one of my most treasured possessions. This kilim couch (and chair ↓) also came from my old childhood home and were bought by my parents before I was born. My father actually found several kilim carpets and threw them all together to make this furniture set. I’ve snoozed through long hot summer afternoons with my dogs in the south on this couch and it holds fond, fond memories. I picked up that vintage school map for €40 at a brocante at Boulevard Richard-Lenoir– you can keep updated with brocantes happening in Paris on this site.
As you probably know by now, I love a good cabinet of curiosities so I just had to have a little corner in the studio to make my own wall of curiosities. I went digging through the British Library’s free collection of high resolution wildlife images and simply printed out my favourites on some nice writing paper. I gathered as many paper clips and pins as I could find to give it that “mad scientist’s lair” sort of look, and spent an evening blue-tacking them to the wall. Possibly one of my favourite DIY projects so far.
No clubhouse is complete without a bar, am I right? I found bar carts to be so expensive if bought new (or antique), so I went looking on France’s version of Craigslist (Le Bon Coin) and found this bamboo one going for €30. When I have some time I might spray paint the wheels gold.
What you fill your bar with is really up to personal preference, but I think there are a few must-have staples to be noted:
- San Pellegrino soda cans.
- A box of old-fashioned matches.
- Tumblers. Mine are from Maison du Monde but I plan to pick up some more authentic glassware at my hidden antiques market in the Marais.
- A spot of greenery.
You might have noticed our garland lights. These were 100% DIY because I found everything on the internet too expensive and not the right measurements ; everything from the rope wire to the bulbs were bought from the hardware store and painstakingly put together by Alex.
I picked up those potato sacks on Haight Street in San Francisco and filled them with bubbly wrap and laid logs at the top. There are also some twinkle lights in there to add a little fireplace ambiance at night.
So I hope you enjoyed this tour inside my little world behind the screen and maybe we’ll run into one another down the Boulevard Saint Germain some day soon. I’ll let you show yourself out while I get back to the blog!