As we would all do if we were at her stature, Coco Chanel designed a private villa from foundation to decoration on the French Riviera in 1927. She made several trips from Paris at that time to oversee its development; making sure every last detail was to her liking. Coco took inspiration from the Romanesque convent she was raised in and you can see her innovative and timeless style reflected in the residence. Her sophisticated aesthetic is in everything from the bookshelves lining the library to the chandelier in the foyer.
The pictures above were taken in the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition was modeled after the French Villa (and is nearly identical) and many of the pieces featured are the actual pieces in La Pausa when Coco Chanel designed it! The Dallas Museum of Art has beautifully portrayed Villa La Pausa and I definitely recommend to any fashion, art, and or history lover to take a nice long peek at this exhibition. I haven't always been one for history but you cannot tell me that seeing the actual dining room set that Coco Chanel ate breakfast on wouldn't make you swoon even the slightest bit!
Glossy structures, mouthwatering restaraunts, noteworthy shops, streets freckled with culture- we all have our favorite things about Dallas. Mine; its ability to stay present.
It only seemed fitting to me to begin The Abby Notes with a tribute to the city it was born in. Many have contributed to the singularity of Dallas, yet somehow, the city seems to have built itself. It honors its beginnings, welcomes its new-comings, all the while never failing to be present. Dallas is resilient, and that is how it never gets old. I hope for that same resilience to be in The Abby Notes; so cheers, and welcome to new beginnings!