Paris… Astier de Villatte

September 19, 2012



I know you know that Astier de Villatte is one of my favourite stores in Paris… But I can’t help talking about it… I just love it… Their exhibition at the Maison & Objet was as beautiful as you can imagine… with stand out pieces by John Derian… the New York artist who hand makes the highly desirable decoupage plates, platters, bowls, paperweights and coasters… Derian and Astier de Villatte have been collaborating together for some time now and the collections only get better and better… The painted china is a break away from the traditional all white that Astier de Villatte is so well known for and John Derian’s quest for fabulous imagery has made these pieces so unique and so collectable.



I can’t remember a time in Paris without a trip to the rue Saint Honoré and a browse in Astier de Villatte… I don’t always buy something…  I often browse.

The china… the plain, the painted and the marbleized pieces of Derian… the decoupage… Especially the hand lettered styles and the botanicals… they are stunning… on a table or even grouped as a scene on a wall.

The diaries… I can’t live without mine… it’s not a hi-tech system that is for sure… but I have grown accustomed to these beautiful hand printed agendas from Astier de Villatte… and besides it is a very good excuse for a visit.


Do you still write down your appointments… or are you way beyond a pen and paper? xv

Astier de Villatte

173, rue Saint Honoré

75001 Paris

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  • Those pansy mugs look so beautiful.
    Unfortunately, I don’t keep an agenda anymore…. everything is in my Iphone now. It’s so nice to write things down in an agenda …. you can always go back to them years after. Lovely photos.

  • Karen in CT says:

    … everything looks lovely … nice post as usual … fun in the city … and home will seem welcome … best of all worlds

  • Karen in CT says:

    P.S. the colorful diaries on the bottom picture, where to find those? … they are charming. Thanks as always

  • Hi Vicki!
    Beautiful photos as always. What a romantic collection!
    I am a pro paper agenda, definitely and forever. Sometimes people look at me as if I were an alien. I might be the last one (with you) on this planet to have a traditional agenda but I don’t care. It’s a fun paradox when you think it: one can obviouly love the web and all that goes with it and be very old fashioned on certain things…
    Have a great day,

  • quintessence says:

    I adore Astier de Villatte, although I’ve never been to the store in Paris. Their website is brilliant!! And I love John Derian as well – he always has something beautiful up his sleeve. I saw Iris Apfel at his booth at the NY Gift Show.

  • Corinne says:

    My kind of place, without doubt. I have a passion for dish wear, serve wear, glass and little accoutrement. It is very hard for me not to purchase at least one little thing. Actually, I am heading for a similar shop today, I have a coupon that expires tomorrow! Oh, my!

    I keep mini-calendar journals, have for many years. I can look back and see the main events of the day, the mundane events very often and even what I cooked or where we ate dinner for dinner. I like to record friend and family moments there and sometimes just a phrase or two that defines that moment. It is a nice opportunity to take quick glimpses to remember special moments of life. Mine are not pretty though, they are spiral bound large block office standard.

  • Me too, I keep a moleskin journal on hand for thoughts and quick sketches. I tried using my iPad but I can’t It just doesnt feel right. My calendar too. I actually do both, I write everything in then input in my iphone calendar. I know not the best use of time
    But it works for me.
    This is such a gorgeous store

  • Pamela says:

    Dear Vicki
    Astier de Villatte really is a wonderful store, beautiful and quirky at the same time which is part of its charm I’m sure. In June I bought one of their jugs with a wonderful baroque loop the loop handle – as well as a John Derian flowered bowl – so beautiful. Have decided that every time we visit Paris I’ll bring back a couple more. But because they’re so fragile (even though they wrap them really well) I prefer to carry them in hand luggage which really does limit the amount it’s possible to fly home with – especially when one also has a large bag of lovely hand painted Herend china from their factory in Hungary, as we had this time! Next time I plan to buy the jug on the far left in picture 2. My first jug is currently filled with daphne, scenting the dining room beautifully, and will look lovely later in spring with some full blown David Austin roses. The amaryllis are stunning! So delicate and ladylike. Best wishes, Pamela

  • I have always loved John Derian’s work and what a perfect pairing this is–although that teapot looks like it is from Apt! But maybe that is just because I have the Luberon on the brain…

    Have you ever seen the photos of Derian’s home? Right up your alley, Madame Archer.

  • Betty says:

    I just love the amaryllis in your first image!! And all of the objects are so lovely, but who can top John Derian? Have loved his things for years! His vintage botanical and fruit prints and plates bring so much life to a room.

    Keeping a journal is something I have done sporadically over the years, but now I find, when I want to write something, unfortunately, I am able to type it faster than I am able to write it! My writing has never been very good, but I have been considering working on art projects featuring lettering so my writing skills don’t get even worse!

    Thank you, as always, for bringing such beauty to my day,


    • Rosalie Carmichael says:

      Hello Betty I started writing a journal using the recommendations in a book called the Artist’s Way and now I journal most days. I started with a school excerise book but have now moved to beautiful handmade books which are always on my list if family and friends want to give me gift. Writing on cartridge paper is a delight. Best wishes Rosalie

  • Yes Vicki…I agree with you that this is one of the loveliest stores in Paris….their pieces are delicate, unique, artistic and timeless….a perfect keepsake of Paris. I’d like one of everything in their shop!! I wish!

  • So gorgeous, Vicki! I’ve never been to Astier de Villatte. Clearly it needs to go on the “must” list for the next visit! XOXO

  • La Contessa says:

    Yes, I write down appointments!Will never move to the diary in a phone!LOvely bits there………….did you buy a pansy cup or two or three?I do hope so!

  • I am a big diary keeper, hand written! + Adore anything by John Derian!

  • miss b says:

    Such a lovely store and I can just imagine drinking hot chocolate from one of those delightful pansy mugs! I still write everything in my very traditional diary – there’s something about the feel of a lovely leather organiser.

  • Dear Vicki,
    What a nice post!!! Love the Astier de Vilatte tableware! So beautiful!!

  • Amy Kortuem says:

    I have a paper journal and a paper appointment calendar. I love putting pen to paper and “penciling” things in my calendar. It’s satisfying in a way hat my blog and my online writings never will be.

  • Sue Lenton says:

    Hi Vicki
    I love France and have been visiting for 25 + years but Paris always leaves me feeling, well, disappointed. I find it so hard to navigate my way around easily and feel as though I’ve never quite seen the best it has to offer. I know you’ve posted lots of individual Paris posts but would you take pity on me and do an idiot’s guide?
    If say I’m taking my three teenagers to Paris for two nights in October where should I go? What’s not to miss and where should we eat?. It doesn’t need to be geared towards teenagers but a first timers handbook would enormously helpful -even though I’ve been at least five times I still feel like a naive tourist EVERY time I go!
    Don’t worry if it’s a problem – i’ll buy a guide book, but I just thought that everything you love I love and so you might be a better guide than a graduate editor!

  • I am traveling to Paris from New Zealand next month. Your posts are central to my research
    … not to mention packing. Thank You.

  • Jess Flett says:

    Hi Vicki. What a lovely store. I am definitely a diary keeper. I love the goatskin diaries by Papier D’Amour. Such wonderful colours and many different options…i.e…page to a view, appointment and my fav…week to a page. I can’t wait for next month so I can grab my new one. They sell so quickly. Jx

  • Leslie says:

    Those pansy mugs are gorgeous Vickie. I have several pieces from Astier de Villatte. Like many others :) I’ll be building my collection over time. As for journals, I always have one on hand and I enjoy a good pen! All the computer outlook calendars are fine but not easily accessible and sticky notes are easily lost.. the journal helps to keep my thoughts in order.

  • Lee says:

    I love those pansy rustic mugs and I agree those amaryllis are astounding. I am an artist and paint huge canvases of flowers, I am starting to feel inspired again seeing these. I have not painted for nearly a year now with caring for my mum who had cancer, sadly she passed away last month. Mum made me promise I would paint again, these flowers have jolted me into reminding myself that I told her I would.


  • Hallie says:

    I just ooh’ed and aah’ed over these pictures. Thank you.

  • Margaret says:

    Vicki, how inspirational were the photos. I have never been into Astier de Villatte, but will not put it on my list of places to visit next year in Paris, I have just come back but didn’t know about it. The Pansy mugs are devine. Thanks for all your good information re Paris and France.

    Merci Margaret

  • Mystica says:

    Just so very pretty.

  • Katherine says:

    I wish I could time travel accross the big pond right now to visit Astier de Villatte! I adore the colour John Derian is bringing to the collection. Gorgeous images Vicki. I use a paper diary also, however I would much prefer a beautiful Astier de Villatte one!
    Cheers, Katherine.

  • Rosalie Carmichael says:

    Hi Vicki I still keep a small diary in my handbag for personal appointments, the beautiful handmade cover is popped over the ordinary diary I purchase each year. Of course the diary on my computer for business. Our challenge for our Flower Designers’ meeting tomorrow is an arrangement in a teacup. I have a couple of possibilities out and will make a decision tomorrow when I find what is still looking good in the garden after the rain. Bon nuit.

  • Anita Rivera says:

    Bonjour Vicki!

    I love the idea of a diary, always have. There are just some things that cannot be replaced by our technology, and that is keeping a diary, and enjoying a REAL romp on the streets of PARIS! HAVE FUN! Anita

  • Good morning Vicki! I am just unpacking my Astier de Villatte agendas ( Ma Vie 2013) rIght now and I love them even more. As you know I am giving several as gifts and can’t quite decide which colour to keep for myself, the red and pink I think. THough I use my iphone for appointment reminders, I am going to use this gorgeous agenda as a thought/record of the day type journal, something I have been wanting to do for some time now . The space is the perfect size for a quick entry and there is some fascinating source sections at the back of the book such as Paris and New York “Adresses utiles”. I am thinking this will be a most lovely way to end each day.

    eg. 2012 SEPTEMBRE Thursday 13 Jeudi ~ Personal shop shopping in Paris with Vicki. We did well with our “best” shoe find, I bought the brown, Vicki the black. Such girl fun!

    Much love Vicki xxx

  • Anita Rivera says:

    Dear Vicki,

    Merci beaucoup pour être venue chez moi! Amuses-toi bien aujourd’hui à PARIS! Anita

  • Kathy says:

    Amaryllis ‘Dancing Queen’ — my absolute favorite! They are wonderful to have blooming in your home in January or early February when it is still Winter but you long for the promise of Spring — beautiful coral stripes on white.

    Loved all the photos — makes me long for a trip to Paris –

  • What an incredibly gorgeous store, and yes love the pansy cups. I also still keep a journal and a diary to write my appointments, my husband despairs as he is totally bound to the computer system x

  • Irina says:

    Love it all! I don’t know what I would do without handwritten agendas and journals…and they must be beautiful, bien sur… ;)
    – Irina

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