I’m always in search of chic accents to add some unique charm to everyday home life, and am guilty of an affinity towards anything European. I was happy to come upon Famille Summerbelle, a family-run company based in the UK. All products are thoughtfully designed by Julie Marabelle who has a background in Fine Art and Theatre Design, which is apparent in the vibrant color and artistry. The beautiful city prints and cut-outs are so whimsical, I couldn’t resist the renditions of my favorite cities, New York and Paris. My hand screen-printed silver print arrived from across the pond and I immediately began marveling over the nuances that only a New Yorker would recognize! The details are amazing- the tramway going to Roosevelt Island is so cute, as is the guitarist playing tunes in the East Village. I’m dreaming of summer days and outdoor bands!
The piece de resistance is the beautiful Paris cutout, so delicate and detailed! The laser cut out map adds an extra dimension to the city, and is an exact replica of an original Famille Summerbelle hand paper cut of Paris. I love reliving my time in Paris and its various arrondissements as the map highlights each neighborhood’s characteristics and attractions. Each piece is individually initialed and dated, and comes wrapped beautifully in art paper enveloped in tissue and a bow. The detail of the couture dress in the 8e makes me smile, and the bicyclist with a pipe in his mouth is just as quirky as the real thing.
It’s so much fun to serve brie on my Paris tray which has a few fun scenes of Parisian life printed on Scandinavian birch wood from renewable forests. I’m always looking for excuses to use it on a daily basis since it’s the perfect size for either a biscuit and tea or a place of charcuerie. A reminder of Paris is never far away!