These are trying times. People are struggling with life and death scenarios across the globe, battles are literally being fought. Posting meaningless pictures feels silly but perhaps they will provide a tiny lift and a reminder for daily gratitude. There was something about this Princeton-area Panera (the Panera of bakery-café, fast casual chain restaurants in the U.S.) that had me double taking and photo snapping. What? Finding inspiration inside a Panera??!! I was taken with the clean neutrals, whites and woods, and spring greens. The interesting mix of upholstered linens on the curved booth-backs felt comforting. And there was a thoughtful use of cooking utensils and kitchen instruments displayed throughout that lent a homey feel. But I think it was the Parisian Pea Green on the focal, curved bakery-front and on wood accents throughout that had me arrêter et remarquer. Félicitations Panera!
I attached three photos below displaying favored French connections to this Parisian Pea Green color.
Julia Child’s kitchen is a historic artifact on display on the ground floor of the Smithsonian Institution‘s National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center, located in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall. Her light blue cabinets appear to be a similar pea green in the museum’s dark lighting.
An Entrance to the Paris Métropolitain, a sculpture by Hector Guimard, conceived in 1902 and fabricated between 1902 and 1913, is at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.A photo I took in Paris at Ladurée Paris Bonaparte, 2003, from one of my very first blog posts, Remembering 30.
All photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.