Friday, March 01, 2024

Annie Leibovitz Life at Home project, Bon Marché ‘Mise en Page’


You can’t let rain ☔️ stop you from doing things living in Paris

Yesterday I went to see the 4-day IKEA artist in residence project with Annie Leibovitz,

The expo is at 28, rue du Lappe, 75011 near Bastille

The Life at Home project with American photographer, Annie Leibovitz 

She visited 25 homes 

In 7 countries 

To produce a series of portraits shining a light on the nuances of life at home for ordinary people. Unlike her usual grandiose Vanity Fair assignments - all famous celebrities.

No sets or stylists. Just real people and real lives from around the world. Hit the link to read their full back stories 

Within the warehouse complex is of course a small IKEA shop.


Demo room spaces

And a nice restaurant for a quick bite

In Ikea-style

With very reasonable prices. The popup show is on through Fashion Week till March 3 on 28, rue du Lappe, 75011.

Meanwhile the drizzle didn’t stop me from visiting Le Bon Marché’s new artist collaboration (on till late April).

Called ‘Mise en page’ (layout) created with former Colette store owner, now publisher, Sarah Andelman.

And graphic artist
Jean Jullien.

Books of all kinds are the theme carried out instore

Faux books 📕 contain chocolate Easter eggs filled with praline eggs, created in collab with La Mere de la Famille candy shop. 

A mammoth real chocolate egg, 1/2 milk, 1/2 noir had a notice, ‘do not touch’ in front but none in back. We were sniffing & giggling. Probably not practical but I wish they had a chocolate spray 🍫 

Library card fuzzy knee socks…

Amusing figurative reading lamps…

Lots of famous literary personality carryall sacs (George Sand)


On the second floor a Jean Jullien shop 

With his witty books 📚, 

Witty grocery items 

And slippers you will never lose. Anyhoo a fun promotion…

While the drizzle continues 

☕️ Or you can buy me a KO-FI ☕️ 
   Paris swans 🦢 appear to love the drizzle and muddy water


  1. Rain or shine, if you are going to rub shoulders with the famous Annie Leibovitz one must go! I loved looking at the way lives are lived in homes across the world🌎. Bon Marche being a favorite of mine did not disappoint with its collaboration. I would buy a literary carry all sac and those cute yellow library card socks. As always, thank you Carol for taking us along. 🗼❤️

    1. Anonymous7:11 AM

      Yes, the individual backstories are fascinating Daina.
      I think the project was an eye 👁️ opener for her as well.
      Leibovitz was not on sight to greet us 👋

  2. Anonymous7:37 AM

    Nice post

  3. Philip7:38 AM

    What a bizarre and unique spin from ikea. Kudos to you for finding and reporting on the creative corners of our croissant .. I mean world

    1. Anonymous8:25 AM

      👍😀 my job description

  4. Library card nostalgia. I give it 5 stars!

  5. I noticed she was absent.. She has been offering masterclass phtography classes in the past on social media.Extremely talented eye for photography:)

    1. Anonymous8:27 AM

      She has big bills

  6. Well, Annie Leibovitz is phenomenal, but I do like your photography very much too. Even though you are taking shots on the fly, your angles and compositions are always very pleasing, and you often manage to capture very interesting people too. I particularly like your photo of the pedestrian street with all the red storefronts at the top of the post. Is that a portion of rue de Lappe as well?

    1. Stacia9:24 AM

      I agree! I also love your photography Carol. You capture the feel of daily life in Paris, as magnificent as the city is, your depictions of people and daily activities are unique, informative, and always so much fun!

  7. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Hi Carol ❤️. It’s Suzy, from very French Grosse Pointe, Michigan. YOUR home in Paris would have been the most interesting place of all for Annie L. to photograph! Totally authentic, and you manage to create so many beautiful things in a small space 👍👍. Always love, love your posts, and your paintings are all over our home!

    1. Stacia9:22 AM

      I totally agree!

    2. Anonymous1:58 AM

      No way José 😵‍💫 chaos reigns supreme here 🙄

    3. Anonymous11:55 AM

      I totally agree! I'm so jealous of your space. It's YOURS!

  8. Bonnie L9:17 AM

    How fun, on a rainy day or any day, to see an Annie Leibovitz exhibit. Yay on IKEA for sponsoring it. Such an interesting topic…people at home. Wonderful!

    Love your rainy-day-in-Paris watercolor…and as always your interesting, informative photos.

    1. Anonymous1:59 AM

      Well IKEA is all about homes. Who doesn’t have something from IKEA in their home? Rich folks.

  9. I love those columns with the books on them. That would be a great idea for a home that is stuck having big support beams like that! The exhibit looks fabulous. I sure haven't seen those great blue bottles and pots at my IKEA -- maybe time for another visit!

    1. Anonymous9:19 AM

      A Dutch design group did them so you maynot see them at yr local Ikea…

  10. Anonymous11:39 AM

    Loved this post Carol. Fascinating exhibits. I agree with so many others that your photography is wonderful. You do capture Paris so well. I appreciate your sharing it with us and of course your paintings are so special. I would have loved going to both these exhibits.

    1. Anonymous8:42 PM

      Thank you Suzanne P. ❤️

  11. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Above comment by Suzanne P.

  12. Sukicart12:35 PM

    Love the fun of the Bon Marche/Jean Jullien collaboration - those tables and chairs are great. The Seine looks exceptionally high.

    1. Anonymous8:43 PM

      The Seine is high and muddy after days of rain & drizzle ☔️

  13. Anonymous5:03 AM

    AMEN, about not letting rain stop you from doing what you want to do....I GREW UP IN Rainy PACIFIC NORTHWEST, SO THE RAIN WE GET HERE IN BAY AREA...NO BIG DEAL....GET OUT THE BOOTS ETC, AND GO----IF YOU REALLY WANT TO.
    WHAT I DO UNDERSTAND, is that having as much sunshine as we do, folks don't always recognize, when they NEED TO REST? SO BURN OUT CAN BE VERY BIG AND REAL AROUND HERE !


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