Of books, paper, maps & other wonders

Foundation series by Harper Voyager

Foundation series by Harper Voyager

Has it ever happened to you to be deeeeep in a book and suddenly, you realize you might have actually read that book before? Well, I thought that would never happen to me and surprisingly I experienced this recently with the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. (more…)

Black and white notebooks

Black & white notebooks

I’ve been collecting notebooks for a while now, and last time I checked my collection, I realized I had a nice share of black and white notebooks. Shopped from all over the world, blank or ruled, often made from recycled paper, here’s a selection of my preferred notebooks in simple black and white. (more…)

Where to shop books and stationery in Paris


On this blog, you can find paper addresses in Vienna, Tokyo or Bristol. Quite funnily, I never took the time to share my paper addresses in Paris, where I’ve been living for ten years now (my! Time flies!). It’s time to make things right.
This is in no way a “best-of” list. It’s simply the small and bigger shops I like to visit when I crave for books and stationery, or when I’m having a stroll in certain parts of the city. Old habits, crushes, convenience, there are many reasons these shops stand out for me, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. (more…)

Books & Stationery in Bristol

Having a sunny drink on a terrace in front of Papersmith

I visited Bristol a few month ago, and I LOVED it (and the good weather must have help a bit). It’s lively, it’s modern, it’s green: it’s enchanting. I have a thing for harbour cities, Victorian docks and wharves, and Bristol add it all. The old streets, small independent shops and quiet mansions from the city centre to Clifton village are also quite charming. The same goes for the numerous parks of the city. But, well, I’m not here to sell you Bristol, but rather to tell you about the nice shops I found on my way : everything you need to buy books and stationery in Bristol. (more…)

Mishmash notebook

Paper crushes can happen.

I was strolling along the stationery department in Le Bon Marché (one of my favourite address for paper stuff in Paris), checking new brands I didn’t know about. After I had a look at everything, proud of not having bought anything (did I mentioned how many notebooks I have at home?), I was leaving the department.


That’s when I saw it… A Mishmash notebook with four tabs (to write about as many projects), a simple design, and soothing pastel colours. With plain paper inside.
That won me over!

This is how I bought my first Mishmash product. Mishmash is a Portuguese brand who cares about design and wants to create minimalist and innovative products for paper lovers. You can get their products through their online store and selected stockists around the world.


Mishmash notebook with tabs

Papier Tigre stationery

From the beginning of this blog (3 years ago last month!), I’ve always wanted to talk about Papier Tigre, but I never found the right words. Now is the time!

Papier Tigre is a French stationery brand. They started with eco-friendly notebooks, made out of recycled paper right here in Paris. With bright colours and gay patterns, Papier Tigre stationery had from the start a distinctive touch, that something special you’ll find today on their website with a funny tone and an original design.

Since then, they’ve extended their range to more stationery and paper items, from wallpaper to planners and greeting cards. They have a lovely shop in central Paris (do visit it if you have the chance, it’s gorgeous!), and they will very soon open one branch in Tokyo, Nihombashi. I wish I’d go back to Japan just to check it out (they plan on opening a shop with a tea room and a gallery).

Here’s an overview of some Papier Tigre stationery that I acquire over the last years:


Papier Tigre notebook


Papier Tigre pli postal organizer


Papier Tigre Visionnaire calendar


Pli postal, Papier Tigre


Papier Tigre notebook


Meet the Nanuk notebook

How I like the excitment of writing the first words in a new notebook!

I’ve got this new project I’m working on, and I started using this beautiful Nanuk notebook for it. It has a red binding on the spine, cream-coloured paper, a red grid inside and on the cover as well and… it comes right from Japan, so it’s special to me! <3


Nanuk notebook


Its size is perfect (252 x 162 mm) as it’s too big, nor too small, and convenient to use.

On the Nanuk website, you can find a find a list of retailers (in Japanese), mostly in Japan unfortunately. But a quick search online and you’ll find several online store selling the Nanuk notebook. Happy shopping!

Paper Poetry ‘Welcome Home’ garland

Paper Poetry 'Welcome Home' garland

I first discovered the Paper Poetry garlands and paper letters last year in Vienna. Although I liked very much these colourful and shiny letters, I had no use for it at the time. (I’m trying to avoid compulsive stationery purchases that have no direct purpose – not easy.) So I moved on, hoping some day I’ll have a good occasion to display some lovely letters at home!

That day came earlier this year, when a « Welcome Home » was all I needed. After searching quickly for messaged garlands, here I was again face to face with Paper Poetry. I couldn’t say no this time, bought it on perlesandco.com (they have a .co.uk website too). Didn’t take long before I received it. (more…)