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Inside Joanna Gaines’ Amazing Paris Field Trip: All the Dreamy Details

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Joanna Gaines has just wrapped up a swooned field trip to Paris with a group of creative women and her eldest daughter, Ella. From the very first season that “Fixer Upper” aired on HGTV, it was clear that Gaines held a special place in her heart for French design. Fans have seen her do everything from hosting Paris flea markets in her stores to designing a range of French country furniture. She will return to Waco, Texas, full of new inspiration after immersing herself in the art and design of Paris. do you wanna go too Here’s a guide to the dreamiest places on their trip!

Gaines spent an inspirational week in Paris with a small group of women including designers from Magnolia, her and husband Chip’s company, and their eldest daughter Ella, who turns 16 in October. Ella recently helped her mother with design work, including t-shirts, to raise funds for the new St. Jude’s and Gaines book cover.

The creative women took part in travel expert Eva Jorgensen’s Paris By Design trip, which she describes as a week of “creative inspiration, exclusive visits to local artists, delicious food, sisterhood and more in the City of Light”. Jorgenson, the author of Paris By Design: An Inspired Guide to the City’s Creative Side, limits each trip to no more than nine women to keep the experience intimate.

Gaines and her fellow travelers shared glimpses of their artistic adventures via their Instagram Stories. You’ve met some must-see places for tourists, including watching the Eiffel Tower at night.

According to Solo Sophie’s website, the tower is illuminated from sunset until 1am every night, but on the hour, the tower glitters with hundreds of thousands of lights for a full five minutes. Gaines shared a video in which she happily posed with a tiny lighted-up replica of the Eiffel Tower while standing in front of the real one while it sparkled.

Gaines also shared photos of beautiful shops, meals and everyday art — like the mosaic tiles found on the Metro’s subway system and the black-and-white Boer columns in front of the Palais Royal.

One shop they visited was Merci Paris, which website The Shopkeepers calls a “must-see, must-go and must-be-seen shop for anyone who loves interior and fashion design. Visiting Merci is like stepping into a magazine office; there is so much inspiration and discovery.” Gaines shared photos from the store, including a wall of built-in black bookshelves and a modern living area with a huge wooden coffee table.

Gaines also shared a gorgeous snap of dozens of creative bouquets lined up in front of Monceau Fleurs, a quaint flower shop in a charming blue building, as well as a video of Ella walking under a weeping willow tree, which appears to be the one in the Square du Vert Galant , a site on the Seine with a quaint cobblestone walkway and special views of various architectural gems.

Even the photos of the meal Gaines shared looked like works of art. She shared snaps on her Instagram Stories of crepes at Breizh Cafe, French onion soup at Au Pied de Cochon, a picnic of fresh cheese, baguettes and veggies and salads on Sunday in Soho — a cute cafe run by a New York City couple opened .

One of the coolest aspects of the Art & Design tour was the experiential learning. Gaines and her companions could delve into artists’ homes or studios, and even take mini-courses in their craft.

Gaines was particularly taken by visiting artist Nathalie Lete at her eclectic, colorful Paris studio, which she described as “a dream.” In the US, Lete’s art features on many home design products at Anthropologie. Gaines shared several photos of the quirky studio and close-ups of her art.

Above one depicting a little girl walking through a forest of giant fairytale mushrooms, Gaines wrote, “I want to live among the mushrooms.”

In another photo of whimsical cat-in-clothes paintings and ornaments, Gaines wrote, “I think I need a cat now.”

The group also took part in a perfume-making workshop at the home of Francophile Chelsea Brady and decorated cakes with fresh flowers with dessert master Frank Adrian Barron, author of the new book Sweet Paris.

Jorgensen’s Paris By Design tours cost around US$5600 per person, not including airfare. The October trip is sold out, but she has a waiting list on her website for those who want to inquire about future dates.

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