For the past few years I have been watching a dream unfold for my friend and former shop manager Elisa Marshall. After working together for two years at a high end clothing boutique in our hometown, we parted ways and Elisa went on to meet a French man named Benjamin. They fell in love, moved to the big apple and opened up several classic French cafés in the city and one in Toronto called, Maman.
Maman is every francophile's dream. The menu will make you feel like you are in a traditional boulangerie in France, yet the decor will have you thinking you've just walked into an Elle Decor set. I knew after seeing how gorgeous these cafés were I wanted to take a peek inside Elisa and Benjamin's abode.
Elisa and I share a passion for all things French, including food, wine, design and men...bien sûr! When I first laid eyes on her gorgeous loft it reminded me so much of Provence, I was so surprised it was smack dab in the middle of Manhattan. She has such a subtle way of making her home look styled and chic, but with a lived in appeal. Her eclectic mix of antiques and miss matched furniture and accessories are so beautifully styled, it's not wonder it is one of the most photographed lofts in NYC.
I was lucky enough to get some time out of Elisa's busy schedule to ask her a few questions about her style, inspiration and advice she has for interior design.