Leopard print sofas. Candy-cane-striped headboards. Ebonized antique furniture. There are few decorators who could bring together such disparate accents in a way that feels cohesive, much less chic. But for Luke Edward Hall—who dreamed up these eccentric, maximalist interiors for the just-opened Hôtel Les Deux Gares (doubles from $147), in Paris's Little India neighborhood—it's all about having an inspiring backstory.
"I imagined the building belonging to a Parisian collector who spent his life traveling and has now opened his home up to guests," he says. To bring his vision to life, Hall scoured the flea markets of Paris, scooping up drink trolleys, mirrors, and other décor.
He couldn't resist collaborating with some beloved English brands, too—like Wilton Carpets. "I love the magic of hotels," he adds, "and Paris is one of my favorite cities. So it's been a dream to work on this project."
Here, Hall shares some of his favorite addresses in the city.
A Perfect Night out
"Aux Deux Amis (entrées $23–$27) does excellent French bistro food with a Spanish influence in a very cool setting—all 1970s neon lighting, Formica surfaces, and tiled floors. And you can't beat Bar Hemingway at the Ritz for a martini."
Take the Scenic Route
"I often do a walking loop in the morning, starting at Café Kitsune in Palais-Royal, where I'll grab a coffee and a pistachio madeleine. Then I'll cross the Pont du Sarrousel to peruse the shops along Quai Voltaire."
"I'll stop by the Ofr Bookshop and Librairie des Archives in the Marais to shop for old and rare art and design books. I always come away with some fabulously obscure tome."
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