Vanessa and Alex are the duo behind the smart Anglo-Saxon blog, Messy Nessy Chic ! Vanessa, aka Nessy, is the writer and Alex is the manager. The interior of their Parisian apartment in Saint-Germain reflects their aesthetic: a rock’n’roll spirit that creates an unpretentious Bohemian style. From their apartment, which doubles as their office, they pore over the best Paris has to offer. Vanessa offers her vision of Paris for English-speakers seeking exciting new places to visit or patronise. At any time of day, Vanessa, ever the socialite, will tell her readers about a good neighbourhood restaurant or their last trip to Italy so that they do not feel like tourists when the step out of their front doors. This is a great idea for a blog that even Parisians might like to read.
Vanessa, why Messy Nessy Chic?
My father called me Nessy for as long as I can remember and Messy because, well I can be quite messy, and a little bit all over the place– and this definitely reflects the curation of content on my blog, because I’m interested in so many different things, but in the end, I think it somehow manages to come out in a Chic little package.
Could you present your style in 3 words?
Nostalgic, Do It Yourself and little Messy!
Where do you go bargain hunting?
Working online so much I browse Etsy a lot for vintage and unique home accessories. Then of course any brocantes– Alex does the bargaining and he used to work in fashion making shoes so he knows more about the quality of fabrics and leathers. You can find us thrifting anywhere from the Village Saint Paul or the marché Vernaison of les Puces in Paris, to roadside junk shops in California. Travelling is always a good excuse to bring home a special souvenir.
Where did you find your furniture for your home?
One of my favourite new piece is my lamp from Zara Lobo. She’s a local independent artisan I met at a Salon du Vintage in Paris, making lamps from old map prints. My Kilim couches and my coffre were given to me by my parents from my childhood home in Provence. My curiosities wall was a small DIY project, I printed out old wildlife illustrations from museum archives attached them with paper clips and laundry clips from the art supply shop.
Your secret address in Paris?
Paris has so many secrets, it’s become the favourite part of job to seek them out. So I’ll give you three! To eat: l‘Étage de Pastavino. 1 secret restaurant you can find at the top of the staircase at the back of an Italian deli.
To see: Musée de la Chasse in the Marais, a beautiful museum of taxidermy and cabinets of curiosities. It’s never crowded, a place I think you could bump into Wes Anderson and have a quiet conversation in front of a giant stuffed polar bear. To shop: La Galcante. A hidden archive of old print, from vintage school maps to New Yorker magazines from the 1960s.
Credits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily