Where Martha Stewart would shop if she was French.. The Scene With its abundance of dried flowers, how-to books, scented candles, potpourri and vegetable kitchen soaps, Aux Belle Choses is like an upscale version of your favorite craft supply shop after a healthy injection of Euro charm. French country rules here, and that means stacks of gently read antique books resting on knotty wood tables and plenty of hand-painted, blue and white porcelain crockery for storing chicoree, sucre and oignons--think shopping for housewares at the supplier for La Madeleine.
The Draw You won't hear much French spoken within the confines of this quiet alcove, but you will find cool kitchen gear and vintage cookbooks, antique European bed linens from $5, and authentic 1920s and '30s French evening bags in the $100 price range. Discerning a reproduction from the real deal can be difficult when everything is so neatly kept, so check the price tag for confirmation.