Whether braving the enormous Marche aux Puces St. Ouen flea market or browsing a local brocante, visiting a Paris flea market is becoming a must-do for those visiting Paris. But, knowing exactly what to do can be intimidating so I’m sharing an interview with Annie Brahler of the interior design house Euro Trash to give you a professional’s insider tips.
Annie has appeared in House Beautiful and Country Living magazines as well as styled events in Paris. She searches Europe for the best undiscovered treasures that she then imports back to the United States to give new life. Annie believes that “everyone should celebrate their own personal style.”
How did you get started as an importer and interior stylist?
I started my career quite by accident like a lot of people with a passion for something. After I purchased a Beaux Arts style historic home, the first thing I did was remove all the artificial bits that had been used to decorate the massive structure over the years. The time I spent doing that demolition work on my own was hard work, but it taught me to get to know a space intimately before deciding on how to proceed with its refurbishment or design. By the time I had spent a full year stripping the home back to it’s original surfaces, I knew I had to do the architecture justice and be just as honest and unapologetic in my design as the home I felt so much a part of now. I have always been drawn to authenticity in all things. I don’t mean that to say the things I am drawn to are expensive, just real.