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Where does Florence Servan-Schreiber, the writer and speaker of happiness live?

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Where does Florence Servan-Schreiber, the writer and speaker of happiness live?

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In his new book Kiff dinnerFlorence Servan-Schreiber invites us to her table. So, Côté Maison invited herself to her home, in "her kingdom", in the heart of the historic district of New Athens! Interview of an expert of happiness who turns out to be also an inveterate chineuse.

His speciality ? Positive psychology! Forerunner of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), Florence Servan-Schreiber connects the bestsellers. After Three kifs per day, Power Potato, she just went out Kiff dinner always at Marabout's. Its Parisian interior is heaven for grown-up children and Yes Yes mushroom: powder pink peas on the walls, furniture with rounded shapes, giant improbable trinkets. Her other passion of which she even made a specialty, a few years ago, and a teaching of personal development: the curtains! Without further ado, en route to his kingdom we could be surprised to hum "The melody of Happiness" ...

Decorating details at Florence Servan-Schreiber

Florence Servan-Schreiber

Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: My office and the kitchen is tied. In the first, I am surrounded by my favorite toys and I write, while I share the second with the people I prefer in the world, and I cook there.

Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?

Florence Servan-Schreiber : I live in the mushroom Yes-Yes. All the furniture is round and the giant trinkets. It is true. I chine all the time.

Decorating details at Florence Servan-Schreiber

Florence Servan-Schreiber

The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: Choose from: Playmobil maharadja, my size, a 1-meter-tall braided news paper angel, a soccer ball under a bell, a vase in the shape of a calf, a bunch of windmills, the Statue of Liberty monochrome in legos, etc.

Decorating details at Florence Servan-Schreiber

Florence Servan-Schreiber

An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: A sculpture of Buddy di Rosa: Alexander. It's a canary yellow plump fish that looks like my husband. My husband is a canary.

Your favorite color in your home?

Florence Servan-Schreiber : Pink peas powder walls, furniture, and shades of my office.

Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: A garland of paper crayfish: useful!

The kitchen, rather open or closed?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: Closed because of load-bearing walls. But it opens onto a balcony overlooking the sky, in which the Sacred Heart flies. My kitchen is open.

Decorating details at Florence Servan-Schreiber

Florence Servan-Schreiber

A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?

Florence Servan-SchreibeA: Clams with chorizo. Which requires planned improvisation because we never have both at home at the same time.

And the TV, in which room ?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: In the living room, but what is naughty!

Do you live with music or rather in silence?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: In silence in my office, in elevator music in the kitchen.

Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?

Florence Servan-Schreiber : Help ! Both are stuffed with dreadful chemicals. In winter, I track viruses with eucalyptus essential oil, and smells in the kitchen with thyme and lemon slices heated in a pan. Possibly, a spray of essential oils for wet rooms. Let's stop consenting to poison ourselves.

Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?

Florence Servan-Schreiber : I have a weakness for the curtains, but I pinch my fingers in the shutters. I have been rideaulogue * at one time in my life. I taught my students to invent unique curtains. It was an excellent personal development exercise.

What is on your bedside table?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: A dawn simulation lamp, an iPad and a pair of glasses. The ipad is both my library and my teletransporter to communicate with my expat children.

A deco trick or storage?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: A spice organ: I arrange dry ingredients and spices in large glass jars on a shelf at the height of my eyes. I grab them, shake them, unscrew them, and replace them with big gestures as I prepare my potions. These are my favorite color pencils.

Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: Especially not. More space would mean more objects. I have a lot of gratitude for my mushroom as it is.

Rather orderly or messy?

Florence Servan-Schreiber: Both. No mess, but accumulations. I am a bit like sea bream. If something is tidy and out of sight, I do not remember. So many things remain visible.

Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

Florence Servan-Schreiber : Flowered balcony, and cut flowers. When my rhododendron matures in the spring, I am moved. But indoor green plants and I do not get along very well. I have no intuition about them. I need help from heaven and seasons for my planters.

Decorating details at Florence Servan-Schreiber

Florence Servan-Schreiber

Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?

Florence Servan-Schreiber:

- www.recyclingparis.com for its spiritual wall lights;

- The flea market of the rue de Bretagne which takes place twice a year;

- Bonton for his so-called children's bedroom lighting;

- The basement of the BHV-Marais to raise the beds, illuminate the balconies, hang everything and ask all kinds of DIY problems that we do not really have.

* curtain specialist.

Florence Servan-Schreiber's news:

- To read: his new book Kiff dinner, Marabout (September 2015)

- To listen: his lectures

- To practice: his workshops

For more information: www.florenceservanschreiber.com

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