ISSUE 9  |  Grand Gardens

Shopper’s Diary: Odorantes, a Parisian Florist Where Flowers Are Arranged by Scent

March 03, 2014 7:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

It’s no wonder this discreet little florist in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is a favorite of Sofia Coppola. Walk inside the doorway, and prepare to be engulfed by a cloud storm of Paris’ prettiest cut flowers:

Inside the Odorantes shop, chalkboard gray walls are a perfect foil for the riot of color that fills vases, covers tabletops, and overwhelms you in the best possible way: 

Above: Photograph by Liza Bliss via Flickr.

The shop’s owners Christophe Hervé and Emmanuel Sammartino opened Odorantes, located near the Luxembourg Gardens, in 2003.

Above: Photograph by Liza Bliss via Flickr.

A black awning hints at the color scheme that waits for you inside. 

Above: Photograph via Odorantes.

A mass of roses and freesias, arranged together to heighten their complementary fragrances.

Above: Photograph by Liza Bliss via Flickr.

 Above: Photograph by Liza Bliss via Flickr.

Black furniture, black urns, black lampshades, black paper to wrap bouquets–the perfect foil for the flowers.

Above: Photograph by Liza Bliss via Flickr.

Scented roses and ridiculously irresistible pom pom peonies.

Above: Photographs via Paris Atelier.

Under glass (L), a porcelain flower in a dome. On a table (R), violets, roses, and peonies.

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Above: Odorantes is located at 9 Rue Madame.

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N.B.: This is an update of a post published June 4, 2013 during Alexa’s week of Travels With an Editor: Remodelista in Paris.