Personal Effects: Melanie Courbet

The founder and curator behind the self-titled Atelier Courbet, SoHo’s chic design boutique-cum-gallery, shares the most important items that make up her daily routine. 

“I always start my day with an espresso in my Asahiyaki Japanese tea cups. I have a collection of cashmere scarves from Mongolia, Kashmir, and Nepal that I can’t get enough of. When they’re not wrapped around my neck, I hang them on my Gijs Bakker scent diffuser hook—it can be unscrewed from the wall so you can insert lavender or rose petals or amber stones based on your mood or the season. I never leave the house without a bottle of Serge Lutens orange blossom perfume tucked in my bag—it’s a Tigerklo Leather Tote that also fits my computer, my books, and my carnets. I’ll often have one orange blossom macaron from Ladurée in the middle of the day—fine... maybe three. And I can't live without a glass of Champagne in the evening. My favorite is Krug, but my daily indulgence is Vilmart.”


Asahiyaki tea cups, $85;
Gijs Bakker room diffuser and coat hook, $520;
Serge Lutens orange blossom perfume, $135;

​​​​​​​Tigerklo leather tote, $1,650;
La Duree; 398 W. Broadway, New York, NY; 6460392-7868;

​​​​​​​Krug Grande Cuvée, $150;

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