Writer, creative director, singer, Lisa Anselmo started traveling to Paris regularly ten years ago—at first, to cover the fashion trade shows for a lifestyle website. Soon, she had cultivated friends, both Parisians and ex-pats, and after a decade of visits, had built another life across the ocean. In 2012, after the death of her beloved mother from breast cancer, she decided to seize the day and make her other life official, buying an apartment in Paris’s Right Bank. Now she’s learning to live like a real parisienne—at least when she can get the vacation time from her New York life.

Two homes. Two cities. One story.

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How It All Began
Leaving Left, Turning Right
Feathering my Nest (Fearlessly in French)
The Housewarming
A Tale of Two Cities
(Parisian) Life Interrupted
With this Key, Responsibility
Lisa’s Hood

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8 responses to “About

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I thought I would contact you as I am a casting producer looking for expats renovating their properties for a new series called House Hunters International: Renovation.

    The original show, ‘House Hunters International’ is a half-hour TV show currently airing on the Home and Garden Television Network (HGTV) in America and the Travel Channel in the UK. The series is designed to de-mystify the international home-buying process, by going behind the scenes of a house hunt where expats and their real estate agents tour 3 homes. At its core, House Hunters International is a travel show concentrating on the idiosyncrasies of the locales and what makes them special and different.

    Here are some examples of the show that you can watch on Youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reYI3L3lC-c – Barcelona from LA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOiump3__Mo – Vienna from California

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblIVLw0coE – Panama from Pennsylvania

    We are working on an exciting new spin-off show called House Hunters International: Renovation and we are looking for expats who have recently bought fabulous properties and are about to embark on some imminent renovations. Ideally they should be outgoing and fun and have bought a property within the last few years. We are looking for people throughout Europe and I thought perhaps you might fit the bill!

    We are looking to film this Summer and for the renovation projects to take up to four months so perhaps a new kitchen, a small extension, an entire style makeover etc. We have some budget that would go towards finishing the project which makes it a little more interesting!

    Please do get in touch if you may be interested in the show.

    Best wishes,


    Michelle James
    1-3 St Peter’s Street, London N1 8JD – +44 20 7704 3300

  2. Hello. I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to start from the beginning and catch up on your Paris life. I have a dear friend who is living a life parallel to yours. A media sales rep (integrated sales as they now say) for 20+ years, she too dreamed of a Paris life. She planned, saved and last April executed her dream. She sublet her Chicago apt and rented a Paris apt (St. Germaine area) for one year. She now emerges herself in French lessons, plays host to envious visiting friends and explorers her wonderful French life. I’d love to listen to that conversation if you two met. Wishing your joy, love and good health!

      • Hi Lisa: I used to live in Paris and think your website is great and very helpful. I am arriving this April to visit after being away for a few years. Would love to meet you for coffee/lunch if you are available. We can share stories about water leaks, etc. Please contact me if interested. Thank you, Elle

  3. Hello, Lisa!
    It’s Dawn B (former horn player) from Mt. Olive. I was doing some Paris-googling since one of my daughters (yes, daughters) is in England this year and plans to visit Paris over spring break…and came across your blog!
    I’m sorry to read about your mom; I remember some gatherings (post-Pax?) at your house, and always enjoyed her presence. A lovely lady who never seemed to mind – and even seemed to enjoy – a houseful of theater teens…(which, now that I have my own, I really appreciate!).
    Do you have any suggestions on places to look for a decent youth hostel for my daughter and her friends? You two should also meet some day – she, too, sings opera!
    Glad to read you’re well, and wishing you many beautiful memories of your mom!


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