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down the street and see both. His last two Parisian addresses were 17 quai Voltaire, where he created a futuristic loft looking onto the Seine and the Louvre, while around the corner at 8 rue des Saint- Pères, he kept an 18th-century courtyard apartment for receiving guests. Those two homes were adjacent to the Librairie 7L at 7 rue du Lille, a great little bookstore that he founded with his photography studio behind, which is now owned and operated — impeccably, of course — by Chanel. There is certainly no shortage of reasons to venture out of the neighborhood. Near the rue du Louvre in the 1st arrondissement, the new Bourse du Commerce, housing François Pinault's exceedingly important art collection, is one of the great new additions to the Paris art scene. The Centre Pompidou always has some of the most thought- provoking shows, with a retrospective of Christian Marclay (through February 27) and a major exhibition of the 20th- century French sculptor Germaine Richier (March 1 through June 12). The Fondation Louis Vuitton, in the Bois de Boulogne, continues its run of compelling exhibitions with "Monet- Mitchell," a powerful pairing of the French Impressionist Claude Monet and the American A b s t r a c t E x p re s s i o n i s t Joan Mitchell ( t h r o u g h February 27). A l s o , j u s t across the Seine from here, the Hôtel Costes has opened a s p e c t a c u l a r new wing, the last project of s t a r i n t e r i o r d e s i g n e r C h r i s t i a n Liaigre, while Carita, the Parisian temple of skincare has reopened its flagship location on the rue du Faubourg Saint- Honoré after several years of renovation. When it comes right down to it, other than regular trips to the dog park on the lawn in front of the Louvre, I would be happy spending most of my time in the Faubourg Saint-Germain. With all of the de Menil and Lagerfeld connections to the neighborhood, however, it could sound like I'm a bit of a stalker. I try to put a more positive spin on it: In choosing to immerse myself so fully in the lives of my subjects, I'm a method biographer! Drawn by Donald Robertson Kim and I moved to Montecito, California, from New York. We had newborn twins and a 7-year-old at the time, which made it interesting. I had found this complete dump and bought it without Kim seeing it. Busy with babies and packing up a family, she was shocked at how bad it was. Cut to the after, and Kim gets full credit for the fixer upper. We spend the summer there and Thanksgiving. The house is behind the Miramar, so the kids are always at the beach. We also love the skatepark in Santa Barbara. We had to turn the fountain off at our house, because Kim woke up one morning and saw a mountain lion drinking out of it. Montecito is like that. of our beloved recent Texas transplants, Donald Robertson — artist, creative director, bon vivant — shares his history with the little seaside town he calls his home away from home. He unwinds there as often as possible with his wife, interior designer Kim Gieske, and five children. Donald and Kim Robertson's Montecito gardens (Continued) 47

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