i don’t need much

hi all! lots of changes and pots being stirred these days! friends came over last nite and told me to take pics of my place. i don’t know why it’s so hard to photog your own stuff…mine is never finished i guess, and to tell you the truth, i’m thinking of moving already! a friend gave me ‘the secret’ for my b’day and i just read the part about visualization and practicing laws of attraction. my focus is now not just to live by the water but to have direct ocean views (this apt faces the street with no outdoor space and i can have that in nyc)! so even tho i just got here, it’s time to move on up! of course it’s my pipe dream but don’t tell the universe!

in the meantime these wonderful friends have been filters and curtains from street stuff

i got this painting yesterday to visualize my new view. liz said it looked like a bad motel but in a good way. i loved that compliment.

this one i got at a thrift shop

basically i’m posting these slightly embarrassing pics cause it’s the only way i’m going to do what i tell clients to do…love what you have, do a little each day and know that it’s a work in progress…no i don’t have the right bed, and my pillowcases are mismatched. but i just finally stopped sweating it. today i’m enjoying what IS not what’s not! and that’s lot’s more fun!

June 23, 2008. Decorating, Design, Dreams, Furniture.


  1. Jo replied:

    Oh, I love the concept of loving and appreciating what IS there even if it’s not perfect! Thanks for that uplifting post. That was one of the best things about The Secret in my opinion was the practising of gratitude from the hear of what is already in your life. I live in a very small terrace and find myself over the years yearning for a larger space but I’ve recently practised bonding with my home and it’s such a great exercise to do. x

  2. The Deco Detective replied:

    I think your pillowcases are mismatching in a very matching way!

  3. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Great photos ! Love what you love , even if it doesn’t perfect : that is my way of life . The same for clothes

  4. Joy replied:

    What’s that saying – the mechanic’s car is always in the shop? ;) We tend to do for others but never for ourselves. But your place STILL looks good! An ocean view is your destiny though… :) :) :)


  5. theparisapartment replied:

    thanks you guys! you’re helping me will it!

  6. Kate replied:

    I love this post. It’s easy to get caught up in the design blogs and feel like you live in a very shabby imitation. But there is always at least one detail in your home (and hopefully more) that really does express what you love and wouldn’t change. Better to focus on those, feel happy and know that there will be more to come. Those designer photo shoots should make us feel inspired not defeated! I just started a blog and I’m adding your site to my list of favorites. Looking forward to reading more.

  7. Christine replied:

    Thanks for the photo of Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan. I love that number they do and found it and watched it on youtube. Very classy, understated and lovely. Two greats.
    Thanks, also, for your blogs, insights, creativity. We all get caught up in our lives, but are all exactly where we are supposed to be. The universe is working exactly as it should.

  8. Lisa & Alfie replied:

    Hi Claudia!
    I feel like you spoke to what I am going through right now. I still live in an apartment and always yearn for a place of my own. So sometimes I go through a slump where I let things go or use the excuse that this is temporary so why bother. Yesterday I was procrastinating about items on my to do list when I started shifting things around. By the end of the day, I was in love with my “home” again. Home is truly where you are at the moment and what you make of it. And what you put in is what you get out. I haven’t read The Secret but know they would agree. Don’t look for perfection, look for what is perfect for you!
    P.S. The items on my to do list didn’t get done but I got a great nights sleep anyway.
    Lisa & Alfie

  9. Paul replied:

    “Like a bad motel, but in a good way” is priceless!
    I hope that you get your “Room With A View.”

  10. rapunzel replied:

    Just stumbled across your blog and am loving it! And since I live in South Florida, that view is very familiar to me. :-)

  11. My MĂ©lange replied:

    I have learned the hard way to like what I have. Make the most of what you’ve got.

    But, I still go to the flea markets just in case I find something I like better.

    THAT’S the fun for me!!!

  12. LondonCalling replied:

    “Love what you have, do a little each day and know its a work in progress.” Just what I needed to hear. Renovating and living in while doing so can take the joy of my home. Thank you

  13. Charlie replied:

    I love your home! Your pillows are perfect and the daybed is fab! I bet you are starting a trend and that’s what will lead you to your own piece of heaven by the sea!

  14. Jessica Claire replied:

    I love the painting and how the blue of the landscape pops against the black bench. I love your “view!”

  15. simplygrove replied:

    What a great space!! Love your bench!

  16. Sue replied:

    I have to agree that your mismatching pillows mismatch in a most becoming way!
    I love the concept of a home as a work in progress! I think that that is how it should be – as alive as its occupants.
    Good luck with the secret…(I’m working on that too)

  17. Irene replied:

    Ooohs and ahhs! I so much love that painting, oh and the colors on that sofa. But the view is just so well, real. I can see new horizons opening up for you! Wishing you the very best!

  18. theparisapartment replied:

    thank you thank you! i’m getting little things like plants and shells each day. i don’t want to get to burdened by stuff here, and already have everything i could want. ok maybe a bigger bed is in order!

  19. Cece replied:

    Wow…I was missing form the blogging world for a little while and it looks like I missed alot on your blog…everything looks beautiful – and beachy!

  20. melissa lewis - off the wall replied:

    I am right there with you on posting pictures of my own home. There is so much work in progress that I am always waiting till everything is finished. But you are right… love what you got!

    I love your home and your mis-matched pillows are perfect!

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