Hi and bienvenue! I’m Claudia, owner and founder of The Paris Apartment. After a few years in the corporate world of New York, I decided to go it on my own and opened a small store in the East Village.
The store was great fun and inspired a decorating book entitled, The Paris Apartment, Romantic Decor on a Fleamarket Budget. It’s my baby and I’ve had a great time creating a company focusing on the things I love. My latest book is Paris Flea Market Style and it’s of course about the Paris markets, where to shop and what to look for. I shot the photos and it’s full of color pics. I created an iPhone App called Keys to the Fleas so it’s easy to take the info on the go if you’re in the city and need to know how to get there on the metro, maps of the markets and general tips.
My business is evolving every day and I’m working hard to build the brand, produce heirlooms and provide personal, top quality service. My business, brand and reputation mean everything to me and I will go out of my way to make my clients happy.
I’m an Aries so there are lots of irons in the fire. For inspiration watch 20s and 30s movies, read books on everything from design to the study the history of women as flappers, early decorators and hostesses. I collect tiny things; fabrics, vintage trinkets, love letters, & satin ribbons, and am fascinated by 1700s France in the ‘Age of Enlightenment’, when all things were works of art and philosophies were flowing. A fairy tale world, now just fairy dust, but the objets left behind are magnifique! Even a tiny scrap of cloth can be exquisitely intricate and I love to get lost in things like that!
On the other hand, I adore the fairy tale we’re living right now, building a civilization as incomprehensible as the pyramids or Versailles. I love knowing there are mysteries we can’t conceive of that will be here to amaze us next week. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Mostly I’m happy we’re all going green and I try to create very little waste and recycle wherever I can. I visualize world peace and hope that we’ll get a grip on harnessing solar and wind energy any day now. I believe we have the power to shape and change the world to our image.
Above all, I’m glad you’re here. So much of my inspiration comes from other bloggers, creative photographers, readers, writers, armchair travelers, crafters and your passions. Thank you for your beautiful blogs and generous, sweet comments. They mean so much to me. Please say hi when you can and share either your blog or one you adore!
With lots of love, Claudia
p.s. If you got this far: feel free to use any of my images, just credit and link to it, s’il vous plait et merci beaucoup! If you follow me I’ll follow back.
p.s.s. if you ever wanted to know why i write the blog in all small letters, i’ll tell you now: it’s cause all day long i have to be miss meticulous with letters and emails and articles and and and and! this is my little corner where i can just write freely without worrying or having to be perfect. et c’est tout! ok, back to work!