in with the old

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hello and happy monday! is the summer in full swing for you? i love the middle of august, it feels like we still have lots of time for friends and barbecues and all the good things that summertime brings.

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i don’t feel quite ready to blog about my place yet but mom and dad want to see it and if i wait for perfection the day may never come.

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so i’ll show it little by little, flaws and all.  there’s a lot to do but it will be a work in progress.

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overall it’s been pretty hectic making the move to transfer the office and apartment all at once.

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no matter how much stuff i got rid of it seemed to be an endless process.

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now that i’m out of the old and into the new it was worth the work. the old grand dame is somewhere right between ghetto and glamour.

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an actress lived here for many years before me and it has that faded glory kind of vibe. it’s totally old school with great accents like the diamonds on the doors, a tiny knocker, and jalousie windows with cranks.

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it’s all i could do to clean and get the place in working order, i haven’t touched the office or even my clothes but just being here feels like home. my friends are coming by and they say it feels like home, like we’ve always been here. they brought flowers and have been helping to make it cozy.

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not that it’s set up quite right but having the tv and internet working is making it feel like home. when will we have a wireless world?!

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i’m taking down the blinds to put up curtains, changing little things like the faucets and sprucing up the grout.

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it’s more of a restoration than a renovation but if i’m going to stay here awhile i’d like to make a place my own even if i do it myself. in fact i’m going to attempt one DIY project a week.

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the kitchen is pretty much hopeless but at least the doors leading in have potential!

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of course it’s been fun to hit home depot, i wanted to rescue all the topiaries they had!

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for now it’s cleaning the windows, attempting the bathroom grout and see what i can accomplish today. i do have to get something on the windows right away. that should probably be my first DIY. i’ll let you know how it goes. till then have a great august monday!

August 19, 2013. Decorating, Interiors, Life, Living. 36 comments.

the maximum minimum

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good morning darling friends! i hope your morning is already off to a beautiful, brand new start. it’s pretty quiet around here. the day is still full of potential and nothing has turned it into a good or bad day yet.

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just like the water can be so different, tranquil or violent, maybe it’s our own energy that makes a good or bad day. i’m going to try to harness and direct mine today. yesterday i was kind of clumsy, today i’m determined to be more mindful.

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i’ve been feeling the need to hit the reset button and i thought it would be a good idea to start fresh this week with a post about the simplicity of white.

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it’s official, my building’s been sold so i’m out at the end of august. i’ve been working pretty hard to scale down and just can’t believe how much stuff one person can accumulate. it’s truly staggering. there are papers and tear sheets from before the days of pinterest that are close to a decade old!

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it got to the point where i had to ask: am i a hoarder?

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i never would have dreamed it. in fact i thought i was a minimilist.

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now with the move, i’ve had to really look at where i’m heading and what’s worth schlepping…

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my usual reaction would have been to start looking for a new apartment.

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but i have a friend who always challenges me to look at things in a different way.

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since i’m heading to paris at the end of august and into september, she suggested i just get something when i get back.a7ccfc9ddc6aa09c6d116ebcbf7846d4

interesting concept, but where would i put all my STUFF?

sell it, she said.

and suddenly it was so simple.

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so basic and yet a new and slightly uncomfortable idea. i sell all day long, but i’ve had a place of my own since i was 18 years old!798ac7ae317d12d7906c03c4036431e9

then again, what was i holding on to?

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so i took it and ran with it, i’ve been liquidating like a maniac, selling everywhere from craiglist to ebay, realizing that it’s only stuff and i was somehow getting emotionally attached to things that were unimportant.

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now i’m honing my collections, books, favorite paintings, linens, trays and special letters. those irreplaceables will always be with me. and now everything is out of the drawers, closets and file folders.

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i know what every scrap of paper is and where to put the very last paperclip. what a relief! it’s still not finished but i’m enjoying the process watching something that was daunting reach the final stages.

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i’ll continue to refine the stacks of papers but they are now a lot less scary. welcoming almost, cause they’re organized and that’s something i can control in an uncontrollable world.

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so i guess there’s a little comfort in all this, getting back to basics, simplifying life to the max and clearing the way to be unburdened for adventures to come!

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so with that will you join me for a faux house tour of what a white world of infinite potential might look like?

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uncluttered

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delicious

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mismatched

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scented

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airy

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comforting

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organized

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edited

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luxe

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natural

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a place to reflect…we really all need the same few things whether in the tropics

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in paris

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or the garden

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simplicity

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quality

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softness

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and love

sending good vibes your way for a white hot great day!

all images via pinterest.com/parisapartment/white

July 10, 2013. Interiors, Life, Living, White. 28 comments.

putting today to bed

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bon soir mes cheries. ça va? all i can really say tonight is tgif. the wood floors went in (mostly) today and the bed arrived so it’s almost time to spend the night in the new place…but not tonight. hopefully tomorrow but till then it’s just moving stuff to storage, organizing and staying on top of all the projects going on. still, if you know me you know i love to surf the net trolling thru decor porn pics, i’m addicted to it, it’s soul food! anyway i wanted to keep up with the clip file while having the momentum so without further ado, here’s today’s roundup.

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just looking at how little space you need to make a statement on a balcony.

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still messing with ideas for the shelves but i know i want em

and how the office will be set up is a mystery

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this shot may be totally irrelevant but i like the colors

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simplicity

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i haven’t gotten any further on the sofa quest but then, one thing at a time. i’m sure it will show up.

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so this is not much of a taste of the progress but it counts as a before and after i guess. so tada…presenting…the floor! (they let me change the carpet to wood).

it’s a rental so it was a splurge but i figure witha 13 month lease, i should love my floors. it was investment. like good shoes.

alors, it’s bedtime pour moi so i bid you adieu and hope to see you in the stars c’est soir!

May 6, 2011. Decorating, Interiors, Miami, postaday2011. 12 comments.

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