Flea Markets of Paris: An interactive map of my favorites

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bonjour everybody, it’s been a while but i’m finally back in the groove. i hope your december is in full swing!

it’s been pretty busy around here and i wanted to take a minute to post an exciting collaboration The Paris Apartment just finished with logo_af_AF

(my dad worked with them for his entire career so it’s full circle in our family and extra fun to have been asked)!

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We used our app, Keys to the Fleas to create this interactive map where you can get info on the flea markets throughout Paris including which metro to use, hours and the specialty of each.

 

 

 

 

Click the map below for real time info:

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(this map was made with the help of  air france who happen to be running cheap flights to and from Paris right now)

i have to admit putting it together gave me total wanderlust for the markets. thank god it’s winter or i’d be tempted to take a quick trip for holiday gifts.

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it’s one place that’s fascinating enough to go to again and again.

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not sure why it’s got such an alluring power…maybe cause it’s never the same twice, or that you’re sure to find something you’ll cherish forever. it’s definitely an archaeological and anthropological exploration that’s a mix of high-highs and low-lows.

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half the fun is the people who make it happen every week rain, shine, sun or snow.

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lots of people think it’s just old junk but once you get past the high or low end display you can find something special at every single booth, especially in unpacked boxes if you’re into snooping like i am

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small stuff has become more my focus after importing a container full of armoires, beds and mirrors needing repair upon arrival…

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now sometimes a button or pillbox is enough

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and a love letter can certainly do the trick…

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lately the markets have been kind of a study of the renovation of paris. they’re tearing out the old doors, chandeliers, mantles and panels and this is where they end up. at least we can have them if no one else wants them!

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i’ve always had a bit of a chair fetish and this is the place to indulge in it~

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hot pink velvet or stripped down all the way they’re just full of personality

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the deconstructed look is my personal favorite although not the most comfy. but the techniques they used to do on the inside is a lost art…

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we use foam and dacron now instead of hay and horsehair. guess that’s not a bad upgrade but i still love look of the old stuff

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and the patina of a well turned arm on a chaise or sofa, well, don’t get me started

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mostly i’m attracted to the small boudoir chairs that once held the ladies at their vanities who started trends from inspiring dramatic furniture, showing ankles, drinking in public to voting. here’s to the showgirls, flappers, ingenues, actresses and suffragettes!

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anyway it was a long time since i’d gone thru my photos. kinda like seeing old friends. they told me at mac i was a media hoarder cause i have 30k photos. but it’s ok it’s only ether. and the markets will always be an infinite source of inspiration whether in pics or in person

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anyway…in celebration of the season we’re giving away two Paris Flea Market Style books that can ship out next week. if you’re interested just say so! and now, to all a great night~

December 10, 2014. Tags: . Air France, flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Paris. 31 comments.

out of thin air

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bonjour guys, it’s been a long time. tonight i’m finishing up the last of the profiles on the women from the social media conference this summer in paris. so without further ado, and last (but by no means least), please meet one of the co-hosts and a true soul sister, carina okula.

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i profiled carina twice on the blog before we ever got to be friends. i was a big fan when i first set eyes on her magical photos, they’re serene yet vivid and she captivated me completely once we met.

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she’s one of those people who sees beauty everywhere and lucky for us she’s willing and able to document it. just her daily life provides images and content that could so easlily get passed by in the hustle of city life, especially when you’re tending to two kids and a hubby. she pulls beauty out of thin air and makes it concrete and tangible, and that takes effort.

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i’d like to channel her and have the camera ready at all times, take the time to go home and edit, work with photo programs and learn new techniques. luckily we have big plans to work on projects together including a book and creating a niche for some exclusive photos on the TPA boutique. choosing from her images will be the hardest part.

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website: carinaokula.com

of course she’s a social media whiz so check her out and follow her around just to what she’s up to.

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blog: carinaokula.com/blog

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twitter.com/carinaokula

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instagram: instagram.com/carinaokula

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pinterest: pinterest.com/CarinaOkula

i want to thank carina for that one way trip to the moon and a time that i’ll never forget! looking forward to the future together and glad to have you by my side on all the projects to come. have a great night everyone!

October 22, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Trip. 13 comments.

this just in – the perfect paris apartment

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bonjour et bon weekend! it’s only mid-august so i hope you’re still enjoying summer even if some kids have already gone back to school. seems like it always started in september for us…i’m not sure when that changed but it doesn’t mean summer is over! anyway, it’s been a whirlwind around here with lots of travel and good times and even though it feels like i just got back from paris i’m scheduled to head over again in a couple weeks. that said, i’ll be going to the maison et objet and shopping the markets with clients. let me know if you’ll be there in september too and want to meet for a cafe au lait!

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as i was making plans, i started talking with one of my colleagues (and friend), madelyn at paris perfect luxury rentals and she told me about an incredible opportunity. this gorgeous apartment is available for a full three months! what a dream it would be to get some friends together and travel all fall. i wish i could make it happen and we could all come and go! well, even if i can’t wing it, maybe you’re interested in renting it. if so, contact madelyn here for more information: reservations@parisperfect.com.

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Here’s what Paris Perfect says: Have you ever wanted to wake up each morning and step out onto the balcony to see the soft colors of morning across the rooftops as the City of Light wakes up?  Not having to feel rushed to see and experience everything as the days of a holiday–which never seem to be enough–pass by too quickly? Having the time to try the baguettes at all your localboulangeries until you find the one that is absolute perfection for you? Strolling leisurely along the Seine or popping in and out of boutiques without a hurry…falling in love with a garden and watching the seasons change. These are the moments where Paris really captures your heart and you can savor them again and again.

If you are considering spending more time in Paris, then we know just the place for you. How about a gorgeous and beautifully decorated two bedroom apartment with a picture perfect Eiffel Tower view? We know just the one that is available for rentals of 3 months or longer.

Go ahead … dreams really do come true!

see more about it here on the blog: www.parisperfect.com/blog/2014/07/paris-long-term-rental

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anyway i wish it could be us…but if it’s you do it let me know!

August 23, 2014. Tags: . Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Perfect Apartments. 14 comments.

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