please welcome my first guest blogger!


Laura Dowling

hey everyone! i’m in nyc for the day and taking my place is guest blogger, Naomi Cooper of Pierre Deux and FCL. we found that we had quite a bit in common, not the least of which was our passion for gorgeous fabrics and accessories. so for the first time i’m turning my blog over to her to introduce some of her friends, events and general goings on. so please welcome naomi and i’ll be back soon!


A Special Delivery here from La Belle FCL, aka Naomi Cooper, to Claudia and her loyal Paris Apartment Blogettes, to say “Merci” for spreading the word about Claudia’s influence is apparent in the hundreds of site visits we received since her posting on June 3, 2009.


This post, along with a few others at a future date (my intention was to send this last weekend but the launch of the site, a store opening, and my sister’s visit from Toronto has pushed me back a bit), is a virtual thank you for your support.


You are cordially invited to attend Pierre Deux’s Intérieur et Fleur event in our Bethesda store. All the details are featured on the invitation seen here. Don’t worry about the RSVP By date. You’re my personal guest and introduce yourself as just that.


This event will be a vision in French Florals as Laura Dowling ( demonstrates the Art of French Floral design. Laura Dowling is the principal of Intérieurs et Fleurs in Old Town Alexandria and an Instructeur Associé of L’Ecole des Fleurs in Paris. She writes and lectures frequently on flowers and her exquisite designs have been featured in several magazines. Her portfolio is breathtaking and her talent has been recognized on Capital Hill where Laura’s designs have transformed the White House into a Flower Garden.

On Monday, July 15, 2009 from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Laura Dowling will be demonstrating the art of French Floral Design.


The Bethesda store will be transformed into a green room. Laura has created several arrangements that will be integrated into Pierre Deux’s signature room vignettes. She has generously donated the bouquets from the event as raffle prizes for the guests.

I do realize that many of you do not live in Bethesda or the surrounding DC area and I have not forgotten about you. Laura’s friend, photographer Kevin Allen, ( will be snapping photos at tomorrow’s event. I will post the images on my next Guest Blog post when I continue my thank you note to you.

In the meantime, sit back, relax, pour yourself an Elderberry cocktail, and enjoy some of Laura’s other designs.

I will bid you adieu with one of my new favorite sources for inspiration.


photos by Heather Waraksa

Laura turned me on to, a chic blog for the style obsessed bride. Its author, Abby, who like all of us is forever in search of inspiration, turned me on to

I absolutely love how elsje styled this wedding. The décor is eclectic combining many different design styles and elements, yet it feels very light, exuding chic summer wedding bliss. Unfortunately, for both my parents and me :(


Yes, I am the daughter of a neurotic mother and a father with a relaxed demeanor (except when it comes to his oldest daughter’s string of unfit boyfriends). A wedding is not in the near future but that doesn’t mean some of these pieces can’t integrate into life.

I didn’t have to look far. I found the urns, bell jars, urns, cache pots both metal and white ceramic, and the glass candlesticks in’s Crème Fraiche and Bohemian collections.


Tuscan Bell jar,


Glass Candlestick,


hey guys, it’s me claudia back again! thank you to and from Naomi for taking the time to put this together. i won’t be able to make it to the flower bonanza but am looking forward to the pics, your next post and doing some fun things together. (she wants me to host an event in, you’re invited of course) more on that exciting prospect to come!
funny cause as you may know, i’ve been cleaning up shop and the only swatches i’ve been toting around are pierre deux. one’s a leopard to die for! anyway hope you all enjoyed your sub!

ps i have more stuff for the giveaway here in the city, (ribbons and textured swatches, and stuff). if you’re interested in just leave a comment and i’ll split it up and send it out tomorrow before i leave. bon nuit!

June 15, 2009. Uncategorized.


  1. Deborah Milne replied:

    How I wish I could be there in Bethesda for the Grand Opening. I will be sitting @ home with my Elderberry cocktail! Many wishes & good thoughts on your special day.

    ♥ deb


  2. meg manion silliker replied:

    why does bethesda have to be so far from boston!!! sounds like it will be an incredible time.


  3. Nicolette replied:

    They should do a tour with those designs! How else can the rest of us enjoy them?


  4. theparisapartment replied:

    hi guys, it was a smash she tells me. nicolette, that’s a great idea, if they went to bethesda they may go anywhere (no offense, bethesda)!


  5. Bonnie replied:

    Thank you for sharing your blog with ever so stylish and sophisticated Pierre Duex and FCL Style. This is a beautiful post with so many inspiring arrangements and ideas. Thank you Naomi! I hope everything is going well in NY!


  6. Ruth replied:

    Hi There,
    While reading one other of my fav’s blogs, she recomended this one – it’s in french -just started…….upon reading it (after getting it translated in babel)I immediately thought of you….. so here’s the addres, just in case you’re interested.


  7. Ingrid Mida replied:

    Wow!! I wish I could go to the opening. I can hardly wait to see the photos. What talent!


  8. YSLGuy replied:

    Makes me wish I still lived in DC


  9. allyn replied:

    I really enjoy your blog! This post is a perfect example of why. I also just bought my first home and in decorating it I often look to your site for pictures and ideas that inspire me to reach for some beautiful looks. thank you!


  10. Judith replied:

    Those images are so pretty I can almost smell the flowers! I love the image made with potato. I wish I could be at the event it sounds heavenly! Good luck and best wishes! Great post!


  11. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    I wish I could be abble to come. Love these arrangements. CAn’t wait to see more pictures


  12. Cris replied:

    Wow – love the flowers and the FCL site. Thank you Claudia!


  13. Pamela replied:

    Oh my brain is exploding in fireworks of ideas from looking at these amazing photographs. Is that a potato wreath?! I must do that. And soon.


  14. laurie replied:

    i’ve enjoyed your blog for quite some time. i’ve a question for you. i’m taking my first trip to europe in a few weeks and i’m traveling alone. i’ll have been in italy at a cooking school and i have an overnight lay-over in paris. can you suggest a simple but save place for me to stay? and maybe a possible suggestion of a plan to see a bit of paris with only a few hours like this?
    thought maybe you would have some good ideas. i’m a bit nervous traveling alone!
    thanks, all suggestions welcome!


  15. lenoxave replied:

    Everything is just so lovely. Your blog runneth over with sheer gorgeousness. I wish I could be in Bethesda, but look forward to the re-cap after the event.


  16. Lisa Golightly replied:

    So wish I was there to inhale all the wonderful scents and beauty all at the same time !



  17. Tania McCartney replied:

    Chère Claudia,
    I am delighted to award you one of the first on my inaugural Cup-of-Tea-Cruising Blog Awards! I would love to present the award to you for your gorgeous, inspirational blog. Please email me or visit
    Warmest wishes,


  18. French furniture replied:

    Great post!!! welcome to Naomi Cooper. Great choice!


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