mixing business with pleasure


hi guys! it’s been a busy week and there’s lots of news to share in a day or so. today is just a note to say hi and indulge in a scrapbook moment from my spring tour in paris which is featured in october’s travel and leisure magazine! it’s a great excuse to dig thru the pics and thank everyone who was involved.


we had a ball running around and did not hold back while we were shooshed and laughed and skipped through the streets for days. the shots above were taken by anthony of oneandonlyparisphotography.com. i hoped that they’d use some in the article but oddly enough, they sent someone the next weekend to shoot the markets. i’ll never understand that but, whatever!


this was our group, toma, the antiques diva met us at a couple brocantes she had up her sleeve, lynn yaeger wrote the article and kim and kyle shopped with impeccable taste and got the gorgeous gems below (just a small sampling)!



so anyway, it’s nice to have a passion-turn-business and see the fruits of a lot of labor with an article like this.

my next trip to paris in january for the maison et objet and again in the spring, (dates tbd).

join the diva for the Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons on the île de Chatou this year or next.

or come with me, you know you’re always welcome to join anytime i’m there as my guest, bloggers have carte blanche!

Paris Apartment Custom Shopping Expeditions

Travel and Leisure article

September 25, 2009. Antique Shopping, Fleamarkets, Paris, Press.


  1. Paisley replied:

    Looks like you had a wondeful time! The things you ladies picked up are to die for!


  2. Lauren replied:

    Can I just quickly tell you how jealous I am!?


  3. Julie (Fabulous Finds Studio) replied:

    Looks like you girls had a ton of fun and you looked super chic while doing it!
    Have a fabulous day!


  4. Chrisy replied:

    Just heaven! That third photo is gorgeous…heading off to check out the article now…have a lovely weekend…


  5. Trish replied:

    I will be without child next fall (weep…make plans…).
    So far I am living vicariously (keep the photos coming) but looking forward to appeasing my wanderlust/Paris lust.
    Will there be anything left!!!??? Trish


  6. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    Oh you gals all look so fab and glam! Great post.
    Have a great weekend, restful or busy, whatever makes it fun.


  7. Bonnie replied:

    Wow!! I’ll be back later to look at the pics and links in further detail! It looks like a lot of fun treasure hunting at its finest! :)


  8. Cathi replied:

    I want to come too!! It looks like a fabulous time!


  9. a la parisienne replied:

    I was looking at these photos and thinking these ladies look so cute. Why wouldn’t the magazine use these shots?! I love the yellow scarf by the way.
    I remember you sharing these gems in your blog post during your spring Paris trip, and my jaw still drops in awe when I look at these beds! Ahhhhh! I must return to Paris ASAP!!!


    • theparisapartment replied:

      i know! honestly they sent someone a week later to try to retrace our steps. i guess it’s an industry thing to do that but it makes no sense, especially since we had these and a ton more!


  10. Melissa replied:

    Claudia – you are stunning! Seriously, so chic and beautiful!

    And watch what you offer because I might just take you up on a visit to Paris when you are in this amazing city! Spring 2010, we plan to be there.



    • theparisapartment replied:

      really? thank you! i did get the outfit while i was there (figured you can’t go wrong with a faux chanel jacket and navy stripes)! i hope you do come along, michelle, i’d love to see things with your great design eye!


  11. a la parisienne replied:

    I just read part of the article! I am definitely bookmarking it. I love Lynn’s humorous tone in the article. I think that it’s funny that you saved her heart from falling for an antique chamber pot holder!


    • theparisapartment replied:

      lynn is sooooo silly and such a character, you can imagine what it’s like running around paris with her. and she collects everything from baby dolls to vintage couture to chamber pots so it makes for incredibly amusing times!


  12. Renovation Therapy replied:

    The woman with the very short red hair, I see her on the subway in NYC often. She must live near me. How funny to run across her picture online!

    I’m headed back to Paris in 2 weeks and am so excited.


    • theparisapartment replied:

      hey guys! glad you liked the article, lynn is beyond hilarious and really a one of a kind character! she’s the one with the red hair, nuf said?


  13. Carol replied:

    love the pic of you in the mirror!


  14. The Antiques Diva replied:

    How fun to see my picture on one of my favorite blogs Paris Apartment- and even better, how fun to meet one of my favorite bloggers Claudia in real life!!!

    Having Anthony of One & Only on hand taking pics was sensational… there’s nothing to make you feel like a real diva than having a professional photographer follow you all day shooting & clicking away!

    That was a crazy, dazy weekend!

    Your Maison Object trip sounds sensational – especially as I know you’ll combine it with so many fun & exciting flea market finds along the way! And thanks by the way, for mentioning my Paris Ham Fair Flea Market trip… it starts this weekend and we’re going to “Ham it up”!!!

    All my best,


  15. Gwyn replied:

    What a wonderful time you girls had! Your photos are just gorgeous! Thank you so much for producing such a beautiful blog! I warmly invite you to visit me at any time at my blog!
    Hugs, Gwyn


  16. dustjacket attic replied:

    You girls look like you having so much fun, what fabulous pictures. I just adore the blue in the last picture.

    Thank you for including The Attic in your reading list, hope you will enjoy your time there.


  17. Charlie replied:

    What an attractive group of women! Lynn Yaeger is one of my favorite people in fashion! I’ve never met her but have seen her in interviews and she has such an amazing sense of humor. These are marvelous, thank you for sharing them!

    Hope you’ve had an awesome weekend!!


  18. YSLGuy replied:

    Looks like a great time! I love all that furniture. I’d be in heaven


  19. haveninparis replied:

    fun fun, can’t wait to see you in January!


  20. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Mixing business and pleasure, there’s nothing better. What a great article. I hope to see you soon in France.


    • theparisapartment replied:

      ok well i better book my ticket early this time! i’ll look into in now, hope you all do too!


  21. Fabulous Finds Gal replied:

    What fun!! I had an O.M.G. moment when I saw that blue bed! Congrads on all that you are up to!

    Fabulous Finds


  22. lilidebretagne replied:

    Hello !
    Very good time for you !!!And beautiful furniture !!!
    A bientôt,


  23. Vicki Archer replied:

    I am all for mixing business with pleasure Claudia….Glad you had a great time, xv.


  24. Kristyna replied:

    Insanely jealous and in love with all that magnificent furniture!


  25. Cynthia Maniglia replied:

    Are you the lady in red?


  26. Passementerie replied:

    I’m so jealous – it looks like you had a wonderful time! I must start plotting a little shopping trip there later in the autumn…


  27. Francine Gardner replied:

    How fun…you have the best of both worlds..travelling to shop for business and have fun with friends. I am more of a loner during my shopping trips to France as coming from New York I have to watch (my accountant’s words) my expense account. It is a good thing that I am a fast shopper as I go, stickers in hand, through “deballages” and fairs at a fast and furious pace. Will be in Paris in January perhaps i will be lucky enough to bump into you at Maison and Objets.


  28. theparisapartment replied:

    i hear you…i love shopping like that too. if you’re going to be at the maison in january, let’s make plans!


  29. annechovie replied:

    How fun, Claudia! I cannot wait to see the piece in Travel and Leisure. Hope you are well.


  30. FrenchBlue replied:

    Dewy dew drops….
    Always sparkling and forever moving forward! I am proud of YOU!!


  31. le banc moussu replied:

    I was also in Chatou on Friday and had a very nice and sunny day. I have to go to maisons et objets too in january and I was there two weeks ago. I see that you and your friends had a great time too.
    A bientôt


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