the reality of magic


hi guys, happy saturday! as promised, more pics from the archives of my trip to cali that got shelved due to the poor quality of my 1 megapic camera i had back then. but it’s time to dust them off and share them since you’ll see the beauty through the blurr. this trip was special for so many reasons, not least of which was meeting the queen of all fairy princesses, janet solomon, best friend of lynn, who introduced us.


like lynn, janet opened her home and heart and welcomed me into a world of fantasy and beauty. i was mesmerized by her way of life. she lives by the sea in an open and airy little palace that’s filled with sparkles and surprises round every corner.


i’m told she redecorated since we met and hope she doesn’t mind me posting these without her permission :p but my dad always told me to act first and deal with the consequences later. i don’t think you’ve ever seen these shots, have you janet? i’m sure we’d all love to see what you’ve done with the place…am i right, gang?


janet and lynn are best friends so it makes sense that there’s some crossover, but janet has a style all her own. her collections and art revolve around glamorous beach living and the sophistication of an old hollywood vacation retreat.


needless to say i spent hours there, checking out every nook and cranny!



she’s another one who lives with her collections, uses them, and enjoys them every day.







you can see her magical and playful spirit in all she does. no wonder her daughter noel is so talented with all the inspiration around her growing up!


janet was supposed to be in the book too but these shots were just too crummy to use so stayed tucked away for too many years. guess i should come back to reshoot soon, j?



this old pic just reminds me of her, the casual elegance of a beachy life.

janet, your home reminds me of a dream i remember vividly and never want to wake up from!

October 3, 2009. Blogroll, California, Decorating, Friends.


  1. FrenchBlue replied:

    Dearest Dewiest Drop~
    I don’t know to laugh or to cry! I truly feel like the queen of all fairy princess’s after what you just created here!! This is way amazing!! YOU my friend, have such a way with images and words, you better do your next book because YOU are the one that makes magic a true reality. It will be a top seller no doubt. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for seeing me through such beautiful & pure eyes~
    p.s. YES come here now and get new pictures anytime!! You are always welcome here. Sande is coming too, maybe then!


  2. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    Now, that would be fun! I’m replying to the above comment and I am definately heading to California so you are welcome to meet me there Claudia. Looks like Feb. as that is when it is so dreary in Canada and a bit of “Janet’s fairy dust would cheer me up. I am so happy you shared these pics of Janet’s home, she really is like a fairy princess, spreading her good wishes and lovely thoughts everywhere. Her fabulous home so reflects her personality and she should be in your next book Claudia……it is wonderful! XO


  3. Melissa replied:

    Why am I not the least bit surprised in Janet’s dreamy home?!?! I love everything she does, says, writes and finds. She is a true treasure in this world, and she is definitely the most beautiful pearl from the sea! These photos are gorgeous, and I CANNOT wait to see what magic she has unveiled since you were last there.

    Bon weekend Claudia!


  4. Trish replied:

    Hi Claudia. Beautiful…and SO sparkly. What material is on the pillows? Rows of sequins? Its like a fairy princess grotto. Its wonderful to know what you love and let it tell your story in your home. Trish


    • theparisapartment replied:

      that’s a great way to put it, trish. her home tells a story for sure. the pillows are sequins in creams, silvers and blues…


      • Katie Lynn replied:

        where can you find/buy pillows like that!?!?!? I need them!!!!


  5. Paris Hotel Boutique replied:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous! These photos bring me back…Yes, Janet has a beautiful, unique style. Going to her house (as you know Claudia) is so relaxing you don’t need a spa! Serene, with a light color palette, sooo inviting! Even though it’s changed since your photos, it’s still a place of magic! Love you both! Lynn


  6. Bonnie replied:

    What a beautiful beach house! I love the colors and textures, the hollywood glamour, the whimsical charm, the furniture and shells and sparkle! Those pillows are oh-la-lishious! I would love to see how it was redecorated, it must be amazing! Thank you for sharing your pics Claudia, and thank you Janet for letting us see your pretty home!


  7. chatelaine replied:

    Such gorgeous artwork and furnishings. Love the soft colors of this oceanside home.

    It must have been a treat to visit.


  8. Layla replied:

    Ooh! How dreamy! What wonderfully mesmerizing images- thank you for sharing this post! :-)



  9. dustjacket attic replied:

    Oh what a wonderful home, just love it! Especially the drinks table … yes please!

    I love the painting in the first pic, it would be fun to have one of those done.

    Lovely Sunday to you,


  10. kayellen replied:

    Hi Claudia!

    What a beautiful home and posting!!
    Soft,elegant,and enchanting sparkle:)

    Have a wonderful Sunday.

    Thank you for sharing in blogland!


  11. Leigh Chandler replied:

    These are beautiful pictures! I am wearing my glasses and they don’t look the least bit blurry! You are an amazing photographer, I’ll look at your “bad” pics any day of the week.


    • theparisapartment replied:

      i’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! tell janet we want more!
      thanks for always wearing your rose colored glasses, leigh!


  12. Heather replied:

    I love these photographs! What a wonderful post!


  13. J replied:

    So much texture! Lovely!!


  14. Fabulous Finds Gal replied:

    Oh, I am so glad to see these “old” pictures of Janet’s amazing home. I have only had the pleasure to enjoy the “updated” version in person, which is truly breathtaking. But, I’d take either version…. please!! It’s all just so FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing Claudia!

    Fabulous Finds Gal


  15. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    As always , love every details !! Trish is right the cushions look wonderful


  16. Vicki Archer replied:

    Totally and utterly gorgeous…xv


  17. Katie Lynn replied:

    love love love love love!


  18. koralee replied:

    Oh my goodness…I can’t believe the loveliness found in Janets home! I adore her blog and on line shop and I always knew her home would be amazing but this is beyond amazing…a million thanks for sharing such beauty! She is a dear and always leaves me such sweet comments on my blog! Just popped over from her blog and so very glad I did! Now I have found you too….yahoo!


  19. Noel replied:

    Claudia this is so special~ It brought back such great memories for me. Some of these photos made me laugh and some almost cry! For the stories that go back to the journey it took to get that piece that my mom had to have! ;) hehe, I was always there.
    You are so wonderful Claudia and see a special light in others! Thank you for posting and sharing. As so much has changed, yes. But the energy and love remains the same.



  20. g replied:

    Just gorgeous. Like Janet. Not at all surprising as they ooooze Janet.


  21. Judith replied:

    Oh my goodness!!! What a heavenly post and and what a truly special touch Janet has! Her home sparkles like she does! She is just the sweetest and thoughtful person! I adore this post and the special details Janet adds to her home & life! I love it! I can’t wait to see what you capture when you visit her again!


  22. Chessa replied:

    I am always reminded, with each visit, why I love your blog so much. I love your aesthetic. These are so beautiful.. what a gorgeous house. The decor is stunning and the space so livable. thank you so much for sharing such beauty and for inspiring me!


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