i wasn’t expecting this

bonjour everybody!

imagine my surprise to receive this in my inbox after our day off:

Dear Claudia,

The chest and dining tables are fabulous!   I’m looking forward to getting a fresh bouquet of flowers to put in the center.

Today was the most wonderful.  We met the delivery guys, had a leisurely breakfast at Bertrands, then walked to the Eiffel Tower and had lunch on the Trocadero.  On our walk back we stopped on the little barge for a drink and by the time we returned home we were both exhausted.

We have decided we are shopped out, so we intend to escape for a short side trip.  We will leave on Tuesday and return on Saturday.   We have the bones…enough to feel comfortable to entertain guest when we return in September.   We’re happy.


it’s hard to believe but in half the time the apartment is finished to madame and monsieur’s liking, and they’ve decided to celebrate the fruits of their labor. as a couple who’d rather do anything in paris than shop, they were serious troopers, getting up early and tromping trough every nook and cranny to get exactly what they wanted. we’re two or three pieces short (the hall entry and mirror and headboards),  but they now know where to go and can build on the apartment at their leisure. claudia is here for another week and i’m here for two and it’s a bit surreal not to be on a schedule but we’re thrilled they’re happy with the outcome. for me it’s bittersweet but we have plans to visit some of the places we always wanted to see and do but can’t cause we’re usually working. we’ll still be shopping for clients back home but you know how it is when you want to see that last piece in place. when they return i’ll get the final shots with flowers and finials but till then, i wish them bon voyage et bon sante on their adventures!

May 18, 2010. Decorating, Design, Paris Apartments.


  1. sundaygirl24 replied:

    Fantastic news! What will you do with all your new found freedom?!!? I always love high tea at the Maurice and shopping in the little antique jewellery shops that are on the same Rue. Ah. Paris. So jealous. Looking forward to seeing lots and lots of seriously girly pics from you now!!!
    Big Hugs, Sadie at Flea


    • theparisapartment replied:

      oh what a great idea! i love going to chi chi places just for a tea and crumpet to take in the atmosphere. maybe i’ll ask to see a couple of the rooms and get those girly shots for you!


      • sundaygirl24 replied:

        OMG you would love the decor at The Maurice it is SOOOO you! I would die to see some pics, it would bring back happy memories of a romantic weekend I had there once, that was unfortunately ruined by Mariah Carey’s dog. But that’s a whole different story….


  2. Vicki Archer replied:

    Claudia, congratulations on what sounds like a job very well done….enjoy Paris, xv.


  3. theparisapartment replied:

    thanks vicki. well the good news is that i can take you up on your offer to visit! i come down on thursday and can’t wait to see your pretty little town!


  4. Cynthia Maniglia replied:

    Oh, you should expect that – you’re so talented.
    : )


    • theparisapartment replied:

      you’re so sweet. i’m a power shopper with decent taste who knows the right spots for bargains is all!


  5. Jean replied:

    Oh, lucky you, free time in Paris! Hope the weather is nice.


  6. Shane replied:

    Sounds quite dangerous you free timing in Paris!!

    We’re all going to miss seeing your daily finds from the antique markets. It’s been so much fun sharing the experience with you!

    Have a wonderful time down in St. Remy.


    • theparisapartment replied:

      très dangereux indeed! thanks for coming along for it all, funny that it ended so quickly but when the client is happy, that’s all that matters! i’m not going to st. remy after all but will keep you posted!


  7. rochambeau replied:

    Dear Claudia,
    Congratulations! You must be so happy.
    I share in your joy!


  8. Judith replied:

    Bonjour! Congrats on a job well done!!! Free time in Paris~~ Fantastic! Can’t wait to see what you glorious things you stumble upon and enjoy your down time! You deserve it :) Say hello to Paris for me!!


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