my days with renee

bonjour everyone,  how’s votre vie? lots of us are bracing for a big storm so i hope it’s just an excuse for a fun night in and there’s not too much drama!

it feels like forever since i’ve been here. i got caught up in a project i wasn’t expcting, but then, as they say, (wo)men plan, god laughs!  i’ve been spending the past few days with renee finberg, a blogger bud turned friend in the flesh. you may know her from her blog, ‘renee finberg tells all’. she’s florida girl and has just taken the plunge, opening a showroom called ‘the trade’.

it’s going to be sort of a moderne salon where there’s lots of creative, custom design with clients, mostly as implied (or boldly stated), to the trade! she’s asked me to be a part of it and i’m of course thrilled.

except that i’m leaving for a month just as it’s ready to be filled.  now the plan is to go to the maison objet and work with vendors and companies who will supply pieces that aren’t in the states yet.

the great news is our similar aesthetics and she is such a blast to hang out with. work is play!

i started bringing up some things…can you believe the places these chairs have been?! paris, ny, new orleans, miam and now boca.

it’s been a jolly good time playing with the fabrics, meeting with companies like holland and sherry and having access to all this gorgeous fabric at our fingertips. so of course this is the start of well, who knows what. but we know it will be fun, whatever it is. i’ll keep you posted on the progress. the big white chair from ‘that corner’ of my apartment is going in tomorrow.

the fabrics she has laying around are killing me! cut velvets, gold on linen, vintage patterns reworked.  i could eat them! more soon on this nouvelle projet.

ah, now…as for the giveaway: the winner of the book is… drumroll…maybe it’s anticlimactic but it was actually number 1!

seemed weird but that’s random for you! number 1 is one of my first blog friends, amy of we met years ago when we were brand new to blogging and to tell the truth it’s been way too long since i’ve been to her fabulous blog. stopping by just now to choose a photo proved i’ve been missing a lot! check her out, there are great recipies, life lessons and photos. hey girl!

ok then, tout le monde, à demain!

August 26, 2011. Dreams, Florida, Friends.


  1. Karena replied:

    Congrats to Amy!! Claudia I am so excited for you and Renee!! This is such a great collaboration. Two of the best in the business!


    Art by Karena


  2. renee finberg replied:

    i am trembling {and you know how i tremble}
    with excitement.

    i am sooooo sad ou are leaving…..
    bring back ‘the best!!!

    we will rock the work!!!
    xxx i love you
    because i love genius’


  3. Debra Turner replied:

    Lovely patterns and textures. I love the chairs!


  4. KizzyDoll replied:

    Love that striped floor!! Congrats to the winner!! Have a great weekend!! xx


  5. yvonne @ La Petite Gallerys replied:

    Wishing all the best for The Trade.
    May it have great success.
    God Bless


  6. Lily replied:

    The place looks gorgeous !! Cant wait to see what you bring back !



  7. Pablo replied:

    Oh, my… I need that chandelier…! I love it, it is gorgeous.


  8. Melissa replied:

    Pretty pleeeease could you let me know the designer of that gorgeous taupe/gold diamond fabric? Love that!!

    Great blog btw. I just came across it today and know I’m going to lose hours to this!


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