who’s calling the shots?

happy tgif everyone! hope you’re gearing up for a great weekend. i’m enjoying some down time and making an effort to really edit my paris pics. as i was going thru the flea market stuff i started to notice that a lot of the same upholstery trends at the high end trade show were the same as the flea market. kind of makes you wonder which came from where. on the other hand i don’t wonder at all and believe that all trends start at the flea markets of paris!

bright velvets, two tone

contrasting fronts and backs

unfinished pieces

cottony stripes, rough burlap textures and nail heads

classic shapes

attention to detail, two kinds of piping

bright leathers

ticking, stripes and deconstructed cozy casual

box pleat seats and rough linen

stripes and linen

navy linen

hand stitching

more navy linen

bold colors and detailled frames

black and white, floral toile patterns

shiny frames

velvet covered furniture

and greek key trim from the turn of the century. guess everything old really is new again thanks to the creative minds of the paris markets who know just how much to leave on or take off when it comes to showing their wares and chairs. i’m a chair lover and it’s comforting to know that the french understand that ripping all the old fabric off, even if it’s tattered, is an art, creating a sculpture almost, so the new owner will see the history and still be able to put his or her vision on it to make if fresh and mod. well, i’m off, bon weekend!

October 1, 2011. Fleamarkets, Furniture, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Upholstery.


  1. Lisa finan replied:



  2. Hamptontoes replied:

    Fabulous! I’m with you, it all comes from the flea markets!


  3. Teresa @ Splendid Sass replied:

    Love. The gilded with green fabric is my favorite and the daybed runs a close second!


  4. Karena replied:

    I had not thought of this Claudia and of course you are right! We know who is running the show. It is a winner too! Amazing images!

    Art by Karena


  5. renee finberg replied:

    i agree.
    everything begins
    and ends at the ‘paris flea market’

    i loved these pics. the iron pcs were too fabulous.



  6. Bonjour Romance replied:

    Well said Claudia! Now I must get off the floor after swooning from all those gorgeous pieces with so much potential. Glad I’m not the only one who loves all these treasures. We need to hit the fleas together next time you’re in town!
    Bon week-end,


  7. Fiona Hogwood replied:

    That’s it, I’m moving to Paris…… You make me want to just spend days and days
    going around all these places! C’est fantastique!


  8. Rhonda replied:

    Ripped, tattered, worn, my three favorite words…..gorgeous images!
    Paris Flea Market – my other three favorite words….hmmmm….I see a pattern.


  9. Keri replied:

    I’ll dream lovely dreams tonight after seeing such a collection of pieces. I love the bright velvet, two-tone settee!


  10. Style Maniac replied:

    Speaking of shots — these photos are terrific. That first one especially really caught my attention.

    Wanted to also say merci for the Facebook affection. A lovely treat.


  11. The Paris Apartment replied:

    hey guys, so glad you are enjoying the pics, thank you for letting me know! the best part of it all is sharing with you who love the flea like i do!


  12. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Love these images! So gorgeous and yes I love seeing the old fabrics and the history!


  13. dentelline replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    I love these photos! Si je dois choisir entre tous ces fauteuils, je choisis plutôt ceux de style Louis XV que ceux de style Louis XVI.
    Beaucoup de travail de restauration!
    Have a good evening!


  14. Linda @ ParisienSalon replied:

    I saw at least half a dozen chairs and sofas I wanted to grab up and have reupholstered!


  15. ursula replied:

    You know you’re killing me, right?!


  16. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Antiques are trendy . It was the purpose of one of my post 2 years ago after M& O show . For me there are nothing new and creative on most of the stands , they just use old ideas . That doesn’t matter but what I don’t like is that they don’t want us to take pictures of their ” copies “.
    For me , M&O is wonderful for design , I love the now hall .
    Anyway , your post is inspiring as always and I love your pictures in Saint Ouen . Hope to meet you soon


  17. Elly Hails replied:

    What gorgeous imagery, this post made me MISS Europe big time!


  18. à la parisienne replied:


    I hope all is well with you. I love all of the possibilities these antique French chairs/settees possess. High gloss or chipped gold paint…velvets…it all looks beautiful to me!



  19. Ann replied:

    Oh, that Iron bed with the navy linen-so pretty! And those turquoise chairs are beautiful too.


  20. Kay Ellen replied:

    I love every photo! What a beautiful peek into Paris:))
    Off to look at more!

    Kay Ellen


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