playing catching up

good morning guys and happy sunday. it’s nice and early and i’m finally sitting in complete silence with a coffee and blank slate in front of me. actually it’s not completely blank, i’m posting today about some of the things that have been at the back of my mind that i can finally get to. the amazing difference between now and weekdays is that when i’m not rushed it’s actually fun. to start, above is a pic from my girl sophie atlan’s shop at the market in paris. i loved the black and pink and together. and it reminded me to that the first of my ‘paris profiles‘ series has started. the premiere article is about sophie who you may remember meeting in september. well, it’s now live on belle maison. you can check it out here, password joiedevivre. the editor is mimi bleu  who also writes the blog bonjour romance from paris. she’s working hard with writers and photographers, (so many are blog friends) to create a really colorful, image filled subscription based online (and now paper magazine) from paris each month. check her out if you get a chance. we’ve become good friends and it happened of course thru the magic of blogging! in other news, i was contacted by glitteratti to check out some of their holiday books and they sent me the two below for review and a giveaway! both are really beautiful and would make pretty presents. i’ll send them out to the winner next week so if you’re interested let me know and i’ll take names from the comment section on this post next week. i’ll try to get a few more books for giveaways next week from them since looking over their collection it’s got a lot of great design stuff i’m sure we’d love (like this one below) so i’ll keep you posted on that and see which book it’s from. finally, i am very sorry it’s taken me so long to get out the little objets d’art from the markets to those who sent me their addresses last month, but i promise to do that, i did not forget about you! and also apologies for not announcing the winners of the ring and the necklace, it was teresa of splendid sass and linda who didn’t have a blog but i was happy to meet. ok well more soon, have a great morning, i’m off to art basel!

December 4, 2011. Books, Giveaway, Paris.


  1. Ro replied:

    Claudia, Merci for doing what you do and sharing. Your words and pictures inspire me and help keep Paris on my “life” list. I’ve been there once and it was everything I dreamed it would be. I’m planting seeds for future visits.
    – Ro


  2. judy replied:

    I really enjoy your blog and I would love to be added to your list for a book . Thank you


  3. Jean replied:

    Loved the article! Sounds like you’ve had a productive Sunday morning. Doesn’t that feel good?


  4. Rhonda replied:

    Happy Sunday, Claudia. Sophie’s shop looks divine. I sure wish I had more time in Paris to check out all the shops I missed!

    Congrats to the winners. Have a fabulous day!


  5. Karen Albert replied:

    Claudia how great! What is better than a very special book for the Holiday Wish List!


    Art by Karena


  6. Amy replied:

    Belle inspiration, indeed!! Sounds like an amazing trip and experience you had! I’ll be in Paris for New Years – I can’t wait to get back there!


  7. Lelanie replied:


    that pink lounge is simply stunning. Wow. I love the coffee table- its’ legs are lovely.


  8. Susan Gosman replied:

    Love your blog – love the books! Thanks for the opportunity to win one.


  9. Teresa @ Splendid Sass replied:

    Can’t wait to get my necklace. It will be here tomorrow. That Leslie is on the ball and so are you, friend! I will post something later in the week!
    Have a great weekend. Wish I could get caught up.


  10. Nikon replied:

    What a beautiful compilation of photos, Claudia!
    Your photography is superb.
    I love the shot of the bed and the shot of the couch and books – the colors are fantastic.


  11. Marilyn replied:

    I like the black with pink in the first photo. It’s unusual to see, but very striking. All fun to look at, as usual.

    Please include me in the book giveaway, & thanks!



  12. mari replied:

    Lovely books!
    Please put my name in the French beret.
    Thank you, Claudia!


  13. Anne replied:

    Love your beautiful blog and photography! Thank you for the opportunity to be included in the gift of the book!

    Thank you very much!


  14. Wehaf replied:

    I love the wingback chairs in that last photo! They look so cosy yet still so chic.


  15. Bonnie replied:

    Hi Claudia, You always have such great pics and new discoveries to share! I sent you an email on Facebook with a link to an Estate Sale this weekend in Los Angeles with some fabulous antiques and devine dresses, very Paris Apartment. Hope you are having a great time at Art Basel! Bonnie :)


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