pretty simple

hi guys, how’s everything? it’s been a couple busy days at mom and dad’s and the good news is that he’s coming home on thursday!


i can hardly keep up with mom who’s been doing everything from making pasta to taking doors down. she puts me to shame in the energy department. it’s all i can do to blog but did want to stop by and share some pretty pics from pinterest. the talent of these everyday photogs never ceases to amaze me.

i’m into super simple stuff right now, probably cause i’m on overload. these shots just reminded me that it doesn’t take much to make a big impact.

it’s almost midnight and we have to get up early to do a little training for when dad gets back. truth is he’ll do whatever the heck he wants but at least we’ll have some tricks up our sleeves for keeping him steady and stuff. believe it or not this sailor, archer and motorcyclist will be using a walker for awhile.


i hope your days are stress free and you’re enjoying some simple pleasures


i still haven’t done a thing and actually have been a bit stressed but am gonna take it down a notch.




worst case scenario i cut up a paper bag and trim gifts with greens from the holly bush


cause we all know what really matters…


well, i’m off to search for the greatest,  sweetest simple pleasure…deep sleep! bonne nuit! xc

December 21, 2011. Friends, Holidays.


  1. Rhonda replied:

    Absolutely gorgeous images – Pinterest is wonderful for simple made beautiful. Thank you for sharing these.

    Happy dreams and rejuvenate!!


  2. Ivy Clad replied:

    I’m so glad your dad is going home. The pics are so pretty. I’m a little behind on Christmas prep & getting a little inspiration looking at all the Christmas beauty online. Happy Christmas to you and your folks!



  3. Nikon replied:

    The photos you picked are real beauties, Claudia.
    It’s so good to hear that your father is coming home. It should be a good Christmas, now. I wish you the best!


  4. Rosemary replied:

    I love the simple beauty of these images. So glad your dad is coming home. Have a very Merry Christmas.


  5. Kate replied:

    Claudia, you are a joy. Sending you love.



  6. Claire from French Furniture replied:

    Claudia Im so glad your Dad is coming home. Have a lovely Christmas and a much needed and deserved rest. xx


  7. Lisa Stoik replied:

    Best wishes. I know what you are going through. My mom is temporarily doing the walker dance as well. At least our parents can be home and mobile.
    Sometimes I think that aging gracefully means that one is open to adjustments. Oftentimes the change is not to our liking.



  8. Teresa@ Splendid Sass replied:

    Beautiful images, Claudia.
    I will be thinking about you and our family. I hope the tour dad gets well soon.


  9. Vicki Bonne Amie replied:

    What a beautiful post… happy to hear your Dad is coming home!!! Happy holidays C!!!


  10. Carole Renzullo replied:

    Absolutely wonderful photographs.I wish you and your
    family a very happy and healthy Christmas and New year.


  11. J. Quigley replied:

    Great pics! Oh, how I wish it would snow here in Michigan. Sigh…


  12. Lucinda Keller replied:

    Gorgeous images … hope you have a beautiful amazing
    Christmas with your family!

    Buon Natale!


  13. designchic replied:

    What beautiful Christmas images…love pinterest. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and get plenty of rest!


  14. cammie churdar replied:

    oddly enough, i met sophie at the paris flea market in her little boutique–on dec 4, the day of your post about her. she had told me that you just took pictures, so i finally got around to looking up your blog (which i had in my favoites list!). anyway, i thought her patchwork sofa and transferred and painted curtains were lovely and creative. will enjoy following your blog and if i choose to take a job that will place me in paris 8 weeks a year, we will definitely have to take a hot chocolate together at angelina’s!

    cammie churdar


  15. à la parisienne replied:


    I hope everything went well with your Dad’s return home. Yeah, you’ll have to keep an eye on your dad. If he’s anything like mine, he WILL do whatever he wants:)



  16. Sarah O'Brien replied:

    great pictures, simple but beautiful.


  17. Barbara replied:

    Peaceful, lovely images. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!


  18. Rebecca Grace replied:

    Seriously? Your mom is taking DOORS DOWN on Christmas Eve? Is this to make room for the walker, or does she get the urge to scrape paint and refinish the woodwork at this time of year?

    Joyeux Noel to you and yours, Claudia!


  19. Karena replied:

    Claudia, so gorgeous, I must start using Pinterest, the best photos!!

    As you are gifting Three of you fabulous book The Paris Apartment, for the Holiday Event, the additional winner is Anita of A Dreamer’s Den. Will let youo know as soon as I have everyones contact info. Thank you so much dear friend!

    Wishing you and yours all the best in 2012!


    Art by Karena


  20. laura replied:

    I love Paris and I’ve put you on my favourite blogs list. Just check out my blog. anatole france, the great french writer has given a masterly description of the french sky in his novel “le crime de Sylvester Bonnard”. When I first read that description I had the same perceptions that I had felt during my visits to Paris.
    keep sharing your ideas!!!!


  21. Style Maniac replied:

    I, too, was in a simpler is better mode this holiday season. You’ve picked some of my favorite images to show just how chic simple can be.


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