twenty years in the making


where does the time go? hi gang, ca va? how’s your brand new year going? it’s off to a pretty good start here.  it’s officially 20 years since i opened The Paris Apartment and all these years later i’m still grateful to have it. it’s been my raison d’etre on so many levels, being both work and play, it gave me a reason to travel, focus my passion and was my very own muse. but how is it possible that every day for two decades i’ve gotten out of bed and straight to work from my 20s to my 40s!?


you’ve been so patient with me talking about coming out with a new book for sooooo long.  i’m happy to say the new baby has finally arrived!


i only have one copy at the moment but it can be pre-ordered on amazon.  of course i couldn’t resist hosting a giveaway since they’ll be here in a couple weeks,  so if you’re interested let me know and we’ll draw 5 names next week. if you’d like to host a giveaway on your blog,  just say the word!


it will probably be a month or so till they’re here so in the meantime, leave a comment i’ll get in touch with you directly to coordinate it. (just make sure you’re email is live when you leave it)


you can see some of it on amazon but here’s a sneak peek:


i’ve only skimmed it myself


and will share more



you may recognize some old friends



and finds



well in the meantime i’ve got to go collapse now cause the container of goodies from paris came today and we’ve been unpacking it in prep for another big old OKL sale.


suffice it to say it’s time to decompress and exhale this day. so have a great night and good, deep sleep!

January 10, 2013. Books, Furniture, Life.


  1. Cathy Hickman replied:

    Congratulations…..I bought your 1st book when it came out….It is much cherished by me for many years. I will be so excited to buy your new book. Blessings to you…in my opinion you were on the cutting edge!


    • Sharon Isselhardt replied:

      Your first book is on my bookshelf and I love it. I would love to win the second one.Good luck with the book. I’m sure it is as fabulous as the first.


      • Tara Lavallee replied:

        Congrats on your book! I am avid fan of your blog,!
        Thank you so much for sharing all you do


    • Maureen Albrecht replied:

      I bought your first book The Paris Apartment long ago and just loved it. I had so hoped you would publish another book and now here it is! I have been to Paris 3 times and can not wait to go again. I love your style and would sooooo love to have a copy of your new book! I really enjoy pouring over the pages and getting ideas for my own home. Please pick my name.


  2. Lisa Harris Palazzolo replied:

    Looks like a beautiful book!!


  3. Eclectic Medicine replied:

    Congratulations. Thanks to WordPress I found you a few weeks ago – Im looking forward to following your stories and success! Woohoo!


  4. Connie replied:

    Congratulations on your new book! I can’t wait to read it! I bought your first book at a cute little bookstore in Greenwich Village and immediately went home and glued glass marbles all over my bathtub! I’m off to Amazon to pre-order! Connie*


  5. Virginia Smith replied:

    Yaaaay! I’ve been waiting…I knew this was coming. I know it will be awesome. :)


  6. Marielle replied:

    Lovely! Love to have a chance to win a copy.


  7. Bonnie replied:

    Congratulations on your new book Claudia! It looks magnificent! I bought your first book long ago and have cherished it ever since. It lead me to look for your treasures on ebay and similar “Paris Apartment” decor, then to discovering your beautiful blog, and corresponding with you about treasure hunting and antiques. Your new book looks wonderful! I love the pictures you shared with us here and would love to win the book. It’s moved to the top of the list of my must have books no matter how. I can’t wait to see more of the book and to see what’s in the new container shipment too! Thank you for sharing the “The Paris Apartment” with us all!


  8. Terrie Campbell replied:

    Congratulations! I also have your first book and love it! This book looks as wonderful! I am going to have to add this to my collection!


  9. Alice Noriega replied:

    I’ve enjoyed your blog and love, love seeing your pictures and reading your thoughts……would love your new book!


  10. Marlene replied:

    I have your first book and would love to win your new book. I know it will be as wonderful as your first book is.


  11. Gabriela replied:

    Good Heavens what a lovely feast for ones eyes your book will provide!! Any girl would love to have a copy of this lovely book, especially moi!!


  12. elli replied:

    Love the opportunity to win your book. I went Marche aux Puces in the 90s. Had no money but fell in love.


  13. pineconesandacorns replied:

    Congratulations! I have your beautiful book The Paris Apartment and I have to tell you that since I purchased it 18 years ago it has been my dream to have a place like it in Paris. Although I visit Paris every year and have for 30 years I still don’t have the apartment, but a girl can always dream.

    I would love to host a give away, and to win your new book.

    Have a great week!


  14. Louise replied:

    Congratulations to you. A 20 year passion and still going strong.
    I would love to win one of your books, looks wonderful.


  15. Lucinda Brant replied:

    Congratulations on the publication of your “baby”, Claudia! How fabulous! Your wonderful photos make me want to just dive in between the covers and live there! : – ) As does your blog! Thanks for sharing.


  16. Catherine Walters replied:

    A New Year. A new book. How lovely. Felicitations!


  17. Claire from French Furniture replied:

    I cant wait to read your new book. Well done. I’m so glad you started 20 years ago. You have been a huge inspiration for me and I’m very grateful for you xx


  18. Faith B replied:

    Your new book looks wonderful. I have loved anything french since I was a child. I would love to win your new book. I love your blog and look forward to reading each and every blog! Faith B


  19. Julie Cockburn replied:

    Looks beauitful, I would love one :)


  20. Nikon replied:

    Congratulations, Claudia, the book looks fabulous! You are published & it looks like a lot of work went into it, I hope that it is a big success!
    Please put my name in for the drawing!


  21. Helen Wake replied:

    How exciting and congratulations! Your first book has been such inspiration, especially the bathroom. I can’t wait to get a copy.
    Best wishes, Helen


  22. Cris replied:

    Amazing! I’m so thrilled for you! Congratulations on seeing your hard work come to fruition!


  23. Lucy replied:

    Such a beautiful book with so much inspiration — loved the first book, looking forward to this one. Please throw my name in the hat.


  24. Jarand replied:

    I would love your book!


  25. Paula Davies replied:

    Are you kidding, would I like a chance to win a copy of your long awaited book? Of course I would, even more so since seeing a sneak peak!


  26. Chris Shaw replied:

    Oh I can’t wait to sit down and spend time with your lovely book…to win one would be fantastic! Thanks for sharing all the beauty on your blog and now your new book too.


  27. kathryn amoroso replied:

    Congrats and I can’t wait!!!


  28. Alicia replied:

    I would love to win a copy of your book as I love the style you have and the book is beautiful!


  29. The Paris Apartment replied:

    hi guys! i’m overwhelmed by your response and feedback!


  30. Erika replied:

    I have your first book on my nightstand where I can look through it anytime I need a dose of Beautiful before I go to sleep. I would love to win your new one! It looks just as awesome as the first!


  31. Melissa replied:

    Congratulations on your new book! I bought your first one from you a long time ago in your precious store downtown. It’s now well used and has a place of honor on the bedside table. Can’t wait to see all the beautiful pictures in the new one! Best wishes to you in 2013!


  32. kathy duvall replied:

    I have mentioned your name & previous book at the bottom of my I used the gorgeous pictures in “The Paris Apartment” as inspiration for decorating my bed & breakfast. I would love to win the new book, and if not I will buy it.


  33. Mary replied:

    Congratulations!! You are living the life of your dreams with your play being also your work!! I look forward to your new book and hope I can win one!! Bonne chance et bon courage en 2013!!


  34. Mom replied:

    What can I say? We are so proud and happy for you. I want my copy signed!


  35. Judy replied:

    I would love to be the proud owner of your new book! I love Paris and your blog has inspired me to start a Pinterest page “If I had a Paris Apartment” where I keep my dream alive. Merci!


  36. Smalltown Me replied:

    Happy Anniversary! The book looks gorgeous!


  37. judy replied:

    I am very excited for you best of luck with your book. It would be a wonderful book to own


  38. hellolovelyinc replied:

    congratulations, claudia! i would love to be entered in the book giveaway and am happy to host a forthcoming giveaway on my blog in order to create as much buzz as possible for this lovely new title!

    hello lovely


  39. Nancy Reynolds replied:



  40. Diane Michelle Anderson replied:

    ~ Perfect inspiration & a FABULOUS resource for myself & interior design clients~ looks like it’s off to a wonderful start!
    Thank you for the chance~


  41. Rhonda replied:

    Oui Oui, include me!! I’m off to Amazon to check it out, as well. It looks so incredible – a must have.


  42. Michelle replied:

    Congrats!! I can’t wait to order it for my store in N. Cal. I know everyone will love this book! Can you give me the name of the publisher so I can get an order in. Thanks so much!


  43. HeidiAphrodite replied:

    It just barely clicked that you are the author of “The Paris Apartment”! I’ve had that book for many years and enjoyed every page. How funny to be following the blog of someone who wrote one of my favorite decorating books! :) Glad I made the connection, and looking forward to this new publication.


  44. Valery Jayne Schweiter replied:

    Oh I am so excited about your new book- the other has been a favorite of mine for many years-, a huge inspiration!! Your book got me started making/refurbishing gorgeous crystal chandeliers and near a mirror too!! lol– I would love to win a copy of your new book!!


  45. peggy braswell replied:

    Congratulations, Claudia, the book looks soooo divine! I know what a lot of work went into getting it up & going. I would love to win a copy of your new book. Have a wonderful weekend.


  46. Nancy replied:

    Congratulations, what an accomplishment!


  47. Teddee Grace replied:

    Oh, please count me in! Thanks.


  48. katemai replied:

    I would love to have your book!


  49. domesticatedgypsy replied:

    I would so love to do a giveaway of you book on my blog! Please contact me! :) Also enter me in the drawing if I can do both! Love your first book and can’t wait to dive into this one!


  50. ARod replied:

    awesome congrats so happy for you would a early peek at your book or to host giveaway let me know Congrats again


  51. shirl smith replied:

    love your blogs and book looks interesting….


  52. aportraitartist replied:

    Congratulations on 20 Years, Claudia!
    Please add my name to the contest to win your fabulous book! Love your first one and SO excited for you! Please also send an email PRIOR to being featured on OKL! I would hate to miss it! Now go open those crates!!!!! :)


  53. à la parisienne replied:

    Congratulations, Claudia!
    Wow, twenty years of The Paris Apartment! That’s quite an accomplishment!
    The Paris Apartment is actually the first decorating book I had in my home decor “library,” and I still reread it from time to time for a shot of inspiration. I’ll be purchasing your new book as soon as it’s available as I have been anxiously awaiting your new book.
    I will gladly host a give away on my blog. Just let me know when.



  54. Catherine Burdon replied:

    The book looks beautiful, please count me in for a chance to win :)
    Thank you and beautiful work!


  55. Linda replied:

    Congrats…..the book looks fabulous. I would love to win one. Thanks for sharing with us!


  56. Rose Deutsch replied:

    I would love to have a copy of your book !!!


  57. Sabrina Brown replied:

    Congratulations on your new book Claudia!! It looks absolutely beautiful, and I would love a chance to win a copy.

    Thanks so much,



  58. dakaara replied:

    Congratulations on your new book and also for your first 20 years of bringing beautiful things to the people close and not so close to you ;9 !!!! Your book looks SO beautiful! … I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and i found it really inspiring. Have the most beaufiful day and THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH US =D !!!!


  59. Heidi replied:

    I’m so excited to have this treasure to look forward too! Your style is unique and one of a kind…love love love!
    I can’t wait for the pots of tea and this book to pour over, Congratulations, Heidi
    P.s. I would love to host a giveaway.


  60. Amanda replied:

    Congrats, that must be a great feeling! Can’t wait to buy your new book! It looks beautiful!


  61. Ms Anon replied:

    Congrats! Who wouldn’t love this book? It looks fabulous!


  62. Virginia replied:

    What a gorgeous book. I know how proud you must be. Oh goodness I’d love to have a chance to win as well!
    Merci and much good luck.


  63. Johana Kafie replied:

    Lovelyyy lovely book, I’d LOVE to have this for home decorating reference!


  64. Shell Sherree replied:

    Congratulations on your new book, Claudia, and the sneak preview. It looks beautiful.


  65. Clare replied:

    Congratulations, Claudia! This is so very exciting! How kind of you to give away a few copies – please do throw my hat in the ring ;-)

    ~ Clare x


  66. Carina replied:

    Wonderful news Claudia. I’ve pre-ordered my copy and will send you an email. :)


  67. glamourshoes replied:

    Congratulations! So happy for you!


  68. janice replied:

    Congrats! Loved your first book and can’t wait to see your new one!


  69. Chessa! replied:

    Claudia! I’m so thrilled for you. I love your first book and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Congratulations, again! A happy new year indeed. x


  70. Cyndy replied:

    Congratulations! A monumental accomplishment and a great legacy.


  71. Faded Rose Vintage (@Faded_Rose_Fi) replied:

    Huge congratulations for what looks like a divine book that I won’t be able to put down! Very much looking forward to being able to get my hands on it, sitting down with a cup of tea and slice of cake and losing myself in the Paris markets, my idea of heaven!

    I would love to host a giveaway on my blog,,

    Good luck with everything.x


  72. Laurie replied:

    HI, I’ve read your first book the Paris Apartment and loved it. Can’t wait for your second one.


  73. Lynne Marie replied:

    Just found your fabulous blog and I love it! So great to know you have a new book coming out and I will search out your first book – how have I not known about you all these years? Congrats on book 2’s publication!


  74. Natalia replied:

    Claudia, congratulations! It’s such a treat, I’ve been recently looking for ways to explore flee markets in Paris and find some great decoration pieces. Your book may be just the perfect starting point for me!


  75. joeinvegas replied:

    Another book – congratulations – it looks marvelous. I’d like to give one away – email in my links (thanks)


  76. Karen Lacombe replied:

    Hi Claudia, Congratulations on your new baby! I have your first book and I would be thrilled to win the new one. Thanks


  77. Georgette Renshaw replied:

    Love your first book!!! Congratulations on this second of hopefully many more!!! Merci !!! Would love to win the giveaway. Merci !!


  78. Dorothy replied:

    Have your first book and absolutely love it!! I’m thrilled to hear that you’ve got a second book on the way!! Anxiously looking forward to purchasing a copy as soon as it’s available! Congratulations, again!


  79. Theresa Seabaugh replied:

    Congratulations! I read your posting during the week, but time got away from me. I look forward to buying your book and would LOVE to give away on my blog! Best of luck & thank you for brightening my days with your beautiful photos!


  80. mohillmac replied:

    I have your first book right here on my bookshelf – such an inspiration! I’ll have to pre-order this one an amazon! Congratulations, Beauty!


  81. melissa fosberg replied:

    I have been away from my laptop and just catching up on my favorite blogs right now, yours is number one most favorite! I literally think only of Paris these days while daydreaming, Ive wanted to go my whole life and it is the next BIG goal of mine to make it over there with my daughter. I am sure you hear how great what you do is all the time but it truly is so special to me to wake up in the am and find one of your blog posts. I am a junker and have a little biz where I sell at some markets local to me. I live in Montana so we don’t have much of a market for beautiful French lovelies but that is what truly makes my heart skip a beat! I didn’t know I was missing out on your first book and am going to find it and order it tout de suite! Bloggy world is so wonderful this way, you never know who your connecting with and inspiring…so thanks for your lovely words and images and inspiration to follow my own dreams! Cant wait for your new book to come out and when it does it will be read by a 39 year old woman who lives in the NW corner of beautiful Montana who will dream and dream until she makes it to the Paris flea markets! Je vous remercie de tout coeur.
    Kindly, Melissa Fosberg


  82. Judith Humphrey replied:

    ~CONGRATULATIONS~ Claudia, I am so happy for you! What a labor of love this book must have been! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I am pre ordering it asap! I am so excited for you and so happy! All the best my friend!!!
    Paris Atelier


  83. The Paris Apartment replied:

    I’ll let you all know as soon as they’re here! Love you all!!


  84. Mélanie @ le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    felicitations. Too bad , I’m getting here too late , but never mind I will buy it for sure .
    It looks fantastic. A little bit late I wish you ” HAPPY NEW YEAR ”


  85. leanne dauksa replied:

    I cant wait to get my hands on your new book – have read your first book over and over. It has inspired and delighted me so much.I cant get enough of all things French particularly old shabby furniture with beautiful Provence styled decor.


  86. Belle Inspiration Magazine replied:

    Grande félicitations mon amie! I know how hard you’ve worked on this. It is sure to be a classic – you know the fleas inside and out! It looks gorgeous!! Can’t wait to order my copy.

    I would love to host a giveaway and do a feature in Belle Inspiration too when you can. Jsut let me know. SO excited for you!

    Well done,


  87. Style Maniac replied:

    ah, so many things missed when time is taken off from blogging … just seeing this now and am SO very happy for you! As you know, I am a huge fan of your first book, and this blog, so I know the new book will be magical as well. Would love to have a “giftaway” on Style Maniac, let’s get in touch!


  88. bizFlats replied:

    Love this post !! Such amazing little homes with beautiful tiny things !!


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