infinite potential around the corner


an empty room has so much power


four walls can be absolutely anything


of course good bones don’t hurt! images above via pinterest:

morning guys and happy saturday! thank you all so much for your beautiful comments and good wishes over the last couple days. i’ll treasure them forever! there was no way i could hone in on just a couple winners for the giveaway so at a point i just cut it off and noted that everyone above that comment would get a book. i have to wait till they come out but will get a couple cases and send them over to you. that’s going to be a bit of a project so we have a little time to collect your addys and info. in the meantime i thought i’d share a bit of what we’ve been doing over here.


it’s been month waiting for the shipment from france and it prompted me to rent a space at a local antique mall for when it did come in. i chose the sugar chest.  it’s open and full of great vendors and now our own empty space  is  filled with the pieces that finally arrived from paris over the past couple days.

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the beds are stacked 4 deep and the armoire is full of linens, we did have a couple incidents with breakage but overall i think it will be alright and this is a good place to store it and shoot it for our next sale.


while we were waiting for our ship to come in, we couldn’t help tap into the gems that line the streets right here in the usa. we started putting collections together and had some fun with the freedom of not having to ship, do customs, have a broker, pay duties, taxes, fees, bills of lading, power of attorney and uncrating it all. it’s amazing what’s in our own backyards. how we skim over great pieces or think we have to travel far and wide to find and bring them back. it’s fun, don’t get me wrong, but we are jam packed with stuff right here, even at the sugar chest! this little collection was based on the etching above, an early coquette.

coquette collection


we started making her a glamorous  boudoir of course! it’s been fun having everything around till it goes up on OKL (in fact i think some already is).  my own apartment is kind of an empty space that keeps changing with what’s coming in and out. i love getting to enjoy them awhile!







i keep saying ‘we’ meaning candy and me so i thought you’d like to see who our mystery muse is! these chairs were her investment to the sale! well i better jet,  i’ve got an impromptu trip coming up on monday i’ll tell you about later tonight if i can get back here. till then have a fantastic and memorable day and if you’re out antiquing locally, enjoy  the freedom of it!!

January 12, 2013. Furniture, Lille.


  1. Rhonda replied:

    A blank canvas, an empty room is always exciting to decorate! You are so right. What a lucky antique space – filled with your treasures, I would faint if I had walked by all that beautiful furniture.


  2. peggy braswell replied:

    How fabulous! + empty rooms tell me exactly what they want in them + I am excited for you!


  3. Mari replied:

    Your book is >published<?! Oh my gosh; yipping in excitement for you [and us]!
    I celebrate the inspiration it will give us to fill our empty rooms. Congrats!!!


  4. emily@UpstateCountryHouse replied:

    oh how fun! empty rooms make one’s imagination run wild! I wish I lived closer to stop by and see all those beautiful pieces.

    Emily @ Upstate Country House


  5. Valery Jayne Schweiter replied:

    WOW– That is so very gracious and kind of you to give us all that replied a copy of your new book!! I am so excited !! I wish I lived closer and also could afford to have you help me decorate my home too!! I wish you could email me- I have some really neat vintage & Antique French items that I would love to show to you also!!


  6. vintagerevivalnz replied:

    Cant wait for the book :-) I love the mirrors you have there beautiful. I wish I lived closer too. I would love to do the markets in America one day. You are right there is some amazing treasures to be found. You look gorgeous in the photo as well.


  7. Ms Anon replied:

    What beautiful things you found! Must be hard to part with.

    Very generous of you to give books to so many. Thank you!


  8. Karen Albert replied:

    Oh Claudia I am so so excited for you! I adore the settee/ sofa!

    2013 Artists Series


  9. Cris replied:

    Ohhhhh! I can’t wait to see the linens on OKL! And again, congrats on the book!


  10. Born in Paris replied:

    Wonderful inspiration and furniture! Can’t wait to see the linens and smalls. Since the last OKL sale, I have been collecting items to make my boudouir corner in my MBR. In fact, yes, I wias out antiquing and enjoying the freedom of it! Thanks for continuing to share and am looking forward to your new book. Congrats!


  11. Shell Sherree replied:

    Candy is beautiful! And what a treasure trove. {And you are incredibly generous, Claudia.}


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