all things bright and beautiful

Silver-serving dish-tpa

bon matin et happy tuesday. how’s your week going? this is kind of a random post, but i took this photo yesterday and it greeted me when i popped the top on my computer just now. i wasn’t sure exactly why i wanted to photograph this covered dish before it shipped but as i sit and write this morning i realize it’s not just cause i liked it, especially after polishing it up (although my hands look like a mechanic’s), but for a couple other reasons too. first of all i imagine it’s going to someone who will use it on their beautiful table settings throughout the holidays. i can see them lifting the cover and their guests gasping in delight over whatever family favorite delectable is underneath. next it was a reason to get my camera out. i’ve heard photographers should shoot something every day. it’s a chance be creative but i never seem to get around to enjoying that aspect of my work. i was happy the background was blurred as that’s a technique i’ve always loved but never seem to capture. yet here it is in one shot! not to keep droning on but actually that was another  yet minor-major revelation…i don’t need to take a thousand pictures. finally, there’s an end result and a bit of comfort in seeing something come full circle. i’m not saving the world but i am trying to build a business, curate products that will become heirlooms, keep up with the daily grind, take technical photos for the site etc. so seeing this simple picture this morning is a bit of a wakeup call. that it’s just as important to loop around and enjoy my business life. to take the pictures of the vignettes, even though my handwritng has become terrible, carefully handwrite thank you notes, wrap packages with bows and send each off with gratitude. take time to truly savor these items, their presence, history and new life. last but not least…i’m thinking of contacting the silver polish company to see how we can work together since i’ve been recommending them (just with gloves from now on :)!

ok by the by…what with the world events going on i never got the chance to announce the winner of the book giveaway, (the paris cocktail book). et alors…let’s take it to the random number generator, hold please….ok that was really random…it hit number one. so, ok! the winner is emma mitchell. congrats, it’s a wonderful book. (i’ll see if i can get the author, doni to send us another).

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in the meantime, since we’re here…i did happen to get yet another book by jennifer scott, a darling little number called ‘Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic’. she has with this one, officially created a series. very inspiring. so, we’re giving it away and if you’d like to enter to win it, you know what to do~


last but not least as i was thinking of a title for this post, came across this quote from mother teresa and thought it was apropos. have a great day cheres amis!


November 24, 2015. Giveaway, Life.


  1. Tracy replied:

    How do you enter to win the book? Thank you.


  2. Susanne replied:

    You have such a wonderful way with words, always! Thanks for letting us know about the book… and everything else! xo


  3. Ro replied:

    Please count me in! Merci beaucoup!


  4. nancy replied:

    Oh, yes, I would love that book. I think I *need* that book.


  5. Maryanne Flaherty replied:

    Beautiful silver piece love the curvy lines…..And I get the mess with your nails and cuticles after you olish it. Ugh!


  6. Geneva Waynick replied:

    I discovered your book, The Paris Apartment, a while ago, and I am obsessed! I did a quick Google search, and much to my surprise did I find your regularly update an amazing blog! Thank you, thank you, and please keep it up!



  7. Mama Muse Me replied:

    Please enter me for the book giveaway. I have read one of Jennifer Scott’s other books and really enjoyed it.


  8. meterrilee replied:

    Yes, Yes, Yes! Please enter me into your book giveaway. Thank you so much! I do so enjoy your pictures, research and commentaries.


  9. Mom replied:

    So sorry I am not eligible for any of these books.


  10. bjpdesigns replied:

    Beautiful picture Claudia! I would love to win the book. It would be nice to read and even nicer to give as a gift. Thanks so much. I always look forward to your holiday Paris Apartment posts this time of year too!


  11. susasusa replied:

    Bonjour Claudia! What a delightful picture on the book cover? I wonder who it’s from? Sure would be fun to actually win this! Merci, Susasusa


  12. Cris replied:

    I would love to win the book and share it with my 12 year old daughter. It would be lovely to have her manners trend toward the chic and not the common.
    Always good to hear your ‘voice’ on your blog! We miss you!


  13. Chryle replied:

    Dearest Claudia~

    Your last two posts (“liberté, égalité, fraternité” and “we’ll always have paris”) and now this one brought me to healing tears; the first two with your ever-loving words, and this one with your artful picture. The subject of your photo in perfect and gorgeous detail and grace and the rest of the photo blurred, making the subject even more perfect and obvious and clear. To me, this photo is a perfect pictorial conveyance of your ever-loving, which you share with your words in your blog, like your last two posts… your photo – the gorgeous grace of Paris against a backdrop that serves to make the gorgeous grace of Paris even clearer. Yes, I know you were taking a photo of a serving piece, but for me it is so much more.

    I was at Walt Disney World in Florida the past few weeks. We could see the Eiffel Tower in the French pavilion in Epcot from our room. At night it was lit like the one in Paris, in France’s colors – red, white, and blue. I loved watching the fireworks each night go off above it and around it. It spoke to me of Je suis Paris and of Paris’ strength.

    Yours is the only blog I follow. I know there is right in the world when I see The Paris Apartment in my Inbox. That may sound like hyperbole, but I assure you it is not. You are a gift that keeps on giving.

    Thank you for sharing you in all the ways that you do

    p.s. I’d love to win the book for a chance at more elegance in my life! ;)


  14. Karena Albert replied:

    Claudia that is a wonderful quote and a lovely little book as well!
    Thank you!!

    The Arts by Karena
    The India Hicks Collection


  15. Mrs. Shockley replied:

    Lovely post, I really enjoyed this!


  16. Erin Green replied:

    “Polish Your Poise” looks like it could be quite inspiring. As an interior designer I look at everything for inspiration. That would be a wonderful addition to my reference library!


  17. Andi replied:

    i”m totally anamored with the taste of other nationalities through the stories of generatioon before, and what treasures keep their sense of self tp pass aloong


  18. robin replied:

    I truly enjoyed you post. Please enter me for the ‘prix’


  19. Lucy replied:

    I just discovered your blog and I love it! I’m always looking for inspiration on interior design, and I’m always intrigued by European designs, particularly the French.

    I’d also really love to enter your competition (and hopefully win the book!), as I’m set to purchase Jennifer Scott’s other book, too (Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris). She also has her own website if you’re interested which she personally writes to give readers further ‘instructions’ on how to live a French and graceful lifestyle :)

    Hope to read more of your posts!



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