i could have danced all night

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bonjour! how are you this fine night? it’s getting late and i wanted to get this post up before midnight and it’s already very near the stroke of 12. it was one of those pinterest nights where i fell under the spell that only searching around that site can cast.

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it started just by looking for french furniture elements, the early designs that got me started on my path with the paris apartment.

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there’s always been a mysterious quality to the 1700s, at least for me. how did these women come up with what is still considered the essence of chic right out of thin air?

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of course it was not only women but i’m sure they were directing the men in terms of shapes, color and proportion of everything from fashion to furniture.

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using hot pink, turquoise, silks, feathers, gold, crystal, geometric patterns,  florals, stripes, carvings, bronzes, the list goes on and on for the ingenuity and creative style.

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by working on my own apartment today i started to remember what is is that drew me into this era.

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Millners at Work trimming bonnets
– from Diderot’s Encyclopedia, c. 1760

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there was a sort of whimsy, a playful frivolity and innocence that no other time before or since has captured.

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a joie de vivre that was celebrated in every inch from the top of the head to the slippered foot, from the ceiling of a room to the parquet floor.

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it was and still is so romantic, nostalgic, detailed and exquisite

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those of us who love the era and all the trimming treasure its enormity as well as the petite details

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and there’s an endless supply of inspiration

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i don’t think i’ll ever get tired of learning about this time

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and it’s one of the reasons paris never gets old

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even centuries later there’s always something new to discover

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from the facade of a building to the charm of a chair.

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sigh…just makes a girl dream about a time that’s come and gone. we try to recreate it but it will never be again. i think that’s why having a little piece of it’s so much fun. sitting on a delicious boudoir bench, looking into a vanity mirror, surrounding yourself with the things that have beauty and meaning. et alors 11:59…bonne nuit!

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all images found on pinterest

January 27, 2016. paris apartment project, TPA Project.

4 Comments

  1. bjpdesigns replied:

    It’s an exquisite era! It would be amazing to go back in time and live like that for a bit! What ever became of “Vanity for Humanity” with all the glamourous dressing tables? It would be a great way to combine the old glamour with a wonderful charity. I’m following along in your new inspiring challenge. It’s always a joy to read your blog Claudia! I still love it after all these years!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Bonnie, great to hear from you! Yes, what did happen to that vanity project? Maybe it’s time to bring that back to the forefront…

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  2. Karena Albert replied:

    Hi Claudia, Thank you for taking us on this journey with you and for the encouragement. More and more you are finding what your true passion is and what is most meaningful to you. It would be so generous for you to make a donation of art to a museum! I like the idea of leaving a legacy for people to enjoy forever.

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Dreams of Spring!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Karena, thanks, that is inspiring me to donate at least one piece. I’ll contact them and see what the process is.

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