what good is a blog

unless it actually keeps a web log of  your life?



good morning friends and happy friday. the photo above was so fascinating i had to post it. it’s the return of the mona lisa to the louvre after the nazi invasion of paris.  once they were conquered she was free be the paris we take so for granted. our muse!

rue rosier (1)

i hope you don’t mind a second day posting about my trip to paris with okl. they posted a lot of information on their blog about the trip yesterday after susan’s container sale went up. since they took the time to interview me about my favorite markets, i turned into a jpeg that can be read below. for me it’s a virtual scrapbook and this is the best place to keep it cause, hey,  a blog is forever. (sort of)! hope you enjoy it!

iokl final blog


day trips to paris markets


iphone app


flea market style


thanks for coming by and hope you got some info and maybe a bee in your bonnet to go to paris or anywhere soon, there’s nothing like traveling. i’ll be putting my trip together for late summer and fall soon and will keep you posted on the progress. maybe i’ll close up the apartment here since i have to move and just hit the road for a couple months. after all, times they are always a changin’ and you never know what’s next. till then, have  a bon weekend!

June 7, 2013. Antique Shopping, Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Decorating, Design, flea markets, Fleamarkets, OKL, Paris, Paris Flea Markets. 4 comments.

the other side of paradise


greetings from paris mes amis! it’s beyond cold, in fact it’s downright bone chilling! but not cold enough to stop the shopping and yesterday was an incredible adventure.


we went to visit my friend stephane blanc’s warehouses in a tiny village an hour outside paris. it couldn’t have been more picturesque and even better, full of surprises.


you never know what’s behind big old doors and we were not disappointed when he opened the vaults to the 1750s barns where he and his father have gathered incredible treasures from french châteaux and estates over the years.


stephane brings pieces back to paris and restores them to sell at clignancourt in his tiny, curated booth on rue paul bert. my mystery guests and i were the first to go behind the blue doors. although he was casual about the enormity of his collection, we were blown away.


every kind of imaginable style is stacked up in chilly, cobwebbed rooms filled with furniture, mirrors, doors, chandeliers, artwork and toys.


we must have been there for 5 hours going through every nook and cranny in the cold.


no one left empty handed and at the end of the day we were exhausted and tired but happy with our treasures.


as someone who loves to restore old pieces, i couldn’t help wanting to take it all home and bring it back to life myself.


still, my philosophy these days is ‘no projects’ especially since i’m preparing for my OKL sale in just a couple weeks.


so at least for now, the clocks and tables are safe and sound, sitting quietly in wait.


and until i have the chance to come back (hopefully in warmer weather)!


i’ll just settle for getting pieces that are ready to go like these little treasures we found at the market. we’re heading out again tomorrow and sunday to vanves and clignancourt for a big day of shopping and shipping so i’ll keep you posted and take lots of shots! have a great day and happy weekend!

January 18, 2013. Clignancourt Flea Market, Clignancourt Market Paris, Paris, Paris Flea Markets, Shopping. 17 comments.

all change is not growth, as all movement is not forward – e. glasgow

allo all! it’s very late and my last post from paris this time around. it’s been a fantastic trip with lots of great memories and pretty things coming home. but for the first time, it’s a little different for me. as you know i adore the flea markets and all the stories they tell. lately though, i feel a little bittersweetness about it because the subtle ‘progressive’ changes in the city are becoming more apparent and i’m not sure they’re for the best.

ok maybe at times paris can be a bit of a gilded lily, and i can understand wanting to mix the old with the new. but paris is the worlds’ muse and we come for her beauty and inspiration.

le train-bleu, in paris’ gare de lyon

and as someone who loves interior and exterior architecture, i can’t for the life of me figure out why the french allow their beautiful city to be ravaged by renovators.

the changes are everywhere, from the windows coming down and satellite dishes going up

to small details like the books being pilfered for engraving and endpapers sold as scraps

glass fronts on traditional boulangeries and boucheries are tossed aside and the storefronts are cemented over

handpainted panels are removed and separated from the grand walls they once adorned

and apparently stained glass is considered passé

why someone would want to dismantle a marble fireplace and mirror is beyond me

and why would the city allow such destruction?

i mean, i’m not complaining, it gets circulated all over the world i suppose

but it just seems that in this day and age we should preserve what we have and take care of it as stewards

these apartments will be here long after us and what will be left?

where is the love?

and why is it being replaced with  ‘sanitization’of the city’ as the french are calling it?

ok maybe i am complaining just a little. it’s happening throughout the city. these beautiful old tile frames in the metro are all coming down

and the old bouquinistes kisoks are being replaced with one of the prototypes below

maybe like joni mitchell sings,  paris, is old and cold and settled in its ways. but isn’t that why we love her so?  if the powers that be want to make changes, i humbly suggest adding a few more escalators in the metros, make it easier to catch a cab and run a design contest for a pretty something to cover the hanging clear plastic garbage bags on the streets.  of course outlawing satellite dishes and making it a crime to dismantle apartments and store facades over 100 years old wouldn’t hurt either! but some say it’s progress. i say it’s heartbreaking. what do you think?

September 17, 2012. Antique Shopping, Architectural Elements, Architecture, Clignancourt Flea Market, flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Marché aux Puces, Paris, Paris Apartments, Paris Flea Markets. 34 comments.

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