how much is enough


hello and happy labor day weekend! i’ve been resting as prescribed by our nation but couldn’t let another day go by once my mom said she missed my blog. truth is it’s been a couple weeks since moving in and i have done pitifully little decorating. the faucets and showerheads have been changed, towel bars installed, grout whitened and fluorescent lights in the kitchen and baths have been replaced. the outdoor table and chairs were a big deal when they arrived but other than that it’s just been a couple trips to home depot for orchids and damprid, nothing too creative. i wish i could be more of my mother’s daughter and whip up covers for the chairs but sadly i didn’t inherit her incomprable ability for whipping and whirling stuff up. not the official way, that is, but i have a method, however unrefined…

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what i did get from my mom is her resolve, that never say die attitude. i’ve tried to blog over the past couple weeks but was convinced that whatever i was doing was not really worthy of mention. but the fact is that no matter how much i’m doing, the place is a work in progress. so i decided to share where it is now and not worry about waiting till there’s more than this for show and tell.

photo (4)just like my last apartment, this one had the clackety shade blinds on all the windows. ellen insisted i take them down but once i did, suddenly it was like being in a real live terrarium. suddenly i had to step on it to put up something toute de suite. curtains were something i’d always pined for in the last place but somehow convinced myself that they had to be done professionally; measured, hemmed and hung on a track. well, i never did get curtains and didn’t want that to happen here. and now that my hand has been forced and my mind opened, i’d like to share how easy it was to put up a reasonalble fascimile of real curtains, maybe not of mom’s caliber but a set that was super quick, easy, effective and sew free. so without further ado, on to the world’s easiest DIY:

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we rolled the ends and tucked them under and in so that the surged edge could either curl or unfurl at will.

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the little hooks fit right into the clip that the slat blinds came out of.

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i kind of like the deconstructivism of the surged edge


we got the fabric on the $2/yard roll of giant sheer cotton at a place deep in miami. photo (8)

candy found the ideal weight and the girl at the counter showed us her secret for geting the perfect hem.

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aside from nipping the end with a scissor and tearing it, she first blew on the part she’d snipped and then tore a perfect tear for a hem. the technique let us get really precise with the length and created a tiny curled edge that catches the breeze and lays just above the floor line.

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bonus: little ribbon remnants were left for tiebacks.


et voila! i still have to do the valances but, hey, it’s a start and they make me so happy!1-deep-3-seat-ebonized-bignow i’m on to a sofa. something big enough for a guest to sleep over comfortably.


forgive me for not knowing where each is from. i just searched google images for ‘deep seated sofas’.


maybe a sectional?



well, that will come another day. this one is drawing to a close so i’ll say good night after a great long weekend. hope you have a great short week!

September 3, 2013. Decorating. 12 comments.

in with the old


hello and happy monday! is the summer in full swing for you? i love the middle of august, it feels like we still have lots of time for friends and barbecues and all the good things that summertime brings.


i don’t feel quite ready to blog about my place yet but mom and dad want to see it and if i wait for perfection the day may never come.

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so i’ll show it little by little, flaws and all.  there’s a lot to do but it will be a work in progress.


overall it’s been pretty hectic making the move to transfer the office and apartment all at once.


no matter how much stuff i got rid of it seemed to be an endless process.


now that i’m out of the old and into the new it was worth the work. the old grand dame is somewhere right between ghetto and glamour.


an actress lived here for many years before me and it has that faded glory kind of vibe. it’s totally old school with great accents like the diamonds on the doors, a tiny knocker, and jalousie windows with cranks.

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it’s all i could do to clean and get the place in working order, i haven’t touched the office or even my clothes but just being here feels like home. my friends are coming by and they say it feels like home, like we’ve always been here. they brought flowers and have been helping to make it cozy.


not that it’s set up quite right but having the tv and internet working is making it feel like home. when will we have a wireless world?!


i’m taking down the blinds to put up curtains, changing little things like the faucets and sprucing up the grout.


it’s more of a restoration than a renovation but if i’m going to stay here awhile i’d like to make a place my own even if i do it myself. in fact i’m going to attempt one DIY project a week.


the kitchen is pretty much hopeless but at least the doors leading in have potential!

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of course it’s been fun to hit home depot, i wanted to rescue all the topiaries they had!


for now it’s cleaning the windows, attempting the bathroom grout and see what i can accomplish today. i do have to get something on the windows right away. that should probably be my first DIY. i’ll let you know how it goes. till then have a great august monday!

August 19, 2013. Decorating, Interiors, Life, Living. 36 comments.

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!

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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.

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