a good book has no ending –RD Cumming

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bonne journée tout le monde~ i want to start the day by sharing a delicious book that was sent to me for review by Harper Collins. it’s a gorgeous tome and the perfect excuse to host a giveaway!

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i was sent two copies of ‘The Paris Style Guide‘ by Elodie Rambaud, an interior decorator and stylist who has put together a book of parisian destinations of all kinds including, green and flower markets. antiques shops and repair, craft and art supplies and couture ateliers.

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she goes on to tell us the address, phone numbers and website as well as the metro. i like that she’s included festivals and fairs, and matches each of the recommendations with a map at the back to cross reference in a couple of different ways.

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the book is nice and thick, not something you’d neccessarily toss in your bag for the day but it’s a great resource and like me, you can always take pics of the pages…which i had to stop doing too many before reposting every pretty page if it!

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some of the resources are really unusual like where to get film for your polaroid, Chanel embroideries and random curiousities that sometimes only locals really see.

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elodie lives in paris and works as a prop stylist. she says she works with objects to tell stories and focuses on lifestyle, food and decorating.

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suffice it to say she has a deep inside scoop.

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in the 10 chapters she does surprise us here and there with unusual shopping stuff but also includes what to do in a weekend, dealing with wifi and communication, getting around and some hotel recommendations.

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note that this book was published this year so it may change pretty quickly.  but then again so much in paris has stood the test of time. hopefully it will be very slow in changing and these merchants will see a boost due to the book and be there for years to come as so many of them have. she features some shopkeepers with 100+ years in business.

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anyway if you’d like a copy submit your name in the comments and we’ll draw a winner over the weekend. till then, have a great day!

May 28, 2015. Books, Decorating, Design, flea markets, France, Giveaway, Paris. 71 comments.

Flea Markets of Paris: An interactive map of my favorites

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bonjour everybody, it’s been a while but i’m finally back in the groove. i hope your december is in full swing!

it’s been pretty busy around here and i wanted to take a minute to post an exciting collaboration The Paris Apartment just finished with logo_af_AF

(my dad worked with them for his entire career so it’s full circle in our family and extra fun to have been asked)!

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We used our app, Keys to the Fleas to create this interactive map where you can get info on the flea markets throughout Paris including which metro to use, hours and the specialty of each.

 

 

 

 

Click the map below for real time info:

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(this map was made with the help of  air france who happen to be running cheap flights to and from Paris right now)

i have to admit putting it together gave me total wanderlust for the markets. thank god it’s winter or i’d be tempted to take a quick trip for holiday gifts.

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it’s one place that’s fascinating enough to go to again and again.

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not sure why it’s got such an alluring power…maybe cause it’s never the same twice, or that you’re sure to find something you’ll cherish forever. it’s definitely an archaeological and anthropological exploration that’s a mix of high-highs and low-lows.

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half the fun is the people who make it happen every week rain, shine, sun or snow.

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lots of people think it’s just old junk but once you get past the high or low end display you can find something special at every single booth, especially in unpacked boxes if you’re into snooping like i am

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small stuff has become more my focus after importing a container full of armoires, beds and mirrors needing repair upon arrival…

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now sometimes a button or pillbox is enough

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and a love letter can certainly do the trick…

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lately the markets have been kind of a study of the renovation of paris. they’re tearing out the old doors, chandeliers, mantles and panels and this is where they end up. at least we can have them if no one else wants them!

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i’ve always had a bit of a chair fetish and this is the place to indulge in it~

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hot pink velvet or stripped down all the way they’re just full of personality

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the deconstructed look is my personal favorite although not the most comfy. but the techniques they used to do on the inside is a lost art…

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we use foam and dacron now instead of hay and horsehair. guess that’s not a bad upgrade but i still love look of the old stuff

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and the patina of a well turned arm on a chaise or sofa, well, don’t get me started

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mostly i’m attracted to the small boudoir chairs that once held the ladies at their vanities who started trends from inspiring dramatic furniture, showing ankles, drinking in public to voting. here’s to the showgirls, flappers, ingenues, actresses and suffragettes!

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anyway it was a long time since i’d gone thru my photos. kinda like seeing old friends. they told me at mac i was a media hoarder cause i have 30k photos. but it’s ok it’s only ether. and the markets will always be an infinite source of inspiration whether in pics or in person

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anyway…in celebration of the season we’re giving away two Paris Flea Market Style books that can ship out next week. if you’re interested just say so! and now, to all a great night~

December 10, 2014. Tags: . Air France, flea markets, Fleamarkets, France, Paris. 34 comments.

what good is a blog

unless it actually keeps a web log of  your life?

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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!

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day trips to paris markets

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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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