charting new territory

neo - melbourne

evening guys, how was your saturday? liz and i rallied and drove up the 3 hours to melbourne beach, stayed 3 hours and drove back 3 hours. i’m beat but it was beautiful. it hit all the notes if you like little surf towns with miles of  green and lots of farms. so that’s a wrap for today. i’m ready to hit the hay.

i took one video and one photo and these are those. have a great nuit!

January 17, 2016. Tags: . exploring, Florida, Friends, the paris apartment project, TPA Project. 2 comments.

ready for a road trip

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you know that friend who makes you laugh when it’s totally inappropriate? the one who tells it straight…the one who gets you out of your comfort zone and is one of the people you’d pick the phone up for anytime day or night?  come to think of it, that’s all my girlfriends, from grade school to college and beyond, i have a handful that are my rocks. the one i’m referring to in particular is my homegirl, liz. we met in nyc at 26 and 27 and are now 50 and 51. from the streets of new york to sunny, funny florida, we’ve seen each other through the highs and lows of life cause for some reason we never live far from each other. for about a year she’s been hankering for more space, moving north a bit, having a place where she could let her animals run and play. i’m sort of set in my ways thinking that i’d never have the quality of life I have with my piece of the pie in the sky. but she’s the kind of girl who can make anything happen and voila, changed my perspective. she set up some appointments to see some houses for sale and rent so tomorrow we’re taking a road trip to check out what life might be like in melbourne beach. maybe where i am is not the be all, end all, after all.

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i’d never heard of it (other than yesterday when the billion dollar lottery winner was announced. over the holidays i drove all the way up north and noticed there was so much i haven’t been exploring.  there are tons of flea markets and sales going on but i never seem to get past west palm so this will be a much need day of exploration and adventure.

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it’s a town of only 3k residents but the images of it are gorgeous. i couldn’t help but google it to see what it was all about

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turns out it’s historic. and below is a working couple who live there so it can be done! anyway we just need to get away for the day and dream

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but it is an artsy town and I like that in a community

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Historic Melbourne

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well i’ll keep you posted, i know this was a totally random post on day 11 but it’s the weekend and i want to do something fun and carefree. oh it’s 4 minutes to 12 and i have to announce the winner of the collars hold on…Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 11.58.11 PMthe winner is suzanne! email me at theparisapartment@gmail.com

oh one thing before i go there’s one minute left…these blog posts won’t be going to the subscribers anymore, i didn’t feel right about inundating anyone for the next year so if you’re here, that is great, i couldn’t be happier to be in such wonderful company!

January 16, 2016. Florida, Melbourne Beach, paris apartment project, the paris apartment project, TPA Project, Travel. 6 comments.

when worlds collide

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good morning! it’s been a pretty busy few days around here with the maison et objet in town for the first time in miami beach. it was like having paris descend on our shores and throw a design party!IMG_0343a

of course i was thrilled that we were hosting the world renowned home show and went as both journalist and buyer, not sure what would be so much different from the show in paris…

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it was much smaller and more managable than the one in france which is about 10 times the size, but there was still a lot to process as far as the sheer amount of innovation, crossover and creativity.

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there were companies from all over the world including ‘natural curisosites’ from la, and their name sort of summed up the show for me.

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making my way through the aisles, booths, lectures and halls, it seemed that was the running theme.

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i noticed a lot of organic and modern trends being able to mix seamlessly, giving the show a fresh modern feel while still keeping its traditional roots.

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the baroque and rococo curls and swirls were co-mingling alongside natural booths,  just as in the 1700s era when designers admired and brought in shells, ornament and spirals and created what’s now classic french louis xv design. it was a time when doors were thrown open and interiors and exteriors began to merge.

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at the show there were green walls with fibonacci spirals

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planter sacks for balconies

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and the magnificent traditional importers, ‘authentic provence’, who are bringing it to us right here in west palm beach

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we were invited to factories in the south of france where pots like these have been made for centuries

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and discovered companies who are salvaging and restoring old french floors that are being discarded in paris and bringing them back to life right here in miami.

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i loved seeing the beach and le mer come together

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nature playfully mixed with convention

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vibrant colors from turkey and istanbul brought up images of the south of france

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cashmere, cottons, textures…

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metals like these below were vibrant and organic, showing how a juxtaposition between modern and organic can happen seamlessly

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when shaped into free organic fleurs

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sea shapes and impressions were cast in porcelain as lights and vases

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paper was manipulated as lights and objects of beauty

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mixes of stone, feathers, metallics and pearls were everywhere

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allowing design to flourish with nature as back splashes, additions to chandeliers, and on furniture.

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i guess i’m a bit of a tech nerd at heart but the final frontier was the beautiful modern devices that truly sync our worlds…

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as i was leaving i couldn’t resist shooting this twist on a classic…i think the design and ingenuity speaks for itself. hope you enjoyed le show!

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May 15, 2015. Decorating, Design, Florida, France, Maison et Objet, Miami. 10 comments.

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