To travel is to take a journey into yourself

Bonjour tout le monde, ca va? If you’re here you probably want to talk about our favorite topic: Paris of course! It’s just an obsession for some of us, isn’t it? How is it that Paris never gets old? It’s one of the few places you can go over and over again and never see it all.

If you’re anything like me, you love to think about WHO created Paris…the vision that the people all had to have shared to build a city that would still be the benchmark for beauty and culture. And they did it dressed to the nines. With no electricity, just their imagination and determination they erected a place that we stroll sometimes without a second thought. But there are some of us who still want to see the Paris of the Parisians of the Past and experience what they had in mind for future generations to enjoy.

I’m talking about the Paris where you feel at home. Not going to monuments but instead going to the special parts of the parks, to the homes of artists, visiting the ateliers and workshops where they lived and worked and sweated and created. It’s like going to visit old friends for some of us. Maybe we were there together in a past life!

image: Parc Monceau by Adam Gopnik

What about you? Is Paris on your bucket list? Maybe you’ve gone once, or even twice. I hear a lot of people say they just didn’t get it, that it didn’t resonate with them. Or that it’s changed. That’s because they didn’t get to see the real Paris. The intimate, exquisite, quiet, elegant and usually overlooked Paris. I continue to explore, and it seems the more I do the more there is to discover. Maybe the fact that you can never finish is part of the allure.

Even with my blog there are so many topics to get into that sometimes the vastness of its depth and beauty is incomprehensible. From the parks and gardens and passages to history, architecture, cabaret and follies, fashion, photography, food, shops, cafes, music, galleries, art, perfume, culture, wine, chocolate, cinema, museums, picnics, parks, gardens, ateliers, brocantes and of course the flea markets, there’s so much to see and do and taste and touch it’s like a banquet of beauty. In fact it’s a moveable feast, Hemingway was so right! And the buffet is endless.

And so, once again I’m heading back in September and have been putting together some new adventures, and you’re invited to come along. I like to share a different Paris than the one in the guide books, one that’s beautiful and serene. One that the Parisians of the past knew well and where they went to get away from the crowds to stroll and languish, paint, write and get inspired.

Lately there’s been interest in a lot of activities along with the usual trek to the fleamarkets, including off-the beaten path places like the vineyards of Montmartre, cooking in a private apartment, walking tours, jazz clubs, thrifting for designer fashions, restoration techniques, and lots more! We’re combing a little of each into our trips, creating an experience you won’t find anywhere else.

So take a look at what we’ve got simmering. If you’d like to join us, contact us and we’ll set it up. I want you to experience the Paris you’ve always dreamed about. Our trips can either be booked one on one (flea market shopping) or with a group which includes airport transfers, hotel or apartment, transportation to events, tickets and more. If you’re interested, contact me and let’s discuss your dream trip this fall. Below are the cliff notes and just a fraction of what’s in store. You’ll get a detailed itinerary with specific events and destinations when you book.

Sept 1-6

First Timer’s Trip

Joachim Hiltmann / Getty Images

I can’t begin to tell you what this trip entails but suffice it to say you’ll see a Paris that’s beyond magical. All the little streets you’ve seen IG’d, the picnics, the day trips, the cobblestone alleys and of course the places that can’t be missed, but from an angle that’s unexpected and unusual. 

Sept 6-12

Decor Tour:

image: Connaissance des Arts

This incredible week will be filled with treasure hunting and shopping for home decor. We’ll take you to find everything from mantles and doors to chandeliers and textiles at the flea markets.  We’ll also go to the world famous trade show, the Maison et Objet. You’ll go inside auctions and warehouses in and out of the city. It’s the perfect trip if you’re decorating a home, stocking a store or stocking up for shows and want to find linens, decor and home accessories at wholesale prices. 

Sept 13-19

Artist’s Ateliers & Workshops in Paris:

If you love going into private homes and workshops of artists who lived in Paris, this is the one for you. Parisians have had incredible foresight to keep certain places just as they were when the artist in residence lived and worked in the city. Many of these homes are tucked away right in the center of Paris. We’ll go on our tour to explore these homes and it truly feels like we’re going to the visit old friends and acquaintances from the past. 

September 21-26

Parisians of the Past – Salon Hostesses:

“Portrait de Juliette Recamier, femme de Lettres Francaise”. Francois Gerard 1805

We’ll visit the homes and haunts of the women who made Paris the center of the universe in the Age of Enlightenment. When there was nothing but dirt and oppression, these women decided they’d create a new world for themselves filled with beauty, culture, manners and etiquette. They designed clothing and interiors and gardens that are still the benchmark for good taste today.

Together we’ll walk in their footsteps enjoying the homes and salons that still stand in commemoration of their epic legacy by day and have evenings in our own modern salons that include cooking, music and dance.

Well that’s it for the moment! Bottom line is there’s a Paris that’s just for you, not a cookie cutter tour but an adventure that’s full of fun and discovery. A journey and experience that will leave you with a new appreciation for this truly magical place that’s just waiting to be rediscovered…by you!

If you’d like to schedule a day together in July, email claudia@theparisapartment.com. Et alors, ciao for now…à bientôt!

June 23, 2019. Ateliers, Auctions, Brocantes, Carnavalet, Clignancourt Market Paris, Day Trips, Decorating, Design, Design Show, exploring, Fashion, flea markets, Fleamarkets, French Chocolate, French Interiors, Friends, Furniture, Gardening, Going Green, Green, Hotels, Interiors, Paris, Paris Trip. 6 comments.

i’m in the mood

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for a moodboard, that is! hi guys, how are you on this mid-december night? i’m surprising myself by coming to blog tonight.

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it seems like forever since i’ve had the urge to write about what’s been going on. as you may remember, i’m designing a chair line in high point, nc for the gang at Desirant. i guess i’ve been laying low cause it has a lot of moving parts and it hasn’t felt like they were coming together until today. but whatdda ya know, here i am, feeling like i almost have it figured out. almost.

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it’s been tricky trying to work with someone else’s taste when i’ve always had the luxury of going my own way. the paris apartment’s always been so much fun cause i could use girly colors and fabrics and trims to make things i’d want to have myself. these trim swatches below didn’t make the cut but i just wanted a piece to take with me. guess i’ll always be a sucker for vintage trim that looks like icing on a cake, silk velvet ribbon and celadon green…anything!

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anyway this new line is still everything i’d want myself, only the palette is more neutral. the flavor comes in the form of  texture, color and pattern.

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first of all we’re starting with hand finished frames using traditional patinas, colors and techniques.

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the variety of tacks alone is a rabbit hole. combine it with using 3-4 fabrics, trim and paint and each piece gets pretty involved. and now’s the time to put it all together. i’m heading to high point this week to get to work.  in the meantime i’m creating work order sheets and preparing pics for the website so buyers can customize.

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i probably shouldn’t share these before they’re finished.but i know we all enjoy the process and we’re all good friends here. plus i know you won’t judge me lol

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i’m not saying these are set in stone but as aforementioned, each chair will have at least 3 fabric elements. a leather, a velvet or faux fur and  pattern.

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not going too girly but the fluffy stuff will go on the chairs with frills,

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and i’m trying out some of the same fabric on a more masculine chairs without so many curls. but all the frames are traditional french.

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anyway these were some of the swatches i have at home. most are at the warehouse in HP already and i’ll see what it all really looks like together when i get there.

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i’ll keep updating the progress. it seems like it helps when i blog actually

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i guess i should mention that desirant is in asheville, nc and they’re very earthy. they like things woodsy and natural.img_0354.

so anyway that’s my story for tonight.

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tomorrow i have to name them all and put each with its frame. i’m learning how to do it on photoshop but that’s another story.

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tonight is about being content.

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i think i can take it from here.

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the rest should be a piece of cake! have a great night~

December 13, 2016. Tags: . Desirant, Furniture. 2 comments.

gotta start somewhere

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bonsoir mes amis, ça va? it’s close to midnight and what with it being a travel and full on work day, i daresay je suis un petit peu fatigué…

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i made it to high point and met with local legend, william thorpe.

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he’s kind of my hero cause he has warehouses and a showroom full of swirls and curls

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both attached and freeflowing on everything from furniture to mirrors to lamps and cornices

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if he finds a treasure he creates a mold so it lasts forever and can can be repeated in different applications.

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he’s got legs and flowers and carved bands.

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not everyone is as passionate about this as i am but with him i met my match.

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just being in the workspace is so inspiring and my mind starts racing with ideas.

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focusing is almost impossible!

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but i’m determined to hone in and tomorrow choose chair frames that we’ll use for the first collection.

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and we’ll be taking some trumeau mirrors to desirant in asheville.

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but that’s a whole other story. for wednesday.

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i guess some people are just soulmates, not in the romantic sense. more like undeniable kindred spirits.

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anyway, that’s the roundup for today, it’s a process, that’s for sure, and i am happy to say, it’s a wrap! a demain~

November 15, 2016. Desirant, French Interiors, Furniture, High Point, Manufacturing. 15 comments.

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