it’s a fine line

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hi guys how’s it going?

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it’s a july monday evening,  for some kids it’s a great summer full of carefree days and not thinking of much more than fun in the sun.

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i’m taking some of that energy tonight and doing the things i enjoy, one of which as you may know, is being here.

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not just cause i love you, but also cause it’s a journal and a record of this life o’ mine.

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after all, it’s a web log, right?

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lately it’s been fun to see posts on facebook from the past.  

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memories, events and feelings  would have been long forgotten.

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it let’s you in on where you were at any moment.

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this blog is 10 years old now, hard to believe.

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funny it’s taken me this long to realize how powerful it can be to track yourself

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and what about that ol’ here and now?

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well, today i wanted to share some images that have been piling up

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i’m working on the new website and coming across what must be thousands of images.

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as i was about to empty the recycle bin and realized that they are too pretty not to share. and that trash can really be treasure.

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so in no particular order, and with no rhyme or reason, here are a few.

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    as i go through them i just see them as soul food. 

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pretty

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intricate

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historic

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groundbreaking

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unprecedented

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and delish.

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well i hope you enjoyed this trip to nowhere.

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as for me, i’m about to start the night shift and get to making sense of all this fodder.

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have a beautiful night and sweet, full moon dreams!

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July 19, 2016. art, Art Deco, Life. 12 comments.

back to basics

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allo monday…evening that is.  it’s a day coming to a close and i decided to stop the presses and get here for a minute. between having my guy in town, starting a new project, working on TPA dailys and hosting neo’s birthday, every moment’s been filled to the brim. not that i minded…but suddenly it all stopped. now the place is quiet and well, i’m alone for the first time in a long while. it was a day of hard knocks, mostly business stuff which makes me realize i need to keep working on this paradigm shift. you know the saying about doing what you love and then it’s not work? that’s how i’ve always felt but somewhere along the way i thought i had to be something else with regard to my business. but i can’t follow a trend, not for one more minute and finally have the kick in the culottes i needed to be sure not to repeat the same mistakes anymore. sometimes you don’t have to make the change yourself, being in the zone does it for you. like yesterday, when i fed into my lust for beautiful french furniture at the flea market in miami beach and got this little chair. today it’s reminding me that i love  to blend home and at work by living around beautiful things i enjoy. i also love buying and selling, sometimes donating,  sometimes a trade. why i stopped is something to ponder, but for now this petite siège is helping me to get back to my roots and remember that it’s quality over quantity and tomorrow my mantra for the webmakeover will be edit edit edit! et alors, the sun is setting and it’s time for dinner, good nuit~

May 17, 2016. flea markets, Fleamarkets, Florida, Furniture, Life. 10 comments.

love is a many splendored thing

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allo all, how have you been? here’s hoping your spring is in full bloom! for me it’s slowly changing from the winter of my discontent to a new era of optimism. it’s been a long time since i’ve been able to blog, in fact over a month. if not for my mom i may not even have come today. but when your mom wants you to blog, you blog. guess we end up doing what our moms tell us after all. maybe they do know best and i’d do anything for mine. so here i am, and truth is i missed you and all the ways you inspire me.

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first let’s go back to the past blog and announce the winners of the giveaway. i decided to give all 5 fashion plates away and if you’re on this list please send me your address at theparisapartment@gmail.com so i can get them out to you: susanne, terri, fredreika, melissa and beth. i wish i had more but i do have other wonderful things that i’ll share. in fact i’ll see what i can come up with at the end of this post and we’ll do it again! oh why wait? i have these four pretty little boxes i got last time i was in paris. the idea was to have them on my desk but they never made it and deserve to go with those who’ll use them. so each can go individually and if you’re interested, well, you know the drill…

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so what’s been going on? well as you may recall i was working on a self improvement challenge for my business to turn it around over the next year. i tried blogging more frequently, making daily videos on youtube and working more diligently on office and organizational aspects. where has that gotten me? hmmmm…well, i’m still here so that’s one good thing. i’m working on a new angle for the my website so that’s been productive. and i’m collaborating with colleagues on their business and hoping to learn a few things from that which i can apply to the paris apartment. i’m traveling to their store in ashville, nc this week and will blog from there about the goings on.

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so it’s been slow and steady but the reality is that there comes a point when you just can’t do everything alone. i’ve had interns and employees over the years but it always comes back to me in the end. the problems i face are self created and i have to take full responsibility. but if i’m going to keep the paris apartment going,  i want to be the joyful, playful company it’s always been, full of infinite possibilities instead of one filled with dread and drudgery which is what is was becoming. but why was that?

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well, i think part of it was when i started working with vendors and lost control of my brand and vision. so what’s the vision? well, it was originally a brick and mortar store. a place that was sort of a salon, where yes, it was a shop, but also a place where friends gathered in an atmosphere of casual opulence and would converse, share stories, music, their art and just inspire each other. where had my inspiration gone?

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when it became a website it was hard to translate and has ended up being a sort of patchwork of ideas and pieced together over the years by various designers and webmasters. i haven’t had control over the site except the boutique and therefore it hasn’t changed much. it’s at the point where it’s out of control. but little by little, i’ve been editing, paring it down, taking off things that aren’t consistent with the brand or are from vendors who are impossible to work with. getting back to basics, basically, to get to a point where i can enjoy my work.

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so maybe this is a sort of ‘seinfeld’ post, one not about anything in particular, but one just to touch base and get back in the groove. so thanks, mom, for providing the kick i needed. you always inspire me and i just came across these liles of the valley which i know you love. have a super sunday, everyone~

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all images can be found at pinterest.com/parisapartment

April 24, 2016. Boutique, Brocantes, Ephemera, Giveaway, Life, Mom. 29 comments.

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