the parisian getaway

lydia marie elizabeth blog

hi guys what’s going on? it’s late and i just got in from a couple days away working on a job with liz in the keys. i was just about to close shop for the night but this interview with Lydia Marie Elizabeth arrived in my inbox just now. hope you enjoy it,we talked about some romantic ways to spend a romantic afternoon with your honey. her paintings are divine and she’s a really sharp sweetheart. here’s an excerpt:

My first Designer Highlight of the series in 2016 is Claudia Strasser of The Paris Apartment.  She has based her business around the beauty of Parisian Interiors.  Because while “Italian design is wonderful and Chippendale is great; it’s not French.”  She points out that from Marie Antoinette’s shoe collection to the wall detail decoration, “I don’t know how one culture creates so much so perfectly, but they did. They nailed it.” Claudia explains.  read the full article here:

good night and thank you for thinking of me, Lydia!

February 11, 2016. Lydia Marie Elizabeth Blog, paris apartment project, the paris apartment project, TPA Project. 4 comments.

soaking in the bath


it’s almost midnight and this monday is about to draw to a close. that is if i can pry myself away from the infinite and inspirational images on pinterest.  how are you doing this february night? it’s pretty cold even here in miami beach so i hunkered down indoors enough of the day to paint my bathroom and prep it for a makeover. it’s about as basic as it gets with a glass door shower, built in vanity sink and mirror and 60s tile. scrolling through the pictures tonight made me really think about how this tiny space can convey so much from romantic to restful, masculine, welcoming, cozy, elegant, industrial, farmhouse, feminine, modern, natural or serene. just to start.  above image via house of jade interiors blog


i started getting obsessed with these kinds of memes

bathroom-with-personal-touches these bloggers, photographers and designers are amazing in my book

daebea840303120c83ec00986621c1e9 such simplicity and sophistication all at once

057e8bef1e32fbe2646512d0b927037a i love the bathroom cause even the smallest corner can pack a punch

5cde0d0951188adef8252b59ad8a50ac and the details can really be appreciated, maybe more than in any other room

0eb7229af66986926eaf06cf207354f7 some even consider it a venue to showcase artwork

9d954da76b8ff716ddffa464bca144c7 and others find that less is more



i love how they mixed the natural floor in with the modern hardware and rainshower

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dream green diy-how-to-refresh-tile-grout-without-renovating if you’re anything like me you want a quick fix. this is a great way to use what you have and touch up the grout

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 9.33.48 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 9.32.02 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 9.30.04 PM i thought this designer had some pretty good points: use tray and beautiful hand towels, wallpapers and take a paper into the medicine cabinet

bathroom-shower-hooks so much fun can be had in the minute finishing touches


decorpad i adore these crystal handles


just a smattering of ideas (click each for links)


personally i reside somewhere between these three. well the decor will have to wait, it’s drying and it’s bedtime. have a good night!


February 9, 2016. Baths, Makeover, paris apartment project, the paris apartment project, TPA Project. Leave a comment.

the art of the smudge


allo et bon weekend! i hope your saturday night is in full swing and you’re doing whatever makes you happy. it’s day 33 of the challenge to turn my business (and overall) life  around. at the same time i vowed  to do something each day to improve my home but today was busy so the easy answer was to do something simple. in fact i pretty much phoned it in thinking lighting a smudge stick was a quick way to clear the energy and freshen up the space. truth is a trip to google images for a shot or two of smudgers revealed enough info for thesis! in fact the practice goes really deep and is not something to be taken lightly. below are some of the beautiful images, techniques and philosophies of the tradition.  i think i may have to do it again, this time with a sense of purpose.  (above image via


Make your own: If you are using herbs and plants that you have harvested, you should dry them in the sun after bundling for a few days to prevent mold.

For smudge sticks use all natural fiber strings since they will be burned and you don’t want any toxic residue in the smoke.

1) Make sure the clippings are all the same length. Arrange them in a bundle and begin wrapping the string around them.

2) Begin winding the string tightly around the bottom of the stick. Start moving upwards but you wont need as much string as you do.

3) You can use a criss cross method to keep the herbs and flowers in place. Tie it in  knot when done.

4) For decorative ones you can also use some burlap to wrap around the bottom of the flowers.

above info via the local



Traditional Smudging Tools via circle of light

Abalone Shell – represents the water element
Feather – represents the air element
Sage – represents the Earth Element
Fire – represents the Fire Element
Smoke – (the result of all of these elements together) represents Akasha, Soul, Spirit, Energy
Traditional Smudging Tools


The use of smudge is so versatile and is really only limited by your imagination. Smudging is an important spiritual practice that can help you stay positive and bring good energies into your home and your life. For maximum benefits it should be approached like a sacred sacrament. Purity of intent is the most important factor in smudging. Hold your smudge and the smudging bowl sacred and treat them with respect always, and you will be rewarded with blessings and good vibrations!


so there you have it. the articles cited just skimmed the surface but made me realize that it’s important to do even the smallest act with attention, intention, and love. have a suite nuit!

February 7, 2016. the paris apartment project, TPA Project. 3 comments.

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