She started her career in 1993 when she opened a boutique in New York and today she travels to Paris several times a year taking small groups shopping and sharing resources. I have recently been lucky enough to receive a copy of Claudia's new book, Paris Flea Market Style and in even better news, I am offering a copy to one lucky reader of my blog!
If you haven't heard of Claudia then do check out her beautiful blog and website. She has such exquisite style and years of experience decorating with flea market finds. I often refer to it and drool. It is what I aspire my home to look like and one day I'll get there!
Claudia's first book, The Paris Apartment, Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget was published in 1998 and was one of the first books I bought when I start collecting seriously.
It still remains one of my favourite books today and if I have a quiet moment, I like to sit down and absorb all the wonderful rooms decorated with flea market finds and wonder at Claudia's ability to decorate with such finesse and attention to detail. One of the things in the book I loved most was this photo of a doll.
It is supposed to be Josephine Baker and I LOVED it! I wanted one and I was going to stop at nothing until I found it. Well in the end nothing dramatic happened, I just kept looking on eBay until quite by chance I came by one.
How wonderful not to mention lucky was this find!? I have never seen one since and I love her pouty lips and fluttery eyelashes, not quite the same but close enough for me!
So back to the present day and Claudia's new book, Paris Flea Market Style. Its been a long time coming but well worth the wait. This time Claudia guides us through the mazes of the Paris flea markets and gives hints and tips on how to navigate the markets, what you'll find, how to negotiate prices and also how to get your new items shipped back home.
Claudia has taken all the photos in the book and manages to bring to life the Paris markets with her words and photography and you get a real sense of what they are about. She finds beauty in the smallest detail and her love and passion of the markets shines through.
|Old door hardware|
|Old hotel letterbox|
Claudia tells you how you could use these old treasures today. For example the old hotel letterbox could be used as an organiser for an office or kitchen. This is what I love about this book, it covers so many bases. Not only is it showing you how to navigate the markets but also gives you ideas on how to re purpose your finds to fit in with modern day living.
|Old French love? letters|
As Claudia says, the Paris flea markets provide an insight into times gone by and if you love history then the markets offer unique insights into how people lived in a bygone era. Today its so easy to press delete and erase photos and words but the old letters and photos in the Paris markets allow us a portal into lives gone by. Who wouldn't like to go back to a time when your beloved sent you a love letter written in the most beautiful script instead of an impersonal text of today. Claudia brings the romance of the markets alive with her photography, writing and passion for all the things the markets have to offer.
She takes us on a journey round the markets showing us what we are likely to find including any type of chair you want to imagine...............
|Old French linen|
.............Old linens, textiles, lace and trims..................
|Beautiful old silk lampshades|
................Old lights and shades.
There is a separate section for each object making the book easy to dip in and out of. There are also sections on collectibles, outdoors, architectural elements and hardware. In fact anything you might find is in this book!
Would I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY! It is well written, informative, personal and the photography is excellent. As I've already said the passion and love of these markets that Claudia has, shines through making it an enjoyable journey for the reader. You get sucked into the journey and it leaves you wanting more. I just want to be absorbed by the markets and all the beautiful objets so if anyone out there feels the urgent need to pay for me to go to Paris to scour the flea markets and also give me an unlimited budget then please do get in touch, I will do my very best to fulfill that need ;)
Now how do you go about WINNING one of these signed beauties? Well all you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post and I will put all the names into a hat and ask my glamorous assistant to pick one at random, its that easy! There is only one book available and you have to be in it to win it so make sure you leave your comment by 7pm TUESDAY 21st MAY.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!