What’s on MY Mantel?

A few weeks ago, I shared with you a few of my tips for making a furnished apartment feel like home. From promptly putting your suitcases away to stocking your pantry to (eventually) inviting a new friend over for a cup of coffee, there are many practical and inexpensive things you can do to make your new apartment feel like a familiar, safe, and comfortable haven. I share these tips because they’ve worked for me. My own pre-furnished rental has become a home over the past few months thanks to a lot of intentionality and patience — patience with the space […]

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Autumn Snapshots: Seeking Quiet in la Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

This week, Chris and I were in need of some quiet. Don’t get me wrong: urban living is great. To be able to step through our door and immediately become part of the hustle and bustle is exhilarating, the fulfillment of a 15 year old dream from the heart of this urbanite wannabe. But, everyone needs a break from the noise every once in a while, a break from the car horns and sirens, the click-clack of shoes on concrete, the constant chatter from bars and cafés. Sometimes, you need to hear bird song or wind in the trees… or just hear yourself think. Chris […]

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Reflections On Our New Home, Pt. 1

  Our apartment overlooks a quiet, secluded courtyard, separated from the street by another set of apartments served by the same large, green door. It is so quiet that, once through the door, it’s nearly impossible to tell that you’re still in the heart of a bustling city. Courtyards are commonplace among Paris apartments – isolated sanctuaries that, often times, are only ever seen by those living behind the outer door. The courtyard at 60 rue de Dunkerque is simple, lined with gray cobblestone and home to a picnic table and an albeit sizeable tree. It’s simple, but I like […]

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