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Gosh, has it really been two weeks since I last posted? It has hasn’t it. There I go again disappearing without a trace. Well I’m awfully sorry for the big gap in posts, and I really appreciate that you’re still here. To thank you for staying around, I thought I’d share a few photos of our new apartment in Berkeley, California. The one above is of Ram’s piano.

Here’s his work area. We got the desk and chair at a fantastic place called Urban Ore. We didn’t have a car then, and had to roll them along the sidewalk for about a mile.

This the kitchen, featuring a fabulous mid-century Danish dining room table we found on Craig’s List, and a credenza we picked up for 30 bucks at the Salvation Army in Minneapolis.

The bathroom got super cute when I added that $3 area rug from IKEA. But still… no bathtub.

And finally, my favorite room in the house, our lovely bedroom. This room incorporates elements of our old design style from New York and Berlin. A little more French farmhouse and less California modern, which you can see aspects of in the rest of the apartment. That big mirror, which Ram’s grandmother left outside to weather for a few years, thankfully survived the cross country road trip. It’s one of our most prized possessions. And that smaller one above my bureau I call my “mini Paris fleamarket” because it kind of resembles the big ones Ram’s mother got at the actual Paris Fleamarket. It’s surrounded by my collection of miniature landscapes and Madonna and Child images.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into our new home!

A few weeks ago I posted about Paris apartments, and how brilliant it is to find one on Craig’s List to rent, rather than stay at a hotel during your holiday. Here are the two places Ram and I stayed at during our quick trip last month.

On Rue de Gravilliers, in the 3rd arrondissement, this little studio was on the top floor of a very old building, whose narrow, winding staircase reminded me of a place where a 16th century witch doctor might live. It was a great spot for exploring the Marais, and just down the street from Ircam, where Ram had his workshop.

The second place was an even tinier studio near the Canal St. Martin, one of my favorite areas. This is the view from the window.

I sat here at this makeshift desk and worked all day. If you have to work somewhere, it might as well be here.

I could make tea whenever I wanted to. I loved this little display of vintage cooking utensils in the kitchen.

And one of my favorite things in the world, antique flatware.

Where is your favorite place to stay in Paris?

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Tomorrow, we’re going to Paris, and instead of spending lots of money on a hotel, we’re spending a little bit less money on a real Paris apartment. We found it on craigslist, one of my favorite resources for jobs, second hand furniture, and of course apartments. We’re renting a cute one just down the street from Ircam, where Ram is taking a workshop, but it was only available for three nights, so for our last night we’ll move to a little studio apartment near the Canal Saint Martin, one of our favorite areas. Here are some pictures of other pretty apartments in Paris.

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