Claudia Strasser began her career in 1993 when she opened a boutique in New York City's East Village and filled it with French boudoir furniture and accessories. She painted and repaired flea market finds, reincarnating them into the sparkling treasures. Now she travels to Paris throughout the year, taking small groups shopping and sharing resources. She works on books and articles while designing a furniture line and doing some decorating projects. Claudia's style and business have been featured in scores of magazines. She is the author of The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget (1997). The Paris Apartment boutique is now a .com, and Claudia lives in Miami.