As I’m on a quest to find a new Parisian apartment for myself, I’m happy to share the home of Rym of Mademoiselle Bagatelles and dream of finding a great place like hers. Rym’s flair for style and strong sense of color and texture are the result of growing up between Paris and Tunisia. She recently moved back to Paris from London — where she was working as a pattern cutter for several London Fashion Week designers — to pursue her own line of colorful and stylish handbags with retro-inspired details. The line has expanded to include other accessories, and these days one of her apartment rooms is a dedicated studio space. Many thanks to Rym and to Marianne Nouguez for helping out with some of the photos! — Anne
Image above: This is the living room. I brought the carpets and cushions from Tunisia, where I used to live as a child. My mom is a painter, so I mainly decorated the flat with her art that I collect.
Image above: The dining space. The small olive tree was a housewarming gift. I’ve had the old vintage suitcase since I was a child; it has been following me ever since. It used to belong to my great-grandfather back in the 40s. The hanging balloons are from the art & crafts shop Rougier & Plé in Paris.
See more of Rym’s Paris apartment after the jump!
Image above: I got the table from my grandparents. It used to be painted in black, but I removed most of it with sandpaper. I love the antique look it has now. The mats are also from Tunisia, and so is the ceramic vase. The little wooden box was a handmade gift from one of my sisters for my 20th birthday.
Image above: The dining table is a beautiful antique made from a lemon tree. The plates are a mix from Zara Home and jars that I got at a sale in Paris. I use large whisky glasses from Ikea as candleholders. The table is right in front of a big bay window, so the room always gets plenty of light, which makes for a warm atmosphere. The balloons are suspended to a wire photo holder from the Guggenheim museum in New York and attached to the paper lantern with a satin ribbon.
Image above: In the kitchen, some small dishes from Tunisia, the spice corners and a plate of macarons. I love their colors and nice little round shape — so cute! The fish-shaped dish comes from Japan and is a gift from my little sister.
Image above: My bedroom. I found the chair at a flea market back in London. I displayed my collection of Hermès scarves on one of its arms because I love to see their brightly colored prints; they’re so cheerful. The cushions are from Zara Home. The dress is an antique find in the medina in Tunis; it’s a traditional bridal gown (under dress) from the 30s.
Image above: I love bright colors, and this little red corner in the living room always cheers me up. This little turquoise vase is from Zara Home, and I tend to move it around from room to room with me, so I always get to enjoy it (it’s a kind of mascot!).
Image above: The reading corner of the living room. Carpets and cushions are from Tunisia. I used the Expedit bookcases from Ikea; I love their square shape, and they can be moved very easily, which is convenient since I like to move furniture around often. I also love the contrast of black and red.
Image above: In my bedroom, I chose to use mainly turquoise, my favorite color. The painting is by my grandmother and where I hang my favorite jewelry. The poster above the bed is a Japanese print on rice paper brought back from Japan. I use a placemat from Zara Home to cover my bedside table, which holds my favorite books and DVDs, and one of my clutches that I use as make-up bag. The pillows are from Ikea. And again, the traveling turquoise vase!
Image above: The Maneki Neko (lucky cat) is also a gift from Japan from my sister. The origami mobile is by OnceUponAFold on Etsy.
Image above: The chest of drawers is made from oak and was purchased from an antique shop in Portobello Market in London. The big vase is from artist Sadika and, again, my small traveling vase. The little pomegranate is a gift from a friend from Israel. The wooden piece is actually a piece of my bedroom window shutter from my home in Tunisia, handmade by my dad. The shoes were found in a vintage market in Rome — it was love at first sight!
Image above: Mademoiselle Bagatelles/me!