Native Parisian Laetitia Lazerges and her husband moved to Montreuil — a residential neighborhood just east of Paris and still connected by the metro — and this 2500 sq. ft. 1930s home five years ago. Originally separated into four apartments with four kitchens and four bathrooms, it was bigger and more expensive than what they were looking for, but their major crush made them break open the piggy bank and grab it. They’re just now starting to see what they originally envisioned coming to life: the colors pop, they can enjoy a sunny terrace, and they each have big offices to work in. But there’s still plenty more to do. As editor/blogger of Vert Cerise, as well as a pattern maker and community manager for Etsy France, along with her former work for Tsé & Tsé Associées and Petit Pan, it’s a pleasure to see Laetitia’s creative and colorful touches around the home. Thanks, Laetitia! — Anne
Image above: Our dining room is located on the ground floor. We wanted to have a big space to share with friends. The table, made by a friend and my husband, is more than 11.5 feet long. The black chair is designed by Eames, and the five hanging lights are from Tsé & Tsé Associées. My husband created the rainbow wire system to make it simple to install. If you can’t hide it, make it more visible!
Image above: This tiny living room is one of my favorite places in the house. It’s difficult to mix different patterns, colors and styles, but I think it’s successful here. We used two wallpapers with the same design but different colors from Atelier LZC (their studio is at the end of my road). The lamp is a hack of an Ikea light with a traditional Chinese fish lantern made by Petit Pan.
See more of Laetitia’s home, just outside of Paris, after the jump . . .
Image above: I found the desk, the plant stand, and chair in different dumpsters in our neighborhood. The upholstery I did on the chair made it an awesome piece. We chose to use a blue ostrich leather, since traditionally this kind of armchair comes in red only. The poster is from l’Affiche Moderne and was made by Young Nod, a Chinese artist. The Indian print used to be a camera color calibration sheet, and the origami butterfly box is handmade by me using a real entomological box from Deyrolle (an incredible Parisian taxidermy shop).
Image above: Pierre Paulin, the French designer of the “Mushroom” (the blue chair), said, “This chair should be more than simply functional. It should be friendly, fun and colorful.” Perfect for us! We have mixed it with two ’70s chocolate armless chairs with cushions from Kenzo, a piece of rosewood Louis XV furniture, and a large chocolate colored couch. A vintage globe gives us more light, and we always have some eucalyptus wood from my parents’ garden to use as incense.
Image above: The piano is from Klein, one of the oldest piano manufacturers in the world that is still in activity. Joseph Klein made his first piano in 1791! And the factory has been in Montreuil — our town — since 1872. This one is a children’s model from the ’70s and was found in a charity sale. The dog print is a gift from a friend. The black and white print was a gift for my husband from Jared Tarbell during his participation in a French web festival he organized. All the plants are gifts made by our wedding guests, and we made the plant light.
Image above: The kitchen was the first room we renovated. We have an Ikea kitchen with a sink found in the street (so many things can be found on the street if you pay close enough attention). The green salt pottery is from my husband’s grandmother. The shelves contain rice, pasta and flour. We keep our collection of different vinegars and oils there, as well.
Image above: I brought back this Robert’s radio from a one-month trip in London. It is a 1950s-style radio with advanced features. The wall is painted in a strawberry paint. The candle jars are from Sia.
Image above: The bedroom is our cat’s favorite spot in the house. The blanket and the fish on the wall are made by Petit Pan. The flowered bedspread comes from Les Touristes, and the noren (Japanese curtains) from Madame Mo. I bought the Kiraz print on the wall during an exhibition in a Parisian gallery. The artist is well known for his series of drawings called “Parisiennes” published in the magazine Jours de France in the ’60s and in Playboy in the ’70s. On the bedside table there is a crocheted rabbit made by Anne Claire Petit.
Image above: The bathroom is our most recent renovation project in the house. We found nothing in the traditional bathroom furniture store, but we did find this mid-century buffet in an Emmaus Community for less than $20. The piece was a little too large for the space, but a woodworker (a friend of my father), helped us give it the perfect size, and we did the cut-offs ourselves to install two squared sinks. On the wall, we used the same tiling that you can find in the Paris subway. On the counter there is one of my favorite organic beauty product brands, Neal’s Yard Remedies, from England.
Image above: Sophie Cuvelier gave me one of her hand-dried garlands when I met her. It was the perfect touch of color for the chalkboard in front of this desk. I always use vintage mugs or jam jars to arrange my pencils and felt pens. The plush rabbit is from Petit Pan.
Image above: This was my husband’s bed when he was a child. My mother-in-law bought it in a flea market in Provence in the ’80s. The dog pillow is from Salvor. In the shelf are some stuffed animals from Trousselier, Petit Pan, and vintage finds.
Image above: The terrace is why we love this house so much. We have planted a vine, a lavender bush, a lilac tree . . . it’s like an oasis in the middle of the city. To give a festive flair, we installed some little lights and the same electric garland that you can find in all French “bals populaires” (open air dances) on Bastille Day!