sneak peek: laetitia lazerges


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!

  1. magalerie says:

    Wow! That house is a dream!

  2. karoline says:

    I like how it’s colorful, but not too colorful.

  3. Brooke says:

    So bright and cheerful!

  4. Aitana says:

    i love it ;)


  5. Marta says:

    So great to see where you live! It looks wonderful!

  6. What a beatiful space…definitely shows that not all Parisian living spaces are small….with a little creativity and a willingness to walk from the Metro you’ve got a place to live that looks like it could be in the U.S. of A.! I especially love the mix of wallpapers, they blend together so well.

  7. lamirose says:

    very nice place ! Bravo Laetitia

  8. ricore. says:

    i love the variety of motifs and shape repetition! but the real exciting thing was the sort of stereographic effect on the wallpaper that i seemed to get from scrolling down through the second photograph. did anybody elses’ mind get boggled by that?

  9. //// beautiful happy house! /////

  10. Gabe says:

    Great stuff! Thanks

  11. I adore this home! The balcony space is stunning and the eclectic design of the interiors are so cheery and colourful. xo

  12. Sally says:

    I am envious of your terrace. You will love having the scents of lilac and lavender.

  13. Cyn | decyng says:

    Beautiful space! I like the living-room wallpaper.

  14. What a great home, loads of quirky pieces that make it so individual. Love the idea of stringing different coloured light cords in a pattern as she has done in the Dining room. What a feature!

  15. I love the idea of using color coded electrical cords as a design element! Brilliant! If you can’t beat ’em -use ’em!! Clever!

  16. Lydia Lapwing says:

    It’s very difficult to get a sense of there being 2500 sq ft of space from these pictures.

  17. Kristine says:

    When I read the intro, I thought: what a project!! You can see your love for the house in every inch… well done!!

  18. monica says:

    this is such a welcoming home! DS, i look forward to you every morning, but have to say its a bit of a downer when i find that your post for the following day is on pinterest the day before…please keep us in suspense just a bit longer!

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      we don’t have a policy of pinning before things run- can you tell me where you saw this post on pinterest before it ran?


  19. Decofairy says:

    I love the colourfull cables of the first photo…Great idea!

  20. Paige says:

    I can’t find this wallpaper (or any other wallpaper) on the Atelier LZC website. Do you know where it is sold?

  21. Thanks for all your comments. This is the first time that I really share pictures of my home. On my blog, I only published very small details (that’s maybe on what Monica stumbled upon) but I have never published this kind of pictures.

    @Paige : I guess the wallpaper is sold-out. I bought it 4 years ago.

  22. Andrea says:

    This house makes me dream of finding a home in Europe and moving there to start a bakeshop. I love it.

  23. Zelda says:

    I like Vert Cerise’s blog since long time but i has never seen these photos of her home, it’s so amazing et beautiful !!! Thanks to share it.

  24. Tania 2 birds landing says:

    Quirky! Original! Filled with colour! Thank you…

  25. True bobo chic! I am floored. Please, please, please invite me over, I live close by.

  26. Marion says:

    Anybody knows where I can find thoses beautiful glass shelves in the photo of the kitchen??I though Ikea, but i can’t find it!!

  27. Wow. i’ve instantly fell in love when i saw the posts 1st picture. Love the colors.

  28. franky says:

    beautiful house!

  29. Wow, I love the house and the terrace ! hard to find something like that in my budget ;)

  30. sylvie says:

    C’est super cool !

  31. Hélène says:

    Gorgeous house ! I envy the terrace so much..

    “definitely shows that not all Parisian living spaces are small” : It’s in Montreuil not Paris ! the square meter price is a lot cheaper so you can have a bigger space :)

  32. sanslesou says:

    J’aime beaucoup cet appartement, Laetitia a vraiment bon goût, c’est très sympa et l’alliance entre les différentes teintes est superbe! J’adore cette terrasse!!!

  33. Lorensil says:

    I love the table cloth, where did you get it from? Thank you!


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