Sneak Peek: Best of Parisian Homes


No matter how many stories Anne, D*S sneak peek editor and our resident Parisian, tells me about the teeny tiny living or the horrors of French bureaucracy, part of me thinks that living in Paris would be the stuff of my rom com dreams. You know, girl meets cute French boy sort of thing. In reality, I’m not sure I have the gumption (or energy) it takes to move across an ocean, so I’ll voyeuristically settle for peeking inside Parisian homes. I picked my favorite French homes here; each photo is a window into an entire sneak peek. I had a little trouble picking just one photo to represent each home, so click through to see the full peeks. And if you haven’t guessed that we’ve been on a Paris kick this week, we have a French dinner party coming up at 1pm. À bientôt! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: The floors in this Napoleonic-era townhouse in the Marais are the stuff of Parisian apartment dreams. See more photos here.


Image above: Dorothée Monestier’s dining room in Boulogne-Billancourt, a peaceful suburb of Paris, with Guariche and Eames chairs and a Moroccan rug from Caravane. The kitchen has been painted with Farrow & Ball. See more photos here.


Image above: The brightly colored kitchen in Ombline de Kersabiec’s Paris apartment. See all the photos here.

More Parisian homes after the jump . . .



Image above: Two years ago, Elodie Laleous and her boyfriend bought this 650-square-foot flat in the 18th arrondissement in Paris. It was initially a raw space, and Elodie channeled her childhood in the countryside and love of all things Scandinavian by utilizing wood as the main decorative element. See more photos here.


Image above: Catherine Taret is a Franco-American writer living in Paris who works from her home located in the hip neighborhood of Les Abbesses, Montmartre. See the full home here.


Image above: This is the Parisian home of creative couple Bridgette Comazzi (creative director of the fashion brand Comptoir des Dotonniers) and Ivan Duval (part of the duo behind Atypyk). They’ve been in this traditional Haussmann-style apartment in the 10th arrondissement of Paris with their twin 10-year-olds for two years. See their full home here.


Image above: When she was 12 years old, Danielle Rubi Dentzel had a horseback riding accident that left her in a coma. Her doctor was also an amateur photographer with a darkroom and gave her photography lessons as a therapeutic exercise. Danielle dove into photography and hasn’t put down a camera since. She moved from California to Paris recently with her husband, Adrian, and the two have settled into this apartment in the 20th arrondissement. See more photos here.


Image above: A Parisian living room with carpets and cushions from Tunisia, where Rym of Mademoiselle Bagatelles used to live as a child. Her mom is a painter, so she decorates with her mother’s art. See more photos here.


Image above: A+B Kasha designer Ida, motion designer and director Pierre-Edouard and their black cat, Alfred, live in this tiny apartment in Paris’ 1st arrondissement. See more photos here.


Image above: Morgane Sezalory, the founder and art director of Les Composantes, primarily works out of her home in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, so she keeps her bedroom a sanctuary — a calm space free of clutter. See more photos here.


Image above: Cheri Messerli and David Rager had dreamed of moving to Paris. One day, they just decided to do it. When they found this apartment, they knew it was the one — it was light, spacious and had a lot of unusual features that are rare for Paris apartments, such as exposed old-beamed ceilings, cement and wood floors, a partial rock wall and a large kitchen space. See all the photos here.


Image above: A bright yellow Jieldé lamp stands in front of Lene Toni Kjeld’s hand-printed “transitional” wallpaper in Helena Amourdedieu’s Paris home. See more photos here.


Image above: Laura Adrian and Braden Perkins frequently open their Parisian flat to visitors for their supper club, Hidden Kitchen. See the full home here.

  1. Susan says:

    I always enjoy peeking into parisian homes…merci! le sigh.

  2. elizabeth says:

    i love the floors in that first photo!

  3. Barbara says:

    What I love most about them is the utter lack of “trendy-ness”.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. carrie says:

    A friend of the family had the most fabulous apartment in Paris, in which I stayed over the summer. There was a market on weekends two blocks away, a boulangerie on the corner, a little antique shop down the street, close metro. There were even two older men sitting on a bench on the sidewalk with a puppy one afternoon. It was EXACTLY like a rom com. You just have to be very, very wealthy to live this life…but it was FABULOUS for a couple of days.

  5. yammie says:

    I love the simplicity but love this “A Parisian living room with carpets and cushions from Tunisia” one the most. Maybe because of the colors…

  6. Deco Review says:

    The Tunisian carpets and cushion looks fabulous

  7. Uchi says:

    que lindo ! loved it !

  8. The homes are all so simple, yet so stylish in their own individual way. The blue and white paper against the yellow lamp, the herringbone floors, the detailed moldings — such great examples of understated elegance. Wonderful to see.

  9. Corinne says:

    I love all the details: the moldings, the fireplace — they all add such character and, for me, are what makes a Parisian apartment so special

  10. Ramani Mathw says:

    I love the Tunisian textiles. Somehow, I don’t associate bright textiles with French style, and it works wonderfully!

  11. All so gorgeous! A great compilation!

  12. A Day in May says:

    Beautiful homes! All so romantic and light!

  13. Sarah says:

    My favorite is the blue one, but they all look so beautiful…

  14. Stephanie Fig says:

    love to see all the mid century chairs- very cool! Stephanie Fig

  15. dianne says:

    Ah! That first photo! Can I just move in?!!

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