A Colorful French Home with a Child-like Spirit

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Design*Sponge/ Our peaceful bedroom under the roof. The framed illustration is by Australian designers Inaluxe. The 50s grey bedside table was an internet find. I had fun making our headboard in washi tape.
Lisa Sanchis
is a French graphic designer who mostly works in the realm of publishing. She creates books for children (fabric books in particular) and is also the author of sewing books. As a soon-to-be mom, her latest book is about creating things from fabric to decorate children’s rooms. She and her pediatric surgeon husband Benoît have lived in this 860 sq. ft. duplex in Montreuil – just to the east of Paris, a bit like Brooklyn is to NYC – for two years. They live in the top half under the roof, which, when they’re in bed, makes them feel like children under the cover of a tree house. The apartment used to belong to market gardeners and served as a warehouse before it was transformed into a house hidden from the street. In terms of style, Lisa is crazy about solid oak furniture and how it brings a comfy and welcoming atmosphere to any place. And she is also a fan of Scandinavian design for its graphic simplicity. After discovering designer Gesa Hansen‘s Remix collection, Lisa fell in love immediately and decided that her dining and coffee tables would be the first “non Ikea” furniture she would buy in her life. Furthermore, as a graphic designer with a love of color and pattern, Lisa tried to surround those beloved pieces with happy and colorful objects. Mille mercis, Lisa! –Anne

Image above: Our peaceful bedroom under the roof. The framed illustration is by Australian designers Inaluxe. The 50s grey bedside table was an internet find. I had fun making our headboard in washi tape.

Design Sponge/ Entrance of the living-room. I created the cuckoo clock for my latest sewing book "Déco ludique pour chambre d'enfant" Editions Hachette pratique. The house-shaped cushion is by English designer Donna Wilson (I'm a fan of everything she does). The schoolbag comes from Urban Outfitters and the 50s chair is from a bargain-hunt. I like classifying dvd's and comics by color even if I have to acknowledge its not an easy way to find what you're looking for in a bookcase.
Image above: Entrance of the living room. I created the cuckoo clock for my latest sewing book Déco Ludique pour Chambre d’Enfant, Editions Hachette pratique. The house-shaped cushion is by English designer Donna Wilson (I’m a fan of everything she does). The schoolbag comes from Urban Outfitters and the 50s chair is from a bargain-hunt. I like classifying DVDs and comics by color even if I have to acknowledge it’s not an easy way to find what you’re looking for in a bookcase.

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Design Sponge/ Dining-room. I partly painted the second-hand chairs in charcoal grey – Railings from Farrow&Ball – so they match with the plates stacked at the side of the dining table from designer Gesa Hansen's Remix collection. The framed concert posters of bands The National and Broken Social Scene are from designers Spike Press and Concepcion Studios.
Image above: Dining room. I partly painted the second-hand chairs in charcoal grey – Railings from Farrow&Ball – so they match with the plates stacked at the side of the dining table from designer Gesa Hansen‘s Remix collection. The framed concert posters of bands The National and Broken Social Scene are from designers Spike Press and Concepcion Studios.

Design Sponge/ Image above: Bar and kitchen. The table top of the Hansen Family dining table has two cases to either hide or present things. You can also put hot dishes on the slate side. I'm in love with this table cause it has a playful spirit. The multi-color garland comes from La Case de cousin Paul and makes me think about floating candies.
Image above: Bar and kitchen. The table top of the Hansen Family dining table has two cases to either hide or present things. You can also put hot dishes on the slate side. I’m in love with this table cause it has a playful spirit. The multi-color garland comes from La Case de cousin Paul and makes me think about floating candies.

Design Sponge/ Kitchen shelves and sliding door leading to laundry and a small bathroom. The delicate hand-painted dessert plates and spice jars are from Habitat.
Image above: Kitchen shelves and sliding door leading to laundry and a small bathroom. The delicate hand-painted dessert plates and spice jars are from Habitat.

Design Sponge/ Living-room. Hansen Family coffee table. Cushions are by my friend from Montreuil Juliette Beaupin. The big painting is from my beloved grand-father Jean Joyet. It dates from the 50s and represents women playing volley-ball in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a famous public park in Paris. I did the fabric pineapple (why not!).
Image above: Living room. Hansen Family coffee table. Cushions are by my friend from Montreuil Juliette Beaupin. The big painting is from my beloved grandfather Jean Joyet. It dates from the 50s and represents women playing volleyball in the Jardin du Luxembourg, a famous public park in Paris. I did the fabric pineapple (why not?).

Design Sponge/ Living-room. The solid oak tree console is from Habitat. The big sepia photograph is by visual artist Anne-Catherine Becker Echivard. She takes amazing pictures staging dead fish. Her work is crazy! The small black and white picture of St. Malo, a walled port in Brittany my husband's family comes from, is by Mickaël Helleux. The green radio made of wool is from my talented textile designer friend Camille Dupuis. Metal insects displayed in frames are from my grandfather Jean Joyet who was also a sculptor.
Image above: Livingroom. The solid oak tree console is from Habitat. The big sepia photograph is by visual artist Anne-Catherine Becker Echivard. She takes amazing pictures staging dead fish. Her work is crazy! The small black and white picture of St. Malo, a walled port in Brittany my husband’s family comes from, is by Mickaël Helleux. The green radio made of wool is from my talented textile designer friend Camille Dupuis. Metal insects displayed in frames are from my grandfather Jean Joyet who was also a sculptor.

Design Sponge/ Living room. Coffee table by The Hansen family. Cushions by Juliette Beaupin.
Image above: Living room. Coffee table by The Hansen Family. Cushions by Juliette Beaupin.

Design Sponge/ Our future son's bed-room that used to be my studio. The pink formica storage cupboard is coming from my parents-in-law's old flat's bathroom. They were about to throw it. I only changed the drawer knobs so they match with the graphic wallpaper on the opposite wall. I found the green armchair in a vintage fair. The mustard cushion is by Juliette Beaupin. The rug is from AM.PM. The framed illustration is by artist Nathalie Choux. She also makes exquisites ceramics ! I created the bear and the fox plushes for my sewing book "Ma petite fabrique de doudous" Editions Tornade. Graphic russian dolls are by Ingela P Arrhenius. The fabric Camera is the prototype of my children book "Clic-Clac, mon premier appareil photo", Editions Tourbillon. The framed black and white pictures of St Malo are from Mickaël Helleux.
Image above: Our future son’s bedroom that used to be my studio. The pink formica storage cupboard is from my in-law’s old flat’s bathroom. They were about to throw it away. I only changed the drawer knobs so they match with the graphic wallpaper on the opposite wall. I found the green armchair at a vintage fair. The mustard cushion is by Juliette Beaupin. The rug is from AM.PM. The framed illustration is by artist Nathalie Choux. She also makes exquisite ceramics! I created the bear and the fox stuffed animals for my sewing book Ma Petite Fabrique de Doudous, Editions Tornade. The Graphic Russian dolls are by Ingela P Arrhenius. The fabric camera is the prototype for my children’s book Clic-Clac, mon Premier Appareil Photo, Editions Tourbillon. The framed black and white pictures of St. Malo are from Mickaël Helleux.

Design Sponge/ Our future son's bedroom. The wallpaper is from Isak. I thought it would be perfect for this tiny wall of my studio when we moved in. I hope my son won't have anything against this touch of pink! The teddy bear belonged to is father (can now be called "vintage"). The framed illustration represents Tove Jansson's famous characters (at least in Scandinavia and England): The Moomins. I used to watch the TV series as a kid and hunt everything about them since.
Image above: Our future son’s bedroom. The wallpaper is from Isak. I thought it would be perfect for this tiny wall of my studio when we moved in. I hope my son won’t have anything against this touch of pink! The teddy bear belonged to his father (can now be called “vintage”). The framed illustration represents Tove Jansson’s famous characters (at least in Scandinavia and England): The Moomins. I used to watch the TV series as a kid and hunt everything about them since.

Design Sponge/ Our future son's "ensuite" bathroom (that sounds classy...). Green baby bathtub from Hoppop. Red and white baby blanket that also represents characters from The Moomins.
Image above: Our future son’s “ensuite” bathroom (that sounds classy…). Green baby bathtub from Hoppop. Red and white baby blanket that also represents characters from The Moomins.

Design Sponge/ Front door with turquoise washi tape seen from the living-room. The home shaped cushion is by Donna Wilson. The metal insects displayed in frames are more from my grandfather.
Image above: Front door with turquoise washi tape seen from the living room. The home-shaped cushion is by Donna Wilson. The metal insects displayed in frames are more from my grandfather.

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shira // sur ton mur

I love the touches of pink in her son’s bedroom (on the console and wallpaper). The pale pink combined with the richer colors around it (orange, green, yellow) is surprisingly gender neutral.

Emma

What an incredibly fun house. I had lots of fun looking at all the colorful and delightful details shown here. The future son’s bedroom is perfect. Merci for sharing!

Heather

Where did you get the bedding in your bedroom? I love the colors. You have a very fun and inspiring place to call home! Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth W

What a beautiful space! And that nursery is something every child would dream of. So many lovely colors and patterns to look at, textures to feel, boredom would be impossible! This is a lucky little boy to have such thoughtful and creative parents!

Chelsea

This home is so awesome. The use of color is fantastic. It makes the space seemed homey and ‘lived-in’. I am a huge fan of patterns, colors and mixing texture. As a fashion stylist I enjoy doing all of these things. It would be awesome to reflect that in my home as well like you have done.

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Debbie

This nursery is beautiful…en suite…love it. Best things are the recycled pink cabinets with exquisite door knobs, and the wallpaper. Not girly at all!

Lisa

Thanks a lot for your cheerful comments ! To answer Heather, the bedding comes from the Galeries Lafayette’s brand : Absolument maison.

Bella

Beautiful, playful, colourful house!! I love the mix of new and old, modern and contemporary. I would love to know where you purchased those lovely photo albums, I have been looking for some just like that for ages!!

Bella

Beautiful, colourful and joyful interior! Beautiful use of strong colour, too. I adore the mix of old and new, modern art and contemporary– and I especially love those photo albums–I have been looking for some just like them forever! May I ask where you purchased them?

SOUTHAMERICAN

I prefer to keep my color palette on short leash, but you definitely did a terrific job. Congrats!

Lisa

Many thanks again ! To answer Bella the photo albums are from the brand “Semikolon”. You can purchase them on Amazon for example.

Angel

I love everything about this house from the washi tape bed head to the wallpaper behind the cot to the funky furniture and cushions. It has inspired me to experiment with colour.

Rachel

Of all the awesome things to notice in your home, I love the colorful photo albums! Where are they from?

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