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A Customized, Parisian Home Built to Last

by Garrett Fleming

Graphic designer Romain Chirat and his partner, theater director Jean, had a clear vision for their one-bedroom place from the second they moved in a year and a half ago. “We wanted to create a cozy and timeless home, with a little touch of Scandinavia, America and Japan,” the couple says. Their home in the heart of Paris, France had all of the bones to make their dream a reality, but it needed that extra bit of love to get it just right. Paris proper is one of the most desirable cities in the world, so it comes as no surprise that apartments there run a bit small. Maximizing their quaint corner of the sky was the first step to getting the perfect space for the pair and their pup.

The two undoubtedly-creative souls tackled the majority of the apartment’s design, but looked to Architect Eloise Bosredon to help them create a bright and airy living area and bathroom. Keeping in mind that the spaces should transcend styles and be easily customizable, Eloise’s work is clean, modern and timeless; just what the couple wanted. With the structure of their home intact, Romain and Jean then went about peppering in pretty Scandinavian and American touches. Their style is evident from the get-go. Once you pass the entryway’s brilliantly-colorful wallpaper, the delights keep on coming. Click through to revel in all 800 square feet of this 1800s-era beauty. —Garrett

Photography by Romain Chirat

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The entryway, or "lobby" as the Europeans call it, is made memorable by this fabulous wallpaper from Svenskt Tenn. Romain and Jean fell in love with it on a trip to Stockholm. Jean's grandfather was an accomplished hunter and gave them this piece.
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A Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. sconce is mounted to the beautiful wallpaper.
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This golden, George Nelson clock keeps time on the lobby's Skagerak console table.
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The living area's 1960s sofa was snagged in Brussels, and the canoe paddles are from Sanborn Canoe Co..
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Arlette the Jack Russell Terrier gets cozy with a striped pillow from Ines de la Fressange in the living area.
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Architect Eloise Bosredon helped the men maximize the living area's space.
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Here's another view of the gorgeous -- and super-useful -- library shelving. The homeowners made Eloise's work their own by peppering in these vintage finds.
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A custom-made dining table from Belgium's Bulk Edition complements the Farrow & Ball "Teresa's Green" paint job.
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Architect Eloise Bosredon helped the pair out with their bathroom as well.
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Matte black, Italian, Fantini pipework and Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. sconces pull together Eloise and the homeowners' sleek and modern design.
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The bedroom gets fantastic light and is "the perfect place to read and to rest." Jean's mom made the map for her son and his partner.
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This petite lamp is from Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
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The bedroom's wooden shelves are by Muji, and the bedsheets were bought in the streets of Paris at La Trésorerie
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Sitting across from the couple's bed is this additional bit of storage and Lampe Gras lamp.
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"What we love most about our home is..."
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The kitchen is tiny, so the couple only keeps the essentials around. This pretty saucepan is from IKEA, and the little egg cups are by Danish brand Lucie Kass.
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Collected tools and accessories dot the kitchen's March shelving.
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The Parisian apartment's floor plan.

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Comments

  • Light, colorful, cheery home, occupied by cared-for Arlette the Jack Russell, but BAM! the dead deer on the wall in celebration of its death. Don’t care that somebody’s grandpappy was a hunter, it’s loathsome.

  • I particularly love the wonderful, light, well incorporated library in the living and the thoughtfully attached writing/working corner space…. What an impeccable idea & execution. Living in the Paris area, I shall keep your Eloise in mind, if ever we should need an architect!
    Also, the impression that the appartment is light-filled, a difficult task in the notoriously polluted Paris is so well accomplished; the whole place has a sleek, modern and yet cosy feel about it. Best of all I do however like your dog…. :)
    Congratulations all round – very well done!

  • I would love to know where you get the idea that “Europeans” call the “entryway” a “lobby”. In England it’s a hall. I can’t think of any other countries that would call it a lobby. The word seems to be exclusively American.

    • Christian

      That has been this home owner’s experience- we can only speak to what this couple has experienced living abroad and what the entryway has been referred to as.

      Grace

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