If I Designed It: A Parisian Piede a Terre

{The Living Room in this Chic Parisian Apartment is the Perfect Blank Slate}

After my recent trips to Paris, I have completely fallen in love with the City of Lights. While I won’t be attending Deco Off and Maison et Objet later this month, I am already thinking about my next trip there to gather inspiration and find beautiful antiques and art for my clients. When you work in a creative field, it is important to take time away from the daily grind and visit places from which you draw inspiration and allow you to refuel creatively. Otherwise, it is so easy to get bogged down in the details of the day to day. It may sound a little ridiculous, but I think I have reached a point in my life when I am going to make it a goal to visit Paris at least once a year. There are several places stateside that are important for my travels including New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and I usually wind up there multiple times a year. Paris will obviously take a bit more planning, but I have found it to be the place, along with London, from which I find the most inspiration and where I have had the most luck finding the things I am seeking.

{I love the high contrast effect of the crisp white walls and ebonized floors as seen here in the living room. I also love the Giacommeti-style plaster chandelier in this room.}

As such, on a recent weekend, I decided that it would be fun to look at real estate listings in Paris in case I should ever have a pied-à-terre there. I found a beautiful duplex apartment in the 7th arrondissement on the Left Bank, which I love, and quickly let my husband know I’d found the perfect spot for us. With his eyes rolled, he asked for the price tag then chuckled when I told him it was $12.9 million. A girl can dream, right? Regardless, I couldn’t help but imagine how I would design this beautiful apartment if I were in charge of the decoration.

{Beautiful Parisian Moldings}

{The kitchen has a beautiful La Cornue range, pretty taupe cabinetry and marble countertops. The only major change I would make here would be to the pendants over the island and I would possibly change the shelves to something that feels a bit lighter in the space.}

{The Master Bedroom}

{How stunning is the master bathroom? Notice the marble clad doors– insane!}

{A Guest Bedroom}

{The Private Entrance Hall}

{A Sculptural Staircase}

{The Duplex has a Private Tree-Lined Alley and Gardens}

If this beautiful apartment belonged to me, or more feasibly to a client, I would want to balance the classic bones of the spaces with a mix of modern and traditional pieces. The crisp color palette of the space itself is so pure and beautiful, that I would want to keep the interiors from feeling fussy, so I would keep any pattern to a very bare minimum and instead focus on an interesting mix of silhouettes and beautiful textures. Specifically, in the living room, I would envision a huge abstract painting, perhaps a Cy Twombly to anchor the space. I would add smoky, antiqued mirror above the fireplace to draw the eye up and open up the space further. I would keep the beautiful plaster chandelier in the manner of Giacometti that is already in the room and add a mix of interesting furniture silhouettes from different periods. A long, skirted sofa in chocolate velvet would add luxurious texture and rich color to the space, while a pair of skirted chairs with bullion fringe would add a feminine touch.


A pair of Mies van der Rohe lounge chairs in chrome and rattan would add a sculptural and textural touch to the space, while a pair of antique French benches upholstered sumptuous peacock blue velvet would add a hint of color and a wink to the origins of the building. Metallic accents, by way of a 1970s brass coffee table by Karl Springer and a little brass drum table add a bit of glamour, while a chunky abaca rug underfoot adds more texture, grounds the room, and keeps the space from feeling too formal. I could move right in!

{To View the Full Real Estate Listing, Visit Christie’s International Real Estate}

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  1. It certainly is gorgeous.
    I don’t see radiators. Is it under-the-floor heating? (Forced-air is unheard-of here because unlike the U.S., the walls tend to be solid stone or brick.)
    Having the rooms en filade like this place is typical–the design enhanced air circulation.

  2. What a perfect apartment and as always, your design is spot on. I visited Paris for the first time last spring and fell in love with the city. I can not wait to go back!

  3. My heart has pangs looking at this gorgeous Paris apartment. Simply stunning and soooo ready to decorate! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. What a fabulous place! I would love to fill it with amazing artwork and keep the furniture minimal. You have such great taste Paloma and I hope someday you own your very own apartment in Paris.

  5. Would you please provide the source of some of your finds (such as the plaster chandelier and the easel)? I don’t think the Cy Twombly is in my price-point. 😉 Thank you!

  6. Wow! I feel exactly as you do. My husband and I just returned from our 2nd trip to Paris and my exact words to him :”Wouldn’t it be amazing to go to Paris with a designer to select furnishings for a new home or space!!!” I love everything French and I love the selections you would bring to that incredible space! You are very talented. I love your blog and hope to work with you someday soon – Chicago apartment!!!! 🙂

  7. How Beautiful!

    I stained my oak floors to that color almost exactly. It was alot of work to get red oak to look like that, and I am not sure how I feel about it, I almost want to add a industrial tint.

    Nonetheless your set up is lovely.