28th March 2014

It’s never healthy to have just one addiction, right? I mean, International Fridays can’t always be about gorgeous Swedish properties (hard though it is for me to have a break from cool Scandi homes). So today we head to Paris – and, if I’m honest, the Parisian addiction predates the Scandinavian habit, as it’s impossible not to be completely smitten by the elegance of Parisian architecture.


I’m going to credit ruerodier at this point, and specifically Rue Rodier’s really beautiful Instagram feed, where Marissa Cox posts gorgeous images of Paris and showcases the city’s majestic architecture against pristine blue skies. And even when the skies aren’t blue, Paris is still ridiculously beautiful.


So this week I’ve taken Marissa’s lead and chosen an apartment located on the Right Bank, close to Place d’Iéna, that feels quintessentially Parisian in style. From the parquet flooring to the ornate fireplaces and cornice detailing, to the wrought iron balconies you can just spot through the sets of French doors, this apartment is all about quiet luxury, and the owners have enhanced this with the serene all-white palette that draws your eye to the period features.


Located on the third floor of a beautiful stone building (and even without seeing the exterior, you just know that this is a beautiful stone building), this substantial apartment includes two living rooms and a dining room, a kitchen, bathroom, two shower rooms, and four bedrooms. Okay, it’s a bit bigger than any of us might need for a pied-à-terre, but let’s be honest and acknowledge that with a price tag of €2,590,000 (that’s just over £2.1 million) this is considerably more pricy than your average pied-à-terre anyway.


Not that there’s anything average about this interior. I love how old and new elements have been combined throughout – and in ways that don’t sound as if they should work but somehow do.


Consider the dining room where the rather dramatic looking wingback chairs are combined with Philippe Starck’s modern-classic Ghost chairs. The ornate overmantel mirror here looks antique, while the chandelier is contemporary. Although the furnishings are predominantly traditional in style, those contemporary touches combined with the light and airy volume of the spaces creates a look that feels eclectic and modern.


I can definitely imagine visiting Paris and staying here. Anyone else?

This apartment was listed by Daniel Feau Conseil Immobilier via James Edition.

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