28th March 2014

So the first of today’s two International Fridays posts was, I acknowledged, a little large (and expensive) to work as a Parisian pied-à-terre, which got me thinking: let’s find a Parisian pied-à-terre. And here it is, though at a listed price of €580,000 (around £480,000) this is still way outside my price range. But then blogging about property and interiors is akin to dreaming about property and interiors: it’s rarely about reality, but it is about inspiration.


And I think I’ve found a little gem here. Situated near the Bastille on the city’s Right Bank, this one bedroom apartment is located on the fourth floor of this handsome building, with views out over the Parisian rooftops. Why this apartment? Well, I’m drawn to the cool character of this interior, which is filled with individual design touches. There’s the kitchen for a start: just look at those richly-hued subway tiles and the industrial-styled ceiling lights, and the cabinets that are either metal, or that have some sort of paint finish applied that again creates that industrial aesthetic. The effect is rich and tactile.


The bedroom feels quirky and characterful with its tiled floor and beamed ceiling, but check out the shower room: I love that striking geometric tile finish, particularly in this green hue, combined with the vanity unit – which looks like an antique piece that’s been customized to create a vanity unit – and the contemporary basin. And those lights – look at those lights! Everything about this apartment suggests an owner with an artistic or creative streak. This living space might be compact, but it punches way above its weight in style.


The apartment was listed with Daniel Feau Conseil Immobilier via James Edition.