Posted on June 8, 2015

Design Inspiration | A Parisian Pied-à-Terre

Design & Décor

Bonjour mes amis!  I hope you’re doing well.  We’re home from our yearly Disney World vacation.  Although it was a wonderful, our favorite family holiday together, it’s nice to be home.  For us, our time in WDW is non-stop fun and adventure, and we come home absolutely exhausted.  We couldn’t wait to see Coco and Bogie and they were thrilled to have us home.

As you know, admiring Parisian apartments is one of my favorite past times.  This lovely apartment owned Stéphanie Ross and her husband had me swooning at first sight.  Stéphanie Ross and her friend and designer, Alice Shamreiz, founded the French children’s clothing line Les Petits Carreaux.  Ross had worked as an artistic and communications director in women’s, men’s, and children’s fashion in Paris for 15 years, but after meeting her American husband and giving birth to their son, she and her family relocated to the San Francisco Area. Before relocating, the couple began a year-long remodel of their apartment in the 8th Arrondissement.   

“We originally lived in one of the smaller apartments on the fourth floor. In 2010, our neighbors across the hall fortuitously asked if we would be interested in exchanging apartments. They were looking to downsize and we had a growing family, so the swap was a win-win,” Ross says. “We were particularly thrilled to take over a larger unit that needed lots of TLC but that had all of its historical features intact: ornate moulded ceilings, wainscoting, stained glass in the entry hall, pointe d’hongrie hardwood floors (chevron parquet flooring), fireplaces in the salon, dining room, and bedrooms—a true rarity these days, as many Parisian apartments were modernized in the latter part of the 20th century, mainly by stripping out these features and reconfiguring interior spaces.”  The goal was to maintain the flat’s historical integrity by preserving the architectural features while accommodating the family’s lifestyle.  The building is a beautiful example of 1850’s Haussmann architecture.


The paper globe is from Geo-grafia, a vintage wooden hand from Luka Luna, vintage glass vases and a vintage lamp sit on top of the marble mantel.


The living room features a 243 Volage sofa and armchair designed by one of my favorite designers, Philippe Starck, for Cassina and an original 1960’s coffee table by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen. “Our living room ceiling is the only original left in the entire building; it was in bad condition so we needed to restore it,” says Ross.  Isn’t it just beautiful?  Love, love, love.


The dining room features Tulip Chairs by another favorite, Eero Saarinen, and a harvest dining table that was found in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.  I love all of the wonderful shops in this district.  The vase on the dining table is from d’Avril by Tse Tse and a George Nelson Bubble Lamp Saucer pendant hangs from the ceiling. “I wanted to have the George Nelson lamps in different shapes all over the apartment,” says Ross.


A Sapien Bookcase (sourced from DWR) holds a collection of design books purchased in San Francisco. “I managed the interior design remodeling process and worked in collaboration with my friends at Bel Ordinaire for the decorative finishes and furnishings,” Ross says.


Ross did not want anything on the wall and Bel Ordinaire designed a vertical fabric board made from a Christian Lacroix fabric.  I absolutely love it!  The black wall sconce is handmade by an unknown Parisian artist.


Ross wanted simple and chic curtains that allowed plenty of light into the flat.  The linen fabric is from Charvet Editions.


The dresser is from the Conran Shop in Paris and the chair is Polyprop, designed by Robin Day in 1963 for S. Hille & Co.


The master bedroom features a beautiful preserved marble mantel. The bedcover and chair pillow are from Lab Boutique.


An orange Eames Molded Fiberglass Chair and Quovis Table from DWR, white Ikea bookshelves.


I like the Ruban Noir coat hanger by Pa Design.  Alos, a mid-century chair and a white leather pillow from West Elm.


Via here, photography by Marie-Claire Fresquet for Bel Ordinaire.  When the Ross’s are not utilizing the pied-à-terre, they rent it out on a short-term, fully furnished basis.  For more information, visit

Wishing you a lovely week!  Also, during summer, the posting schedule may reduce to 2-3 times per week.  My schedule becomes incredibly busy, however, as always, you can follow along on Instagram and Facebook.



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