Posted on April 29, 2015

French Interiors | A Romantic Paris Apartment

Design & Décor

When Thuy Tranthi Rieder accepted an offer at luxury accessories brand, Lancel, she called on designer friend Eric Lysdahl to help her decorate her new Paris apartment.  Reider, sharing the apartment with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, Arielle, needed a furnished apartment in only three weeks. “I looked at so many apartments,” says Thuy. “When I walked into this one, I was struck by the height of the ceilings and the beautiful light.  It’s a typical Parisian apartment—very chic with elegant details.”  

Designer Eric Lysdahl scoured his (and mine!) favorite Parisian sources, the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market for antiques and accessories and picked up the modern objects at one of the largest department stores in the city, Bazaar de l’Hotel de Ville.  I love the bright fuchsia fabric that was chosen for windows, otherwise, I think the apartment would have been too stark.  Vintage Louis XV fauteuils that Lysdahl found at Paris’s famed Marchés aux Puces flea market have a painted stripe down the center, paying homage to designer Pauline de Roth-schild.

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The silver bulldog beneath the console is from Moia Gallery in the Marais.  I would love to have a little Frenchie statue like this one!

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This is a very formal apartment in a formal neighborhood,” says Thuy. “And because the details are so ornate, we wanted to bring in a modern, clean-lined feel.  We wanted the space to be more urban and whimsical.”

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The white leather daybed is by Mies van der Rohe and the iconic bucket bag, seen below, was renamed the “Elsa by Lancel” in 1987.  It became an instant classic and was carried by Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, and Brigitte Bardot.

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The apartment’s original marble mantel is lined with a blue vases that echo the tabletop’s nautical palette.  The space is a perfect mix of classic and modern, featuring a sleek dining table with a white embossed top and a modern floor lamp that juxtapose against the classical architecture, herringbone floors and large gilt mirror.

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Beautiful details throughout the apartment allude to its history and the timeless beauty of the city.  I especially love original window hardware.

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Lysdahl diy artwork is a nod to artist Cy Twombly.

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The modern fabric from BHV blends perfectly with stripes and florals on the bed in Arielle’s bedroom.  How cute is the Roy Lichtenstein inspired pillow?

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xoxo,

Brenda

Article via Traditonal Home; Photography, Francis Hammond; Interior Design: Eric Lysdahl, EricLysdahl Inc.

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