Our Apartment



We had a photo shoot of our place today. I didn't like the photographer very much and the pictures won't be ready until next month, so that's all I can say about that. In the meantime we'll make do with these. The apartment doesn't look anything like we imagined because a) we were working off Leboncoin finds, b) our renter's agreement limited modifications, and c) the radiators are placed stupidly around the rooms. It may be too spare for most people. For us, it's bright and sunny and we feel good whenever we get home and look at a clean, uncluttered space.

 

We've lived here two years now, but I didn't know our home was "minimalist" until I started this blog. On one side of the entrance is the utility closet and kitchen. On the other side are three built-ins with shelves for coats and shoes, linens, books, and files. Our kitchen is "American style"- open, not enclosed in a separate room.

 

The Nkuku locker room shelves are from La Tresorerie. My husband bought a lot of art before we got married, massive pieces that physically don't fit in the apartment. Instead, we display personal items- photos, cards from friends, and vintage prints with extra hangers or salvaged frames. I love growing, gardening, and having plants everywhere, but the cats can't resist nibbling and get sick.


Our apartment is 70 square meters (around 753 square feet), with an additional 14 square meters outdoor space. We were happy to have lots of closets and drawers under the bathroom sink. This allows us to live with only ten pieces of furniture, which is very freeing.

 

There's homemade mouthwash in the capped bottle and grapeseed oil in the small one. They held Aesop products originally, but now we use bulk soap and oil for everything.


In our bedroom, we have two built-in closets and a TV, which we only got because I lost a fight with my husband. The back balcony overlooks Invalides and Tour Montparnasse. From the front balcony, you can see the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, and La Defense. 

 

We travel and move often. Things get increasingly tiresome the more you pack them up and carry them around. Everything we own, we use- there isn't any furniture you can't sit on, or decorations you can't touch. In the realm of everyday useful things, both the needs and wants of undemanding persons are easily satisfied, and you don't have to be an aboriginal goat herder to figure that out. For more photos of our apartment, click here or here. To see how we clean and organize everything, click here. Click here to read Parts I, II, and III of our Paris apartment search. P.S. Our home is on Apartment Therapy today.

Sources

Kartell Componibili, vintage from LeBonCoin
Ikea sofa from LeBonCoin, similar here
Habitat Ikebana bed from LeBonCoin, similar here
Rocker, Eames
Linen sheet set, secondhand
Dining table from Leboncoin, similar here
Chairs, LebonCoin, similar here
Thrifted flatware, Arne Jacobsen for Georg Jensen
Copper mugs, gifted
Weck jars, secondhand
Steel spoon, similar here
Steel spatula, here
Paper lanterns, LeBonCoin
Wire shelves, Nkuku


Paris to Go

6 comments:

  1. What a lovely space! I keep coming back to look at the pictures, very inspiring. Kudos to you for your commitment to sourcing things second-hand. If you do feel comfortable with it, I'd like to see how you've organized your hidden-away things.

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    1. Hi Emilie! You are so sweet! As soon as we have enough light to take pictures I'll post them :) Thanks!

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  2. Yes, would love to see how you organize everything! Beautyful appartment!
    Thank you

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    1. Thank you so much! Ok, I'll write the post soon! I have the pictures already, I just want to come up with non-boring explanations :)

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  3. Oh my goodness, you are literally living my fantasy life - seriously! We get to Paris two maybe three times a year, from the UK, but with commitments, cannot just up sticks and live there, you have a wonderful apartment, maybe one day it will happen for us, but in the meantime...... Bon chance mes amis.

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    1. Thank you so much- we wish we lived in the UK! I hope you do move here, if only for a little while. Everyone should live in Paris once!

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