Our Apartment


It's good we got out of the 7ème when we did because I was starting to Rear Window my neighbors, consisting mainly of septuagenarian couples and Les Invalides. It was admittedly a great place to transition after moving to Paris, since I didn't speak the language and grew up in a town with a Sheetz, where I actually hung out on weekends. Now that I live here, surrounded by dedicated gluten free restaurants and people wearing thrift store clothes un-ironically, I'm seeing the Left Bank in a whole new light. A terrible light. The kind they use when you try on a bathing suit.

We downsized a lot- giving up our balcony, terrace, rooftop access and elevator- and don't regret it one bit (ok my husband misses the elevator, but his already nice calves look even better lately). In the time it takes me to listen to one Taylor Swift breakup song, I can clean the whole apartment. I can run downstairs and pick up a gluten free, vegan raw chocolate cake, or vegan avocado burger, or the best Indian food in Paris, and be back before the cats even miss me. In a few minutes, I can walk to Grand Train or Pigalle to meet friends, regaling bystanders with tales of Lebron James at Playground Duperre (every Clevelander has a story about Lebron James. Most are not true). We watched the PSG game at La Binouze recently and our friend commented, "I loved your flat in the 7ème, but I can't imagine being cooped up there. There's nothing to do. Here it's like a friendly village. There's always someone to talk to or something to see."

 
    

The apartment itself has much higher ceilings than our previous flat, a little mezzanine for the cats and beautiful tomette, plus built-in Parisian mirror / fireplace combos, which I dreamed of when I first moved. I can have plants and compost on my balcony now that we don't have a nasty gardienne, and there's lots of natural light (I took these on a cloudy day though). We bought a sustainably sourced wooden soap dish, a crate for corralling laundry, and linen towels from La Tresorerie after moving. Since there's no dryer here, the thick old cotton towels got musty and I couldn't deal. My husband also got a food safe plastic tupperware for the cats' food when I was out of town- it keeps croquettes fresher- and a stainless steel Pioneer Pet water fountain. We kept a Zack towel hook from the old place for the bathroom. 

The landlord included cookware and cutlery, but I stuck everything I didn't like in the closet (not pictured. Our stainless steel fan, vacuum, and wicker shopping cart are in there too). Unfortunately, we had to sell our beloved linen sheets, since the bed, duvet, and pillows are different sizes :( The moldy, disgusting bathroom grout also needed scrubbing with baking soda, lemon juice, and a bamboo toothbrush- it was all black, blue, and pink before. 


I'll get around to a wardrobe post soon. I have 30 articles of clothing for year round, a bag, a hat and gloves, and 7 pairs of shoes, but as you may have noticed, my clothes are all different from the last update. I wanted to change my style to suit the new neighborhood, and I lost more weight anyway. The tailor at Saint Georges said some stuff couldn't be taken in anymore. It's all those stairs!

Sources

Eames chair
Kartell Componibili
Miliboo table and couch
Airborne chair
Ikea curtains and La Redoute sheets
Brabantia bins
I don't know where the bed is from. Maybe Ikea
For better photos, click here. Also I know there is cat litter in one picture. I was too lazy to edit it out

Paris to Go

24 comments:

  1. Love your new apartment and the area sounds much more *you* :-) I look forward to seeing your wardrobe update - from the walk in wardrobe shot it looks like it has changed quite a bit. A little more casual maybe?
    Claire, South Australia

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    1. Yes, lots more casual and less conservative, blue, red, grey, black only :) I changed my style I think. Thank you Claire!

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  2. cannot wait for the wardrobe post! been thinking clothes a lot myself, just the essentials...

    planning my trip to paris (last days of january 2017) and was thinking if you had ideas for affordable hotel? i go to the vincennes race track(trotters, not galop) for sat & sun, but would like to stay in the centre. want to get to know p a r i s, been seeing (too) much of the race horses with my previous trips ;)

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    1. Hey! So these are the hotels I like best in Paris: http://www.paris-to-go.com/2015/03/where-to-stay-in-paris-best-hotel-guide-hostels-apartment-for-any-budget.html Vincennes is so easy to get to of course on line 1 so no matter where you stay it'll be ok :)

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  3. The new apartment looks lovely. It sounds like your new neighborhood is more fun and suits you better than the previous one. The kitchen looks nice. (Assuming the photo shows all the counter space and cabinet space you have, it's a lot by NYC apartment standards!)

    How many floors up is your apartment? I've been spoiled by never having to live in a walk-up in my time here in NYC. I'm looking forward to reading about your new wardrobe.

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    1. Hi Xin, thank you! I plan on putting more flowers and trees around now that the cats are older and don't eat greens anymore :P Just haven't been home enough yet. The kitchen is great, so much more storage and counter space than the last one, and having a dishwasher is the best. It's the top (7th American) floor again. It's our first place without an elevator, so, we'll see how it goes.

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  4. Your home looks lovely. And the light is gorgeous.

    About your closet, I am glad the red dress stays. I love it on you.

    Are the cats liking the space ? is it hard on them with the move ? My dog was depressed for weeks when we moved. Not sure if cats get attached to a home the same way.

    Hope you are still working on your book. I look forward to owning a limited edition by Ariana.

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    1. Aw your poor dog. Our cats, well, they hated the last apartment and love the new one, they adjusted right away! As you can see they already started scratching the couch but oh well. Still working on it, slowly, had another ebook with a deadline first, but thank you for the reminder, I'm so tempted to just shelve the project so comments like these, I need!

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  5. I'd read your book too! I am not zero-waste (yet, anyway!) but you've inspired me in at least a few small ways to think carefully about the things I buy and use. Thank you for sharing your apartment with us, it looks wonderful.

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm so happy to hear that! Even the little changes make a big difference, it doesn't have to be everything and it doesn't have to be all at once, just simple things I think can have a big impact :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing all of these views of your wonderful new place. And so glad to hear that your kitties are happy with their new home.

    Two random thoughts:

    (1) Love love love the tiled floor. About 40 years ago, we picked out the same tile to use when we enclosed a small back porch and turned it into a mud room. Still love the look now as much as I did then.

    (2) Weirdly, perhaps, my favorite pic is the cabinet with the dishwashing supplies. It all looks so pure and natural!

    And to echo others, also looking forward to seeing your new wardrobe.

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    1. That tile is awesome! Your place must be gorgeous. Hahah there is a weird water mark in that cabinet with supplies and fingerprints on the garbage can that I didn't realize were there. I scrubbed it since and thought about deleting the photo haha but then I saw your comment :) My friends when they come over say "It smells like Aleppo soap" lol. Thank you Kris!!

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  7. I also can't wait for the wardrobe post! My wardrobe overhaul (read: DOWNSIZE) will be this winter, and I love the items you pick. I love the light in this apartment! So airy. I love those windows in France. When I lived in Caen, I had windows like that, with beautiful locks to open and close in the morning and night. We also had the outdoor light blocking shutters (Were they called Volets?) Which were really nice for security and darkness when you slept.
    I would love to see a book from you. Keep working on it. I would totally buy a first edition!! :) Thanks! Marta

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    1. You are too sweet. Caen is gorgeous! What a great place to live! We had those shutters as well in our old place, loved them.

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  8. Grouts ! You did a good job with them ! Everything is so clean... They make me crazy. We have this beautiful italian shower with tiny ceramic tiles and sooo many grouts. I use baking soda as well but I have not tried lemon juice. I am curious about the lemon peels : what do you do with them ? They don't accept it where I compost (jardin des Récollets) and I think you're not supposed to vermicompost them either. I reuse them either to "perfume" white vinegar, or whiten my nails, or dishwash them once to desodorise, but after that I still have peels to deal with...

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    1. Ooh thank you Pandore! Yes today Allegra from smalletbeautiful.wordpress.com and I were talking about how citrus peels destroy compost. I candy them in sugar and eat them! But your uses are great!

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  9. I love it! The floors!!! The floors! and the Eames...like a dream. And I love how sparsely, uncluttered it is. I think you are lucky your husband seems to also be a part of zero waste plan, it is sometimes hard to convince your close ones to join in. The apartment really looks nice simple and cosy.

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    1. Yea I'm glad he doesn't care too much about having a lot of stuff. It seems like all the other guys I know are basically pack rats haha. He joins in zero waste on unexpected things, like with shampoo... Vegan is harder lol :) thank you! It is definitely cozy, as opposed to the last place where we felt like we were rattling around in there ha

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  10. I live for your wardrobe updates, looking forward to your next post! And a beautiful apartment setup, very inspiring for those trying to keep clutter and waste down.

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  11. It all sounds so fantastic - thank you for sharing, as always. :) And that floor, good Lord that's a beautiful floor!

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    1. Can you believe I hated it when I looked at the apartment listing? But as soon as I saw it in person I was like... This... Is... Wonderful. So warm and easy to care for and it gives a character our old place never had. Now our old place looks like a clockwork orange to me

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  12. As an artist I don't know if I could ever downsize that much. I would love it to try it in my home but would still need a studio filled to the ceiling with paper, paint, all kinds of media, the tools of what I do, etc. Also I would need to have art on my walls! I enjoy reading your posts and looking at the pictures. I'm from Cleveland also.
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie! Sorry for the terribly late reply. Always nice to talk to another Clevelander :) I want to start to collect art now. I want a nice collection by 30 lol. I love artists studios though and it's understandable that you need that stuff. In Montreuil outside Paris I love peeking into the studios, but they need all sorts of media- including, like, human hair in some of them...but they are all different. Some studios are super bare and minimalist because that's the only way the artist can work, others need to be surrounded by inspiration.

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