AT Europe: Paris - Chez Anolga

AT Europe: Paris - Chez Anolga

Anolga lives with her three children in a 140m2 4th floor apartment in an 18th-century building in the Marais. Architects by training, she and her husband have slowly remodeled the spacious flat, adding rounded walls to break the classic straight lines of the space, adding built-in storage -- including floor-to-ceiling bookshelves throughout the house -- with curved lines and painted in purples and plums...

The furniture is a mix of lived-in oriental rugs and comfortable couches and modern touches like a whimsically ragged light fixture in the entry made by a Swiss artist and patches of bright green flowered carpet recuperated from the European Parliament building in Strasbourg. A painter friend custom painted armoires in the teenage twin girls' rooms and gave a long hallway a textured, polished finish to bounce light around and avoid the feeling of a dim long corridor. And Anolga has made a number of DIY wall sconces using handmade papers from stores like Calligrane on the rue Pont Louis Philippe that cast a glow throughout the house.

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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