AT Europe: Paris - Debra's Other Apartment

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Name: Debra
Location: Paris, France
Size: 25m2
Owned since: 2004

Last week we visited Debra's recently renovated apartment. Turns out she also has a second apartment in the Marais that she decorated in an altogether different style...

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This one is a 25m2 studio in an 18th-century building in the Marais that she bought in 2004 as a rental apartment, but she decorated it in a personal style. "I had myself in mind when I decorated it," Debra says, pointing out that she stays here occasionally to see what it's like to live in the space. "Otherwise you don't know what's working and what's not."

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She bought the place in 2004, painted the beams on the low ceiling white satin to reflect light and prevent a claustrophobic feel. And she decorated the cozy place with a 1960s and 70s Swedish vibe based around a thing she had at the time for avocado green (note the color of the toilet seat). "I was working a lot in Scandinavia at the time," she says, pointing out the second-hand furniture, dishes, and accessories she picked up there and at brocantes around Paris.

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The apartment has a small kitchen separated from the bedroom by a white string curtain. The remodeled bathroom -- a toilet and a spacious shower and sink -- is masked behind sliding glass doors, making it disappear when the doors are closed. "There's no couch," she says, "but there's a good bed and three chairs and a table if you don't want to sit on the bed." A piece of furniture that holds the TV folds into a secretary desk and there's wifi so people can get online or work at home as need be. Books about Paris, an old movie poster of Mon Oncle, and an African-made Eiffel Tower on a shelf from CSAO give it a lived-in feel. "It's all about making it comfortable but affordable for people who are renting short-term," Debra says. "I can't do Roche Bobois everywhere -- actually I can't even do it for myself!"

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. If you have an idea for a European house tour, please write kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com