Location: Paris, France
Size: 180 sq ft
Lived in since: Two years
Remember Colette & Pierre's apartment in the building where Colette has lived in for more than 50 years in Saint-Germain-des-Prés? If that was a study in classic Parisian eclecticism, the studio she carved out of the first floor for her grandson Franz, a physics student at university in Paris, has got to be one of the coolest pieces off-campus student housing in Paris.
Colette decided to make the compact studio with a main room equipped with a sofa bed for sleeping and lounging and a large desk for Franz's computer. The room has exposed beams and a clock Franz picked up secondhand in London, and Colette included built-in shelves for books and CDs.
She put in a streamlined modern one-tone bathroom with a shower and no tub, and designed an industrial-feeling brick kitchen that Colette says was inspired by the idea of an English kitchen. It's spacious and airy with brick, a glass roof, draped pale ceiling curtains to keep out the summer heat and offer privacy, and a sassy red floor.
If only everyone were as lucky to have a stylish Parisian grandmother to design them a private dorm room. So what does Franz think of his good luck? "C'est cool," he says.
- 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