François and Raphaëlle spent a year and a half looking for an apartment with a private terrace, finally finding this gem in an 1850s building near République.
They've added vines and an arbor to frame the door leading to the terrace, creating a country-style getaway smack in the middle of Paris. In cold weather, it's a nice place to get a breath of fresh air or sip a cup of tea with your scarf on; when it gets warm, they set up a marble bistro table and use the terrace as a dining room. And it's a great place for their two young children to play.
For more photos and the full house tour, go here.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com