Having it All: How a Little Paris Apartment Lives Large

Having it All: How a Little Paris Apartment Lives Large

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Nancy Mitchell
Apr 7, 2015
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377 square feet may not seem like a lot to work with, but it was more than enough for one Parisian designer, who managed to squeeze two beds, a bathroom, a full-sized kitchen, a workspace, a rather spacious living room, and even a walk-in closet into her long, narrow apartment. Here's how she did it.

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I'm leading with the floor plan here because I think it's essential to understanding how the apartment is laid out, and what makes it work so well. When Éléonore (the writer behind the blog Éléonore Bridge) first bought the place, the bedroom was at the front of the apartment, where the bathroom is now, and the bathroom was at the back. One of the first decisions she made when remodeling the apartment was to move the bathroom to the front and the bedroom to the back, creating a bedroom nook that's very cozy and very efficient.

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After the bathroom comes the kitchen, and to the left of the kitchen is little nook where Éléonore can work. Her desk buts right up against an L-shaped sofa, which together with an easy chair and a little narrow banquette, against the wall and with storage underneath, provides plenty of seating in the apartment's living room.

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Next to the living room is a space that Éléonore's turned into a walk-in closet, with a lofted bed above (for guests) that takes advantage of the apartment's high ceilings. Right off the closet/dressing area is the bedroom nook, which is painted a dark, soothing color and has shelves above.

What I love most about the apartment is how Éléonore has managed to squeeze in a lot of stuff — and a lot of living — without the space seeming chaotic or cluttered. Her secret is one that she learned at her first job: "I trained as an interior architect and my first job was designing make-up counters. It taught me you can make lots of colours work together if you have a calm base and keep everything on the same plane – look around my room and you’ll see all the shelves are the same depth."

Take a peek at the living room above and you can see Éléonore's philosophy at work: she's created a neutral background (white, grey, and warm woods) and layered lively colors on top of it to create a space that's energizing without being overwhelming. It's the perfect little city home.

See more photos of the apartment at IKEA Family Live.

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