Jennifer & Andrew's "Home Away From Home" in Paris

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Name: Jennifer, Andrew and Little One (our cat)
Location: Paris, France (15th arrondissement)

We moved to Paris from Philadelphia in March of this year and have found the journey to be an amazing one. However, one of our greatest hurdles was finding an apartment that would serve well as a home and office – and also have enough space for family and friends to visit. After checking out many flats that required a tremendous amount of work – something we wanted to avoid as renters – we stumbled across this one in the 15th arrondissement. Our 84 sq m apartment – which is situated in a 19th-century Haussmannian building – has four period fireplaces (one in each bedroom and two in the sejour). Each room has its original decorative crown molding—and the molding designs coordinate perfectly with the mirror frames situated over the fireplaces. Additionally, the apartment has its original wood floors and the owner installed closets in each of the bedrooms (something that we have found to be rare in Paris). After moving in, however, we covered the heavily damaged concrete floor in the kitchen with floating laminate boards and painted the office (second bedroom), kitchen and bathroom in warm colors to give the space a “homey” feel. We also brought with us some of our furniture and artwork from the States – which gives the space a “home away from home” feel.

Thanks, Jennifer !

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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