A New York Loft in Paris

The Village

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It's no secret that we are big fans of Parisian interiors. Those floors! Those moldings! That insouciant mix of new and old! This apartment has all that continental flair, but there's something that sets it apart: instead of being set up in the old style, as many Paris apartments are, with a series of smaller rooms that connect to one another, this apartment is all one large, open space. It has the feel of a New York loft, with the style of Paris — and is a great inspiration for one-room living, no matter where you are.

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The apartment is home to Gabriel, a landscape architect and architecture professor, and Oliver, a communication specialist. Oliver, who moved to Paris from Brooklyn, spent a lot of time searching for an apartment with an open layout like this one.

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The apartment, located in Paris' Marais district, has all the gorgeous architectural details you would expect from a gorgeous Paris pad. It's the perfect setting for Gabriel's antique furniture, much of which came from his parents, who were antique dealers. A Saarinen tulip table and chairs add a bit of a modern touch.

The arrangement of the furniture helps to create little zones for living: a conversational grouping of a sofa and armchairs in one corner, a dining table in another, the bed on the opposite wall. But a single element unifies the whole apartment: books. Books on shelves, books in crates, stacks of books. From certain angles, the apartment looks less like an apartment and more like a library that you live in. So: pretty much the perfect home.

To see (many, many) more photos of this apartment, visit The Village.

via Desire to Inspire

(Image credits: Joel Ekman for The Village)

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