Small Cool 2009: Lisa & Jeremie's Parisian Open Space

Small Cool 2009: Lisa & Jeremie's Parisian Open Space

Aaron Able
Apr 13, 2009

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Who Lives Here: Lisa Sarma & Jeremie Roux
Location: Paris, France
Size: 580 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? We love our open space layout and the two terraces, giving us lots of light with both east and west exposure. The light opens up our small space, even on cloudy days!

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? When we bought our apartment, we decided to completely redesign the kitchen and bathroom ourselves. As we were on a limited budget, we made choices on what parts we did ourselves (sanding, painting, shelving) and which parts we subcontracted (electricity, plumbing, custom shelving and countertops). We also combined low-budget items with higher end pieces to create an original look, and added touches like our lit-up bathroom sink and silver front door to express our style!

In addition to the kitchen and bathroom, we broke down all the walls to create one open space, in order to maximize the amount of light coming in from all sides. What we didn't anticipate was the challenge of finding storage spaces and placing bookshelves — the less walls you have, the less surfaces and corners there are for tucking things away! Everything is exposed and now our challenge is to make our storage look interesting, with bright orange storage boxes, pieces of art placed between books on our shelves, and strategically-placed plants to add an organic element to the space.

We looked to the internet and small space design books for inspiration, as well as to urban graphic design for interesting color combinations.

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