A 365-Square-Foot Paris Studio Apartment Is Plant-Filled and Bohemian in the Best of Ways

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Name: Myriam Mody
Location: Paris, France
Type of home: Apartment studio flat
Size: 365 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in this studio flat in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, and I love the area so much. Although I’m a renter, I have always made a priority to invest emotionally in my flat. It means trying to create an atmosphere of warmth and joy. For example, my favorite color is orange because it triggers enthusiasm, so it’s the main color you see in my flat. I wanted people to feel good and happy, to forget about the outside world. This is my case every time I’m entering in this place. Nothing else exists apart from this little bubble I create.

Credit: Myriam Mody

How do you identify? Is your identity reflected in your home? My home is full of color, art posters, books, and plants. You can also see a big mirror in the main room, it is so beautiful. I love it! It creates a bigger space. My flat is a mix of everything that I am. You can see some art made by my niece, for example, exhibited on my bookshelves. The coffee table is the furniture I found in the street of Lavender’s Hill in London six years ago when I was living there. To be honest, I’m glad I have always loved my interior, especially right now because I have spent so much time alone. Feeling happy and at ease in my Parisian nest has really helped my mental health.

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, warm, and comfy.

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What is your favorite room and why? It has to be the main room, which is the only room (LOL.) I do love it so much for the big mirror that really gives the illusion of a bigger space, for the light inside — even during winter — for the house plants, and for the color. And for the fact that even if it’s small, it still can have all my Parisian friend circles inside (in a pre-COVID period.)

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Any advice for creating a home you love? First, find an area that you love, where you identify with. The 20eme is reflecting my mixed heritage socially and culturally. Plus, there are so many good restaurants and coffee shops. Then, pick a place where there is light, especially for those winter times. You need a balcony or a garden. Recent history showed that this is vital. You need to feel safe. Then, you need to take your time with the decoration. Think about what you want to feel. The color has to be picked for that feeling. The furniture has to be multi-functional in a small space. Then, have fun!

Credit: Myriam Mody

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.