A Chicago Shop Owner’s “Eclectic Parisian Bordello” Style

updated Apr 16, 2019

A Chicago Shop Owner’s “Eclectic Parisian Bordello” Style

updated Apr 16, 2019
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Name: Marianne and Balthazar de Ley and pup Coco
Location: Logan Square — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, renting

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Marianne is the shop owner of The Savoy Flea, A Modern Antiquary Studio, in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, a store specializing in an eclectic, maximalist mix of Parisian Chic, Hollywood Regency, and Art Deco styles. Over the course of shopping for her store, Marianne has collected rare and unique pieces for the home she shares with her husband Balthazar.

She and Balthazar rent an apartment on Logan Boulevard with their scruffy pup Coco. It’s hard to pinpoint any one style that the space exudes, but they like to say their apartment is like a Parisian belle époque parlor with some updates from the 1970s and 1980s mixed in.

Their space is ever evolving and because it’s a rental, there’s always some design challenge that comes with every change. And though the home and her store might feature some old antiques, it’s important to both Marianne and Balthazar that their home isn’t too serious or stuffy. It’s a colorful space filled with interesting items they love, where books, records, and art reign supreme.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic Parisian Bordello with some updates in the 1970s and 1980s.

Inspiration: Film set design, Carlo Mollino, Jean Cocteau, Fornasetti, interior designer Madeleine Castaing, and books.

Favorite Element: The Fornasetti floor screen in the living room.

Biggest Challenge: Tiny Chicago apartment closets and living room layout.

What Friends Say: It’s kind of like my studio. They usually start looking everywhere, walking around and touching everything. Each person finds something different they like.

Biggest Embarrassment: Buying an antique armoire with specific measurements so movers could move it up to my second floor apartment. They came, it didn’t fit up the stairs, and I was out $300.

Proudest DIY: Rental-friendly removable black crocodile wallpaper hung with liquid starch in the entry.

Biggest Indulgence: The huge mid-century Venetian Smoke Mirror in our bedroom.

Best Advice: Fill your home with things you love and forget what everyone else is doing.

Dream Sources: Buying truckloads of antique and vintage goods at European flea markets and anything from Fornasetti.


Living Room — Inchyra Blue Farrow & Ball
Entry/Dining Room — Black Crocodile Wallpaper from Graham & Brown
Bedroom — Worsted Farrow & Ball
Most items found in my home are from years of journeys through estates sales, flea markets, thrift stores, and our travels to France

Black marble and brass art deco style console — Craigslist
Custom print of the Contessa di Castiglione — Gift from a friend
Tassel brass sconce — Estate sale
19th century Swedish Klismos chair — Paris flea market
Vintage brass cobra — Purchased from set designers from the movie Chiraq
Raspberry taffeta curtains — Thrifted with tassels found at Paris flea market
Miscellaneous candlesticks — Paris flea market
Murano vase — Found buried in a tote with old clothes at a Michigan flea market
1937 antique Descartes print — Paris flea market find inherited from Balthazar’s Dad, a French professor.
Pair of gilt Italian and crystal wall sconces — Paris flea market

1970s Brutalist chrome chandelier — From Marianne’s childhood home
Velvet Chesterfield — Estate sale
Chrome and brass coffee table — Michigan flea market
Antique Parisian Belle Epoque mirror — Craigslist
Belle Epoque French lithographs — Paris flea market, from father-in-law
Antique tapestry French footstool — Paris flea market
Milo Baughman floor smoked Lucite and chrome lamp — Craigslist
Assortment of crystal balls collected throughout the years
Jean Cocteau and Piero Fornasetti prints purchased at Jean Cocteau’s home at Milly-la-Foret and the Fornasetti exhibit in Paris
Pair of Vintage Jaymar Gold Chairs — Craigslist
Fornasetti Screen — Found at a church tag sale
1970s Modernist Lucite bar cart—The same one can be purchased on my website
TV stand, an antique French Directoire mirrored table — Paris flea market
Italian mid-century Regency Camel statue — Estate sale
Antique French Belle Epoque women bust — Michigan antique store
Maitland Smith tessalated pillar palm stand — Auction find
Leopard rug — Thrifted

1980s brass and black baton dining table — Craigslist
Large mid-century marble bowl by Angelo Mangiarotti for Knoll — Estate sale
17th Century Dutch Kas armoire — Balthazar’s family heirloom
Assortment of busts and statues collected throughout the years
Pink velvet chaise — Auction find
Pair of 1940s French fauteuils — Estate Sale find
Vintage C. Jere metal palm tree — Estate Sale Find
Vintage gilt Italian tole chandelier — Gift from Balthazar’s mom
Large antique gilt mirror — Found in an abandoned building
Abstract black and white painting by Marianne — More available on my website
Breton market basket — French Flea market

DIY Parisian bistro shelving with brass brackets, glass shelves and DIY antiqued mirrors in the kitchen
Antique marble bistro table — One of my first thrift store furniture finds at age 17
Antique French pendants — Paris flea market

One of the nightstands is a 1920s palm stand — Purchased at a closing Logan Square church.
Leopard ottoman — Wisconsin flea market, reupholstered
Pair of neoclassical bedside lamps — A birthday gift from Balthazar
Mid-Century Venetian oil painting — Estate sale find
Faux fur blanket — Restoration Hardware
Black and white Donato shams — Crate and Barrel
Antique Persian rug — Wisconsin flea market
The large mid-century Venetian smoke mirror — Estate sale
Large mid-century Brutalist wall sculpture of Roman centurions — Estate sale

The bronze statue and the Order of Louis XIV print is from a Parisian bouquiniste on the Seine. While DIY linen valance and shower curtain are adorned with antique emerald velvet ribbon found at small Paris flea market
Mid-Century Italian gilt wall sconce — Estate sale

Thanks, Marianne and Balthazar!

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