Design Inspiration: Family

Design Inspiration: Family

Laure Joliet
May 1, 2008

Yesterday's question, who was your first designer influence? stumped me. I couldn't think of a 'designer'. Then I realized that I've been profoundly influenced by my family and their design choices. Jump below to see a mini tour of my grandmother's Parisian apartment and her eclectic mix of mid century modern and years of thrift store treasures:


This is the main sitting room with a view of the loft bedroom in glossy white. Some of her favorite paintings are on the wall, and those shelves are filled with her favorite books.

Her sister and brother in law made the green frog, which converts into a chair. Underneath this office area is an indoor pond that she doesn't use anymore. I remember 'fishing' for toys in it when I was younger.

Since this was a stable, only one wall has windows so they go all the way up (about 20 feet) with giant curtains that you can pull for privacy.

Originally this space had been a stable in the Place des Vosges. My grandmother and her second husband redesigned the space into what you see now. Essentially it's a giant living space downstairs with a loft that holds the bathroom and 2 bedrooms.

Her use of white and shelves and shelves of books are 2 of the components that make me feel at home. I love that she has her collections all around without it feeling (to me) too cluttered or overwhelming. There's a certain haphazard nature that feels very comfortable about her home. She's also never been concerned about what other people were doing, keeping her focus on surrounding herself with things that make her happy.

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