Anne & Christophe’s Mix of Styles in Paris

published Jan 30, 2016
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Name: Anne and Christophe and their children, Achille, Marie, and Gabrielle
Location: Saint-Germain-des-Près/Jardin du Luxembourg; Paris, France
Size: 130 square meters (1,400 square feet)
Years lived in: 20 years; Owned

Anne, designer of Marie Puce, and Christophe, an entrepreneur and design lover, live close to the Place Saint-Sulpice on the edge of Saint Germain des Près, Le Jardin du Luxembourg, and a few steps away from the boutique of local superstar Pierre Herme—nicknamed by Vogue “the Picasso of Pastry”— with their three kids, Marie, Gabrielle, and Achille.

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When Anne and Christophe bought their apartment 20 years ago, it was dark, low-ceilinged, and full of dated finishes. Over the next few years, they exposed the living room beams and painted them white, creating an airier, more open feeling. They also completely remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms. In the kitchen, they replaced dark cabinets with white ones, dingy floor tiles fabulous vintage Spanish tiles, and tiled countertops with lovely wooden slabs. In the bathrooms, a spa-like feel was achieved by switching out wood paneling for bright, white tiles.

Through careful renovations, thoughtful collecting, and a knack for combining styles and periods, Anne and Christophe have created a wonderfully comfortable, relaxed, and chic home for their family.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Sober and light. We like to mix and match different styles—contemporary, vintage, old, and modern—but we like to keep pure lines and a light neutral palette.

Inspiration: We picked ideas everywhere, from our travels… keeping an eye on a peaceful and comfortable atmosphere.

Favorite Element: Light and the very Parisian charm of this apartment. The apartment is not that big but we have a balcony full of flowers and a clear view.

Biggest Challenge: The ceiling is pretty low because this apartment is located where the maid rooms used to be. We had to find solutions to make the space lighter and bigger. For example to make the ceilings look higher and get some more volume, we exposed the beams.

When got this apartment everything was brown and dark, making the space look even smaller. We had to light up the atmosphere and change all the colors.

What Friends Say: They love the charm of our apartment and especially the terrace in spring and summer when it is green full of flowers.

Biggest Embarrassment: The small bathroom for the kids. We picked small tiles but it has not been made the way we wanted. We probably are the only ones to see the flaws of it.

Proudest DIY: The terrace with its automatic watering system. In spring and summer it looks like a garden. We have an apple tree, lemon tree, figs, olives, plenty of rose bushes, sweet peas, and pink laurels.

Biggest Indulgence: Kids’ rooms are very difficult to keep in order. They have a lot of things and it is difficult to de-clutter.

Best Advice: Do not hesitate to mix up styles and periods. This is what gives some character to a space—expensive or collection pieces with very simple items.

Dream Sources: Interior design magazines, websites, and blogs.


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  • Office furniture: made-to-measure
  • Document holders: IKEA, painted to match office furniture
  • Lighting: Philips Power LED Ledino
  • Bench: handmade by family friends
  • Painting: Donkey and Leash by Bruno Bressolin
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  • Armchairs: Charles and Ray Eames
  • Coffee table: Gae Aulenti
  • Butterfly stool: Sori Yanagi
  • Lamp: Bruno Bressolin
  • Rug: IKEA
  • Elephant: limited-edition Eames Elephant N°635 from Vitra
  • Nude sculpture: Louvre Museum Shop
  • Painting: Elephant by Bruno Bressolin
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  • Table: Eero Saarinen by Knoll
  • Chairs: Starck Louis Ghost by Kartell
  • Louis XVI armchairs: inherited from family
  • Large painting: reproduction ofLe Déjeuner sur l’herbe après la chasse by Charles-André van Loo, inherited from family
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  • Cabinets: IKEA
  • Table: flea market
  • Stool: Tamtam from Habitat
  • Chairs: Tripp Trapp by Stokke
  • Floor: old tiles found in Spain
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  • Bed linen: AM-PM
  • Furniture: inherited from family
  • Mirror: inherited from family
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  • Bed: IKEA
  • Semainier (chest with drawers): inherited from family
  • Desk: flea market
  • Office furniture: IKEA
  • Chair: IKEA
  • Lamp: IKEA
  • Curtains: IKEA
  • Mirror: flea market
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  • Bed: IKEA
  • Office furniture: IKEA
  • Lamp: IKEA
  • Curtains: IKEA
(Image credit: Fabienne Ayina)


  • Bed linen: AM-PM
  • Secretary desk: inherited from family
  • Chair: IKEA
  • Curtains: IKEA
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  • Floor tiles: Les Carrelages du Marais
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An improvised office located in the entryway (Image credit: Fabienne Ayina)

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