A Small 430-Square-Foot Paris Apartment Is Pretty Pastel Perfection

updated Aug 22, 2019
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A Small 430-Square-Foot Paris Apartment Is Pretty Pastel Perfection

updated Aug 22, 2019
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Name: Anne-Aurelie (Lili) and Dwayne
Location: Paris, 19th arrondissement
Size: 430 square feet
Years lived in: Rented almost 2 years

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Lili and Dwayne’s vibrant apartment is located in the gorgeous 19th arrondissement of Paris. Decorated by a costume designer and a cinematographer, it’s not surprising that this apartment is a bold, technicolor dream! Inspired by vintage fashion and filled with pops of color, this fun and light-hearted apartment is a wonderful contrast to the traditional Parisisian sights of their neighborhood.

When Lili and Dwayne viewed the apartment, they fell in love with its tall ceilings and big windows. The apartment’s white walls were the perfect blank canvas for two creatives to decorate.

Though they’ve both contributed to the look of the space, Lili is the DIY mastermind of the pair. She details her creative projects on her blog, Oh It Feels Like Spring. My favorite DIY of Lili’s are the hands she cast out of resin; she uses them throughout the house as both decoration and functional objects, like hooks and key holders.

This month Dwayne and Lili will start their new adventure in London and will sadly be leaving their apartment behind. We’re glad we got to see the apartment before they say goodbye, and we’ll certainly be checking in with them once they settle in to their London flat!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Playful and simple with happy splashes of colours.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by absolutely everything that surrounds me. I like simple and functional furniture as well as bizarre and colourful little things. I like to see my home as a cozy and fun nest.

Favorite Element: I love everything I own and I find the apartment charming by itself with the wooden floors, the high windows and the fireplaces.

Biggest Challenge: Like a lot of Parisian apartments, we don’t have good storage. Also the kitchen was completely empty when we moved in. We had to furnish it…but the laundry machine and the oven couldn’t fit through the door so we had to call for an elevator truck to pass them through the window. Moving here was a nightmare and we were just the two of us.

What Friends Say: “So much pink!” “This is so you!”

Biggest Embarrassment: If you look closely, the walls are dirty and I never took the time to clean them. Also the electricity is really bad; we can’t use the laundry machine and the oven at the same time, for example. And I love plants but they die because we travel a lot.

Proudest DIY: Our closet!! I made it with my uncle; he is a talented cabinetmaker/carpenter. I’ve never had a big closet like this before in my life. I love being able to see my wardrobe all together and I arrange my clothes by colours.

Biggest Indulgence: I made holes everywhere in the apartment because I wanted to put shelves and hooks, but we might get our deposit taken for that. Otherwise I love plants and Dwayne makes fun of me because I buy too many of them but am really bad about taking care of them. We call them our babies.

Best Advice: Have fun, be humble. Avoid clutter and only let useful and/or beautiful things that you love come into your home. Don’t spend money on expensive furniture when you can find the best things in flea markets, thrift stores or online. Don’t listen to anybody’s advice or taste regarding the way you live.

Dream Sources: The Minimalist movement. I would like to be less attached to my things and be able to live anywhere like Dwayne, without caring if the things that surround me are beautiful or not. I guess I’d like to be less materialistic in a way and let go.


Hands – DIY
Neon glasses – thrift store
Cabinet – thrift store + painted with acrylic
Mirror – thrift store
Bag – Satchel

Bed sofa – online
Coffee Table – gift from my parents, replica from Eames I think
Desks – Ikea
White chairs – from the street
Office chair – thrift
Stools and frames – thrifts and painted with acrylic
Shelves – DIY
Invisible book shelf – Amazon
Lighting, rug and plants – Ikea
Paper flowers (ceiling) – Adeline Klam
Pink neon – La foire fouille
Coffee tables (squares) – Habitat

Folded table – my great grandmother’s
Shelves – DIY
Hand – DIY
Coffee maker – Bodum
Light – thrift and DIY
Drawings – from Emma (friend’s daughter) / She said it’s me on my wedding day. I find it funny (believe it or not my dress was white) but most of all very joyful and I like looking at it when I drink my coffee in the morning.
Photos – Wedding Photo Booth
Other drawings were made by kids during art classes I gave three years ago. Dwayne is very in fond of astronomy so I guess that’s why I put them on our walls.

Bed – Ikea Brimnes
Closet – DIY and Leroy Merlin parts
Desk – garage sale, painted many times in different colours but it’s white now
Garland – gift
Yellow Light – Habitat
Frames – thrift and DIY

Plants and pots – Ikea
Cabinet – Ikea
Hooks – Ikea
Shelves – Leroy Merlin

Thanks, Lili and Dwayne!

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