A Peaceful, Poetic Natural Home in Switzerland

updated Jul 10, 2019
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Name: Isabelle Richard
Location: Peseux — Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Size: 1,291 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years, rented

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Isabelle welcomed us into her beautiful home perched on a hill above the Lake of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It is a delicately decorated apartment—a lovely reflection of her poetic inner world.

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Living in a region with a strong Swiss craftsmanship heritage, Isabelle mixes century-old furniture and modern design with carefully chosen organic materials while inviting nature and peace inside. That special blend gives her home a unique, timeless, and feminine atmosphere.

Isabelle now uses her lifelong passion for the beautiful professionally, and her blog, C’est du beau, is a virtual platform for sharing and exploring her creativity and interests.

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Isabelle in her living room (Image credit: Anik Polo)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Natural, soft, poetic.

Inspiration: The nature, the forest, natural lights.

Favorite Element: I love organic material; it must be all-natural, only linen, cotton, and wool.

Biggest Challenge: Since the apartment is rented, I had to deal with original elements that I didn’t like, like the kitchen cabinets, the tiles, the celling that is not original. I focus on beautiful furniture and accessories to hide and distract the viewer.

What Friends Say: Woaw!!

Biggest Embarrassment: The original kitchen cabinets and tiles, the prefabricated celling that I painted white.

Proudest DIY: I did everything by myself, painted all the rooms, the curtains, reupholstered furniture, etc.

Best Advice: To listen to your inner voice so your home is a reflection of your authentic self.

Dream Sources: Flea markets, vintage and antique stores, nature, deco magazines and blogs.


Couch — Frigerio Milano Italy
Rocking chair — Eames fiberglass armchair
Floor lamp — Artemide Tolomeo
Rug — AM. PM. from La Redoute in France
Wooden ladder — thrifted
Small Moroccan table — thrifted

Daybed — thrifted and reupholstered by Isabelle
Black table — made by a local furniture maker
Chairs — Hay, Eames
Writing desk — inherited from Isabelle’s grandmother
Shelf unit — Usm
Ceramics — Marie Laure Gobat, Bienne
Japanese prints — thrifted

Original kimono — Etsy
Linen sheets — Interio in Switzerland
Walnut cabinet — Team 7
Rug — AM. PM. from La Redoute in France

Linen sheets — Interio in Switzerland

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Thanks, Isabelle!