Name: Iñigo, Charlotte, and their 2-year-old daughter, Ellie
Location: Paris, France
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned
Paris in general is not known for having big apartments, but when you have a space with large windows (and tons of natural light flooding in) coupled with a homeowner who has a background in interior design and architecture, anything is possible. The first thing people notice when they walk into Iñigo and Charlotte's home is how surprisingly big and bright it feels. With terrace views of the Ourcq canal and an open concept kitchen the couple created, it's no wonder the place feels so spacious and inviting.
"Our home didn't look like this when we bought it," Iñigo admits. "It had to be completely redone from the bottom up." Using his background in architecture, he completely redesigned the layout by tearing down several walls and adding a glass partition between two main rooms, which increased the amount of natural light throughout. The home now consists of two bedrooms, one office space/guest room, a separate washroom, and an open concept kitchen/living and dining room.
Iñigo, who works as an exhibit curator and interior designer, is originally from Barcelona. Charlotte, a psychologist, is from Paris. They share their home with their 2-year-old daughter, Ellie. The couple first met in Thailand eight years ago while traveling in Southeast Asia. In fact, they are both self-proclaimed travel buffs, which is evident as you walk through their home. Quirky conversation pieces brought over from trips abroad mixed with artsy and vintage finds can be found sprinkled throughout their home.
The furniture pieces and decor items in their home have a special story. From vintage chairs inherited from Charlotte's grandmother to a blend of first and second-hand finds picked up at markets in Paris and along their travels, they've created a home that reflects their personalities and adorned it with finds that can transport them back to their many memorable trips abroad.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern with an industrial touch.
Inspiration: We get inspiration from our travels and from personal experiences.
Favorite Element: Would have to be the natural light that floods the apartment, the views to the canal and the wooden floors which add warmth... it's hard to choose just one!
Biggest Challenge: Keeping the place tidy now that our daughter is in our lives... it's a daily challenge.
What Friends Say: They are impressed by how much natural light our place gets and by how spacious and airy it feels.
Biggest Embarrassment: There's almost always a mountain of clean clothes that can be found on top of the washer/dryer that needs to be folded and put away. Neither one of us enjoys doing this chore.
Proudest DIY: Probably designing the layout of the space ourselves.
Biggest Indulgence: The coffee table, we found it at a brocante shop outside of Paris specializing in Scandinavian furniture
Best Advice: Be sure to always consider how much storage space a place has before buying or designing your own space. You can never have too much storage space!
Dream Sources: Secondhand markets and estate sales.
Sofa — Habitat
Coffee table — Found at a brocante shop outside of Paris specializing in Scandinavian furniture pieces
TV stand — General Store Paris
Vintage chair next to the TV — Inherited from Charlotte's grandmother
Small table and chair — The table was made by Charlotte's brother, the wicker chair is a vintage find
Art piece of Winston Churchill titled "Turf War" — Banksy
Coat hanger — Hang it all by Eames
Four little plates — Original designs by artist Boris Hoppek
Yellow sign — Picked up on a trip to Myanmar in 2010
Small wicker basket — Picked up on a trip to Senegal
Cat toilet brush — Leroy Merlin
Hanging wicker lamps — Picked up on a trip to Mexico in 2017
Wooden night table/chair — Vintage, inherited from Charlotte's grandmother
Wooden black table in the corner of room — Vintage, inherited from Charlotte's grandmother