Paule Caillat's Paris Kitchen: Get the Look

Paule Caillat's Paris Kitchen: Get the Look

Sarah Coffey
Oct 4, 2010

Paule Caillat lives in Paris' Marais district and teaches cooking classes in her home kitchen, a renovated space that's full of style and storage. High bookshelves, a marble-topped counter, and a bright red Lacanche stove are a few of this kitchen's defining features. Wish you could have your own expansive Parisian-style kitchen? Here are some similar resources, most of them available in America.

Tall Bookshelves

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Danish company Bo Concept offers in-home consultation services, where they'll measure your space and plan out modular shelving to fit a tall or non-standard space. Components start around $200 per single shelf and average $2,000 - $4,000 for a tall bookcase.

High-Gloss Cabinets

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At the far end of the photo, you can see a sliver of green cabinetry. It's a popular color/finish for European cabinets from both high and low-end companies. Shown left is the "Prato" line from higher-end Italian company Poliform, who sells custom cabinetry in a high-gloss lacquer finish.

IKEA Cabinets

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The base cabinets in Paule's kitchen (which you can't see above but are visible in these photos) are basic modern wood-veneer cabinets, similar to the type you can find at American IKEAs. For a similar look, try the Nexus or Solar finishes.

Stove & Microwave

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Paule's stove is her main splurge — a made-to-order range from French Burgundy-based company Lacanche. You can choose a gas or electric oven in 10 colors, and the smallest of the stoves starts at $6,000. This is the Vougeot, starting at $8,345.

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Paule uses a microwave for much of her prep work. Installed between the wall cabinets, it's a helfpul tool for melting butter. This similar Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave sells for $220 at online (and New York-based) store A.J. Madison.

Marble-Topped Kitchen Island

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In Paule's kitchen, a long freestanding marble counter provides surface space for cooking, but can also be moved away from the stove and used as a bar or eating area. For a similar piece, Crate & Barrel sells a French Kitchen Island topped in Carrara marble for $999.

Bar Stools

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The basic black bar stools in Paule's kitchen provide seating around the counter and coordinate with the overhead lights. For a lookalike style, try the Winsome Spectrum Black Faux Leather Bar Stools, available at Amazon for $98.

Stainless Steel Prep Cart

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A basic prep cart on casters (which you can see in this photo) provides a flexible, movable place for extra equipment. You can find inexpensive ones at industrial suppliers or restaurant stores, like this 3-Shelf Utility Cart, from KaTom for $177.

Pendant Lamps

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Designed by Cecilie Manz, the Caravaggio series of pendants comes in several different sizes. The shade is made of aluminum and coated with a high-gloss black finish that sets off the red cord. This is the Small Caravaggio Pendant, $275.

Kitchen Tools

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Another of Paule's signature tools is the classic wooden spoon. This Paula Deen Set is made from solid acacia wood and has a nice shape with rings for hanging. Available at for $10.

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Among her favorite kitchen tools, Paule lists this Rosle potato fork, which can be used to handle hot ingredients while you're cooking. Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, the fork comes with a lifetime warranty and sells at Sur La Table for $23.

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Another must-have on Pauline's list is an electric kettle, which saves burner space by heating up water right on the counter. This is a basic white 1750-watt cordless Krups Electric Kettle, $60 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

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Stainless steel prep bowls are inexpensive, easy to clean, and hard-wearing. This set comes from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's and sells for $10. The bowls nest inside one another for compact storage.

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Paule counts her unglazed tagines — collected in Morocco — among her prized kitchen tools. Thanks to the Internet, you can find them without having to buy the ticket to North Africa. This Rifi Cooking Tagine is available through for $39.

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A good whisk — the pastry chef's indispensable tool. For a good selection of styles and varieties, try an online cooking store like, Fante's catalog, or Cutlery & More, where these Stainless Steel Balloon Whisks are available for $10.

To see the full tour of this kitchen, click here.

Photo: Faith Durand

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