Post from Paris: Steven and Garth’s Pied-à-Terre

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Like many Americans, Steven and Garth love Paris and fantasized about having their own place here. So five years ago, they bought a 50-square-meter (538-square-foot) two-room apartment in a 1780 building in St.-Germain-des-Prés, the 6th arrondissement neighborhood that has long been a magnet for American expats.

They removed old wallpaper, painted walls in rich red and mustard yellow, enlarged and organized the walk-in closet, renovated the bathroom using handmade Moroccan tiles and added cabinets in the kitchen…

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They bought the dining table and chairs from the Clingnancourt flea market and the handmade trunk (“a real splurge”) at Goyard on the rue St. Honoré. Deciding that a couch would eat up too much of their compact space, they opted for a pair of mismatched armchairs — one from an upholstery store at the Viaduc des Arts near the Bastille and a kilim chair and ottoman found at a shop on nearby rue Jacob.

“We have a large house in California that is airy and open with a garden and lots of artisan-made furniture,” says Steven. “Paris, with its deep rich colors and silk drapes and antiques, is more, well, old-European in its look.”

They visit six times a year, loaning the place out to friends and family when they’re in California. Steven runs his own business and works from his laptop while in Paris. But he recently bought a tiny room at the bottom of the stairs which he is renovating into a home-away-from-home office and guest room. We’ll check back once it’s finished to see the result.

– Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristin.hohenadel @ gmail . com

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