An Eclectic, Happy Apartment in Paris

published Aug 2, 2015
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Name: Jean-François, Siire, and Archibald Rambroul and Reglisse, the dog
Location: 16th Arrondissement; Paris, France
Size: 83 square meters (893 square feet)
Years lived in: 9 months; Rented

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Siire and Jean Francois have lived and travelled all over the world, and they recently settled down to raise their young son, Archibauld, in a Haussman-style building in Jean-Francois’ hometown of Paris. With ample knowledge of food, culture, and design, Siire has managed to make a cozy home for her family that is stylish, warm, and just quiet enough in one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities.

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Living view room as you walk into the apartment, separated by French doors (Image credit: Katy Cartland)

Siire is originally from Estonia and met her husband when they both worked in the culinary industry, specifically when they worked on a yacht that travelled all over the world. With such vast exposure to the world, it’s no surprise that their home is filled with an eclectic mixture of designer furniture, vintage pieces, original art, and handpicked curios. It seems that each and every element in their home reflects their personalities.

Siire stays home with 18-month-old Archibauld while Jean-François runs a gourmet inflight catering company called Uppersky Catering (soon to be renamed Uppersky Gourmet) that provides gourmet meals for private jets in Paris. On the side, Siire and Jean-François have an American-inspired food truck (made from an old Airstream!) called Charlie Streetfood.

I was so excited to do this home tour. Siire and Jean-François are my neighbors and our apartments are identical in layout. However, there are many nuances that make our two units so different. I love what Siire has done with her space. She has created such a cozy, elegant, dreamy home for her family. The kitchen, a very important workspace for a couple who knows and loves food the way they do, is especially inspiring.

Mixing designs can be tricky, but Siire has managed to blend her smart taste and love of design and art in a way that seems effortless.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: I love very modern and minimalist style, which is not so easy with limited storage space and a baby! So it’s a happy mix of modern and vintage, changing constantly.

Inspiration: Travels, design blogs and magazines, Pinterest…

Favorite Element: The marble fireplace, the big windows, our marble top dining table which belonged to Jean-François’ parents — a real heirloom! Archibauld’s Leander crib – it was an instant crush in the shop window.

Biggest Challenge: Creating a functional kitchen space for the whole family. It was a real challenge as it did come with some furniture that was not so practical as well as a big heater and old gas stove. Lots of storage was lost. But we managed to install a small table for breakfast, some storage — and its feels nice! Also storage space in general. I will never have enough!

What Friends Say: Everyone says it’s really cozy and that you feel right at home.

Biggest Embarrassment: Dog hair everywhere no matter if it was cleaned an hour ago.

Proudest DIY: Our coffee table — we glued some imitation leather on it and it looks perfect and is so easy to clean!

Biggest Indulgence: It has yet to come…we are dreaming about an original Eames lounge chair and ottoman.

Best Advice: Take it slowly, look twice before purchasing. Less is more!

Dream Sources: Flea markets, Vitra, Ligne Roset, Conran Shop


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  • Archibauld’s Room: The Little Green Paint Company’s Turquoise Blue
  • Master bedroom: The Little Green Paint Company’s Eau de Nil
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  • Mid-century cabinet: antique market, refinished by us
  • Mid storage cabinets: Ikea
  • Chicken paintings: by a very lovely artist Chris Claisse
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  • Bookshelves: AM/PM, repainted by us
  • Sofa bed: Maison de Convertible
  • Coffee tables: La Redoute, DIY tabletops by us
  • TV station: Ikea
  • Green “Napoleon” chairs: happy find from the street- they will soon be recovered.
  • Lighting: Bourgie from Kartell and a mix of Ikea and Habitat
  • Colorful view de Tallinn painting: painted by our friend Michel Renaud
  • Bronze sculpture on the fireplace: Laurent Guerin
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  • Dining table and chairs: vintage Roche Bobois
  • Buffet: Gautier
  • Boeuf King painting on buffet: by Regis Delene Bartholdi, whose great-uncle was Auguste Bartholdi (who did the Statue of Liberty)
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  • Outfitted by Ikea
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  • Bed: Treca
  • Desk: Habitat
  • Shell chair: Hay
  • Storage unit: Ikea
  • Dresser: Gautier
  • Lamps: Maison de Famille
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Crib: Leander
Child desk and chair: KuKuu Bird & Berry line
Grey sofa chair: Habitat
Dresser, shelves, and storage cabinet: Ikea
Artwork: Etsy and DIY

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Thanks, Siire!