A 375-Square-Foot French Flat Is a Sumptuously Sunny Small Space (With Amazing Views)

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Name: JP Floru
Location: Nice, France
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 376 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, owned

Credit: JP Floru

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: With England covered with clouds for at least five months of the year, I often hanker for sun. So I bought this small unloved flat for very little money. It was for sale for more than two years and when I arrived it was decrepit—it was open to the outside through the broken glass panes! But the ceilings are 11-feet high, and the walk to the beach is just six minutes… I walked in and bought it straight away.

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After ten months of renovations (both professionally, and by way of DIY), this is the end result. I especially chose a quite grand Mediterranean style—harking back to the glamorous 1920s, when the building was built, and with references to the villas, palaces, and grand hotels that still litter the Riviera today.

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Small French Riviera pied-a-terre

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What is your favorite room and why? The living room: it has a ceiling that’s 11-feet high, and two huge windows with juliet balconies, giving it a far grander appearance than the square footage would suggest. Because of its height and its length it almost looks like a Venetian piano nobile.

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I chose antique furniture from local antique and thrift shops in the Italian baroque style. There is a sofa bed in this room and when you wake up there is light streaming through the partially closed roller blinds, dappling the room in a glorious Riviera style mint green light.

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I bought a small ornate 19th century gilded mirror in a thrift shop for 72 Euros—an absolute steal—ugly new mass-produced are more expensive.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? Buy a wreck! Don’t pay extra for someone else’s decorative style! Count every penny: buy at thrift shops and secondhand outlets. A glorious house interior does not need to be expensive. Two or three coats of white paint can transform any room.

This submission’s responses have been edited for length and clarity.


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