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Paris house loving family

How one couple turned their 19th-century Parisian apartment into a fun and quirky home that’s perfect for modern family life.
Patrice Bastian, owner of footwear brand Feiyue, and his fashion-designer girlfriend Laetitia Schlumberger fell in love with the ninth arrondissement of Paris when house­ hunting two years ago. "There are a lot of young families here and people who work in creative industries such as movies, production and events," says Patrice.

Paris house loving family

Paris house loving family

"The area has a diverse community and lots of independent shops and restaurants. It’s very cool; living here feels like being in a village within the city." Getting pinpointed the ideal location, Patrice and Laetitia quickly found their new home, situated on a quiet corner of the River Seine’s Right Bank. "It hadn’t been renovated for 20 years but it had a great bone structure, with original cornicing, wooden floors and lots of light and space. We were looking for something that we could update in our own style, so it was perfect," says Patrice.
Located on the third floor of a building that dates from 1800, the 190-square-metre apartment has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen-dining room. There is also a living room and a television room: the inclusion of both ensures that the couple and their four-year-old son, Yume, all have breathing space.

"Originally the kitchen/dining area was the worst part of the apartment - it was closed off and very dark," says Patrice. "Now it’s where we spend most of our time. We have opened it up and when our friends come over, we gather round the big table for meals." The apartment has a simple but comfortable aesthetic that fuses classic furniture, such as Eames chairs and a Louis Poulsen lamp, with pieces handed down through generations or gathered during the eight years that Patrice spent living in Asia (he met Laetitia at a fashion event in Shanghai). One of the couple’s most treasured items is a vintage 1960s gramophone that once belonged to Patrice’s grandfather and that still has a working turntable. "I remember using it when I was four or five and I’m still listening to it today," says Patrice. The sculptures and artworks in the living room also have personal resonance: on display are pieces by Steph Cop, an artist who was part of the French graffiti movement in the 1980s and is a good friend of Patrice. "He’s now renowned for his wooden figurines, including the Aro piece in our living room," adds Patrice.

Since Yume was born, the couple have made a conscious effort to work less and relax more. "We try not to be workaholics. When we’re at home, we forget the computer and the phone and focus on family time," says Patrice. "We play with Yume and then once he is in bed, we sit by the fire together reading and listening to music." Patrice also likes to sit by the window and admire the views of the city from the main bedroom and living room, which both lead out to a balcony. "The apartment sits between a garden and a courtyard, so it’s very quiet - all you can hear is the sound of birds," says Patrice. "Even though we are in the heart of Paris, it sometimes feels as if we’re living in the countryside."

Paris house loving family

Paris house loving family

Kitchen. Simple kitchen cabinets in pale grey line one wall, the metro-style tiles add texture to the white backdrop. A large table and benches by the Hansen Family sit at the heart of this open-plan space. Eames chairs inject colour into the otherwise neutral scheme.

 

Paris house loving family

Bedroom. The classic scheme of white walls and wood continues in the en suite. An Eames rocker draped in a sheepskin is at the foot of the bed. The mirror was in the house when the couple moved in, and a friend unearthed the rug in Morocco.

 





13-01-2016, 06:02
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