Modern Paris Apartment with a French Country Twist - Home Tour

Ah, French home decor - especially Parisian apartments... Can you get enough? I can't! If you want to see a lovely little Paris apartment decked out in a beautiful, clean style to inspire your own decor, then this home tour is just what you need to see today. I just love it and you won't find it anywhere else on the web yet so for the moment, it's for your eyes only. Of course, feel free to change that by pinning the photos below to your boards on Pinterest. I certainly plan to!

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There are so many inspiring features in this newly renovated apartment by Camille Hermand Architectures agency and the apartment is located on the rive droite of Paris, in the south of the fashionable ‘Marais’ district,

Camille Hermand Architectures had a few major design objectives: to optimize space and to improve flow in this very rectangular 78m2 (approx. 800 square feet) space.

The traditional tomette tile flooring inspired the architects to bring in a more contemporary edge to an overall country decor style through the addition of bold colors and modern patterns.

TIP: TOMETTE TILE - Traditional terra cotta tile, hexagonal in shape, eco-friendly and a symbol of Provence and traditional French country homes.

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Atelier-style windows were installed to separate the entrance to the living room which was a great idea because before, the front door opened directly into the living room which felt very impersonal.

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I love the style of this space, it's definitely country but with a major twist so it feels very current and even more, young and fresh. I like how clean and bright that this space feels. It's not minimalistic, which I also love because I am so bored seeing 3-4 things in a room - that's not decorating or design to me, that's 3-4 things in a room! Sorry, but it's how I feel.

A home is where you read books and show your art collection and jump on the sofa with your children and throw big cocktail parties where someone is always going to spill a gin tonic on your rug. This apartment feels like you can relax and enjoy being home. It also feels very welcoming and cozy with the soft, inviting seating that still has clean lines but also a sofa you can really sink into and relax upon. I am also very tired of seeing sofa after sofa at fairs that look beautiful but feel like rocks when you sit on them. I don't get it! I don't want to pay to be uncomfortable.

I really love the built-ins in this space for books and objects to display, but also in the hallway, I noticed a built-in wall unit which I imagine holds scarves, mittens, hats, boots, and coats. It's such a clever thing that these architects did, to add these glass doors and windows to separate the living from the entry area.

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On the other side of the living room is the dining area and to the right of it, a few stairs take you up to a cozy sleep space.

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Paris Apartment Home Tour on decor8

This is the perfect nook for guests to sleep, or if you have a child, for them to sleep and play. It also is a great TV room for when you want to cozy up and watch a film since the main living room doesn't have a TV.

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I really love the different tones of white, gray, blue, green and pink in this space that range from soft, pastels to bold, rich jewel tones. Punctuated with mustard yellow in the living room, and with a tomato red in the bedroom. 

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Another door off of the living/dining room takes you to the gorgeous kitchen with beautiful custom wooden cabinetry. Pay attention to the skylight and how they framed the ventilation above the stove in glass cabinetry. I found it so interesting...

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In this space, I almost wonder if they intentionally painted on the floor to make it less orange, keeping that single tile different? It seems so, doesn't it? The rest of the house has the very orange tile but it works because of the rugs. In this space, with all of the wood, the orange tile may have been too strong, so perhaps washing it out a bit was a good design solution? In any case, I love it.

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Next, is the bedroom and bath. This seems to be located on the other side of the entryway, perhaps the front door is on the other wall? I love looking at home tours like this because it's fun to try to figure out where all of the doors lead. Also in this photo, pay attention to the gorgeous blue built-in cabinetry in the bedroom - it's gorgeous right? When I think of Paris, I always think of blue and green tones like this. I want to try to bring this vibe to my home in 2018 so I need to think about how I can do it...

By the way, what do you think about the glass window to the bathroom? I love this! It's such a growing trend in Europe in hotel design to have glass walls in the bathroom, and some people really hate it - but I don't mind if it's in an en-suite bathroom - but I think I would have the lower glass panels be frosted so natural light still flows into the windowless bathroom while you still maintain your privacy. I don't care how "married" you are, I like my private moments.

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The bathroom is tiny but so well done! I like the shelf above the tub for storage and the storage beneath the sink. I also love the tile because it is in the same hexagon shape as the terra cotta flooring throughout the house.

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And I guess you can say that I saved the best for last with this gorgeous bedroom! I love this space - it feels so fresh and all of the built-in cabinetry is just divine and such a clever use of space in a small city apartment. I would love to hire architects to do this in my own home someday if I ever decide to stay in one place...

Finally though, the light. We need to discuss this light! I instantly know who designed it, Constance Guisset for Petite Friture. When I was in Milan this past April, I had lunch with the founder Amélie Du Passage, and she was just amazing and such an inspiration to me. This light, Vertigo has become quite trendy here in Europe and comes in two sizes, this is the largest one. It makes such a statement while being light, airy and a bit humorous - I love it.

Did you enjoy this home tour today? I hope that you did. It was so fun to share it with you!

(Photography with permission: Camille Hermand Architectures)

 

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DIY Minimalist Paper Christmas Tree For Small Spaces or Tabletops

If you have a small space or simply want to decorate a tabletop in a new way, then this non-traditional Christmas tree just may be your new favorite DIY project. Not only is it super cute, but I have the DIY "recipe" for you below along with very good news -- it's super cheap to make and looks lovely!

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This tree is just so sweet and I like it because my dear friend Leslie Shewring made it for the Scandinavian-inspired decorating story in our book, Decorate For a Party, and it can be made with paper in any color,  or even a monochromatic theme with the same color or use many colors and turn it into a rainbow tree! You can decorate it as you wish too, perhaps with white twinkle lights, colored lights, ornaments or anything else that catches your eye. You can even make several smaller versions in green and craft a woodland-theme party for a child's birthday - trees are not only for Christmas. Make it your own!

Here are a few simple instructions on how to make this paper fringe tree. This DIY can be found directly in our book in the holiday craft party section, complete with our playlist of songs to put you in a mood that is merry and bright!

DIY PAPER FRINGE TREE

Tools: You will need a hot glue gun, glue sticks, cardboard, black paper, lightweight white paper, black tape, scissors, craft knife.

ROW ONE (left to right)

STEP ONE: Cut the cardboard to your desired triangular tree shape.

STEP TWO: Start about 5cm (2 inches) from the bottom of the tree and cut approximately a 5cm (2 inches) wide strip of white paper to a length just wider than the width of the tree.

STEP THREE: Glue the top edge of the strip of white paper to the cardboard and then trim the width to the angle of the cardboard.

ROW TWO (left to right)

STEP FOUR: Create a fringe along the bottom edge of the white strip of paper you just glued down. Make the cuts about a 1cm (1/2 inch) apart.

STEP FIVE: Repeat with more white strips, making sure to overlap each one over the previous one.

STEP SIX: Finish by adding a black strip of paper to cover the exposed 5cm/2 inches of cardboard along the bottom of the triangle. Use black tape to wrap around the sides of this base, or just wrap the black paper around.

Decorate For a Party, Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

Decorate For a Party, Available in English, German, French and Italian and available where all fine books are sold.

I love Holly and Leslie’s new book. Page by page with new and chic party ideas, all using inexpensive materials. Happy party everyone!
— Paul Lowe, Founder, SWEET PAUL magazine

Decorate For a Party is available in GERMAN, FRENCH and ITALIAN and of course in BRITISH ENGLISH and also AMERICAN ENGLISH. It also available in Australia via Murdoch Books and Hardie Grant.

See you again tomorrow everyone with a little decorating project from my home to share.

Love,

Holly

9 Simple Swedish Things For The Home That I Love

Hi everyone, I hope that you are doing good. We've had a lot of snow the past few days and this weekend was filled with relaxing moments with friends and family and lots of good food. I love this time of the year when everything starts to slow down, don't you? Have you finished all of your holiday shopping yet? If not, I will tell you about a great spot to shop in Europe if you are still on the prowl for nice gifts. I went to Granit in Hamburg earlier this year and now, I've shopped them again for some things to cozy up my home.

Photo for Granit by Seraina Silja Hürlimann

Photo for Granit by Seraina Silja Hürlimann

In fact, I picked up linen cushions, a wooden bank, a zinc plant holder, string lights, a tee-pee for Aidan's bedroom, and a lovely fur throw. Tomorrow here on decor8, I'll share how everything looks all set up in his room - I need to take some photos for you because it's very sweet! The tee-pee is his new reading nook and a spot where he can dream and play during these cold, winter months. I can't wait to show you!

But first, here are 9 things from Granit that I love - I consider them all useful and also decorative, and I believe that they will stand the test of time despite how trends come and go. And if you are living in Germany, I have good news for you... This Swedish design staple now has 4 stores here (the closest to me is located in Hamburg, there are two in Berlin (I shopped there over the summer at Granit in Mitte) and also you can go to Granit in Cologne. I hope they'll open in Hannover because it's really the perfect spot for them - fingers crossed!

Granit has an online shop in Germany too though so it's easy to buy online and for the rest of Europe, here is their EU shop.

1. Buchstabentafel Klein / Letterboard, Small (shown above). These are fun to put inspirational quotes on, and to change them up as you need to.

ROW 1

2. Lichterkette 10 Lampen LED / String of LED Lights - Totally versatile and I like the black mixed with the large bulbs, looks industrial and they're great for indoors or out.

3. Zelt Tipi / Ivory Teepee - This was so easy for me to set up and it's very sturdy too!

4. Korb Gummi mit Deckel Groß / Large Rubber Container - I like these rubber containers for plants or to use as paper bins for the office.

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5. Blumentopf/Schale Beton Gerade / Cement Flower Pot with base - Gorgeous for bulbs this time of the year.

6. Lichterkette Ball 80 Lampen LED / Twinkle LED light string - I like these in white and the fact that their are 80 of them, wow!

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7. Bank Holz/Metall / Wooden bench with black metal base (you can paint the wood any color you wish!)

8. Pflanzenampel Einfach Schwarz / Black plant holder - I love seeing these with glass pots for plants, looks so unique!

9. Kissen Leinen Weiß / White linen cushion (other colors are available). I like these because the quality of the linen is so, so good and the fillers are great too - plus they are big and cozy to cuddle with.

And to "wrap" up this post, I need to show you some very simple Scandinavian ways to wrap your holiday presents, and everything you see can be purchased in the office supply section of Granit in-store or online here. I love how they've used sprigs of fresh greenery too. It's so easy and uncomplicated to wrap beautiful gifts this way!

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I'll be back tomorrow to show you how I've created a cozy corner for my son's bedroom using things I found at Granit in Hamburg. See you soon!

(This post is sponsored by Granit. All words are my own.)

 

 

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Big News: Jonathan Adler Germany + Meet Jonathan In Berlin!

I have such great news to reveal that you've not heard about yet and it's all about American potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler...

Jonathan Adler is now available in Germany AND he will be hosting a gorgeous press event and customer event at KaDeWe in Berlin on January 17, 2018 located at Tauentzienstraße 21-24 in the brand new Jonathan Adler section of the store, on the fourth floor.

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

I will be there with Mr. Adler since the night before, I am part of a very special and intimate dinner party to honor him and his launch into the German market.

Then on the 17th, I'll be at KaDeWe to give a warm welcome to Jonathan along with (hopefully) all of you. It will be just gorgeous to meet you all and for him, very exciting as he is so interested in learning more about the interiors scene here in Germany and to share his designs with all of you which range from furniture to pottery, small accessories and gifts. 

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler dining room

Jonathan Adler dining room

ABOUT JONATHAN

Starting his career as a potter, Jonathan opened his first store in Soho, New York, in 1998. Figuring “why stop at pots,” he launched throw pillows and then started imagining the sofas those pillows could sit on. Soon enough he was in the home décor biz, working with artisans of all kinds to craft everything from swanky side tables to divine dinnerware to custom upholstery. If you’re not familiar with his designs, do browse his website in the United States or the UK site.

Polished, eccentric and unexpected, Jonathan describes his aesthetic as ‘Modern American Glamour’, a look which he achieves by creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon. Jonathan’s favorite motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it”, reflects his continued commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury. But his love of pottery remains at his core: his office in New York sits between a giant kiln and a working pottery studio. Ultimately, Jonathan believes that your home should make you happy – and I couldn’t agree more!

Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

DID YOU KNOW?

Several years ago when I was making my first book, Decorate, I spent a day styling his home in New York City alongside my team and photographer Debi Treloar. I will never forget the experience of working in his gorgeous, colorful home which is filled with so many things he designed. I walked away from that experience forever changed; which is why his home story in my first book is one of the most meaningful shoots I've ever been on.

Now, so many years later, I am overjoyed to welcome Jonathan Adler to Germany officially. I am also so proud because I've been writing about him on decor8 since I started this site nearly 12 years ago, so you can be sure that to finally get to meet him for the first time next month is, for me, a great honor and I'm happy to extend the invitation to all of you if you're able to be in Berlin on January 17th. It will be a special chance for you to meet Jonathan (one in a million, really!) and I know that you will walk away inspired and happy since I've heard that he's a delightful man to spend time with.

If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it.
— Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler living room

Jonathan Adler living room

MY JONATHAN ADLER GIFT GUIDE

In addition to this wonderful announcement, I thought to give my German audience a bit of a preview of what you can find in his concession at KaDeWe with a round up of my 8 favorite Jonathan Adler products below. Links are all out to the UK website, as no German website exists yet, but if you’re looking to get your holiday shopping done, all products listed are available to purchase now in KaDeWe. He also has concessions in The Interior Club, Düsseldorf and Coop Raumwerk, Munich where you can buy his products, too. For those of you heading to Maison et Objet, you must check out his fabulous stand in Hall 3.

ROW 1: Dora Maar condiment bowl €59, Carnaby Zebra stacking dish, gold €39, Globo boxes €198/€298/€398 and Bel Air mini scoop vases yellow, turquoise €89.

Row 2: Boss Lady needlepoint pillow €119, Futura Bullseye vase €159, Holiday Hearth candle €45, Acrylic pills € 98/€169/€269.

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

Jonathan Adler at KaDeWe, Berlin - Meet him live on January 17, 2018!

JOIN US IN BERLIN - RSVP

If you would like to join either the PRESS event from 5-6pm on January 17 or the CUSTOMER EVENT from 6-8pm on January 17 at KaDeWe, please email me at press@decor8blog.com and I will make sure to put you in touch with his PR manager and they'll be in touch with you.

CONGRATULATIONS to JONATHAN ADLER - So happy to see him and his products in Germany!

Photography: Jonathan Adler

(Note: This post is in collaboration with Jonathan Adler Germany. All opinions expressed are my own.)