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Wallpaper By Bien Fait + Parisian Home Of Cécile Figuette

I love wallpaper! All who know me well knows that is a fact. That's why I'd like to tell you about my little visit to French wallpaper atelier Bien Fait ("well made" in French) in Paris recently. It was such a nice time spent chatting one-on-one with owner and founder, Cécile Figuette, while my assistant, Toni Vinther, chatted with her partner Nicolas. Together, we learned so much about their special process in creating over-scale patterned wallpaper made to order.  This means that it is 100% bespoke if you need it to be. Some elements of the pattern can move around according to the wishes of the homeowner or designer. For instance, if you want a bed in a certain place in a room, you can ask Cécile to create the paper so that the pattern fits around the bed... Maybe you want a tree a little to the left or right so that it can be viewed clearly on one side of the bed versus hidden behind the headboard. Now that's amazing service right there. I love the idea!

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Cécile designs nearly all of the patterns herself, and whenever they are printed (she prints everything locally at the moment) she goes to personally check to see that everything is up to spec. This lady is so inspiring to me because she is not only a remarkable business woman with a great head on her shoulders for running a wallpaper firm, but she is a creative, artistic soul who loves to do work that speaks to her heart. And she's a mom!!! That's even more impressive to me now when I meet women with kids than it was before I became a mom.

Cécile clearly has a genuine passion for interiors, in fact I'll share some photos from her home at the bottom of this post so you can see what I mean. But first, a few photos that Toni and took in her 70 sq meter studio located in Village Saint Paul that opens onto the street and boasts a sunny courtyard.

By the way... In the photo above, you can see the wildly popular Animals pattern that my friend Emily Henderson has in her son Charlie's bedroom out in LA. This is a Bien Fait wallpaper that Emily had ordered and shipped all the way to California because she loved it so much. Whenever I see this pattern, I immediately think of Emily and sweet little Charlie!

Cécile Figuette for Bien Fait
Cécile Figuette for Bien Fait

This over-scale geometric pattern shown in their studio above is one of their bestsellers and is called Mosaic Soft. It's also available in either a stronger or a more muted colorway -- in Classic and Winter versions. Soft is definitely my favorite of the three, though.

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Morten Toni Vinther for decor8

This is one of my favorite patterns by Bien Fait, it's called White Birds. I love how bold it is!

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Holly Becker for decor8
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Holly Becker for decor8

Cécile and her team are directly inspired by, "Scandinavian and Japanese culture, travel, ethnic and folk culture and graphic design," which was apparent to us the moment we stepped in to their studio but even more, once they presented the entire collection to us on a large wall I could see their inspirations even more. I loved how they are set up to show their papers, you can see above... There are these multiple pull-down electric panels that rise and lower with the click of a remote. In the image above, you can see the Modular pattern on the wall in black and white and Copenhagen in green on the panel. Nicolas told us that they present their papers this way because they are so large-scale that it's the only way clients can really view them to get a sense of scale.

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Holly Becker for decor8

The black "Typologie" mural is by ceramist Clémentine Dupré. It is shown on Bien Fait's Sunset wallpaper in their little lounge area.

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Holly Becker for decor8

As mentioned, Cécile is also a mom like me and so she has kids at home and all the fun (!) that goes with maintaining a stylish, creative home while also one where children can live and roam freely. I'm still learning the balance when it comes to this but French parents seem to have the knack hard-wired into their DNA. Parisian parents seem to always have the most stylish living spaces.

Now are you ready to see Cécile's beautiful family home in Paris? It's jaw-dropping, colorful, well curated and just amazing in every way. I cannot stop looking at it to be honest, it's lovely. I like seeing how she incorporated her own wallpaper patterns throughout in small doses and I really love the black and white animal print on the wall in her living room next to that lush green velvet sofa. Try to see if you can spot the many wallpapers as you look at these photos below taken by photogapher Julie Ansiau for Elle France found via the beautiful Miss Moss blog.

Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France

First, that's Cécile in her home shown top right.

Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France
Julie Ansiau for Elle France

There isn't much about this home I don't love. It's inspiring to me because it feels very lived in and loving but also so chic and graphic, interesting, and of course, so very French - at least in my opinion as an American. I love her clever mix of vintage pottery, mid century furniture, Berber rugs, artwork... It's all so fantastic.

What a pleasure to meet and mingle with Cécile in Paris, I'm so thankful that I got an intimate glimpse into her creative world and hope to be back in Paris soon again to meet more inspiring and imaginative people who are getting some great work done! Thank you Bien Fait for welcoming us to your studio, hope to visit again very soon!

 

Home Tour: Harmony in a Rustic French Home
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Hi guys, it’s Holly Marder and I am excited to show you around a harmonious French apartment with subtle wintry and rustic touches to kick off March. This home, a culmination of two buildings - a former post house for horses dating back to 1755 and its hay reserve - has been lovingly melded into a family home for webshop owner Fanny Roux, her husband and two children. I'm sure you will love the open layout, moody kitchen and the many delicate details to be found in this chic Saint-Germain-en-Laye home, which is located in the western suburbs of Paris about 11 miles away from city center. I hope you love it just as much as I did photographing and styling it together with Fanny! holly_paris_8

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When their second child was on the way, Fanny and her husband went in search of an apartment that was large enough to accommodate their growing family. When they first laid eyes on what would become their home in 2007, it was NO love affair. The space was dark with cracked walls and unattractive tiling throughout. Its only saving grace was the size and history of the building - it was spacious with potential in spadefuls.

The couple had dreamed of a home where the whole family could interact and live together without feeling cramped, in a green neighborhood that would offer a quiet and safe environment for their children but also be close to Paris.

With a knack for seeing beyond imperfections and an expert in the art of rethinking and reinventing abandoned objects, Fanny quickly realized the potential the property possessed ,and on the condition that she could make the necessary changes to the space to make it into the family home she dreamed of, she and her husband purchased the space and got to work.

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The renovations took two months and were an intense time for the family. Walls, floors and ceilings were renovated with the help of local builders. Hardwood flooring was fitted throughout and skylights added to the ceiling to increase natural light to the living area. The original structure of the apartment remained untouched so the original wooden beams became a feature in the spacious living area. Gradually, their characterless and gloomy apartment became a bright and comfortable family home as you can see.

With a penchant for vintage and diverting objects from their original function, Her love of vintage goes beyond the walls of her home - Fanny turned her hobby of unearthing and reinventing vintage objects into a small business success with her online shop Le Repere des Belettes. Fanny creates surprising yet beautiful moments throughout her home through carefully crafted corners, shelves and tabletops. In the kitchen, an old manger serves as a vegetable rack, an old cake mould becomes a flower pot and an abandoned window becomes a mirror. Fanny balances out her passion for vintage and antique with modern and simplistic pieces, creating a peaceful harmony between the old and the new.

Fanny carefully selected the color scheme for each space, wanting to give each room a different atmosphere while maintaining a sense of harmony throughout. She used soft, neutral colors as a base, only adding color through furniture and accessories, which allows her to change up the interior regularly as she shuffles things around and brings in new pieces. As a webshop owner, this is not only a fun hobby but a necessary part of the job enabling her to live with the products she sells which makes her closer to the product and able to help her customers in a more intimate way. In fact, many of the things in her home she sells online.

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Launched in 2011 with her partner Karine, the online store offers a carefully curated selection of design, crafts, industrial, unique and contemporary objects with a nod towards earthy materials and natural textures. Old military crates, chairs and school desks are cleaned, sanded and stripped before painted in harmonious colors and given a new lease on life.

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What are your favorite aspects of this home? I can’t get past those beautiful wooden beams and all the textural lines throughout.

See you guys next with another inspiring home tour not fall in love with - Holly

(Photography, Text, Styling: Holly Marder. Editor: Holly Becker.)

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Pot de Crème with Rosemary Chantilly
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Hi there, I’m a brand new columnist here on decor8 and my name is Gintare Marcel. I'm a cookbook author (4 of them so far) and an avid traveller. I’m originally from Lithuania, but now I divide my time between the mountain covered Swiss countryside and sunny Provence with my French husband, with a few other stops here and there. I’m very excited to join Holly and the whole team at decor8. Each month I’ll be sharing a delicious recipe and sometimes a glimpse of food from my travels. I hope to inspire you to roll up your sleeves to cook, enjoy food, and perhaps dream a little. To begin, I have something very indulgent and all about chocolate since February 14th is just around the corner. GintareLOWRES Chocolate seemed like an appropriate topic for Valentine's Day to linger upon and it is my firm belief that chocolate is indeed a quintessential ingredient to a happy life. What do you think? There can never be too much of it. So, how about a smooth and decadent cup of chocolate for you today?

_DSC9723LOWRES Pot de crème is a French classic that has as many variations as stars in the sky but for a good reason. It is a quick and easy dessert that results in wonderfully indulgent chocolate cups with delicate orange notes and a touch of liqueur, if you like that sort of thing (wink).

Untitled-1LOWRES However, the unsung hero of this desert is the rosemary. Yes, really. I love to add a bit of a savory kick to my desserts and rosemary goes so well with chocolate. It makes an easy dessert a little more special. The rosemary cream is simple to make and you can use the same method to infuse any regular cream with lavender, thyme or any flavor of your choice for experiment.

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Chocolate Orange Pot de Crème 130g dark chocolate (70% cacao), finely chopped 4 egg yolks 1 tbsp sugar 1 orange zest, finely grated 1 cup/250 ml milk ½ cup/120 ml cream 1 tbsp Grand Marnier

Rosemary Chantilly ½ cup/120 ml cream a few rosemary sprigs 1-2 tsp sugar

How To: Place the chopped chocolate in a blender, set aside. Heat milk and cream until just simmering. Beat egg yolks with sugar and zest and pour in the milk stirring vigorously. Stir in Grand Marnier. Return to the stove and continue stirring on medium heat until it starts coating the back of a wooden spoon (it will take a minute or two). Pour everything on top of chocolate and blend till smooth. Divide between 4 cups or glasses and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Take out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before serving.

To make rosemary whipped cream, bring cream with rosemary sprigs to simmer and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. Then, strain and chill until needed. Whip cream with sugar and top each pot de crème with a spoonful.

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Enjoy, Happy Valentine's Day, and I'll see you in March with another delicious recipe from my kitchen to yours! - Gintare.

(Photography, Styling and Words: Gintare Marcel. Editor: Holly Becker)