Exclusive: This Striking Parisian Apartment Had Us at Bonjour
If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that the French know how to style a room (and an outfit!). This striking Parisian apartment is the epitome of elegance and everything we've come to know and adore about their interior design style. Preserving the atmosphere and honoring the heritage of this traditional pied-à-terre was the primary goal of interior designer Jean-Charles Tomas. Because it was the first project of his namesake firm, Tomas was committed to restoring the space without losing the classic details (the moldings, parquet flooring, and fireplace).
"The clients wanted something in between classic and contemporary," he told MyDomaine Australia. "The cachet of a Parisian apartment with the comfort of a modern one." As a detail-oriented person, Tomas didn't leave a style stone unturned. Every room is carefully considered, with the utmost precision applied. It's breathtaking. "The dialogue with the craftsmen helps me during the design process and allows me to understand every single detail," he said. "I believe that it's in small details that you can tell the most meaningful things." So take the tour with us through this modern marvel, and prepare for your jaw to hit the floor (literally).
The Elegant Living Room
In keeping within the classic Parisian aesthetic, the colour palette is fairly monochromatic throughout the entire apartment. "The challenge was to work with a black-and-white colour scheme and add some subtle colour touches with fabrics, cushions, and patinated brass to warm it up a bit," said Tomas. To add depth and warmth to the tonal living room, Tomas used texture via the custom velvet sofa and handmade bowls on the coffee table.
The Classic Fireplace
No classic Parisian apartment would be complete without a fireplace. Especially those with exquisitely detailed molding like this one. This truly is the centrepiece of the room.
A Fashionable Dining Room
For tonal appeal, the clients wanted something very neutral and soft to ensure the space didn't veer into stark territory. "I like neutral palettes and camaieu ( the French term for monochromatic) in general," explained Tomas. "With time you may get tired of a red sofa or yellow walls, and it's harder to change these than some accessories." The mustard velvet Murena chairs by Marta Sala add a vibrant hue in this dining nook; who wouldn't want to eat here?
The Polished Kitchen
While you'd expect the renovations or contractors to be the biggest challenge, for Tomas it was having a blank page. "My clients trusted me 100% and gave me zero direction," he said. "So I had to come up with something that would match their expectations."
An Opulent Marble Moment
The kitchen is so chic, we had to do an extreme close-up and hone in on the magical marble backsplash and countretop. We want to get our Julia Child on in here.
The Effortless Master Bedroom
The French have mastered the art of the "perfectly undone" look, and this certainly applies to the master bedroom of this Parisian pied-à-terre. With a moody appeal and soft light trickling in through the window, this is definitely where we want to wake up.
A Handsome Reading Nook
While the home is brimming with covetable designer pieces from iconic designers, there are two items Tomas treasures most in the house: the Jeanneret armchairs, and brass lamp from Angelo Lelli. Both take places of pride in the TV room and truly elevate it to next-level status.
The Modern Bathroom
If there's one attribute to this space, it's the abundance of natural light. In fact, for Tomas, this has more importance than the space itself. "In this case, it's not an element that you can change or add more of," he said. "Light, whether natural or artificial, will set the mood of a space, so you may design the most beautiful interior, but if you have the wrong light, the project will be meaningless." Well, we certainly believe Tomas made the most of it in this striking apartment. We're breathless.
What is your favourite feature of this Parisian home?