I had thought at some point I would take nice photos of our Paris apartment so I could remember it but of course that was low on the priority list in the midst of moving so here are some pictures I took of our living room last summer. These photos weren’t taken on the same day which is why the art is in different places in some of the photos.
We’ve loved living in this apartment. It is located in the 7th arrondissement with great food streets like Rue Cler and Rue Grenelle nearby and and six bakeries within two blocks of us! It is located across the street from the Eiffel Tower and you can even see it out our window (just a tiny bit.) When it sparkles in the evening it catches my eye while I’m working or reading to my kids on the couch. It always makes me smile and reminds me that I’m living in Paris.
When we rented it in February 2011 it was partially furnished. This was a blessing and a curse. It meant that we didn’t have to buy beds or a refrigerator (in France unfurnished apartments don’t come with appliances!) But it also meant we had to live with some funny old lamps I didn’t love. In fact the sofa it came with wasn’t very comfortable and I was dreading living with it for the year so we decided to have it taken to storage and bought the navy blue velvet one you see below. (Which by the way we are selling the sofa this week. If you are interested and can come pick it up by Thursday email me and I’ll make you a great deal.) We had to make due with some things but a lot of the pieces in the apartment were antiques and were nice and sturdy. It was a challenge to decorate it when it was temporary–for things like art we made some of our own and I think the biggest trick is to try to have lots of plants around to make things feel homey. Live plants make everything feel better. For all my sources see the list at the end of the post.
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So what did we do with all the stuff? Well, some stuff we sold, some stuff we are cramming into 12 suitcases and a couple of the mid-sized items like side tables and chairs a new friend offered to bring them over when they moved to the Bay Area in a few months. (So generous right?!) Of course I wish we could fill up a container with awesome things from the Paris flea and bring my pretty blue velvet sofa back but it wasn’t realistic this time around.
Sofas: from AmPm
Side Tables: from the flea market
Abstract art: we made
Polka dot art: we made
Carnival Oil Painting: (with a funny story) from the flea market
Task Lamps: from AmPm
Side Chairs: from the flea market
Cameroon Juju Hat: from the flea market
Rug: from Morocco