FRENCH BOHO

Camille Egreteaud has cre­ated a boho look in her Bordeaux home by mix­ing heir­looms with pieces from the 1950s and 1970s

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - HOME & INTERIOR - FEA­TURE AMANDINE BERTHON/ IN­SIDE FEA­TURES PHO­TO­GRAPHS JUL IEN FER­NAN­DEZ/ IN­SIDE FEA­TURES

The pea­cock chair on our cover has jumped straight to the top of my wish­list. Add a navy cush­ion for a chic fin­ish.

Dur­ing the late 19th cen­tury, Napoleon com­mis­sioned Baron Hauss­mann to mod­ernise and e ec­tively re­build much of Paris. Tra­di­tional homes were re­placed with im­pos­ing build­ings in match­ing stone (the birth of the city’s sig­na­ture grand boule­vards) and a num­ber of now-iconic land­marks were built (such as Les Halles and the Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon train sta­tions). This re­build­ing was ac­com­pa­nied by a dis­tinc­tive style of in­te­rior de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture,

char­ac­terised by par­quet floor­ing, large fire­places, high, or­nate ceil­ings and large re­cep­tion rooms - which spread to the ma­jor French cities, such as Lyon and Bordeaux. This apart­ment, over­look­ing Bordeaux Cathe­dral, is a per­fect ex­am­ple of this Hauss­mann look. It was these char­ac­ter­is­tics, along with the dreamy views of the cathe­dral, that se­duced Camille and her part­ner, Yann, when they were house-hunt­ing four years ago. Through­out the airy, light-filled apart­ment, fam­ily pieces have been com­bined with fash­ion­able vin­tage fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories (for in­stance the rat­tan pea­cock chair and brass-legged side ta­bles) and there's a good smat­ter­ing of del­i­cate mis­matched pat­terns, too. 'I don't think my style of dec­o­ra­tion fits into a par­tic­u­lar box -I have a pref­er­ence for the 1950s and 1970s, but I'm not stuck on one era,' says Camille. 'I es­pe­cially love the art, fashion and de­sign of the 1950s. I'm drawn to the soft tones of the wood, ►

Through­out the airy, light­filled apart­ment, fam­ily pieces have been com­bined with fash­ion­able vin­tage fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories.

the var­nished fin­ishes and the de­tails of the brass work - which are of­ten neater than on mod­ern ver­sions.' This mix­ing of styles and eras is beau­ti­fully demon­strated in the din­ing room, where an elab­o­rate ro­coco ta­ble (given to Camille by her par­ents) is teamed with sim­ple Formica chairs. `At first, I matched the ta­ble with some antique wooden chairs, but I felt that the com­bi­na­tion was a lit­tle too clas­sic. This pair­ing feels a lot more re­laxed and bal­anced.' What also adds to the bo­hemian feel is the num­ber of plants in each room. Camille spent her youth liv­ing on a vine­yard and, on ar­riv­ing in Bordeaux, found her­self nostal­gic for large, ►

open spa­ces and com­pelled to give a coun­try spirit to her ur­ban in­te­rior. 'I need to be sur­rounded by green­ery, so I have plants ev­ery­where,' she says. Camille ac­quired a taste for an­tiques and dec­o­ra­tive arts from her par­ents, whom she fol­lowed around an­tiques shops when she was young. When she moved here, her par­ents gave her many items from their own home, such as the over­man­tel mir­rors and the farm­house ta­ble in the kitchen, which had been used in her fa­ther's work­shop. To­day, she likes to build on this col­lec­tion by vis­it­ing flea mar­kets and yard sales in the coastal area of Ar­ca­chon Bay. `There are bet­ter bar­gains to be had there and it's less busy... I bought my bed­room car­pet for €20 at a yard sale. This kind of find thrills me!' she laughs. Camille likes to recre­ate the at­mos­phere of a by­gone age, to ►

place her­self in a world that she didn’t know. ‘ I like to tell my­self that the vin­tage and antique items that I own may al­ready have had sev­eral pre­vi­ous lives,’ she says.

What is most valu­able to Camille though, are the trea­sured ob­jects of her child­hood, such as the fam­ily pho­tos on the man­tel­piece. Pieces associated with her grand­par­ents are es­pe­cially im­por­tant to her – the dresser in the din­ing room, with its mother- of-pearl and brass feet, is her favourite piece of fur­ni­ture. ‘ It’s part of a set that my grand­par­ents had made for their bed­room when they got mar­ried. I didn’t know them, but their story fas­ci­nates me. I have a lot of pic­tures of them, too. To me, they rep­re­sent the fashion and art of the 1950s,’ she says.

‘I like to tell my­self that the vin­tage and antique items that I own may al­ready have had sev­eral pre­vi­ous lives.’

Camille has com­bined vin­tage and antique pieces in the liv­ing room. The rat­tan pea­cock chair and antique brass coffee ta­ble were both found at flea mar­kets, while the wooden coffee ta­bles are from a lo­cal shop. RIGHT The view of Bordeaux Cathe­dral was a de­cid­ing fac­tor when Camille bought this apart­ment.

THIS PAGE The 1950s dresser is Camille’s favourite piece of fur­ni­ture. It be­longed to her grand­par­ents; fam­ily pho­tos (many of her grand­par­ents) are ar­ranged on the man­tel­piece; the herbar­ium was bought at Herbes Fauves florist in Bordeaux.LEFT Formica chairs, found at a flea mar­ket, have been teamed with a ro­coco ta­ble, which be­longed to Camille’s par­ents. The cir­cu­lar rug is from La Red­oute.

The orig­i­nal bath­room, with its slip­per bath­tub and 1900s dou­ble wash­basin, has been beau­ti­fully pre­served. The cus­tom-made frilled shower cur­tain ac­cen­tu­ates the ro­man­tic, retro as­pects of the suite (find sim­i­lar on Etsy). The ter­ra­cotta floor tiles and linen cover at­tached to the wash­basin cre­ate a beau­ti­ful, rus­tic vibe, while an art deco fig­urine dou­bles up as a novel jew­ellery stand.

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