who lives here?
Héloïse Brion, owner of food website and e-shop Miss Maggie’s Kitchen, her husband Christophe Roué and their two sons, Gabin and Balthazar. Missmaggieskitchen.com @missmaggieskitchen
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, where would that be? For seasoned traveller Héloïse Brion, who’s spent time in Paris, Florida, Madrid, Mumbai, Marrakesh and Normandy, the alluring sights and sounds of Paris are hard to beat. The apartment that she shares with her husband Christophe and their two children Gabin and Balthazar is located in the 10th arrondissement, within walking distance of produce markets, traditional bakeries, pavement cafes, chic eateries and cocktail bars – all essential, given she runs a successful food blog and subscription box business, Miss Maggie’s Kitchen.
QUIET SPACE Despite its central location, the apartment is protected from the frenzies of city life thanks to its position at the rear of the building. Overlooking two large courtyards, the family hear bird calls and distant church bells in the mornings, and enjoy the generous sunlight that streams in all day long. Graced with high ceilings, hardwood floors, leadlight windows and marble fireplaces, the property had been renovated not long before they moved in, so the only additions needed were some custom-made bookshelves in the dining area and a more substantial wardrobe space in the master bedroom.
PASSION PLAY Around the home you’ll find a diverse mix of pieces that reflect the passions and hobbies of its inhabitants. Héloïse likes to display special items collected over the years, like the woman’s portrait that she spied while in Kerala, India, and then saw again a few months later – she was so fascinated by the painting that Christophe surprised her with it for her birthday. Christophe’s guitars and piano provide further insight into the couple who live here. And then there’s the kitchen and dining area, Héloïse’s realm where she cooks and bakes for her business. Her love of food is contagious, and her boys love to help in the kitchen whenever they get the chance. We can almost smell their sweet creations from here…
Details, details The living room, with its Paola Navone couch, flows into the dining area. A mirror found at a Parisian street market leans nonchalantly against the wall, while the red, wooden cow head was a gift from Héloïse’s brother and a world globe depicts some inspiring words to live by. A