Home­own­er­snico and­christo share their top tips

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Don’t limit your liv­ing spa­ces to just in­side the house. De­sign your home fromthe bound­ary edge of your gar­den to its in­ner­most rooms. Live in a home be­fore ren­o­vat­ing so that you un­der­stand howyou use the space and­where the con­nec­tions be­tween out­side and in­side can be­made. Use sim­i­lar­ma­te­ri­als, colours and tex­tures in­side and out, along­with the same style of fur­nish­ings, to blur the dis­tinc­tion be­tween the two. Use sub­tle fo­cal points– plantsor fur­nish­ings–at short, mi­dand­dis­tant hori­zons to­drawthe eye­out­wards to­wards the view­sof the gar­den. Don’t for­get the space above your head. We used large sky­lights to give us glimpses of the tree canopies, blue sky and pass­ing clouds.

his apart­ment is the epit­ome of Parisian chic, thanks to a rad­i­cal over­haul by Marie De An­dreis, owner of chil­dren’s fash­ion­brandzef. She­first viewedthe space­with­her­hus­band, Raphael, in2014. ‘It­was all very dark­with­old­wall­pa­per and car­pets, and very heavy cur­tains,’ she re­calls. Now, the ren­o­vated in­te­rior is the an­tithe­sis of the old: a bright, white, gallery-like space, warmed by ac­cents of wood.

It­was the prop­erty’s lo­ca­tion – nes­tled on the right bank of the River Seine – and its cap­ti­vat­ing views that ini­tially at­tracted the cou­ple and their three chil­dren, Chiara (18), Inés (16) and Joseph(seven). It took­marie an­draphael just four months to trans­form the four-bed­room, 19th-cen­tury home.

The cou­ple re­ar­ranged the 200-square-me­tre space, turn­ing what­was the liv­ing room­into the kitchenand din­ing room, and knock­ing down­the­hall­way wall to al­low nat­u­ral light in. The lay­out is unconventional for a Parisian apart­ment in that there is no cen­tral cor­ri­dor con­nect­ing the main spa­ces. ‘Iwanted a brighthome, so I just looked for sources of day­light andwent from there,’ ex­plains Marie. ‘The rooms are square and the vol­umes har­mo­nious – there’s an easy flow through­out; you don’t feel en­closed here.’

The re­moval of the old car­pets re­vealed the apart­ment’s hid­den trea­sure: an orig­i­nal 19th-cen­tury par­quet floor. It has been sanded, re­sealed and re­stored to its orig­i­nal grandeur, ashave the­mar­ble­fire sur­rounds and or­nate cor­nic­ing. ‘For us, it was im­por­tant to re­tain the build­ing’s in­tegrity,’ says Marie. The ar­chi­tec­ture needed no em­bel­lish­ment, so Marie sim­ply painted ev­ery­thing white. ‘The dec­o­ra­tion is in the fur­ni­ture, the pic­tures, the lamps and ob­jects – it doesn’t come from us­ing strong colour on the­walls,’ she says.

Clev­erly, the cou­ple’s mostly white fur­ni­ture is out­lined in black, fromthe pip­ing on the sofa to the border on the blinds. This gives the pieces a strik­ing pres­en­ceinthe­p­ared-backscheme. ‘There­arenorules,’ saysmarie. ‘Ev­ery­thing in the apart­ment, I’ve boughtwithmy heart. It all has soul, which makesmy home feel cosy, even though it’s com­pletely white.’

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