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here’s an in­trigu­ing con­trast that comes from mix­ing in­dus­trial fit­tings with painterly flo­rals – for stylist Laura Gau­thier Pe­tit, these prints were a way to make a for­mer workspace feel more homely. They turn this top floor of an old print­ing works in the Chi­nese gar­ment district of Le Marais, Paris, into a re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment for her and her fam­ily.

When Laura first saw it, the build­ing was ‘just a large, dirty space with no roof’. But when she climbed on top of some boxes and saw the sweep­ing panorama of the Paris sky­line stretch­ing out be­fore her she im­me­di­ately fell in love. The apart­ment, how­ever, didn’t lend it­self eas­ily to do­mes­tic­ity – it had been pur­chased by an es­tate firm that usu­ally works in com­mer­cial con­struc­tion, and this was their first res­i­den­tial pro­ject. So, once the work was fin­ished, Laura was left in a cav­ernous space with high, slop­ing ceil­ings and iron pil­lars. The place needed to be soft­ened.

‘If you want to be dif­fer­ent, or rev­o­lu­tion­ary, you have to break the rules,’ Laura says, when asked why she thought flow­ery mo­tifs might work here. So, this icon­o­clast de­cided to dec­o­rate with mar­ble, mo­saic tiles, screen prints of coun­try scenes and flo­rals with bright jolts of pink. ‘I wanted to cre­ate a safe, dreamy place. A pro­tected world that’s an es­cape from re­al­ity,’ she says. This dreami­ness comes from in­creas­ing the num­ber of soft fab­rics, plump cush­ions and botan­i­cal flour­ishes. The trick to keep­ing these de­signs feel­ing con­tem­po­rary, how­ever, is the white ar­eas that sep­a­rate them. ‘Beau­ti­ful things need a lib­eral space in which to come to life,’ she ex­plains. feteim­pe­ri­ale. fr


Liv­ing area The home­owner’s cat Isi­dore sits be­side cur­tains made from ‘Delft Flower’ fab­ric in ‘Tuberose’ by De­sign­ers Guild Stock­ist de­tails on p213 ➤

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