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Cordelia Times Deux

by habituallychic

11 . 02 . 09

When I first saw Cordelia de Castellane in her Paris apartment in the April 2009 issue of Elle Decor, I thought she looked familiar. She was featured in her old apartment in the March 2007 issue of House & Garden magazine. I remembered her because I posted some of the photos from that feature shortly after I started my blog in 2007! I have to say that I love her new apartment with it’s “Louis XV Revival architecture.” It looks a little more grown up than her last one but I guess a lot of has happened since 2007. She’s gotten married again and her children’s wear company, C de C, has expanded to include stores in Paris and other countries!

The other apartment seen in House & Garden had less architectural details but a few of the furnishings and accessories made their way to the new one including the vases on the mantle. They can now been seen on the bookshelves in the new apartment (below). The mirror by Elisabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti above the fireplace also made the move but unfortunately, I don’t see it in any of the photos in Elle Decor.

Those windows in the new apartment are to die for and make me want to move to Paris tomorrow! The little pink table that is visible on the right of the photo was also seen in the old living room (below).

The living room table look like they also might be reconfigured in the new apartment but only three of them. The colorful Andy Warhol Marilyn silkscreens also made their way into into her the television room (below).

Continuing the theme of black walls from a few days ago, the television room is painted in Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball. The bright blue stools and table are from Ikea and add more color and fun to the room.

Since business is booming, I assume Cordelia has a real office now instead of desk under the stairs which was the case in her old apartment.

Looks like she kept her ghost chairs from her old dining table that was seen in House & Garden too.

I think the plum little bench might have also been a holdover from the old space. It’s just barely visible in one of the photos from House & Garden.

It’s a grown up apartment but it’s full of fun like the Takashi Murakami flower pillows which brings it down to earth. Kind of funny since she has such a fancy lineage that includes counts, an ex-husband who is a Lanvin, a decorator mother whose best friend who was Karl Lagerfeld’s right had man at Chanel for 15 years, and a cousin, Victoire de Castellane, who is the jewelry designer for Christian Dior. And I’m sure I’m leaving some out! I love seeing how a person’s style changes as they move or grow older and Cordelia de Castellane was no exception. And it looks like we might get another chance soon. Cordelia and her husband are moving to a larger apartment across the Seine. Can’t wait to see what they do next!

Photos by Roger Davies for Elle Decor and Pascal Chevallier for House & Garden

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  1. sketch42 November 3, 2009 | 12:27 am

    I love seeing the homes of down to earth people, and it seems like she is definitely one! Creativity and humor make her apartments so fun to look at!

  2. Dobbygirl November 3, 2009 | 1:25 am

    I remember her house from House and Garden! What struck me most was how completely chic and fun it was. The new place has that same vibe. I also remember that picture of her in the orange dress, such a glam mommy!

  3. COCOCOZY November 3, 2009 | 1:44 am

    Great post. Thank you!!!

  4. Suzy November 3, 2009 | 2:17 am

    How fun…I didn’t put two and two together that it was the same person…and I normally have a good memory for details like that. Think I’m better at remembering rooms and magazine features than peoples birthdays! Can’t wait to see her new place!

  5. the carolyn November 3, 2009 | 4:20 am

    Great eye! I love posts like this. I love studying these before-and-after pics, tracking which pieces of furniture and artwork make the cut in the new place.

  6. style chronicle November 3, 2009 | 4:28 am

    As a mother, I have long admired Cordelia’s style. I only wish that her chic and reasonable line of children’s clothing would make its way stateside!

  7. Sallie Ann November 3, 2009 | 5:00 am

    I think both places are so great, and even with the differences in architectural detail, she has definitely carried her style from one to the other. It’s very distinctive and fun. What a treat.

  8. Red Door Home November 3, 2009 | 11:32 am

    Always interesting to see how a person evolves over time. What they choose to keep and what they don’t. Great post!

  9. Greet November 3, 2009 | 11:39 am

    The apartment of Cordelia is wonderful! The design is light, not overdone! I love it!


  10. DoxaHome.com November 3, 2009 | 1:42 pm

    What a fun post Heather! I really enjoyed seeing how the pieces were used differently in each place, I always say, “good goes with good”…for the most part;)


  11. A Life More Fabulous November 3, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    I love how the high end, luxe pieces are broken up with shots of colour and whimsical fun!

    (The name Cordelia always reminds me of Anne of Green Gables when she wants people to call her that instead of Anne because it’s a prettier name 🙂 )

  12. TheCluelessCrafter November 3, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    The next move will be even more fun. What will make it in this next iteration; what will be sidelined?

    The pop of unexpected color adds a youthfulness. Though, I’d have to say that the soft Murakami’s on the bed have a bit more bite than their cute, fuzzy forms suggest. . .

  13. Richie Designs November 4, 2009 | 2:14 am

    maybe it’s just me but it always makes me a little edgy to see kids posed for pics. Like you know mom is thinking and gritting her teeth “just stand there for one more second, and I’ll give you the damned piece of candy”

  14. Ashfield Hansen Design Inc. November 5, 2009 | 5:07 pm

    Although the old apartment was beautiful, the new one has turned up the “chic quotiant” considerably!

    Thank you for posting.

    David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

  15. Gramercy Home - Atlanta November 6, 2009 | 2:39 am

    I remember seeing this and loving the attention to detail and the light, whimsical touches throughout the space. Great post!

  16. A Diary of Lovely January 10, 2010 | 1:02 am

    I love C and C, she makes adorable little things 🙂