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Perfectly Imperfect Parisian Apartment

by habituallychic

01 . 03 . 11
As we move into the new year, many of us will be working on organizing our lives and our homes.  I know this because I spent most of Sunday cleaning out my closet and organizing my files.  Why does the interior design industry have to use so much paper?!  While I want everything to be neat and orderly, I realize that there is often beauty in that which is imperfect.  There is something about this Paris apartment that is slightly off but looks so perfect to me.  It also clearly illustrates the difference between American and French decorating styles.  The French don’t seem to sweat the small stuff and I will try to remember this in 2011. 

Photos by Amador Toril via French by Design

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  1. Luciane From HomeBunch.com January 3, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    Oh, the floors, the white walls, the uncluttered feeling!


    Have a great week, Heather.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: If you have a minute, please come see the Luxurious yet Comfortable Living rooms I posted today! 🙂

  2. Ali January 3, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    Simply stunning!

  3. SweetSuiteChic January 3, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Well said…don’t sweat the small stuff. That will be my overall theme for 2011.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ January 3, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    those wood floors – INSANE!

    *kiss kiss*
    Happy New year

    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  5. Acquired Objects January 3, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Aside from the washing machine in that kitchen I think everything looks perfect. (I know it’s a european thing but I don’t care for it.)

  6. ruffledrose.com January 3, 2011 | 5:54 pm

    I completely sympathize with you about all the paper! Sometimes I feel like I might never get it all organized!
    – Vanessa Elizabeth

  7. Ali {elegant abode} January 3, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    love the parquet floors and the baby crib, gorgeous!

  8. vmacandcheese.com January 3, 2011 | 7:04 pm

    It is stunning! I am headed (back) to Paris in 2011…would love to rent a little apartment like this. It just feels so fresh and light. Perfection.

  9. Haleigh January 3, 2011 | 7:55 pm

    beautiful! I love the black and white look which I think works well with the classic feminine decor touches. thanks for sharing and love your blog!

    xoxo Haleigh in Paris @ Making Magique


  10. TC STYLIST January 3, 2011 | 9:20 pm

    Effortlessly fabulous! The fireplace is my fave.

    Tamara, Bella Boho

  11. dCc January 3, 2011 | 9:44 pm

    adore this apartment! happy new year my darling!


  12. Shane Bailey January 3, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    Many items shown in this editorial aren’t really my cup of tea, but they do seem to synchronize harmoniously in this lovely apartment or maybe because it’s in France 🙂


  13. mn January 3, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    This apartment has such good bones that it hardly needs much to make it beautiful. It seems so uncluttered. Oh those parquet floors!

  14. Botany's Desire January 3, 2011 | 10:41 pm

    Your not alone. I spent the whole morning throwing away 3 large trash bags full of work papers, magazines and old bills.

  15. foreignparts January 3, 2011 | 10:47 pm

    I’m an American living in Paris and you are absolutely correct: in terms of home decor, the French don’t sweat the small stuff. Sometimes I am amazed at the general wonkiness of French homes — even those featured in decor magazines. Symmetry is often forgotten; clocks and photographs are hung off center, the dishwasher is always askew, lamp cords and wires are clearly visible. It can drive me crazy, but it can also be refreshing, especially when contrasted with American decor, which is sometimes so *perfect* that is becomes boring.

    Anyway, loved your post; love your blog!

  16. La Maison Fou January 3, 2011 | 11:13 pm

    I love the slipcovers on the rattan chairs! Simply chicy!

  17. JWK January 4, 2011 | 4:39 am

    I love that about the French!!

  18. rikshaw design January 4, 2011 | 4:11 pm

    those floors kill me!!!

  19. She Wore It Well January 5, 2011 | 11:57 am

    been a long time reader and having finally bought a house of my own, i can put all the inspiration you provide into good use! YAY

  20. Colleen February 2, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    Those floors!!!