Surely at least at some point in our lives, be it childhood or adulthood, that we've dreamt of living in a castle. To have a plethora of shows, rooms and vestibules for entertaining friends and family or just to relax and enjoy life without a worry in the world. Of course, for most of us, it remains a dream, but for a lucky few it can be a reality.
Today, although not a castle, we are going to take a look inside a luxurious Parisian apartment that drew its interior design inspiration straight out of the palace of Versailles. In a quintessential vintage French style, this quasi-royal residence of over 500 square metres, is nestled between the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. It is actually part of a renovation project of a 19th century apartment, and has been undertaken by a company that specialises in luxury furniture and interior design. Allow yourself to dream a little, and take a tour with us through this opulent style of city living. Who knows—maybe you will find some inspiration that you can adapt into your own apartment!
When we think of waking up in Paris, a scene fairly similar to this comes to mind. Decorated in eighteenth century style, this composition is sophisticated, elegant and opulent. Despite the many material textures present, the room doesn't look heavy and is very well balanced. Indeed, cream and sand tones reign supreme in this room, creating a softness and serenity—the perfect place for relaxation, which is ever so delicately punctuated with some red and gold accents. The wood panelling, which frames the two mirrored doors, are restorations of the original apartment that was heavily damaged during the sixties. The Louis XV style mirror, with its sophisticated gilding, adds a bright and chic touch to the already fabulous décor.
Again, decorated in eighteenth century style, the luxury of this bathroom is heightened by the use of beautiful white marble, with veins of grey running through it. Covering the floor, bathtub and counter top, this precious stone is allowed to take centre stage. The same Napoleon-style chair, which was also featured in the master bedroom above, is installed here by the window, inviting you to place your clothes delicately on the chair, or perhaps have a minute or two of time out. Silk and sheer curtains are used in conjunction here, allowing both privacy and light to penetrate. The textured wallpaper creates a soft and cosy atmosphere in shades of blue and grey. Finally, the warm mahogany counter adds the finishing touch, making this space your temple of morning or evening relaxation.
In the Grand Salon, designers have once again managed to develop a balanced composition, which is rich and sophisticated without being overloaded. To create harmony between the various parts of furniture, decorations and finishes, they chose a palette of soft colours, combining green, blue and light grey. Original mouldings were re-gilded, giving a sophisticated and unmistakable French vintage look. It is impossible not to note the beautiful chandelier, which casts a delicate yellow glow into the space. In contrast, the two large sofas, which are 1940s in style, create a juxtaposition between the Louis XV style and richly embroidered floral motifs.
Take a moment to observe the magnificent shelf that dons the walls of the Grand Salon. It fits perfectly with the rest of the décor, thanks to its light patina and golden trim. To the rear, blond wood panelling gives a warm aspect to this Pompadour style furniture, richly decorated with two classic scenes in the upper part. Furthermore, decorative objects that occupy this library have been carefully selected, creating a composition that is both colourful and classic. Besides books with elegant leather bindings, we appreciate eighteenth century style prints, a porcelain dog sculpture, and the ultimate prize in aristcracy, two Fabergé eggs.
This image evokes feelings of the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles! For a more sophisticated and classic effect, different material textures and finishes have been used to create an elegant and bright décor. Here we see mirrors, fabric, marble and gilded timber wall panelling. Whether used for a spot of tea, a cigar or simply a moment alone to read a book, this scene is the epitome of eighteen century living. Luxurious in both purpose and utility, the fine bone china tea set encourages occupants to sit down, relax and enjoy a warm cup of their favourite blend. One point of subtle difference is that the Louis XV style chair in this scene has been upholstered with a contemporary fabric. This detail showcases the flair of the interior designer.
We end this wonderful tour, where it all begins—in the entrance hall. No royal apartment or residence is complete without a powerful space to greet guests. Decorated in warm colours such as purple, gold and coral, this arrangement in indeed inviting and welcoming. The stunning parquetry floor is covered by a beautiful Persian rug, adding an element of exoticism and the Orient to the room. A stunning Art Deco chandelier bathes the space in a rich glow, which is both calming and welcoming. Again, the two arm chairs present in the picture have been masterfully designed by Mis en Demeure to add a contemporary, yet elegant feature.
This really is a dream apartment, showcasing beautiful classic furniture in a sophisticated and refined atmosphere. It also shows that this style is still very much coveted and desired even in this current era as it is forever synonymy with royalty and opulence.
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