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NY Times: Down a Paris Alley, a Dream

Last Thursday in the New York Times’ Home section, there was an article that caught my attention. A young French couple were house-hunting in Paris in 2009. They spotted this 1,600-square-foot home in the 14th Arrondissement on the lower Left Bank and instantly fell in love.

They purchased the home from a costume designer and simply added “color and fantasy”. The living room’s wall of windows looks out onto the front garden.

The chaise below was a wedding gift and the cast-iron bookshelves behind it are from the early 1900’s.

This open mezzanine is connected to the living area by the spiral staircase. The bleached wood floor and stucco walls were unaltered.

The building was originally a haberdashery, and the kitchen cabinets are remnants from those days. The porthole near the ceiling was installed to allow ventilation.

The master bedroom opens to a terrace. A skylight spans the ceiling and is covered with retractable straw shades.

The article quoted them as saying “We were captivated. It had a crazy charm and a beauty that left us breathless”.

Me too.

Photo Credits: Andreas Meichsner for the New York Times

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