This Colorful Parisian Apartment Is an Invitation to an Imaginary Journey


For those who dream of the charm and magic of Paris, the neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés has everything: Located in the heart of the French capital near the Luxembourg Gardens, every corner of this charming area hosts art galleries, bookstores, bistros, and historic cafés where intellectuals and artists used to meet in the 20th century. It is here where Sarah and Guillaume—a couple with their two kids, Andrea and Ulysse—fell in love with a 2,690-square-foot Haussmann apartment. Remodeled by GCG, a studio founded by architects Alexandre Goulet, Olivia Charpentier, and Dev Gupta, the light-filled space with an open view and high ceilings features typically Parisian elements such as the moldings, fireplaces, and point de Hongrie parquet flooring, which were carefully preserved and restored to honor the soul of the place.

“The family is very dynamic,” says Olivia. “Both parents work long hours and often travel. They exercise almost every day and do some horse riding and golf competitions.” Since their lives are so busy, it’s no surprise that the couple wanted a peaceful, joyful family refuge adorned with color and handcrafted pieces. Having followed the work of GCG for some time, the owners felt confident enough to give the architects carte blanche.

The kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue and Little Greene’s Orange Aurora.

The closet is hidden by an element that also acts as the headboard. It was painted in Bleu Persan by Argile with touches of Orange Aurora by Little Greene and Les rivages de l’Ukewéré wallpaper by Ananbo. The Calée V3 sconces are by CVL Luminaires.

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