Ines de la Fressange, author of The New York Times best-seller Parisian Chic, has released a new book with watercolorist Marin Montagut entitled . The book showcases 15 vibrant, "lived-in" Parisian apartments that beautifully mix vintage and contemporary design styles. In advance of Maison's October 2nd release, we're sharing an excerpt on the home of Morgane Sézalory, founder of Sézane:
Morgane Sézalory, the creator of (France’s leading online clothing brand), draws inspiration for her collections from a scrap of silk, a sketch, a space, or small, meaningful finds—and the same goes for her home. In both her professional and private life, Morgane follows her instincts. As she searched for an oasis in pink and green, Morgane’s dream came true when she discovered this 1,883-square-foot apartment in a beautiful 18th-century building in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. To her delight, the view—overlooking another beautiful building—was straight out of a movie. With its tall ceilings and historical curved walls, the apartment was just a shell, which Morgane redesigned as two separate living spaces: one for her and her husband, and another for their two children.
Flea-market finds, family photos, and artists’ prints are placed alongside Persian rugs, all evoking happy memories; they come together, contrast, and become virtually indistinguishable. A pastel color palette is their common denominator, and these elements, informally displayed, are a feast for both the eye and the family’s memories. From Lieutenant P. Castets’s hand-lettered footlockers, which have accompanied Morgane since her teens, to the large mirror above the sofa or the India Mahdavi lamp (a gift from her husband), the decor conveys the spirit of the place and the people who live there.
Knocking down the top half of a wall to create an expanse of glass creates striking new perspectives and brings life and light to the interior. The furniture is arranged along the length of this space to promote a feeling of expansiveness. Slate gray creates depth, while objects are moved around according to mood, so that nothing remains fixed in place. Engravings and paintings are propped up casually against the wall.
Intended to be a haven of “love, freedom, calm, and peace,” the bedroom is a special place. The masonry headboard can accommodate paintings, souvenirs, or candles. The mirror enlarges the space, reflecting beloved objects.
The neutral walls and objects inspire a sense of freshness and freedom. White serves as a backdrop to all the other colors that sculpt the decor. The series of pendant lamps produces a beautiful halo of light. Set around a simple black wooden table, the 1950s chairs are upholstered in velvet, while the gilded brass of their legs is echoed in the cutlery. The kitchen work surface becomes a miniature altar where favorite objects are given pride of place. Everything is meticulously chosen, down to the last detail.
Powder-pink and white suggest a cocoon-like warmth, perfect for tender moments. Off-limits at the moment for the smaller children, the shelf that runs along the wall is ready to welcome their future souvenir collection. Children need space to thrive and an attractive environment to stimulate their choices in the future. It’s a room that should not be neglected.