The apartment is layered with vintage Berber Moroccan rugs collected by Caroline Gayral, owner of Fragments in Paris—a shop known for its exquisite selection of preloved Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs. Over the restored 19th Century parquet, the colorful carpets add a worldly flair to an otherwise perfectly European home: marble fireplace, modern heirlooms, family antiques, and a discerning art collection.
It was after her daughter’s birth that Gayral and her husband transformed this period apartment into their family home, which may explain the touches of dusty pink throughout—offset by midcentury chairs in tan and burgundy leather, and touches of pitch black. The kitchen is a wonderful blend of muddy peach walls and glossy navy cabinets with patterned cement floors and glazed ceramic tiles. The bedroom is deceptively simple with only a Vertigo pendant lamp acting as a focal point showstopper. The result: a chic, layered Parisian home that’s not too feminine, but soft, family-friendly, and lived-in.
Happy new year! As you may have noticed, I took a little time off over the holidays—to disconnect and get the creative juices flowing again. It was nice to be in Florida for two full weeks away from emails and responsibilities. I got back to snowy temperatures in NYC but I have to say I like it—New York winters are definitely less harsh than in Montreal (so far)—and we’ve had a couple of beautiful sunny white days. It seems that nesting (and hygge) is the trending word for 2017—with no exception, I’m fully embracing spending time at home, making it as cozy and comfortable as possible, and getting back into cooking. Other resolutions for 2017: find a better work-life balance, get back into playing tennis, and be on time! What’s yours?
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I never imagined entertaining in my 350 sq. ft. studio apartment. My sofa is five foot long and squeezed between my bed and my kitchen counter. I can barely turn around without knocking over a wine glass or bumping into a corner of my bed. But last month I finally got to a point where my apartment felt decorated enough. It’s not entirely done (is it ever?), but my studio went from feeling like a work in progress to an actual home. It also happened smack in the middle of Thanksgiving—and my festive spirit was flying high. So I decided to host a holiday party for my co-workers. There’s only four of us on the MyDomaine editorial team in New York, so I figured it was manageable.
It went really well! So well, in fact, that as soon as it was over, I was ready to host my next gig—a Christmas Eve soirée, perhaps? Or a New Years Eve party! Because I’ve learned a thing or two from entertaining in my studio apartment ready—here’s what you need to know when throwing your own studio session.
DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW
Keep everything simple: the guest list—keep it under 8, the to-do list, and the menu. I know, you’re probably dreaming of over-the-top oyster platters and croquembouches, but trust me when I say—the simpler, the better. When you have a studio apartment, stick to the items that can be eaten while standing up: small bites, cheeses, crackers, olives, nuts. No one likes carving a turkey with a plate on their knee.
MAKE IT EXTRA COZY
Stock up on fur throws and floor pillows to make everyone comfortable. I’m a fan of the kitchen parties, but there comes a time when everyone’s over eaten and want to lounge around. If you don’t have enough seating for everyone, create it with accent chairs, poufs, floor pillows, or even your bed. On that note: make your bed—and make it well: hotel corners, ironed sheets, fluffed pillows, and all.
USE SERVING TRAYS
When tabletop space is limited, trays are a lifesaver for serving nibbles and drinks. While you may want to arrange a buffet station on your kitchen counter or console table, it’s handy to have the trays to move around the room as needed.
DECORATE WITH FESTIVE FLORALS
Set the mood with low lighting, a scented candle, and festive florals. I loved this arrangement I got from The Bouqs—it’s varied, festive, and it smells amazing because of the pine leaves. It’ll make up for the fact that you don’t have a tree, a mantle, a collection of wreaths, or a hundred balloons stuck to your ceiling.
DON’T RUN OUT OF BOOZE
This rule comes last, but it should really come first: whatever you do, make sure you have enough booze for everyone. This include (but is not limited to) a welcome cocktail, a signature cocktail mix for the night (with all ingredients and garnishes), beer, wine (red and white), and copious amounts of champagne, because—New Years Eve.
SHOP ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS
Photos: All photos for Savvy Home | Florals by The Bouqs