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.
Some décors are so perfect, they feel like they could be immortalized in time and never feel out of date. Such is the case with this Parisian pied-à-terre, which somehow successfully managed to blend stark modernism with classicism, and a sleek city edge with a coastal appeal. In this Haussmannian apartment, neoclassical and Greek influences offset the clean lines of the monochromatic furniture. Studio Razavi, who worked on the renovation, was determined to meticulously bring the apartment back to its former glory—all while firmly planting it in the present. Sylvie Acker chose the furnishings.
To call a 2,400 sq. ft. apartment a “pied-à-terre” (literally translated as ‘foot on the ground’, in other words, a small apartment to use on occasion when in a particular city) seems wildly inaccurate—but such is the luxury of the few that collect Serge Mouille lighting, Beni Ourain carpets, and Jean Prouvé chairs with effortless ease. For the time being, the rest of us can continue to dream.
“My husband always joked that my New York apartment was a total fantasy princess palace.”
Erin Fetherston’s last New York City apartment was feminine to say the least: ornate Bergere chairs, floral chandeliers, French antiques and lots of pink. But when the fashion designer moved to Los Angeles to accommodate her growing family, the started her decorating process with a clean slate. Wanting her entire family—her husband Gabe Saporta and her newborn son—to be represented in the space, she reined in the pink frills and imagined a space that’s fresh, breezy, and insanely cozy. With the help of Mat Sanders of Consort, the pair created a chic monochrome cozy home that embodied easy living. With a clever mix of iconic modern pieces and muted soft furnishings, Fetherston’s new blank slate home is one she will be able to build on for years.
“The wood was torn out of the Merc Bar in Soho that my husband and I used to frequent when we first met while we were in college at NYU. When the bar closed a couple of years ago my husband bought the wood and had it installed lining our bedroom walls from floor to ceiling as a surprise to me.”
—Nadine Abramcyk, Tenoverten
Nadine Abramcyk is a serial entrepreneur with a vision. In 2010, she saw a gap in the market for all-natural boutique nail salons, and opened Tenoverten, a line of toxic-free nail care products and salons around NYC, and now Austin and Los Angeles. Abramcyk is just as ethical when it comes to her own personal care, her beauty routine, and her home. A big believer in saging and sourcing products ethically, her home is filled with vintage finds and reclaimed materials. In her bedroom, the walls are covered with wood reclaimed from the Merc Bar, which she used to frequent during her NYU days. Her husband had the walls recovered as a testament to the early days of their courship. Chivalry isn’t dead after all.