Comfort, nostalgia and all mod cons

A Home in Paris living room
A Room in Paris, living room - photo 1

In her new book about Parisian interiors, Catherine Synave visits stylish homes in both vibrant and tranquil neighbourhoods, and finds an eclectic array of homes imbued with nostalgia or embracing bright modernism.

Hidden away in Paris are quiet, little-known byways, where apparently undistinguished facades conceal enchanting apartments. They seem to exist out of time, like an oasis of parkland amid the clamour of the city.

The creak of an old staircase, the worn exposed beams of a former studio, the uneven glass of ancient windowpanes, and weathered oak floorboards extending into the kitchen all seem to remind us of familiar places filled with happy memories.

The buildings of Paris have an inimitable allure. Their facades create the distinctive Parisian cityscape; their stone takes on a golden hue as evening falls; their tall windows are fronted by lacy balconies; their slate roofs gleam a soft gray beneath the shifting sky. The apartments that lie behind ...

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