Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
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Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months

He is one of the few to have understood that Parisian hotels needed to change and transform. With his Parisian hotel, the Hôtel du Temps, Yoan offers an intimate, cosy and beautiful location, moving away from the conventional modus operandi of hotels. A cocktail bar and a private club in the evenings, with a southern feel. And Yoan works the same way when it comes to decorating his own home ! They updated an old paintwork and chose to give the priority to light. The light invades the space and gives the decor a cosy look that reflects the personalities of the pair, both of whom are fans of vintage furniture, bargain-hunting for rare pieces at local flea markets. Yoan knows exactly what he wants and doesn’t follow trends, even if the Italian designer Gio Ponti is one of his favourites – we can see why! Follow me for a particularly eclectic visit with a particular focus on oriental prints.

Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months

Hello Yoan, hello Jennifer, could you introduce yourself?

Yoan

Hi, I am Yoan Marciano, a 32 years old Parisian Hotelier. I launched the Hotel du Temps (9th arrondissement, Paris) in 2013 and I am currently working on a new hotel project in the 10th arrondissement. As for Jennifer, she is a Visual Merchandiser working in the fashion industry.

 

What is your typical day?

Yoan

Days are pretty packed but not alike. After struggling to make time with my children before school and nursery, my ritual is having coffee at the hotel with my regular customers.

How did you find this apartment and on what criteria did you make your choice?

Yoan

Since we’ve been managing hotels in the 9th and 10th neighbourhoods for the last few years, we have had the idea of settling here and this old loft reconstruction project caught our attention from the beginning. Then we got lucky by seeing an announcement of the availability of a property at this address at the right time. The benefits that the apartment had were well above our criteria so we didn’t spend so much time thinking… A loft with a terrace and garden that lends itself to the idea of a holiday home within the heart of Paris ! We went for it without having second thoughts.

In terms of interior decoration and style, how did you agree together?

Yoan

When we moved in, we were fortunate to have the eye of our decorator friend Laura Leonard who I worked with on The Hotel du Temps, and she helped with the general decoration choices. Then during the evolution of our interior, we like to spend time searching for pieces on Le Bon Coin and Ebay and also on the streets of the 9th arrondissement among the dealers.

What furniture style do you like? Do you have a particular era or artist that you cherish?

Yoan

Our taste in furniture is quite eclectic, one can enjoy a piece from the 18th as much as a piece from the 20th. I also have a penchant for Gio Ponti.

Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months

How do you reconcile family life and a nice decor?

Yoan

Well, it is not always easy to find the right balance between the visual and the functional with infants but this hasn’t been a major constraint in the choice of our interior decoration!

Jennifer

The advantage of this particular apartment is that we have a play area for the children attached to their bedroom so it doesn’t leave us overwhelmed by the toys and the rest of the space is protected from risky activities such as painting etc…

Where do you source your antique furniture? And for the children’s bedroom? Give us 2-3 addresses on the web or places you trust?

Yoan

During the summer months we like to hunt pieces at flea markets throughout France and Belgium. We have a few shops that we particularly like:  Archi-noire and our friend Alain who is a dealer in the 9th arrondissement. And for the children’s rooms, it is a mottled collection of pieced from Le Bon Coin and items from flea markets that Jennifer found.

Is there a cheap piece or bargain of which you are most proud ?

Yoan

An authentic 50’s radio that still works, bought in a flea market in Loiret for €15.

What is the definition of an error in taste for you ?

Yoan

We don’t like coloured lights, wall stickers and bringing out a plasma tv screen by putting it on a piece of furniture or fixing it in the middle of a wall.

Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months

Can you recommend a restaurant in Paris or elsewhere?

Yoan

In the 17th arrondissement of Paris, Au gourmet des Ternes, is a bistro that embodies French traditions. I adore the filet au poivre, the loud voice of the boss and the checked tablecloths ! In London, I recently fell in love with a restaurant called Palomar, the cuisine is typical of Jerusalem.

Something you last fell in love with?

Yoan

An art deco style screen spotted in a junk shop in the 9th arrondissement.

Any future projects?

Yoan

Professionally, I have the renovation of a new hotel in the 10th arrondissement of Paris with the same team of The Hotel du Temps with the scheduled opening for summer 2016.

Jennifer

Continuing to develop our terrace with plants and recycled wooden furniture in time for spring so we can spend as much time out there with the children.

The most beautiful hotel to trust for a family trip?

Yoan

The Pousada SAGU à Ilha Grande in Brasil was certainly the most impressive change of scene we’ve had, with idyllic surroundings. Beautiful family holidays, away from the world

Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months
Yoan Marciano and Jennifer, Mila 3 years old and Léonard 10 months

Crédits : Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily

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