Audrey, can you tell us about yourself?
I happy to say that I am mother to Auguste, who is 11, Adèle, who is 3-and-a-half, and Madeline, who is seven months old. I’m passionate about photographic set design and fashion, and after spending two amazing years in Paris, where I was lucky enough to meet lots of amazing people, I’ve just moved further afield to a town just south of Lyon, following a career opportunity that arose for my husband. But I know that we will return to Paris in a few years, and thus we are enjoying life at a slower pace for our children.
What do you do professionally?
I am a media relations specialist, and I’ve focused on digital communications for the last few years. And, for the last few months, my little one has kept me busy.
What is the history of this apartment?
It took me a long time to find it, certainly. I was looking for something with a Hausmann-era design, brightly lit (which meant something on the fifth floor), with lift, at least three bedrooms and without the Métro lines being directly outside. It’s very hard to find all of these criteria at once in Paris. But I eventually founded this rare gem.
How did you decorate it?
I selected items that I found among the flea market Puces du Canal in Lyon, as well as more modern furniture. I like the mix of styles. And them, the combination of white finishes with natural wood.
What about space? How do you organise your space around three children?
We needed to create a lot of storage space, because there simply wasn’t any. That’s the key to a tidy house when you have three children.
What are you currently obsessed with, in terms of décor?
Carpets and mirrors. In our new house, the floor is made from marble, which makes it a bit cold. I would like to put down some carpets to warm it up more.
Is family life compatible with a designer interior?
Absolutely. My children live in my interior, without there being any need for me to move items around. It’s important to give them a taste for interior design, as my mother did when I was their age.
Any destinations you would recommend visiting in Paris or Lyon (a city that you know well?)
As far as Lyon is concerned, I like À La Piscine a lot, which is a restaurant in the 7th district (or “arrondissement.”) The food is great and the location is very convenient when you have a pram! I like the washed linen bedding that they have at Baralinge in the 6th arrondissement, as well as the flea market Puces du Canal, particularly Little Broc where you can always find a few gems to decorate the children’s room. In Paris, I like spending time with my children in the Jardin du Luxembourg, eating at Le Hibou restaurant near Odéon or enjoying some juice at La Guingette d’Angèle, which is on the ground floor of the legendary Bonpoint on Rue de Tournon.