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Elisa makes us feel good with her blog “Et Dieu Créa” (And God Created). Following her simple and colourful daily life as a happy mom, this creature with the looks of a Madonna shares with us the lives of her three children. From the birth of Mia, the youngest and the birthdays of the older children, on through breastfeeding and the decor of the children’s rooms, there’s a lot going on and we never tire of it. Raised by a bargain hunting grandfather who transmitted his love of the beautiful and the good, Elisa has created a unique and theatrical world, operating outside the codes of Parisian decor. Visit.
Elisa, can you introduce yourself? What do you do?
I am thirty-eight, a mother of three children, Jules, Lou and Mia. I have been writing a blog for the past five years called « Et dieu créa » that talks of the small and great pleasures of everyday life, but also of cooking, decor and my favourite things.
What is your background in terms of decoration and furniture?
My grandfather took me to the Drouot auctions and was an inveterate collector, who gave me my taste for antiquing and “accumulating things”. He taught me to love furniture and objects that have lived and have a soul. He told me that the unusual was more beautiful than a cold and calculated aesthetic, but mainly that with limited resources one can create the most beautiful decorations.
What style inspires you the most? An era in particular, a country?
I especially like Art Deco, I am still mad about the work of Josef Hoffman. I like Cubist lines. But in an entirely different spirit, I’m crazy about the colours we find in Mexico; I love the mix of colourful prints.
Where do you work?
In a clothing store for a slightly crazy creator.
How did you design the space with three children?
Everything is within reach, nothing is really fragile. It is a space that lives in perpetual evolution, adapted to the needs of our family. Everyone has their space, but our worlds all meet there.
What is the inexpensive object of which you are most proud?
Our postal sorting bin.
What is the object of your wildest dreams?
A former convent table to put in a huge dining room to accommodate all our friends for a great dinner.
What is your heart current favourite?
I love Nathalie Choux ‘s ceramics.
A restaurant you would recommend in Paris or elsewhere?
Sola, a French-Japanese fusion restaurant.
Some advice for decorating a child’s room?
Hang costumes and disguises on the wall, they bring a magical touch to the place while allowing the child to develop their imagination.
A piece of music you like to listen to at the moment?
« What’d I Say » by Ray Charles
Credits photos : Constance Gennari@thesocialitefamily.com