Her initials remind me of heroines of 19th century classics. After her daughter Olga arrived, Eugenie de Mortemart decided to spend life as a Parisian at the gates of the city. She is a fashion stylist and illustrator and works from home so that she can adjust her schedule as she wishes. Eugénie dreamt of space, light and a house for her very full life. Her interior invites you to wander around and feel at peace. For her office, she chose yellow to showcase the family furniture she had acquired. The children’s reading room is covered in floral wallpaper for a comfortable look, and I feel I must tell you about the bathroom, completely in coconut wood, as you can see for yourselves.
Eugénie, please tell us about yourself.
My name is Eugénie de Mortemart. I live in Montrouge with my husband Gabriel and our two children, Elie and Olga. I work as a stylist and I do this in lots of different ways, as a photo stylist, personal style adviser and with illustrative drawings. I recently joined a new newsletter and website project which I like a lot. I’ll be in charge of the “artistic” aspects. It’s called “Grand-Mercredi” and is for our mothers who are wonderful Grandmothers (Grands-Mères) to our children.
Why did you move to the gates of Paris?
To have a garden, space and quiet.
How did you plan the decoration?
First, I thought of the colours of the walls, the paintings, the wallpaper, the floors and things like that. After that, there really wan’t much room for any other arrangements, so we just “put down” our furniture. But the house keeps changing because we like change; it’s musical chairs with the rooms!
Do you have favourite styles?
When I was a child, I spent Wednesdays at the home decor fabric shops, leafing through swatches of Toile de Jouy, tartan and tweed, because my mother worked in this area. As a result, I have a particular liking for pretty prints and colours. Apart from that, I prefer simple items, without a specific era or style.
How do you reconcile a beautifully decorated home with family life?
I don’t think they are mutually exclusive. In fact, it’s the opposite because you have more options when the children come. That said, obviously you have to tidy up a lot and sort often to avoid being overwhelmed!
Do you have a decoration website you might recommend to us?
Like we all do, I spend time on Leboncoin, though a little less frequently since I discovered Selency, and I never tire of AM PM, particularly their range of colours for household linens. Lastly, I love browsing the Au Fil des Couleurs online shop to discover new wallpaper designs.
What is the decor faux pas to avoid?
Conformity and lack of comfort.
What do you do with your children on Wednesdays?
On Wednesdays, I am at home and apart from my son’s English class in the morning, we three spend the day together. We press the “pause” button and we have a quiet day. Sometimes it’s a feat; sometimes it’s the best day of the week, but it often is a mix of the two.
What is the latest restaurant you would recommend in Paris or elsewhere?
I still really love the Georgette restaurant in the 9th District of Paris, at 29 rue Saint Georges, because the owner is very nice, the vegetables are delicious and the decor is simple and retro.
Where will you next go for your holidays?
Credits: Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily