It is in the back of a courtyard in the 11th arrondissement of Paris that Miriam and Sylvain have created a unique space. It is an...
Head of the very beautiful doll brand, called Pigmée, Florence Bories welcomes us into her home with her family. From her top floor, typical Parisian apartment situated at the foot of Montmartre, she can nearly touch the clouds. Because what she loves is when the sunlight breaks through the walls and explodes in your face to magnify the white. Florence loves this immaculate white and she has it everywhere, from the old ceramics in her kitchen, to the linen sheets in her bedroom and the teepee she has built in her lounge for her children. She cares for her interior with a passion and it makes you want to do likewise. Visit.
Could you tell us about yourself, Florence ?
I’m originally from Normandy, but I’ve been living in Paris for nearly twenty years. I’m the mother of Lucas and Oscar and the founder of the Pigmée interior design brand.
How did you set about designing the interior space in your own home ?
As well as the usual constraints of room size and flow within the apartment (and these constraints are particularly tight in a small Parisian duplex), we wanted to make the most of the fabulous view across Paris that we have in the rooms where we spend the most time. We ended up with a slightly unusual arrangement, because the two living rooms are on different floors and the bedrooms are separated too. On a day to day basis, we find that it has numerous advantages and we really like it. We have never regretted the choice. It may be a bit far out, but we thought long and hard about it!
Have there been changes since the children came along ?
Changes? More a revolution! When Lucas was born we were living in the two 45 m² rooms which are now the lower floor of the duplex. We spent a year like that, the three of us jammed together, until we were able to take over the studio flat above us and bring the two spaces together…and get a bit of comfort back in our lives! Four years later, when Oscar was born, we had to make over our interior again and find clever ways to live with two small boys of different ages in the same bedroom.
How do you manage an attractive decor and family life?
It’s important for there to be harmony between the world of the parents and that of the children, because the doors of the house are always open. I try to create a simple, timeless scheme that we won’t tire of, both in terms of the colours and the furniture which have to suit adults and children. It’s important that all four of us should feel comfortable in our 75 m².
Where do you find your furniture?
In second-hand and vintage shops in Normandy and Paris, and sometimes on the internet.
Is the decor a question of compromise with your husband ?
We very often want the same things…which doesn’t stop us faffing about for months before choosing a piece of furniture !
Could you give us a couple of interior decoration websites ?
What about a restaurant recommendation for us ?
Le Pantruche, in rue Victor Massé in the 9th arrondissement, but you have to book well in advance. It’s just up the road from us, it’s fabulous, with a touch of fantasy but not to an excessive degree. They have a second one in the 9th arrondissement, which my husband has made his works canteen.
Which is the inexpensive item that you’re most proud of ?
The mezzanine bed in the kids’ room that we customised to create a games platform. it saves a lot of floor space and our oldest has his own space.
What is the worst crime against good taste ?
We all have our own ideas of bad taste! There’s a drawing by Voutch that sums up the idea of bad taste really well.
Do you dream of a particular item of furniture for your home ?
We’ve had two projects on our minds for some time now. We’d like a corner sofa that doesn’t look overblown and that suits life with two very energetic children (and quite a lot of chocolate). We’re also thinking about a desk that doesn’t look too austere so I can store all my work in one piece of furniture…and that I can shut away completely from time to time!
Any future projects ?
We dream of expanding!