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There are meetings that you do not forget, people and places that mark us forever and Julia is the perfect example. Embodying the woman who lives with her time, an active, modern woman ready to take risks in her work and in her life. At home, she expresses herself through a choice of materials and bright colours. By transforming a classically conventional Haussmann apartment into a very personal setting, she has demonstrated that she can orchestrate a daring mix of styles and eras that would rival the greatest designers of the moment. When colour returns to our Parisian interiors, this is what happens.
Julia, what is it that pleased you about this apartment ?
When we were looking to move, we were living in an apartment in Montmartre where the bedroom, living room and kitchen spaces were all together in the same place with a magnificent view of Paris. For me to decide to leave, it had to be love at first sight. The volumes of this apartment and the ability to create multiple universes quickly convinced me.
Where do you like to spend the most time ?
When we are all four together: in our bedroom in the morning, in the kitchen for an aperitif and in the living room when we have a fire. And the dining room exudes a special atmosphere that allows us to have large dinners and real meals with starter / main course / cheese / dessert / digestive etc.
How did you come up with the decor ?
The apartment was very classic when we got the key: white / parquet floors / mouldings / fireplace. We wanted to feel at home and beyond the Haussmann style. It had to be gay, alive and make us feel on holiday, hence the choice of pretty bright colours, wallpaper, checkerboard flooring and colourful fabrics.
Your favourite designer ?
Those who have created a thought and a style as a whole, from the design of the building to the design of the furniture; especially Le Corbusier-Jeanneret for all of their works; of Chandigarh and Gio Ponti for their tiles, ceramics and furniture designed especially to outfit the Hotel Parco Dei Principi.
What was your education in décor and furniture?
The home decoration was changing a lot back then. It was not only one piece of furniture. The whole decoration was modified. My mother was passionated and I ended up contaminated. It can be difficult for Julien when I want to sell and repaint everything to start over!
The Arne Vodder desk bought at Emmaüs.
The object of your wildest dreams?
The “Rio” rocking chair by Oscar and Ana Maria Niemeyer.
Is it easy to reconcile family life and fine decor?
How did you choose the name of your children?
A restaurant you would recommend?
Your next family holiday destination?
I’m leaving Deezer for a new digital adventure : create a platform to share decoration inspiration, an intuitive shopping website for design (vintage and contemporary).
Photos : Constance Gennari@thesocialitefamily.com