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Lisa Gachet, the queen of DIY and creator of the blog ‘Make My Lemonade’, has never been happier. Opening the doors of her Parisian nest to me, she presents Thomas, her future husband, who designed the decor of the apartment along with her. Not yet thirty, Lisa has the wind in her sails and is a phenomenal success with all that she does. Freshness and spontaneity have earned her unanimous recognition with her audience. Before her big wedding planned for this summer, she shared some of her privacy with me.
Lisa, what is it that you liked about this apartment?
It was vacant! Haha no seriously, I had given my notice 3 months before, and had to leave the quarter of the Republic with a heavy heart, and I could not find anything that really rocked me, everything was too small and too expensive. I remember I had to leave my apartment on a Sunday and on Wednesday morning I still hadn’t found a favourite. That afternoon it struck! It was love at first sight, the 19th was a little out of my comfort zone, but why not, I don’t regret a thing!
Did you do the decor?
Yes, in a very short time. I needed to make my nest to quickly feel at home. We redid the kitchen, I laid tiles like a pro thanks to Youtube and completely repainted the apartment. And then I listened to myself. I am fortunate to have a lover who is very accommodating and a little kamikaze like me for colour choices, so we really went at it.
Where do you spend the most time?
In my bedroom, because it is the room that is flooded with light all day. I’m like an ant attracted to jam…
Where do you seek your inspiration? What inspires you?
On Pinterest, I spend hours on it, I think I could have dozens of mood boards just for decor and then I also draw from my travel memories. I never miss the Milk decoration edition when it comes out, which is a kind of modern bible. But inspiration can also be found from an object at a flea market, like my Seal lamp, and I like to imagine the decor around…
Is there a period you like in particular?
I love them all, that’s my problem, but I think I have a crush for the simple clean design of the 50s and the roundness of the 60s.
What is missing?
A coat stand and a huge bathroom filled with light!
Can you give me 2 or 3 Decor site addresses that you recommend for bargain hunting?
For decor I recommend the mega sites Maison du monde and Am.Pm because you’ll always find nuggets if you look. I discovered Made.com recently, which is where I found my lemon yellow armchair. And for small items I “bargain hunt” on the internet on sites like Sézane, Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie.
What is your next holiday destination?
I don’t know yet, holidays are a rather fuzzy concept for me lately but I would like to go to Greece or Mexico…to the sunshine!
Your latest crush?
Your future projects?
A clothing brand, ‘Wear Lemonade’ that will complement the offer of sewing patterns on the site, two books published by Eyrolles, ‘Tattoos not Forever’ and ‘Make My Party’, oh, and a wedding. In short, just a couple of little things:)
Artistic direction and photos : Constance [email protected]