He is one of the few to have understood that Parisian hotels needed to change and transform. With his Parisians hotels, Hôtel du Temps and Hôtel Habituel, Yoan offers an intimate, cosy and beautiful location, moving away from the conventional modus operandi of hotels. A cocktail bar and a private club in the evenings, with a southern feel. And Yoan works the same way when it comes to decorating his own home ! They updated an old paintwork and chose to give the priority to light. The light invades the space and gives the decor a cosy look that reflects the personalities of the pair, both of whom are fans of vintage furniture, bargain-hunting for rare pieces at local flea markets. Yoan knows exactly what he wants and doesn’t follow trends, even if the Italian designer Gio Ponti is one of his favourites – we can see why! Follow me for a particularly eclectic visit with a particular focus on oriental prints.
Yoan, Jennifer: could you introduce yourself?
I am a 32 years old Parisian Hotelier. I launched the Hotel du Temps (9th arrondissement) in 2013 and Hotel Habituel (10th arrondissement) in 2017. As for Jennifer, she is a Visual Merchandiser working in the fashion industry.
What is your typical day?
Days are pretty packed but not alike. After struggling to make time with my children before school and nursery, my ritual is having coffee at one of my hotels with some of my regular customers.
How did you find this apartment and on what criteria did you make your choice?
Since we’ve been managing hotels in the 9th and 10th neighbourhoods for the last few years, we have had the idea of settling here and this old loft reconstruction project caught our attention from the beginning. Then we got lucky by seeing an announcement of the availability of a property at this address at the right time. The benefits that the apartment had were well above our criteria so we didn’t spend so much time thinking… A loft with a terrace and garden that lends itself to the idea of a holiday home within the heart of Paris ! We went for it without having second thoughts.
In terms of interior decoration and style, how did you agree together?
When we moved in, we were fortunate to have the eye of our decorator friend Laura Leonard who I worked with on The Hotel du Temps, and she helped with the general decoration choices. Then during the evolution of our interior, we like to spend time searching for pieces on leboncoin and Ebay and also on the streets of the 9th arrondissement among the dealers.
What furniture style do you like? Do you have a particular era or artist that you cherish?
Our taste in furniture is quite eclectic, one can enjoy a piece from the 18th as much as a piece from the 20th. I also have a penchant for Gio Ponti.
How do you reconcile family life and a nice decor?
Well, it is not always easy to find the right balance between the visual and the functional with infants but this hasn’t been a major constraint in the choice of our interior decoration!
The advantage of this particular apartment is that we have a play area for the children attached to their bedroom so it doesn’t leave us overwhelmed by the toys and the rest of the space is protected from risky activities such as painting etc…
Where do you source your antique furniture? And for the children’s bedroom? Give us 2-3 addresses on the web or places you trust?
During the summer months we like to hunt pieces at flea markets throughout France and Belgium. We have a few shops that we particularly like: Archi-noire and our friend Alain who is a dealer in the 9th arrondissement. And for the children’s rooms, it is a mottled collection of pieced from leboncoin and items from flea markets that Jennifer found.
Is there a cheap piece or bargain of which you are most proud ?
An authentic 50’s radio that still works, bought in a flea market in Loiret for €15.
Can you recommend a restaurant in Paris or elsewhere?
In the 17th arrondissement of Paris, Au gourmet des Ternes, is a bistro that embodies French traditions. I adore the filet au poivre, the loud voice of the boss and the checked tablecloths ! In London, I recently fell in love with a restaurant called Palomar, the cuisine is typical of Jerusalem.
The most beautiful hotel to trust for a family trip?
The Pousada SAGU à Ilha Grande in Brasil was certainly the most impressive change of scene we’ve had, with idyllic surroundings. Beautiful family holidays, away from the world
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Constance Gennari @thesocialitefamily