ISSUE 28  |  Summer in Paris

House Call: David Rager and Cheri Messerli in Paris

July 11, 2011 10:13 AM

BY Julie Carlson

Seen (and admired) on Ensuite and Design Sponge: the Paris apartment of relocated New Yorkers David Rager and Cheri Messerli, a graphic designer and fashion designer/stylist, and their dog, Scout. Here's what David says about the flat: "It's in the 9th arrondissement, on the Right Bank, and is about two centuries old; in the kitchen, you can still see the hand-forged nails protruding from the wood beams. The apartment came partly furnished, but we've done a lot of work to really make it our own."

N.B.: David and Cheri recently launched an online wedding registry called Merci Registry, which allows you to create personalized thematic gift registries.

Above: Scout—the namesake of Cheri's business Scout Holiday—welcomes a visitor; photo via Ensuite.

Above: A workspace is carved from a corner of the main living space.

Above: Blossoms from the local marché.

Above: Deep lavender streamers add a festive air.

Above: A detail of the purple streamer; photo via Ensuite.

Above: Silver garlands from Confetti System add a glimmer to the living space; the hand-painted couch and pillow covers were made by Cheri.

Above: A newly acquired set of vintage Marko chairs surrounds the dining table.

Above: An impromptu curtain created from a length of striped fabric and a length of neon yellow cord; photo via Ensuite.

Above: One of Cheri and David's many vignettes, featuring a mini bicycle (they both use bikes to get around Paris).

Above: Postcards add a decorative note to the kitchen area; photo via Design Sponge.

Above: One of Cheri's necklaces (available from Scout Holiday) hangs from a hand-forged nail.

Above: Classic paper fountain straws add color.

Above: A classic French bistro table serves as a bar and sideboard.

Above: For their wedding, David and Cheri created custom wine labels modeled after Penguin classics.

All photos courtesy of David Rager unless otherwise noted.