ISSUE 28  |  Bastille Week

Steal This Look: A Sunny Ikea Kitchen in the Marais

August 02, 2016 4:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

Lately we’ve been admiring the Instagram feed of Parisian stylist/blogger Lucille Gauthier-Braud. We’re particularly fascinated by her eat-in-kitchen, which, though located in the Marais, looks straight out of the French countryside. Three years ago, Lucille and her husband, Charles overhauled their apartment, knocking down walls to allow for a large open space for cooking and gathering. The addition of a verriére, a skylight, adds lots of natural light. Here are the design elements to create your own Parisian kitchen au naturel.

Photography by Lucille Gauthier-Braud.

Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen

Above: The couple installed an Ikea Grytnäs kitchen—counters, cabinets, and a sink—and personalized it. A stainless steel plate rack and Smeg gas range with a stainless backsplash add an industrial element to the warm space. Lucille made the pendant lamps herself.

Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen

Above: The Ikea sink and birch countertop are fronted by a large window. The counter soaps are from Aesop.

Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen

Above: The sideboard is an antique from Nantes, and the vintage Italian lamp on it is by Guzzini. About the fridge-side assemblage, Lucille says: “I collect brushes and brooms everywhere I go; I buy one in every country I visit.”

Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen

Above: An old harvest table is paired with vintage white Fanett Dining Chairs by Finnish architect Ilmari Tapiovaara.


Above: A still life of candles and leafy sprigs corralled on a white plate.

Key Elements

IKEA Sektion Base Cabinet

Above: The couple installed Ikea’s Grytnäs kitchen cabinets, which are no longer available. For a similar look, consider Ikea’s new Sektion kitchen cabinets in Grimslöv off-white. The Grimslöv Off-White Cabinet with Two Doors and Two Drawers, shown here, is $244.

IKEA Hammarp Countertop

Above: Ikea’s beech Hammarp Countertop is $169.

Domsjo Double Bowl Apron Front Sink

Above: Ikea’s Domsjö Double Bowl ceramic sink is $312.98. See 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks for more options.

Smeg Fab 50 White Refrigerator

Above: The Smeg Retro Refrigerator with built-in freezer comes in several colors; $1,899 for AJ Madison.

Smeg Freestanding Dual Fuel Range

Above: The Smeg 36-Inch Freestanding Dual Fuel Range with five sealed burners and a 4.4 cubic foot convection oven is $2,299 from AJ Madison.

Lighting & Furniture

Barn Light Electric Raw Brass Pendant Light

Above: Barn Light Electric’s Minimalist Raw Brass Pendant comes in a range of lengths and cord colors; $109 for a 36-inch-long cord.

Ilmari Tapiovaara Mademoiselle Beech Chair

Above: Find vintage Ilmari Tappiovaara chairs like this Mademoiselle Lounge Chair for $1,172 at Pamono.

1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Dining Table

Above: The 1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Dining Table is available in six dimensions and four finishes starting at $845 from Restoration Hardware.


Tsé Tsé Large Draining Rack

Above: The Tsé Tsé Large Draining Rack in stainless steel is £246.00 ($328) from Made in Design.

Tensira Home Linens

Above: Lucille’s favorite kitchen linens are made by Tensira of West Africa. See the Tensira Retail List for shops worldwide that carry the line.

La Vie Quinn Market Basket

Above: With sisal handles and leather hand grips, a La Vie Quinn is $34 from Maison de Kristine. For more, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: French Market Totes.

Haydenville Broomworks Traditional Broom

Above: The Traditional Broom is attached to its sassafras handle by a decorative weave; $65 from Haydenville Broomworks of Massachusetts. Photograph via Food 52. For more brooms, see Object Lessons: The Classic Broom and An Artful Sweep: Display-Worthy Household Brooms.

Iris Hantverk Brush and Dustpan

Above: The Dustpan and Brush Set from Iris Hantverk in Sweden is available in white and blue; $49 from Poketo.

Bi-Color Plywood Clock by Yuichi Nara

Above: The Bi-Color Plywood Clock from Yuichi Nara has a wood face with die-cut numbers; $95 at the MoMA Store.

Leather Fly Swatter

Above: A Leather Fly Swatter from Schoolhouse Electric is $14.

French Beech Mixing Spoon

Above: The Large Handle Beechwood Spoon is $8 from Sur la Table; see more in 10 Easy Pieces: Artful Wooden Spoons.

Handmade White Ceramic Platter

Above: A handmade White Ceramic Platter from Etsy seller Looks Like White; $185. See more Handmade Ceramic Dinnerware.

Riess Enamel Ladle

Above: A Riess of Austria Enamel Soup Ladle is $28 from Joinery.

Kaico Enamel Milk Pan

Above: A Kaico Enamel Milk Pan is $72 from the Dwell store.

Aesop Resurrection Hand Soap

Above: Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash is $39 from Aesop.

Pottery Barn Eleanor Frameless Mirrors

Above: These Eleanor Frameless Mirrors from Pottery Barn have a vintage look. They come in two sizes and are currently on sale: $28.99 for the small and $103 for the large.

Here are three more of our favorite interiors from France:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 14, 2015.