When the apartment above Marie-Sixtine’s flagship store in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement opened up, the two-year-old fashion line decided to apply its look to interiors. Working with art director/designer Sandrine Place and architect Baptiste Legué, the brand dreamed up Chez Marie-Sixtine, a candy-colored “confidential cocoon” cast in the image of the boho gamine its crop tops and playsuits are made for.
In lieu of a living room, there’s a dinner-party-ready kitchen/dining area—terrazzo counter included—plus a cabin-like bedroom and one of the most inventive bathrooms we’ve seen in a good while. And who knew pom-poms could be put to use as a sea-urchin-like wall mural, or that an Eames side chair takes so well to a knit slipcover? The two-room retreat is reserved for “special guests of Marie-Sixtine,” but it’s filled with ideas for all to grab.
Above: The 70-square-meter (approximately 753-square-foot) apartment is painted in contrasting Farrow & Ball pastels, from floor to vintage Windsor dining chairs to ceiling. The designers had the dining table made in Portugal of live-edge cork oak and brass.
Above: Bud vases from Serax form the simple centerpiece.
Above: The compact kitchen is painted Pink Ground and features terrazzo counters and a backsplash with a display ledge. Something of a lost art in the US in recent decades, terrazzo has been on the rise again. “It’s less expensive than marble,” Sandrine Place tells us. “And you can choose the color you want and also the size of the stone shards.” The range and tiny induction cooktop are from Ikea and the cabinets are custom.
Above: Marie-Sixture specializes in knitwear, and its shops are decorated with pom-poms: wreaths, plants, and a pom-pom-filled bath. This garland was created in the colors of the apartment by textile designer Camille Dupuis and natural dye specialist Aurelia Wolff of Atelier Whole.
Above: Window seats in the living area and bedroom are cushioned with knit throw rugs. The standing light is the Lampe Mantis by DCW Éditions.
Above: An Eames Eiffel Chair made cozy with a hand-knit cover.
Above: The platform bed is set in its own modern cabine of beechwood with linen privacy curtains.
Above: The pastel floral design was modeled after 18th-century wallpaper and painted directly on the wall by Atelier Poulaillon.
Above: In addition to under-the-bed storage, the room has a row of wall pegs.
Above: The bed is layered with a wool blanket commissioned from a knitter in the Ukraine and linen sheets by Linge Particulier.
Above: The room has a view of Rue de Charonne and a bookshelf is tucked at the foot of the bed. The brass and marble lamp is by Bloomingville.
Above: Alape bucket sinks—see Design Sleuth—with DIY copper faucets are mounted on a terrazzo wall in the adjoining bath. The lights are from the sixties, and, like the ones in the kitchen, were found in Berlin.
Above: Black ceramics and neon-edge towels stand out against the black-speckled wall. “The terrazzo on the wall is set in one-square-meter plates,” says Place. “It seems to be easy to do, but you need to have experience, so it’s best to work with a professional.”
Above: A claw-foot tub and paneled wall are painted Down Pipe, one of Farrow & Ball’s most popular shades.
Above: The terrazzo extends from floor to sink wall. The room comes complete with hoop chair and inset vanity.
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