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A Moveable Feast: Two French Shop Owners’ Whimsical, Always-Changing House in Reims

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A Moveable Feast: Two French Shop Owners’ Whimsical, Always-Changing House in Reims

August 3, 2020

Little vignettes that are always shifting, always offering something new to look at? Maybe that’s why I can’t look away from the Instagram feed of @nomibis, a vintage shop based in Reims, France, these days.

If Nomibis sounds familiar, it’s because we featured the shop itself  a while back. We say “shop” a bit loosely because, in this case, Fabienne Nomibis and her companion, Pascal Bisson, run their marche aux puces entirely via Instagram and their website—and the in-situ photos of the products on their site are, in fact, of the couple’s own home. The pair collects odds-and-end French finds, styles them in their own place in Reims—adopting them into their living areas and bedrooms for a while—and photographs them to sell. The lines between home and shop are blurred, which offers an intimate quality—it’s often hard to tell what’s for sale and what’s part of the couple’s own home; those interested in an object need to message the couple directly to navigate the purchase—and an aspirational one, too.

As a result, each surface, corner, and room captured on the @nomibis Instagram feels playful, never static, a side table adorned with a pair of sunny yellow tapers one day and a vintage mirror or lamp the next, an antique desk replaced by a perfectly imperfect daybed a while later. In this house, I imagine, nothing collects dust.

What’s it like to have your kitchen be part kitchen and part real-time styling space? To us, it seems to offer the opportunity for whimsy and surprise. (Plus, “We buy what we ourselves like… then if by any chance a piece doesn’t sell, it can find its place in our own home,” Nomibis and Bisson told The Socialite Family).

Today we’re looking at the couple’s Reims house itself, filled always—despite objects coming and going—of summery color and French charm. Join us for a little tour.

The doorway into the pair&#8
Above: The doorway into the pair’s kitchen, with a patterned tile floor and mix-and-match eccentricities.
The couple&#8
Above: The couple’s market table is one thing that’s constant in the house, never offered for sale.
The petite kitchen, with glimpses of color (in a cloth, a yellow pot, a hanging market bag).
Above: The petite kitchen, with glimpses of color (in a cloth, a yellow pot, a hanging market bag).
A dishtowel conceals the dishwasher; note also the classic French soap holder just above the sink.
Above: A dishtowel conceals the dishwasher; note also the classic French soap holder just above the sink.
A low-key camp cot with mix-and-match pillows (where at times there&#8
Above: A low-key camp cot with mix-and-match pillows (where at times there’s instead a table, or a desk, or a green settee…).
Tabletops and walls are places for ever-shifting vignettes.
Above: Tabletops and walls are places for ever-shifting vignettes.
White-painted floors set a pared-back hallway apart from the rest of the house.
Above: White-painted floors set a pared-back hallway apart from the rest of the house.
A bedroom with an unexpectedly upturned task light and basket as nightstand.
Above: A bedroom with an unexpectedly upturned task light and basket as nightstand.
A collection of objets on a desk. (The periwinkle adjustable lamp is currently for sale.)
Above: A collection of objets on a desk. (The periwinkle adjustable lamp is currently for sale.)
The family&#8
Above: The family’s WC features wall-mounted enamel sinks and a glass door.
The bath, with a ledge for keeping favorite products (and a few stems of flowers).
Above: The bath, with a ledge for keeping favorite products (and a few stems of flowers).
Looking out to the garden.
Above: Looking out to the garden.
Dinner outdoors—colorful tapers included.
Above: Dinner outdoors—colorful tapers included.

For more, head to @nomibis, and for a look at what’s available these days, take a look at their current inventory.

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