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The Socialite Family Book: Lifestyles of the Young and Chic, French Edition

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The Socialite Family Book: Lifestyles of the Young and Chic, French Edition

July 11, 2017

“I am genuinely enthralled, inspired and continuously curious about contemporary families,” says Constance Gennari. The Paris-based former children’s fashion reporter and mother of two also happens to be a design obsessive, and for those of us who share her fixations, The Socialite Family, Gennari’s four-year-old website, has become required weekly browsing.

Instead of bloodlines and bank accounts, personal style and true cool are Gennari’s criteria. Of course, prime real estate also comes into play. As does the juggling life: Gennari defines “socialite” as meaning “people who successfully divide their time between their professional careers, traveling schedules, and families.” To date, so many clans have met her criteria that the site’s greatest hits have been compiled into The Socialite Family book, a room-by-room inspirational “guide déco” intended to help others live with flair. Here’s a spotlight on one of the families, plus a look at the book.

Photography by Constance Gennari—in addition to being TSF’s founder, Gennari takes most of its pictures.

Interior designer Clarisse Prudent, her husband, Antoine, and their three children live in a converted stable in Dijon, Burgundy. Note the original stone wall in the background.
Above: Interior designer Clarisse Prudent, her husband, Antoine, and their three children live in a converted stable in Dijon, Burgundy. Note the original stone wall in the background.

The family moved from Geneva (where Antoine works) to Prudent’s native Burgundy when she was expecting their third child to “change my lifestyle to a simpler format,” she told the Socialite Family, “to create a nest for my children, and a haven for Antoine when he returns home for the weekend.” Prudent’s firm is called Finca. Admiring the woven pendant lights? Find similar options in Design Sleuth: 6 Summery Natural Fiber Pendant Lights.

The ground floor is an open-flow, door-free series of living and dining rooms. Prudent created a patchwork hearth using woven bamboo wallpapers, a stylish reference to the house&#8
Above: The ground floor is an open-flow, door-free series of living and dining rooms. Prudent created a patchwork hearth using woven bamboo wallpapers, a stylish reference to the house’s origin as a barn.

Asked by TSF for her “no-no in terms of taste,” Prudent responded: “Lack of personality; when your living room looks like a waiting room.” Her hanging light is Constance Guisset’s Vertigo Pendant Lamp. Go to Object Lessons: The Butterfly Chair to read up on the classic and find sourcing.

The kitchen table overlooks its open-air counterpart.
Above: The kitchen table overlooks its open-air counterpart.

Prudent is a flea market regular with a fondness for mixing styles and putting objects to unexpected uses. Here, she created display shelves out of stacked vegetable crates.

Rugged mixes well with refined: In the dining area, Prudent put a metal factory cart to use as a tea service table.
Above: Rugged mixes well with refined: In the dining area, Prudent put a metal factory cart to use as a tea service table.

A favorite shopping haunt that she shared with TSF? “On rare Sundays in the Dijon antiquarian quarter, Brigitte Durieux sells her vintage kids’ treasures, a trove of items the likes of which you can hardly find elsewhere,” she says. “I also love going to barter sales and neighborhood garage sales in Dijon and elsewhere.”

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Above: Kids’ playthings are allowed out in the open—as long as they’re good-looking.

The cotton White Teepee is by Georges and came from Little Michèle & Noëlle.

The bedrooms in the house are cozily tucked under the rafters in what had been the hayloft.
Above: The bedrooms in the house are cozily tucked under the rafters in what had been the hayloft.

Prudent’s oldest daughter’s room has Cole & Son Hummingbirds Wallpaper, available for $132.30 per double roll from Wallpaper Direct.

A hanging cotton Bed Canopy is paired with linen bedding, all from Numéro 74 and available from Smallable (see The Smallable Apartment in Paris for more). The steel trunks are Chinese.
Above: A hanging cotton Bed Canopy is paired with linen bedding, all from Numéro 74 and available from Smallable (see The Smallable Apartment in Paris for more). The steel trunks are Chinese.
A floating bed frame under the eaves partitions off the sitting and sleeping sections of the master bedroom.
Above: A floating bed frame under the eaves partitions off the sitting and sleeping sections of the master bedroom.
The family bathtub stands next to an antique bureau stocked with towels and supplies.
Above: The family bathtub stands next to an antique bureau stocked with towels and supplies.
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Above: There’s a wood-decked pool, too.
The Socialite Family is published by Marabout Edition, a division of Hachette Livre. It&#8
Above: The Socialite Family is published by Marabout Edition, a division of Hachette Livre. It’s written in French (with 256 pages of photos) and can be ordered via The Socialite Family for €25 ($28.51). Keep up with TSF on Instagram @thesocialitefamily.

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