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Steal This Look: A Parisian Living Room with Enduring Style

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Steal This Look: A Parisian Living Room with Enduring Style

June 14, 2022

There’s nothing like a classic well-designed Parisian flat. This 7th arrondissement apartment renovated by interior architect and designer Olivia Massimi is thoroughly modern, but could have just as easily been designed 20 years ago—and we mean that in the best way. A timeless interior marked by elegant Italian lighting and midcentury furniture is proof that this design will endure for 20 years to come, and longer. Here we’ve detailed the key elements to recreate the look with exact and similar resources.

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Above: Neutral tones, Parisian oak flooring, and Haussmanian architectural details make up the living space. Photograph by Yann Deret, courtesy of Olivia Massimi from Sophisticated Charm: An Elegant and Artistic Paris Apartment.
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Above: A small modern storage cabinet offsets the antique mirror and statuary. Photograph by Yann Deret, courtesy of Olivia Massimi from Sophisticated Charm: An Elegant and Artistic Paris Apartment.

Materials

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Above: A similar white to the apartment walls is Benjamin Moore’s Super White paint. For more white paint options see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Architects’ White Paint Picks.
for a similar color to the radiator paint, farrow & ball&#8\2\17;s down 12
Above: For a similar color to the radiator paint, Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe No. 26 is a deep gray that suits radiators well; $115 for a gallon.
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Above: To mimic the classic Parisian oak parquet flooring, Dinesen’s Grand Oak Pattern Flooring has a classic look and fewer knots. Contact Dinesen for price, ordering, and installation information.

Lighting

the classic arco floor lamp designed by achille castiglioni and pier giacomo ca 14
Above: The classic Arco Floor Lamp designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for FLOS is $3,695 at Lumens.
the toio floor lamp in black, also designed by achille castiglioni and pier gia 15
Above: The Toio Floor Lamp in black, also designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for FLOS, is $1,620 at FLOS.
the luce pipistrello table lamp in white, designed by gae aulenti for martinell 16
Above: The Luce Pipistrello Table Lamp in white, designed by Gae Aulenti for Martinelli, is $1,901 at Finnish Design Shop.

Furniture

for a sofa with a similar look, the fritz hansen lissoni \2 seater sofa designe 17
Above: For a sofa with a similar look, the Fritz Hansen Lissoni 2 Seater Sofa designed by Piero Lissoni is $8,913 at Danish Design Store. For more sofa options see our posts 10 Easy Pieces: Architect-Designed Sofas and 10 Easy Pieces: The Perfect High-End Luxury Sofa.
for similar storage furniture, the by lassen frame 70 shelf with \2 drawers in  18
Above: For similar storage furniture, the By Lassen Frame 70 Shelf with 2 Drawers in White is $594 at Finnish Design Shop.
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Above: The GJ 118 Easy Lounge Chair is a similar style to the midcentury armchair seen in the living room. It’s $3,500 for the walnut frame upholstered chair at Danish Design Store.
for a similar oblong shaped coffee table, the finn juhl cocktail table in walnu 20
Above: For a similar oblong shaped coffee table, the Finn Juhl Cocktail Table in Walnut is $6,449 at Design Within Reach.

Decor

for a more accessible, pared back version of the antique mirror seen above the  21
Above: For a more accessible, pared back version of the antique mirror seen above the mantel, Restoration Hardware’s Salon Gilt Mirror is $1,895 for the 36 by 48 inch size. For a more ornate look, their Louis Philippe Gilt Mirror starts at $1,095 for the smallest size. On the further end of the pricing spectrum, see the Rose Uniacke-sourced Large Early 18th Century Giltwood Mirror.
the mäki black throw blanket is \$\200 at march. 22
Above: The Mäki Black Throw Blanket is $200 at MARCH.
the apricot and cream striped lumbar pillow is \$375 at sunday shop. 23
Above: The Apricot and Cream Striped Lumbar Pillow is $375 at Sunday Shop.
the zak and fox kesa pillow is \$385 at sunday shop. 24
Above: The Zak and Fox Kesa Pillow is $385 at Sunday Shop.
a similar rug, the amini aura rug in sage starts at \$\1,305 at italian luxury  25
Above: A similar rug, the Amini Aura Rug in Sage starts at $1,305 at Italian Luxury Interiors.

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