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.
Lucille Gauthier-Braud. 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. Above: The Ikea sink and birch countertop are fronted by a large window. The counter soaps are from Aesop. 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.” 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 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) is $378. Above: Ikea’s beech Hammarp Countertop is $149. Above: Ikea’s Havsen apron front double bowl sink is $213. See 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks for more options. Above: The Smeg Retro Refrigerator with built-in freezer comes in several colors; $1,899 at AJ Madison. Above: The Smeg 36-Inch Freestanding Dual Fuel Range with five sealed burners and a 4.4 cubic foot convection oven is $2,299 at AJ Madison. Lighting & Furniture Above: Barn Light Electric’s Minimalist Raw Brass Pendant comes in a range of lengths and cord colors; $134 for a 36-inch-long cord. Above: Find vintage Ilmari Tappiovaara chairs like this Mademoiselle Lounge Chair at Pamono; $1,034. Above: The 1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Dining Table is available in six dimensions and four finishes; starting at $1,095 from Restoration Hardware. Accessories 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. 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. 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. Above: The Dustpan and Brush Set from Iris Hantverk in Sweden is 370 kr. Above: The Bi-Color Plywood Clock from Yuichi Nara has a wood face with die-cut numbers; $95 at the MoMA Store. Above: A Leather Fly Swatter from Schoolhouse Electric is $14. Above: The Beechwood Spoon from Sur la Table is $12.50 for the 12-inch size; see more in 10 Easy Pieces: Artful Wooden Spoons. Above: A handmade White Ceramic Platter from Etsy seller Looks Like White; $185. See more Handmade Ceramic Dinnerware. Above: A Riess of Austria Enamel Soup Ladle is $28 at Goop. Above: A Kaico Enamel Milk Pan is $75 at Nalata Nalata. Above: Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash is $39. Above: These Eleanor Frameless Mirrors from Pottery Barn have a vintage look. They come in two sizes; $99 for the small and $129 for the large.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 14, 2015.