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This Parisian Apartment Will Make You Want a Velvet Sofa

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Event planner Darya Kopp found her dream Parisian apartment just a couple months before giving birth to her first child. After years living in cramped quarters, she and her husband moved in and made it their own, filled with rich color and dinner parties with friends. Here’s a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM:

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Ceiling light: Fleux. Mirror: previously in apartment. Round chair: Ligne Roset. Shelf: AMPM.

On finding the apartment: In Paris, it can be difficult to find a rental apartment, and of course you can’t make any real modifications as a renter. But the first time I saw this one, I was in love! The parquet, the moldings — a classic Haussmannian Paris building. Our place is in the 10th arrondissement, near the Canal Saint-Martin. It’s a wonderful area but not one of the ‘cool’ ones. There are lots of restaurants and bars, and it’s central so everything is walkable.

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Butterfly chair: Maisons de Monde.

On a vivid color palette: When I was younger, I wasn’t confident about mixing and matching colors and wound up with mostly white and black. This time I thought, ‘Now I just want color,’ especially because the apartment is so white. Decorating this place taught me how to combine them. I love pink and gold, and I try to stick to those primarily and use other colors as accents. Another good tip I learned: Don’t hesitate to ask the store if you can take home a sample to try!

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Bench: Søstrene Grene. Vase: vintage.

On a cozy accent:The first thing I did was put candles in the fireplace. The place was so empty, and it gave it a cozy atmosphere. It was also the easiest and cheapest part, because they’re from Ikea. I’ll light them when we have friends over.

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Sofa: French Rosa. Coffee table: GUBI. Ottomans: Bloomingville, similar. Wicker chair: vintage. Rug: Kayoom.

On a velvet sofa: I love this sofa. It’s comfortable, and velvet is great for kids, too. The baby even threw up on it, and it was really easy to clean!

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Floor lamp: FLOS. Throw pillows: Jamini.

On combining tastes (a little): When we first moved in, my husband said the only thing he wanted was a big bookshelf, which we put in the dining room. But it turned out he did have some opinions. He bought the round blue pillow for the sofa — and we literally had no other blue in the house. But since it was the one thing he chose, I worked with it and brought in some complimentary vases and pillows.

DINING ROOM:

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Ceiling light: Leroy Merlin, similar. Table: vintage, similar. Chairs: Søstrene Grene, similar. Curtains: Ikea.

On the joys of hosting: The dining room is my favorite place in the apartment. Most people go out to eat in Paris, but I’ve always dreamed of being able to host big dinner parties. I try to keep the place clean and ready, so that if someone calls me up, I can say, ‘Come over for dinner!’ We always start in the living room, and I make a big, big apéro [drinks and bites]. For dinner, it’s usually some kind of fish with Swedish potatoes, or pasta with burrata.

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Maps: Mapiful. Bar cart: vintage.

On honoring heritage: My parents are Iranian, and they came here during the revolution in 1979. My husband is French, and we have maps in the dining room of both Marseilles, where my husband’s family is from, and Tabridz, the city where my parents were born. When our son was born we decided to give him a Persian name: Cyrus. It’s important to us that he knows he’s half Persian and half French.

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Bookshelf: Ikea, a mix of this and this. Mirror: La Redoute. Chair: vintage Ligne Roset. Pillows: Jamini.

On a favorite chair: I actually found this chair on Le Bon Coin (which is like Craigslist) the day I delivered my son. I had been looking for a comfortable chair for feeding the baby, and as soon as I saw this one, I thought, ‘It’s perfect!’ I had to have it, but I was already in labor and I didn’t know what to do! So, I emailed the guy between contractions and told him ‘I can’t come today, but can you please hold it until tomorrow?’ The baby was born, and the next day my husband went to pick up the chair. He dropped it in the dining room, because there was space on the floor there, and we wound up leaving it. It turned out my cat loved the chair, too. Now it’s his chair.

KITCHEN:

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Table: vintage, similar. Stool: Maisons du Monde.

On a tricky kitchen: The first time I saw the kitchen, I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, what is that?!’ Everything was bright orange, even the floor. I’ve warmed up to it now. Because it’s a rental, I wasn’t able to paint, but I was allowed to put in some simple gray tiling, which helped.

BABY’S ROOM:

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Rocking horse: vintage from family. Bookshelf: vintage, similar. Curtains: La Redoute.

On family heirlooms: The baby’s room is full of vintage stuff inherited from my husband’s family. Both of his parents are teachers, so the little school desk and chair are from them (my husband used them when he was a kid). The red and black rocking horse was brought by his grandparents from Russia — by train! The white horse came from his late aunt’s office. She was a pediatrician and had a little menagerie in her waiting room. I like knowing that so many children have enjoyed it.

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Woven baskets on wall: La Redoute. Wooden chest: vintage from family. Lamp: ENOstudio. Toy baskets: Monoprix. Vase: vintage. Tote: similar.

On the lion theme: I love lions. Actually, it’s my astrological sign (I’m a Leo). Everyone who knows me knows I love lions and I put them everywhere. Whenever I come across a lion toy, I have to buy it.

MASTER BEDROOM:

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Throw blanket: Monoprix x Milk. Throw pillows: Ikea. Curtains: made by Darya’s mom. Glass table: vintage from family. Twinkly lights: Ikea.

On a sleep-conducive bedroom: As much as we like to have dinner parties, since the baby arrived, sleep is my priority. We’re often up late with him, so as soon as he goes to bed, I go to bed. Our bedroom is in the back of the building, so it’s quiet and doesn’t get much light — which is great. I hung the string lights because they’re soft and warm. I just wanted to make this room cozy.

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Light fixtures above bed: Ikea. Tree photo: Desenio. Ocean photo: Desenio. Baskets: similar.

On a favorite staple: You can get these baskets, in all sizes, everywhere in France, and I have them in every room. These I mostly got at Monoprix, which is a French chain store that has everything — clothes, home goods, baby stuff.

BATHROOM:

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Baskets: Monoprix, similar.

On a dream bathroom: When the real estate agent showed me this apartment, he stopped before opening the bathroom door and said, ‘I’m so sorry about the color. This part is very retro.’ Then he opened the door and I was like, ‘No, no, I love it!’ I’d always wanted a pink bathroom. He thought it was the downside to the apartment, but for me it was actually a selling point.

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On letting go of perfection: The key is to decorate step by step and wait for pieces you really love (and if you prefer vintage, like me, that requires patience). There are some designers I adore, but just can’t afford, like India Mahdavi. So, I kept her work in mind while looking for furniture, and tried to find stuff in the same spirit. I don’t think it’s necessary to have everything perfectly matched. I think if you fill the home with pieces you truly love, and that show your personality, then it’ll all match somehow.

Thank you so much, Darya! Your home is beautiful.

P.S. Many more home tours, including a Brazilian’s plant-filled apartment and the colorful Connecticut home of two architects.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Julie Neavitt says...

    Please let me know where you got this amazing fireplace mantel? The room is beautiful!

  2. SC says...

    This is so so pretty and my favorite home tour so far. That “retro” pink sink is so freaking adorable. Thank you for sharing. 💗 x

  3. Cait says...

    I LOVE this apartment and I feel like it gave me a revelation of how to make my husband love our apartment more (at least in the future). He likes more minimal and modern and I like ALL THE COLOR and pattern (and I win since I’m the one who decorates ;). This manages to be fresh and clean but still full of the lushness and jewel tones that I love.
    I also echo her and all the comments saying velvet is the best for kids – it’s SO forgiving and easy to clean. I have a vintage, brown velvet, thrifted loveseat that we’ve had for five years now and it’s been wiped down so many times and looks none the worse for wear. I bought a grey velvet couch for the kids room and have cleaned pen off of it countless times as well. Our rough, woven Ikea sofa on the other hand is the most nightmarish thing with kids. I’d much rather be able to scrub something well than tear it off and put it in the laundry. When this one gets much worse, I’ll probably invest in a comfortworks slipcover….in velvet ;)

  4. ashley says...

    Love this! When I was little, my favorite chair was a well-loved blue velvet rocker, handed down from my grandparents. It eventually was worn beyond repair and abandoned in a move. When I was a teen I hauled home a gold velvet highback rocking chair out of a thrift store – much to my mom’s chagrin. It, too, “disappeared” when I left for college. This year, the first piece of furniture my husband and I bought for our first home was a blue velvet sofa. This one isn’t going anywhere!

  5. Liz says...

    I love this apartment. Where’s the picture of the Russian rocking horse though?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      You can see it in the living room shots above where she’s talking about the blue pillow. Xoxo

    • Judith Hunt says...

      I actually think it is the horse in the baby’s room picture, which doesn’t actualy have a rocker attached to its hooves but definitely looks as though it has given many children a wonderful ride. It is captioned as Rocking Horse from family, but then again I could be wrong…

  6. Lauren says...

    Beautiful! Thanks for letting us peek into such lovely homes around the world.

  7. I’ll never though one day I would say this but yet i know like velvet furniture :)

  8. Gancas says...

    This is lovely for me to see just in terms of sources! My husband and I will be moving to France from Texas in the next few years, and I’m nervous about decorating. Where my ex-pat in-laws live, most places don’t actually come with a kitchen even in a rental; they just rip it out in between people and you have to fit all new cabinets and appliances, which seems really bonkers to me.

  9. Katie says...

    I LOVE this home! Everything is so artfully mismatched. I have the same philosophy about vintage pieces you love. It takes a bit longer to find them, maybe, but it’s totally worth the wait.

  10. Kathryn says...

    What a dreamy apartment! I also have a velvet sofa in an emerald green that I love love love. How does she clean hers, especially with something like vomit? I have googled different cleaning methods but there’s conflicting suggestions and I’m just waiting for the day that my dog gets his muddy paws on it or someone spills a drink! Anybody also have velvet that can offer tried and true advice?

    • JoLynn Hobbs says...

      I have a chocolate velvet sofa. Let mud dry and vacuum it off. Anything else, I first try a baby wipe. If that doesn’t remove a spot I try a wet cloth and blue Dawn dishwashing soap, rinsing well with a clean wet cloth to remove soap residue. I have 2 kiddos and 2 frenchies and the couch is still holding up well.

    • H says...

      Resolve or any other carpet/fabric cleaner should work great! Velvet really does clean surprisingly well.

      In college I threw a now-infamous New Years Eve party where everyone drank cheap champagne and slept over. A friend-of-a-friend crashed on my purple velvet couch got sick all over its interior corner. He hid it under a pillow, used my laptop to buy a bus ticket out of the city and left before anyone else woke up. We didn’t find it until hours later. I made the friends who brought him take care of the cleaning and my roommates never found out.

  11. Alison says...

    I love that her cat is a little bit lion-esque as well. :D

  12. Nina says...

    Lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  13. carolyn says...

    Lovely apartment. Is it possible to ask where the bedroom moon pic can be found? Thanks

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We will ask!

  14. Kristi says...

    Lovely! Was hoping for a better shot of the (I assume) Ligne Roset Togo in the background. Have never seen one in pink before!

  15. I really love this apartment, the building’s amazing and the interior looks super cosy.

  16. Kim says...

    Beautifully curated home, even if it was partly decorated around a round, blue pillow. What a cute story! Those floor-to-ceiling windows are a dream.

    I assume you use desktop computers to make these posts? As a friendly formatting point, the vertical photos are too big to view on MacBook screens, so we don’t get the full effect in one view.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Hmmm we use MacBooks ourselves — are you in the regular view mode or zoomed in?

    • L says...

      Seconding this!

    • Rachel says...

      Funny, I never noticed that but I have the same issue as well on my macbook, if I zoom out to 75% though i can see the whole image at once.

      The whole home and post is just lovely!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’m going to look into this! Thank you so much for letting me know.

    • india says...

      yep, another MacBook user who has this problem…maybe you have a bigger screen size than us??

  17. Elizabeth says...

    Seems counter-intuitive but velvet furniture is also great if you have a pet prone to scratching! Something about how the tight the fabric is woven doesn’t allow for claws to catch anything.

    • Oooh, thank you for that tip, Elizabeth! I feel like I can’t buy anything “nice” so far as couches go…because my two siamese cats will tear it up Day 1.

  18. Sloane says...

    Cool apartment, but the 10th arrondissement isn’t cool?! It’s the Williamsburg of Paris! Bohemian, bourgeois, a little rough around the edges but not enough to scare away the 20-somethings (like me). It’s a stunning place and she’s very lucky to be living here.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh! i think she meant that it’s not as popular/crowded with tourists but more of a place for parisians. it sounds like an amazing neighborhood!

    • Mado says...

      haha yes! i second that. I live in Paris and was like, mmm wait a second. The area around the Canal Saint Martin (along with Montmartre i suppose) is literally THE coolest place to live in Paris. And very expensive as well. She is so lucky to have found such a gorgeous place!

  19. Kara says...

    GORGEOUS. Let me tell you I’ve never seen a rental like this (going on 15 years of renting over here). I 100% assumed they painted and made updates. (Is it just in the US that landlords use yellow beige as the wall color??)

    My favorite part is the way they did the Ikea bookshelves in the dining room! They look so special with the sizes alternating.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! franny and i were just talking about how smart it was that she alternated sizes. makes it look custom!

    • Sheila says...

      I was trying to figure out if the narrower units were also from Ikea. I’d love to copy this trick but the link is only to the longer Billy bookcases.

    • Sydni says...

      A lot of apt rentals in Paris have white walls! They usually have lots of character with big windows and hardwood floors, but that’s because they haven’t been renovated in decades and decades, so they usually also come with leaks and mice ;)

  20. Grace says...

    What a beautiful place! She has great taste. I’d love to know the logistics of how she throws big dinner parties – my table also only seats six. Does she have a stash of chairs or tables to pull out? Does everyone sit on the sofa? How can you make it work?

    • Katie says...

      The way her living room is set up, everything looks moveable, which I immediately thought would be perfect for parties.

  21. Halley says...

    Hi! Long time reader and follower here! If I can make a respectful request, while the homes/apartments in these posts are always attractive, I feel like they all look very similar to one another, where there really isn’t much of a style/aesthetic difference among them. I’d love to see a more diverse home style presented here in the future. I know I can’t be alone in that my home isn’t mid-century modern with quirky, colorful modern touches, and I feel like that’s starting to become a strong theme. Thanks COJ!

  22. Julia says...

    Yes, gorgeous apartment, but hold up! Her hair is INCREDIBLE! I think we need a beauty uniform from Darya next!

  23. Helen says...

    Truly beautiful apartment BUT I would like to caution any new parents out there looking at this, thinking they should make these investments now – the glass (hard-edged coffee table), open bar cart with glass bottles, candles on the floor, low open shelves with lots of special things that I’m guessing aren’t toddler-proof all will not work for toddlers and young children.
    Don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade as it truly is a lovely home, but having had 2 children in the past 5 years, I really felt this should be pointed out – there are a lot real dangers to babies over the age of 6 months.

    • L says...

      My mom had a glass coffee table when I was a kid and I have one now. Americans are very very into baby proofing in a way that other countries aren’t. Kids aren’t supposed to run in the house. They run and hurt themselves on the coffee table and learn their lesson. Pretty sure she wouldn’t light the candle if there were kids around.

    • Kimberly says...

      That’s all I could think about while reading this. I have two under five as well.

    • A says...

      Respectfully disagree. I have found with my kids and others that they tend to follow your lead. If you have nice things that you cherish and take care of they will learn to do the same. If you are careful and respectful of your surroundings they will follow. Sanding down all the sharp edges isn’t always the answer.

    • Alice says...

      I’m super surprised at this. My parents had loads of nice/ non-childproof things- ornaments, books, a sharp-edged coffee table, an open fire, cupboards with booze in them- at child-height when we were growing up… and my brothers and I never had a problem with them! Maybe it’s a British thing- if you bumped yourself on the table, the reaction tended to be “oops, you’ll know not to do that again!”- but personally I think that you can totally have nice things with small kids :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I think it’s so personal to every parent, family and child. In our place, we have lots of bumpy corners, a bar cart, etc, and it has been okay as the kids have grown. They just learned how to navigate it. But I think other kids might be more exploratory or physically adventurous and need more proofing. Just depends, like all things parenting!

    • Sasha L says...

      Helen, as a parent I was in agreement with you. We lived in a truly tiny space and I wouldn’t ever have been able to relax if we had a glass coffee table. Two children, close in age, without a fenced yard for a bit, mom’s attention often focused on a thesis (or at least trying)…. It was the sanest choice to make our teeny space very child friendly. My rambunctious one year old still figured out how to pull out the piano bench, scramble up and then climb all the way to the top of the very tall antique piano and toddle along the top, all in the minute I took to brush my teeth. She was fine, but kids truly can find trouble if they are of a mind to.

      As a home preschool teacher, I’ve adapted my home in all the big safety ways (still no glass coffee table), but I try to let the children have enough freedom within the environment to learn about their bodies in space, consequences, their limits etc. Especially outside. Children are really pretty good at keeping themselves safe (enough) within a decently safe environment. The experts warn that we have gone a bit too far with our *be careful* mindset.

      But seriously, allowances made for extra safety if you’ve got a nut like my daughter. Good luck to you if you do.

    • Rosha Forman says...

      It totally depends on the kid. We never moved anything, and neither did we put electrical socket plugs for our first two kids, who learned to navigate our grown up home. But along came our third and he opens EVERY cabinet door, puts his finger into EVERY small hole, climbs and bangs on EVERY hard surface. Voila — we have child proofed for our (and his) survival. It is so kids and family dependent.

    • Kate says...

      Oh geez give this poor mom a break! Her baby’s probably not even crawling yet. She’ll figure it out, as we all do. Stunning apartment!!

    • Agnes says...

      I can actually remember poking a fork into an electrical socket. A little zap and nothing more, and didn’t do it again. Also had open fires and as it was the 70’s, not sure baby-proofing was a thing yet. I am here to tell the tale. I’m sure this apartment is just fine.

    • Kerri says...

      I was more baffled by the cat + furniture combo! When I saw the dining room chairs, I thought, “She must not have a cat” and then…a cat showed up! Those chairs would be completely shredded in my house. As for kids, I’ve got 2 under 3 and we don’t really do baby proofing but a bar cart definitely isn’t happening here…no idea how people pull those off with young kids!

    • Mado says...

      We don’t really baby proof anything in France to be honest… I guess it’s a culture thing? I remember noticing that when i went to the US and met families with babies/toddlers. I had never seen that before!

  24. A says...

    Wowza! I love how she’s pieced together a beautiful space with affordable pieces – IKEA! Also – i’ve been fighting our master bedroom for 3 years now, also in the back of the apartment with terrible natural light access. I’ve added mirrors, removed blinds, everything (walls, furniture, textiles) are white… But this post inspired me to stop fighting it and just embrace the darkness – operation “cozy” bedroom commences this weekend! Its probably the twinkle lights hanging in the corner. I’m a sucker for twinkle lights.

  25. Mk says...

    Love! This is my dream Paris apartment.

  26. shannon says...

    The scale of the herringbone floorboards is *kisses fingers like a chef*. It makes every room look so open and grand. What a dreamy place!!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha love this comment :)

  27. Amanda says...

    THIS. IS. MY. DREAM. APARTMENT. I pinned every single photo. Thank you so much for sharing!

  28. N says...

    Wow, so pretty! Very parisian and oh-so clean.
    These home tours are so inspiring and seem very customized for this place even though it is a rental!
    Serious Q: How do you justify making elaborate changes when it isn’t your permanent home? I’m all for decorating and personalizing your space but buying expensive specific decor for one place which might not suit another doesn’t seem like a very sound investment to me. What do you do with stuff that doesn’t work when you move? Also, isn’t it expensive to get back the apartment to its original shape – repainting and undoing all the decorating?
    Maybe I’m just lazy, but I realize I don’t make such an effort to decorate if it is a rental. Is that normal? Haha

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      that’s a good question, N! thanks for asking. i’m not sure about this family, but in our family, it was worth decorating our homes because we lived in rental apartments for many years at a time. for example, i lived in the same manhattan apartment for seven years. so it’s worth decorating it to feel comfortable and at home. and the furniture still worked when we moved — a regular sofa will fit into the next living room, a bed always fits, etc. she didn’t paint here or anything; the only real change was the tile in the kitchen. hope that helps! xoxo

    • t says...

      I completely agree with Joanna. For me the investment in decorating a rental is worth it for quality of life / enjoyment of my space. The last rental I was in I hired someone to pull out the gross and pealing vinyl floor in the bathroom and had tile installed. I also painted the walls throughout the rental. Ultimately the landlord didn’t make me restore it upon moving out as he was in agreement that it looked better (I knew he would be OK with the floor but I chose a dark color paint so I expected him to make me paint).

      I guess it isn’t a great financial investment but for me it is a good investment in my happiness. I also buy lots of stuff on craigslist and resell it when it is time to move.

    • t says...

      I both agree and disagree. I too have raised two children for the past 5 years and we had/have several not child proof items in our home during the toddler years including a glass coffee table, open shelving, a HOT wood burning stove, a fireplace that we used for heat, glass trinkets, stairs without a child gate, etc. It is totally doable to have both- it just takes more constant supervision. The benefit is that it is also an opportunity to teach children (even super young ones) about dangers and what can and cannot be done.

      The only childproofing / modification we did in our home for safety after our children were born was to secure dressers and a bookshelf to the wall.

    • t says...

      sorry that comment was supposed to be in response to helen above about child-save spaces. That’s what I get for trying (and failing) to juggle work and blog reading.

  29. Jackie says...

    Just found my new favorite map website!

    This places looks like it would be very expensive but her choices were very affordable. Beautiful!

  30. Alice says...

    Love the textures through floors, furnishings, and fabric.

    I have a green velvet sofa, and it’s amazing with my two pre-schoolers. It was cheap as chips second hand and was already fairly worn, but as soon as the youngest hits six or seven I’m buying a brand new one, they’re beautiful!

    On eucalyptus, which I think Darya has in a couple of places, I bought a bunch November 2017, and I JUST replaced them. They dry really well, fill space, and create interesting shapes and shadows. Highly recommend :)

  31. diana k. says...

    Orange is my power color. Unleash those floor tiles!

  32. Ro says...

    My apartment tour:

    Hi, welcome to my apartment! Over here is my bed, which was left behind a few years ago by an old roommate. It’s recently been sealed with a new mattress cover from Amazon, for extra freshness. Above it, you’ll notice a delicate string of tangled Christmas lights, just to add a little extra somethin’ to the room.

    Over here resting atop a wobbly bookshelf, is my crusty salt lamp and the chic circle of salt crystals that have shed off around it. And next to that a TV set.

    When friends come over we’ll gather around it and watch Netflix. I’ll pretend to look for snacks in the fridge, but truth be told I always forget to go grocery shopping. After some false digging, we make due with the hastily-ripped-open bag of pretzels I keep tucked next to the sofa. (Oh who am I kidding, that’s another bed set up to LOOK like a sofa, thanks to the pillows. Did you fall for it? Yea?)

    Back here is the bathroom. You’ll really love what I did with it. Before there were no decorations, but now there’s a sprig eucalyptus hanging from the curtain rod! I see some mold on it now, but when you turn on the shower and the steam gets going, it still smells pretty good.

    It took forever to put this home together, but I love how it turned out. It really feels like “me.” Anyways, that’s about it. Hope you enjoyed it!

    (I am totally kidding with this. I love these posts and find them beautiful and inspirational :)

    • Em says...

      hahaaha you’re awesome

  33. Jana says...

    This apartment is a dream! Beautiful! Where is that gorgeous ceiling light in the living room from? I love it so much! Thank you!

  34. Jessica says...

    W O W – this place is a dream and total Parisian inspiration!

  35. LAURA says...

    one of my favorite decisions for my home was getting a blue velvet sofa! if i were to buy a replacement, it would just be an even more comfortable blue velvet sofa :) looove this home.

  36. That light!!!

  37. mollcoll says...

    Joanna – how is your Article couch holding up? I am so interested in it – and have 3 kids!

  38. Wow, I love this space! So many unique treasures. One interesting choice that really caught my eye was the two prints above the bed – specifically that she chose one black frame and one white frame. I wouldn’t have thought to do that, but it adds a little quirkiness that I really like.

    I just bought a velvet sofa (though it’s grey, much less of a statement than this one) and it’s so cozy. The fabric just adds a little something something!

  39. Cathy Yu says...

    Does the velvet work ok with cat fur? We have a cat and that was the one reason we didn’t go with a velvet sofa when we were shopping a few months ago, because I thought the velvet would just be a magnet for the cat hair. I’d love for her to weigh in if it’s doable or not!

    • ANDREA says...

      We have cats and only velvet upholstered furniture. It’s one of the only things they can’t claw (the weave is too tight). As to fur, it accumulates the same as other fabrics with these exceptions 1) you can use a rubber brush, vacuum or rubber dishwashing gloves to remove it and 2) it doesn’t get stuck in the weave like other upholstery fabrics.

    • Shelley says...

      I have two Maine coone cats who shed white looking fur and a dark purple velvet sofa. Somehow it looks great almost always. I vacuum the sofa once a week.

    • Shelley says...

      Also another bonus, they for some reason have no interest in scratching the velvet. Every other piece of furniture in the house is torn to shreds except the velvet couch hah. Velvet furniture only from now on.

    • Silver says...

      I’ve had velvet lounges in my life since I was a new born, and they’re great with cats – if the cat does shed, the fur is easy to vacuum off but they do seem to deflect most of it. However we had to move our lounge into our bedroom after we had our child as he has a massive dust allergy and velvet is a dust magnet. If you have a dust allergy alas velvet isn’t the way to go. (I just moved my beautiful midnight navy lounge into my bedroom and so I feel glamorous while I read).

    • Elizabeth says...

      I actually find that velvet is awesome for cat fur because you just brush it off in the direction of the nap. It doesn’t, like, interweave itself the way it does with other fabrics. Plus, as others have said, they don’t claw it. It doesn’t even occur to them. I wish all my furniture were velvet ;)

    • Elle says...

      I have a 5 cats and a velvet armchair that looks no worse the wear for claws and cat fur. Good velvet is very tough and sturdy. I also have a couch that’s about 15 years old and looking good: it’s slipcovered with Ralph Lauren “Lakota Paisley,” a smooth, sturdy cotton that doesn’t show fur. Avoid nubbly texture, piping, and other upholstery details that they’d enjoy clawing, on all of your furniture. That really helps.

    • Kerri says...

      My cats definitely claw my velvet armchair :(

  40. Prema says...

    Beautiful. Elegant!. Would love to see ‘A week of Outfit’ from Darya as well. Thanks

  41. Viv says...

    I really want to see the red rocking horse (from Russia) that she mentions, but the only one I’m finding is the white one from an aunt!

    • Anna says...

      Look for it in the photo right above “On combining tastes (a little).”

    • Daria says...

      Oh thanks for asking that question! I was wondering, too!

  42. This place is an absolute dream. I am smitten.

    I went to Paris for the first time in September and I insisted on finding and staying in a Parisian apartment that looked like this one. If it didn’t have herringbone floors, I wasn’t interested. We stayed in the most beautiful place. Thinking of the joy I felt when I flung open the windows to the balcony in the morning is one of my most treasured memories from that trip. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, wow, that sounds incredible, michelle!

    • Amanda says...

      Where did you find the place to stay? I have only stayed in hotels but would love to find a homey place!

    • ANDREA says...

      Amanda–look on VRBO. They have a great selection of Parisian apartments.

    • Caitlin L. says...

      i stayed at a place in October that reminded me so much of this apartment (down to her comfy chair she bought while in labor) I had to do a double take! – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/27119536
      Guys, this was the most beautiful apartment in the Marais and you should stay here immediately.
      Anyway, I recoil in jealously looking at Darya’s lovely apartment! This is my dream :)

  43. amy says...

    Wow, my jaw dropped. This apartment is a dream.

  44. katie says...

    The husband and I are buying new living room furniture in the next few weeks. My wish is a blue velvet sofa. This post confirmed it. Thanks CoJ!

    • shelley says...

      you will love it! we have a purple velvet sofa. so happy we went with it.

    • Katie says...

      Beautiful! I had my eye on one at Interior Define. I forwarded the husband this one as well!

  45. Crystine says...

    Beautiful!I love the moon print in the bedroom and the framed Ocean photos. Perfect.