French Fantasy

My posts have been lacking as of late; mainly due to a full work load on top of a two week visit from my boyfriend, Al.  As some of you know, he is currently based in Afghanistan (ugh), so the time we get together is pretty special.  During his stateside visit we traveled to Michigan for his sister’s wedding and had a fantastic time, I was actually a little sad to return back to St. Louis.

We were uncharacteristically early to the airport for our returning flight and spent some idle time in the terminal bookstore.  As usual, I went straight to the shelter magazines and literally GASPED when I saw the current cover of Elle Decor.


 I mean…….no words. Well, maybe words like stunning, breathtaking, perfection, or exquisite.  Even though I’m a subscriber, and knew a copy was waiting for me at home, I snatched that baby up.  I couldn’t wait to eat up this eye candy.

It turns out that this 2,600 s.f. apartment is located in the Nouvelle Athènes section of Paris (of course it is).  The designer dream team who created the space is Kelli Wilde and Laurent Champeau who left the international firm of Tino Zervudachi to take on the project.  That’s right, this was the duo’s first project as a design firm, and it’s pretty obvious it was in the stars.  The team is a master in creating the Old World / New World balance that I am etenally obsessed with.

This foyer makes me weak in the knees.




wilde-HALL-lgn1wilde-living-room-2-lgn.jpgIn my book it really does not get any better than, ornate 18th century plaster moldings mixed with mid-century modern furniture, and contemporary artwork.   The sejour (salon) and music room turned double living room is what my dreams look like.

This space is my jam. 


The kitchen is located right off of the living room for convenient entertaining.

wilde-kitchen-2-lgn Those Tom Dixon pendants have never looked better.


The original parquet floors were in bad condition; but stripped, sanded and stained Gunmetal Grey to conceal it’s imperfections.  I think it’s perfectly imperfect.

wilde-HALL-2-lgnThe bedroom holds it’s own with design drama.  More Tom Dixon goodness with an area rug pattern who’s pattern was inspired by one of his patterns.

wilde-bedroom-lgnI am fascinated by the visual interest created by hanging a simple photograph off-center over a headboard.  It’s such a small detail that makes the room feel even more elevated than it already was.  I’m taking notes over here.

wilde-bedroom-2-lgnAnd finally the master bath leaves me lusting.  The marble faced cabinets are left flat with no hardware. How do you open them?  I think the mystery and discretion is what makes them that much more glamorous.

wilde-bathroom-lgnMy eyes have been stimulation overload to the point of complete saturation, but this editorial has my mind freshly inspired.  The design is so classic and well edited, yet t fresh and exciting.  I’m ready to pull out a few French inspired tricks. 


  1. Glad you guys had such a great visit. Hopefully he’ll be home soon for good! 🙂



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