My World at Home: Inès de la Fressange

See inside INÈS DE LA FRESSANGE‘s 19th-century Parisian home …

The living room is painted a pinkish beige and the mismatched chairs have been repainted in different colours.

Name: Inès de la Fressange Address: Paris, France Home: a 19th-century house in the 5th
arrondissement, she shares with her daughters and partner The vibe: Happy-go-lucky holiday home

“The first time you visit Inès de la Fressange’s Parisian home, it’s like taking a trip to the countryside,” says her friend the artist and co-author of their new book, Marin Montagut. “Her house near the Panthéon has a garden and is a bit ramshackle, but in a charming way. Inès has a gift for creating an environment that’s completely in her own image: cheerful, upbeat, and unaffected.” Formerly a hotel, the house inspired her to reimagine it as a family boarding house with a wooden reception desk complete with a bell. Montagut enthuses, “The aroma of hot coffee makes you want to spend the whole afternoon in the kitchen. Oversized sofas accommodate countless friends who come to visit. Around the extendable table, guests sit on multi-coloured chairs for leisurely Sunday lunches of roast chicken. Her interiors include everything we love about holiday homes – a constant stream of visitors, straw hats, old lamps with silk shades, washed linen, and a riot of colour.”

As the former model and muse of Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier and longtime ambassador for Roger Vivier, Inès’s style is surprisingly casual. A fan of pink because it casts an attractive glow flattering for all complexions, Inès complements this fondant paint palette with pale green antique furniture and cream hemp fabrics. The overall look is bohemian. Inès admits, “I don’t have a decorating style, it depends on the house. I dress the space individually, just as I would a woman.”

As for accessories, whether it’s a trip to Ikea, online shopping at eBay, or love at first sight in the Saint-Ouen flea market, Inès snaps up objets with childlike enthusiasm. “If I were asked to draw the happiest of homes, I would draw hers,” says Montagut.

A view of the dining room which overlooks the spacious garden which is unusual in central Paris. The family often have lunch and dinner outside. Most recently they celebrated her daughter’s 20th birthday with a marquee on the lawn.

The lavishness of the panoramic wallpaper by Zuber & Cie called Hindustan (printed using 1,265 woodblocks carved in 1807), is kept in check by day beds composed of a box-spring and several mattress toppers. A profusion of cushions in an ikat design provide the finishing touches. Inès stocks similar Tensira fabrics at her store.

A corner of the living room, which is on the ground floor with the kitchen and dining room and a dressing room. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Inès found the chandelier pictured on eBay.

Given the house’s high ceilings, Inès plays with proportions by hanging a portrait of Karl Marx above a small bergère armchair. A painting of Lenin is found elsewhere.

Distressed paintwork on a vintage kitchen sideboard adds to the boho vibe.

The main bedroom features an original fireplace with Empire-style mantel used as for storage. It is flanked by two 20th-century decorative sconces found in a flea market.

The proximity of the garden inspired her collection of summer hats kept in vintage store display cabinets, left in their original condition, evoking a holiday mood.

The walk-in wardrobe, a small room adjoining the bathroom, consists of simple shelves with clothes stacked by style. Muji boxes for jewellery and large cardboard boxes with Post-its are also used to store accessories.

Maison: Parisian Chic at Home by Inès de la Fressange and Marin Montagut, Flammarion, is out now.

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