Set in a 1930s mansion in the elegant Parisian neighbourhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine, this atmospheric garden apartment is home to a fashion journalist, her lawyer husband and their four children. The pair had spent considerable time searching for the perfect home, and enlisted the help of interior designer Gaspard Ronjat to update and revitalise the space, which occupies the entire ground floor of this imposing residence. ‘The place hadn’t been touched for several years, and there was a lot to do, but the spirit and the atmosphere were very special: a true art deco ambience, with very specific architectural details,’ says Gaspard.
The designer worked with the apartment’s existing split-level layout, which featured a series of interconnecting reception rooms on the upper floor. He decided to convert part of this storey into a main bedroom, retaining all of the original elements, including a striking marble fireplace. In order to preserve the proportions of the grand space, which was formerly used as a music room, Gaspard designed a freestanding box to house the ensuite bathroom and act as a partition, helping to give the room a more intimate feel. One side of the structure contains a shower that faces the fireplace, the other a wall of storage. ‘I like the fact that this feature could be removed if future owners decide to return the space to exactly how it was,’ he explains.
A strong respect for the building’s past was a constant throughout the renovation, which sought to preserve as many period features as possible, including fireplaces, floors, woodwork, ironwork and, of course, the incredible stained-glass window in the entrance hall. ‘All of this means that, despite our intervention, the house retains its soul,’ says Gaspard, who also created four further bedrooms on the apartment’s lower level for the couple’s children.
As for the decoration, ‘eclectic’ is how the designer describes it. ‘I chose most of the furniture in collaboration with the client, and mixed contemporary designs with antique pieces,’ he explains. ‘The apartment still has its elegant art deco feel, but it’s relaxed and comfortable, too – ideal for family life.’ gaspardronjat.com
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