Paris match
Living Etc Magazine|January 2022
Marie-Ange de Charry’s mantra for her apartment was for it to be unconventional rather than contemporary but it still has that très-chic vibe you’d expect from a home in the French capital
Emma J Page

KITCHEN -DINER

It’s the gold that brings this eclectic scheme together. Linking the lights to shelving and baseboard, owner Marie-Ange could then run riot with pattern and still keep it cohesive.

Golden Bees wallpaper, Jules & Jim. Kitchen designed by Lieux Particuliers. Bespoke marble counter supplied by Les Marbreries de la Seine

LIVING ROOM

A pair of vintage armchairs pick out the hues of the informally hung art. ‘I love colour because it’s life,’ says Marie-Ange.

Walls in Dimity, Farrow & Ball. Armchairs in Brochier, Jules & Jim. Table lamp, Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen

Home Profile

THE OWNER

Marie-Ange de Charry, an estate agent and interior designer, and her dog Potiche, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

THE PROPERTY

A first-floor apartment in a 19th-century neoclassical building on Paris’ Left Bank. It has a kitchen-diner, living room, two bedrooms, both en suite, a cloakroom and a laundry room.

Even in the depths of a Paris winter, this Left Bank flat is full of joie de vivre. That’s partly down to its vibrant finish, including playful gold speckled wallpaper and jewel-coloured fabrics, and partly down to the fun-loving personality of its owner, Marie-Ange de Charry, a former advertising exec turned interior designer.

During the festive season, her home is overflowing with friends, new and old, gathered to celebrate the run-up to Christmas or to see in the New Year. The Parisian-born designer likes to have at least 10 people around the table but is the first to admit she’s no cook. It’s not an obstacle, however, as ‘masses of gold decorations, good wine and home delivery suppers on speed dial’ solve the issue.

Full of playful pattern, vintage finds, vibrant artwork and freestyle additions, this apartment has the trad bones that Francophiles associate with a classic Paris pad – Versailles parquet flooring, ornate mouldings, marble mantels – spiced up with some unexpected touches – think hand-drawn wall murals and restaurant-style brass track lighting in the kitchen-diner.

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