Interiors: Rue de Rivoli

June 8, 2012 § 5 Comments

When life gives you high ceilings and beautifully detailed mouldings… you make an Interior Designer like me, very giddy.

This 18th century building sits across from the Louvre and boasts high ceilings, detailed panel mouldings, mirrors that make you feel like you’re in Versailles, and a stunning marble bathroom. However opulent that sounds, this interior is actually softened by its contemporary planes and lines. Key features are brought forward while others are understated and basic. A real-life contemporary approach to living in an 18th century interior. Unless, of course, you really do have some Ladies in Waiting.

Details that I love:

  • full height panel mouldings and dado skirting, dutifully restored (anytime you do this… I’m in love… just sayin’)
  • large full height opposing mirrors in the living room  (bookends to the living in between)
  • floating staircase and mezzanine (i love that they float in front of the mirror)
  • marble bathroom with large black sliding doors acting as privacy screens
  • built-in lounger next to the built-in bath… luxe, luxe and more luxe (ok…this may not be the most discreet of details but I love it anyway)

So what does your home look like if you live across the street from the Louvre? Oh, right. See above.

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