For this edition of Designer Files, I’ve found another loft, this time in Paris (!) and designed by Muriel Cibot. But this isn’t your predictable {though still fabulous} French design. The fact that it is indeed a Parisian apartment {I double checked!} without a foot of crown molding, parquet floors or elegantly placed Baroque furniture makes it much more intriguing, don’t you think?

There are design choices in this space that are so smart and different you almost have to look twice to notice them!


For instance, it’s not everyday you see a vintage French water jug turned into a light fixture. I’m also loving the idea that is carried out on the back of the shelving unit. Acting as art, only specifically chosen shelves are lined with graphic wallpaper, mimicking stenciled drawings.


The kitchen is by far the best part of the space {and this is not just because I’m a sucker for kitchens!} Sliding barn doors, poppy red wire light bulb pendants and concrete tile floors are all lust-worthy design elements.


The space is the perfect mix of rustic touches and modern finishes. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to move in right now!

What do you think? Are you partial to classic french style or is the updated take grabbing you as much as it is me? Be sure to check out more designers and their spaces here!

images from Le Journal de la Maison via Au Coin du Monde // photography by Pierre-Jean Verger

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  1. I like most of it, but I am huge on detail so I tend to spot small things that are out of place for me. The metal rings on the curtains would drive me bonkers, and the cord hanging out of the lit vase would look better wrapped with some sort of string or yarn.

    1. I didn’t even notice that! Yes, the sound of metal running along the rod is a little like nails on a chalkboard. Didn’t notice the cord either–does seem like a tripping hazard!

  2. How beautiful! One of my favourite spaces i’ve seen. I love the french style; with the simple white walls while highlighting some phenomenal pieces. Definitely a fantastic space- thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. That is a great bathroom! Might be the first Parisian apartment I’ve seen in a while without parquet floors. I love parquet, but this is refreshing for sure. Dare I say it’s the French copying the Americans this time around? ha!

    1. Lived in Paris eighteen years and have never seen hardwood floors in a bathroom or toilet.

  4. This apartment is lovely. Very airy and open, a mood accomplished through great design and decor. It’s the kind of place you look forward to getting to after a hectic day at work. I like the clever details, such as the lamp, the lined book cases, the touches of red. These are all well-placed to avoid clutter and overcrowding. Brava.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait until I have a more permanent residence so I can try my hand at interior design. Until then I will just need to keep following blogs like this. Sigh….

  6. Lovely at first glance, but really everything there looks like it was bought from or laredoute.

  7. I love the look of this place! The wood floors, the unique kitchen bar stools, bookshelf, etc. Thanks for posting this!

  8. The pictures of Muriel Cibot’s place shown above in your blogpost were taken back in 2011, while the photos in the French home decor magazine “le journal de la maison”, published in April 2013, showed an updated version of the apartment.

    Lefing throught this magazine, I realized that the right use of textiles such as an area rug, a throw and a pillow on the sofa, drapes on the windows, a lamp with an actual lampshade on it, etc… could add incredible warmth to an otherwise very bare and cold interior – with very good bones, I’ll admit it!



  9. Not typical at all. Very warm, very pretty, I love the interior!