An ultra-colorful and bohemian house in the suburbs of Paris
In a green suburb, journalist Colombine Blum expresses her taste for color and mix of styles in her archi- tonic place of life. A working house early 20th became a happy box of gouaches, energetic and bohemian.
Discover this unusual house full of life and color in the heart of Garches, in the suburbs of Paris. By combining shapes and shades, the owner of this charming house has given a soul to this house populated with eclectic souvenirs and decorative objects.
In the courtyard patio: Moorish style banquettes. Wax fabric and African mats, SWAC. Armchairs and cushions, Monoprix.
Interposed between two pavilions in the west of Paris, the little working house of the 1920s, nestled at the end of a narrow alley, displays a happy smile. Like the owner of the place, the dazzling journalist and stylist Colombine Blum, specializing in the print media for which she decrypts the lifestyle trends and signs many decorative reports. His good humor guided him full pot towards the color. With this thread, she has given new life to the place, creating a family home atmosphere that looks like a holiday home.
A house inhabited by an instinctive style
The staircase of a ferrous black raises the color of its cage, golden yellow, to the first floor. Ceilings, like some walls are left blank, to better highlight the parts painted with bold colors. At the foot of the stairs, a multicolored totem made by a friend.
The multitude of small rooms, typical of these constructions, not being adapted to a large family and a circle of faithful friends, it was necessary to break walls, to free the volumes and to draw a contemporary structure. The goal ? To be able to replace the furniture imported from the old house, much larger.
Under the glass roof, the extra-small living room with very long benches, AM.PM., and the XXL lamp, Anglepoise. The neon orange wall reflects light and serves as a backdrop to photos and paintings. Cushions, Holiday Home. Leather rug, Jamin Puech.
On the table in print, hined at Patrick Mayer, Paul Bert market, a trio of faces Fornasetti, L'Eclaireur, and another painted, family memory.
Like the two sofas or the fluorescent floor lamp XXL, at first sight exaggeratedly large for the place but which today make up the living room, lit by a skylight. An original but effective design of architecture, where walls bend to furniture! For her office space, she had a library framing the writing table from floor to ceiling. In her shelves and around, a large mix and accumulations that reflect her instinctive and eclectic style: books mingle family memories, antique furniture and contemporary candlesticks, coat rack crumbling under hats and handbags, collection of mirrors witch mixing antiques and modern pieces.
The office loaded with a multitude of objects, photos and memories, opens on the courtyard.
Even if nothing is calculated, one of the keys of Colombine decoration is this one, marry the authentic to the favorites, gleaned over the new collections. An expansive patchwork, loaded with emotions, sewn with vibrant colors.
On the steps of the stairs leading to the second floor, a recovery of the colorama of the house, witness the dazzling palette and daring Columbine.
A friendly house with playful colors
Already existing configuration, the kitchen, all in length, is installed in the old shed and connected to the rest of the house by a veranda, housing the dining room. Two rooms with inseparable functions to this house that Colombine willingly describes as a "good hostel"! Here, conviviality is in order, the frequent comings and goings, she receives friends and family in a whirlwind of good humor.
Empathy note, the big blackboard invites friends and used to leaving messages, like memories. In the dining room, friends are greeted by the faces of Fornasetti, L'Eclaireur. The table and table black, AM.PM., is awakened with accessories in color: Eames chairs, Home around the World, transparent suspension, Kartell, set of real and false fruits on the servant.
In this house praising color, the traces of the friendly passages are left on the blackboard of the veranda, where the messages and drawings are displayed with white chalk. A wall of free expressions also serving Columbine and her four boys to display ideas and desires. The children have their lives on the floors while Colombine occupies the ground floor.
Near the bed, a table and family objects under a bell, lit by a black wall lamp, Lampe Gras. Sheets, Linen Particular.
The ensuite bathroom in Colombine's bedroom incorporates the range of colors: green, gray, slate and navy blue.
His personal space is a peaceful place, with green tones, from the color of the interior walls to the leaves framing his windows. Located at the back of the house, his room opens onto a terrace on one level, wider than the perched terrace of children upstairs. Placed on windows and door frames as a dash of eyeliner, anthracite gray highlights the volumes of the house.
Upstairs, a living room-extra room, whose ceiling height is animated by air suspensions, Le Monde Sauvage.
Summer meeting place at the front of the house, the patio is the scene of good times shared, around a drink or lunch.
Downstairs, the micro-perron and the table for lunch in the shade.
A happy house that also moves according to the desires and dynamism of Colombine: today, the dining room has moved to the living room and the wall of the courtyard is tinged blue Majorelle ... Tomorrow, paintings have changed from walls, some furniture will be repainted. To be continued !
THE ADDRESSES OF COLOMBINE BLUM
For its dynamic and joyful colors. SERGE BENSIMON PAINTS FOR RESOURCE. 2-4, avenue du Maine, 75015. Tel. 01 42 22 58 80 and resource-peintures.com
For their cushions and plaids with beautiful materials, indestructible. VACATION HOME. 63-64, Montpensier Gallery, 75001. Tel. 01 47 03 99 74and maisondevacances.com
For the selection of objects, both unusual and timeless. HOME AROUND THE WORLD 8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, 75003. Tel. 01 42 77 06 08 and bensimon.com
For their very affordable furniture and who throws! THE REDOUTE AM.PM. 5, rue Saint-Benoît, 75006. THE REDOUTE INTERIORS. 10, rue du Trésor, 75004 and laredoute.fr