Sarah Lavoines Paris Apartment
April 8, 2013
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Sarah Lavoines is the very definition of fabulous. She is a decorator known for her insanely honed contemporary Parisian approach to design and attention to both color and quality. Her spaces tend to marry form and function in a way that feels new and fresh and utterly fabulous. And if you spend two minutes looking through her most recent projects, I'm pretty sure you're bags will be packed and your tickets to Paris booked and ready. Thus, it goes without saying that we're like kids in a candy store pining over the images from Sarah's own apartment. Black and white and gorgeous all over. With so much more in the gallery.
Pictures by Francis Amiand| Made-to-measure bookcase | Table by Victoria Wilmotte | Napoleon III pedestal table

With its adjoining rooms, high ceilings, fireplaces and decorative ceiling cornices, Sarah Lavoine’s seven bedroom apartment is classic and typicallyParisian. The focus was on creating freedom of movement and colours to clearly define each space.The different openings, be it one of the many windows or doorways, which create numerous walkways, were as much a constraint to construct, without affecting the building.
Rattan lamp shades by Paola Navone for Gervasoni | Photo of a tree signed by Valérie Knight | Sofa from Puces de Saint Ouen | Old Chinese table

The flooring, walls, doors and even the doorframes succumb to the elegance of a deep black, chosen as the main theme and paired either with a clear sun flower yellow or a bright turquoise. Only the sitting room has the soberness of white walls and a natural oak floor, to contrast with the daring palette.
The furniture, which is often made to measure to adapt to the feeling of fluid movement, despite the numerous openings; the refined yet cheerful style of vintage pieces; and the design creations give the entire apartment a beautiful, unified tone and atmosphere. This ambience is relayed by large works of art or art gathered in a decisively graphic manner, which emphasise the beauty of the volumes.
Le temps qui passe’ sculpture by Nathalie Decoster | Trumeau mirror | Vintage chairs

The sitting room is black and white, symmetrical and is decorated with large works of art. The mirroring effect of the sofas placed opposite each other and the coffee tables placed side by side visually fill the space without giving the feeling of being over decorated.
‘Caravaggio P0-P4’ suspension light by Cécilie Manz | Black, laminated kitchen work top | Green Tolix table | Antique chairs | Bolon floor | Doors in ‘Radis Noir’, Sarah Lavoine paint

The kitchen, also in black, benefits from a plastic surface imitating sisal which hides the tile flooring underneath. The table is the only splash of colour in this voluntarily sober room.
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