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Art Design Home Tour: A Fifties-Inspired Townhouse With Colourful Accents And Vintage Influences

Home Tour: A Fifties-Inspired Townhouse With Colourful Accents And Vintage Influences

The living room features a sofa set, a coffee table and side tables from Porada, as well as a Gilles Caffier lamp and the Borghèse bench designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for La Chance
The living room features a sofa set, a coffee table and side tables from Porada, as well as a Gilles Caffier lamp and the Borghèse bench designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for La Chance
By Leanne Mirandilla
April 22, 2020
French interior designer Stéphanie Coutas took inspiration from the fifties by decorating this 19th-century Parisian home with plenty of colours and mid-century flair

When it comes to interior design, there are cookie-cutter homes, and then there are dwellings that have a little something special. This property definitely falls into the latter camp.

Located on the famous Avenue Foch in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, the three-storey house was built at the end of the 19th century by Alphonse Hardon, superintendent at the Suez Canal Company, which constructed the historic Suez Canal. Hardon named the structure Villa Said after Mohamed Said Pasha, a governor in Egypt, to thank him for his help with the canal’s construction. Avenue Foch, meanwhile, is home to mansions and palaces alike, while the private gated street the property sits on is surrounded by townhouses and embassies.

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Interior designer Stéphanie Coutas of SC Edition
Interior designer Stéphanie Coutas of SC Edition

The client commissioned Stéphanie Coutas of French studio SC Edition to transform the shell into a comfortable yet sophisticated nest. “The client was looking for an interior designer who could incorporate a unique spirit into the house,” said Coutas. “Our signature is predominantly custom projects, in which we utilise new materials and pay very close attention to even the smallest details.”

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Blue cabinetry adds to the sense of tranquility in the secondary living area
The living room features a sofa set, a coffee table and side tables from Porada, as well as a Gilles Caffier lamp and the Borghèse bench designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for La Chance
A round mirror frames the colourful tableau of furnishings in the primary living room
 

Since the client granted Coutas free rein over the entire design, she opted for a Parisian style with a vintage 1950s touch. “There was a lot of structural work to be done because the home was previously split into four different flat units,” she recounted. “Our first mission was to revert the house to its historical roots—an authentic Parisian hotel particulier.”

Coutas emphasised the quintessentially Parisian qualities of this abode—the Haussmannian structure, white mouldings, and floor-to-ceiling wooden windows with their beautiful bronze hardware. The fifties vibe was achieved through the colour palette, which is dominated by orange, pale green and yellow, with plenty of American walnut wood.

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A painting from Kaezar Gallery and an Eichholtz mirror add pops of colour to the dining room
The velvet bar seats from Eichholtz invite family and guests to gather around the kitchen island
 

This home’s clever interplay of colour and texture is evident from the moment you step indoors. Beyond the entrance are two living rooms on each side. “One is where you can spend time with friends and family, and the other one is more like a library where you can read, write, or play backgammon and chess,” explained Coutas.

The first space features a bright yellow artwork and rug that mingle with the Borghèse bench designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for La Chance. The second is a more formal affair, with deep blue shelves displaying a variety of curios, an aluminium coffee table, and a backgammon table by Giobagnara. 

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A view of the courtyard from the kitchen
A view of the courtyard from the kitchen

The ground floor also features the spacious kitchen and dining room, which overlook the garden. A 10-seater dining table by Eichholtz is perfect for entertaining. A turquoise mirror above the table echoes the turquoise bar chairs at the bespoke marble-topped kitchen island. The socialising can continue either in the kitchen or through the glass doors in the garden.

There’s also a guest bathroom and even a hammam in black and white marble. “We usually like to add different functionalities to the houses we design,” said Coutas. “Adding a hammam and spa for relaxation was a great touch that the client loved.”

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The master suite features a custom-made headboard, Ana Roque bedside tables, Nicholas Haslam  silk lampshades and Zimmer + Rohde silk accent cushions
The master suite features a custom-made headboard, Ana Roque bedside tables, Nicholas Haslam silk lampshades and Zimmer + Rohde silk accent cushions

The master bedroom, master bathroom and gym are located upstairs, while another level above that floor incorporates two guest bedrooms. “We often suggest having a gym room if the space allows it and it corresponds to the client’s lifestyle,” said Coutas. The master bedroom features solid oak flooring, glossy wooden cabinets and beige curtains, while connecting with the other spaces in the home via colourful accents like the yellow and teal silk cushions. The same can be said for the reading nook between the two guest rooms, which features a yellow armchair by Dooq and yellow pouf by Eichholtz that mingle with a striking geometric throw by DAC Rugs.

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The travertine marquetry feature wall creates a tactile contrast against the polished walnut countertop and marble sink
The travertine marquetry feature wall creates a tactile contrast against the polished walnut countertop and marble sink
The wardrobe area in the master suite features cabinetry in a high-gloss varnish
The wardrobe area in the master suite features cabinetry in a high-gloss varnish

Each level is connected by a stunning spiral staircase covered in carpeting by Roger Oates. “While the home has a beautiful architectural structure, the vertical circulation meant that we needed to make sure all floors were connected in the best way, to ensure the space was maximised and as fluid as possible,” shared Coutas. “We did this by using a combination of bright colours throughout the house and utilising the carpeting on the stairs to provide an overall link.”

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The Dooq armchair and a geometric throw  from DAC Rugs liven up this cosy alcove
The Dooq armchair and a geometric throw from DAC Rugs liven up this cosy alcove
The guest room features wallpaper and cushions from Pierre Frey, a headboard upholstered in Nobilis fabric as well as a bedside table from Ana Roque and a Frezoli lamp
The guest room features wallpaper and cushions from Pierre Frey, a headboard upholstered in Nobilis fabric as well as a bedside table from Ana Roque and a Frezoli lamp

Artworks provide the finishing touch. Throughout the property, vivid pieces by French-Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely and other artworks acquired from Kaezar Gallery grace the walls, showcasing SC Edition’s modus operandi of mixing custom pieces with exquisite art and antiques. The result is a home that is a head-turner, both inside and out.

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  • Photography Francis Amiand

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