As I rounded hour-two of my deep dive into apartment research for our upcoming vacation, I realized: this is the fifth Milo Baughman style table I’ve seen on Airbnb Paris! Though the site provides a wide variety of different home sensibilities, prices, and arrondissement, I began playing a game at spotting the common threads. Sate your wanderlust with these seven must-have Parisian apartment essentials.
From left to right: Built-in Plywood Bed, Gallery Wall and Puddled Drapes, Linen Dream, Attic Library, Beams and Plants, Seriously Stunning Entry, The Aforementioned Table, A Well Crafted Collection, Chic Shelfie
What more effectively pairs old-world aesthetics with the modern urbanity of Paris? Books! Stacks and stacks, shelves crammed full of your favorite linen-covered lovlies. Stack six or seven and you have a landing spot for your evening glass of Bordeaux or style your hoarded paperbacks with art and objects for the perfect Shelfie.
Hanging over an iron balcony or nestled into a corner of a personal library, greenery perfectly compliments the white on white on original wood palette of the Parisian apartment. I swooned over overgrown bedroom jungles and tropical restraint alike in my search for the perfect vacation nest.
Linen, Linen and More Linen
The French art of the unstructured linen sofa is something to aspire to. Whether it’s bedding, upholstery or curtains the impulse for tailored perfection has no place in the Paris flat; natural, artfully wrinkled and lived-in textiles in white, ecru and flax perfectly suit the effortless cool of the locals.
Hem your drapery? Mais Non! Let your window dressing pool and puddle decadently on the burnished herringbone floor. Inches and inches of crushed linen, supple matte velvet or sheer voile lounge as effortlessly as if they too had enjoyed your three hour, butter-drenched dinner and flourless dark chocolate tarte.
Here is the Milo Baughman style table I saw again and again. The timeless table is sometimes brass, usually chrome and always perfectly juxtaposed with the historic architectural details, mushy linen and dripping wax in the rest of the home. Clean, modern, light reflective and multi-functional the table serves many masters in tiny studios and palatial penthouses alike.
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Illustrations by Berry Thomas