On Tuesday we toured a tiny apartment in Brooklyn but today we’ve crossed the pond and find ourselves in an unusual Parisian townhouse within the Marais district. Home to Gabriel wick and his partner Olivier, the open plan apartment surprises many of their French visitors who are not used to seeing loft-style spaces. I love the drama created by the high ceilings and extending, almost never-ending, parquet flooring. The owners liken the apartment to a theatre set and as you stroll through these images I think you’ll agree that the curtain should never go down on this show.

One of my favourite parts of Gabriel and Olivier’s home is the kitchen. Charmingly unfinished and lived-in, it echoes the relaxed vibe that travels throughout the apartment. Colourful china and simple packaging lift the stainless steel storage unit, whilst wooden boxes and shelving add character and personality.

Books, artifacts and portraits are used to decorate the open plan space, whilst simultaneously zoning different areas. Notice how they’ve kept to a palette of brass, golds and sepia throughout, which helps the open space to flow visually.
design*sponge | photography by braden perkins | layouts by Bright.Bazaar

Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Amazing Will! I love those high ceilings and the huge mirror over the fire place in the living room. And that marble table – I die!

  2. Oh my, this is one of my favorites! I featured it on my blog a couple months ago. Gorgeous use of layering and texture. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Will! I'm a new follower and really love your style of presenting!!

    Btw, I'm participating in Beth's Blog Crawl tomorrow and would to invite you over…hope to see you at http://www.hilaryinspired.com for my take on “An Open Book”!

  3. I had a dream about parquet flooring last night & woke up this morning thinking how I haven't seen in a home for many years – and lo & behold, here it is….lovely.

  4. Brilliant. I have always thought of teaming Saarinen Table and Chairs on a wooden floor such as parquet and cam close several years ago until someone else snapped up said table and chairs before me at an auction. Love the whole lot and am ready to move!

  5. Oh Will – you had me at Parisian Townhouse. This space is just gorgeous and so full of character and interesting details. I'd love to be nosey and spend an afternoon going through it all – seems like it would have so many stories to tell…

  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this. Probably one of my most favorite looking places ever. Just the right blend of trend and real life for me. Has my name written all over it, wow.

  7. This is one of my favorite apartments ever. I love their style! We had floors like that in our Paris apartment and I don't think a day went by when I didn't look down and appreciate them. 🙂 For my next apartment, I'd like the floors plus the architectural details. Not too much to ask, right?

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.