Frankly, the French just do everything better than most of people: Dress, eat, and, depending on who you ask, work. We can also add "live" to that list, especially when talking about Paris. The apartments in the City of Light, even when tiny, just have a certain chic quality. While scrolling through (plotting the French getaway of our dreams), we counted everything we can't resist about Parisian lofts.
Ironwork, mantels, and those ubiquitous ornate moldings … how exactly do you say "great bones" in French? That phrase must have been coined in an ornate place like .
In Paris, there's an obvious appreciation for things that further the mind. Books aren't considered clutter ('s wall makes us swoon), and you can be sure that if a piano is to be found, someone actually knows how to use it.
There's no such thing as a "bad view." Even when an apartment faces another building (like does), that building is likely to be a charming historic property worth staring at.
There is always space for a civilized meal. In a country where there are social contracts for what type of caffeinated beverage is to be consumed when, and laws protecting bread, eating take-out on the couch is frowned upon. The dining table in may be tiny, but it is indeed present.
In France, one's home life extends to the outdoors in any way possible. So you simply must have a petite balcony (complete with intricate wrought-iron ledge) on which to sip a café au lait — and, if you're lucky, take in a fabulous view like the one at .
What else would you expect in a country that champions its rich history? The French have magnificent flea markets and brocantes — you know, the flea markets Anthropologie tries to mimic. It would be a crime not to have at least one century-old piece in a Parisian home. You can bet the giant mirror in was certainly not mass-produced.
There is no such thing as wall-to-wall carpet in Paris. OK, maybe there is, but it's likely treated as a last resort. The French are diligent caretakers of their hardwood floors, and is no exception.
Usually without curtains, to best take advantage of all the glow the City of Light has to offer — day or night. We're not sure we'd ever get to sleep in , and that's a good thing.
Coco Chanel once said, "Elegance is restraint," and many Parisian take that to heart. With the exception of art, books, and antiques, messy clutter is just not a thing. provides a welcome escape from the piles of mail and unread magazines that sit on your kitchen counter.
The tiniest Parisian kitchen are often better planned out than some American ones. Or at least quirkier — the charming tiles in are unlike anything we've seen at home.