Located just off avenue Montaigne, this recently renovated, open-plan apartment offers Parisian living at its most stylish. It occupies the third floor of an elegant 'pierre de taille' building on rue de Cérisoles. Built towards the end of the 19th-century, this luxury home in Paris is more than a century old but retains much of its original charm, with ornate ceiling cornicing, floor-to-ceiling French windows opening onto wrought-iron Juliet balconies, and authentic herringbone parquet flooring.
The interiors reflect the French taste for the quirky, even eccentric, mixing pared-down contemporary design with more lavish period styles. Curtains and walls are kept deliberately pale to showcase some of the apartment's more dramatic items of furniture, including the black dining table and chairs, the mirrored art-deco-style cabinet, the Fornasetti cushions and the bonze-shaped stools.
On the wall behind the dining table is a vast, 21st-century take on a period portrait, while in the bedrooms, the king size beds have giant modern headboards. A selection of well-chosen rugs, both contemporary and traditional, adds warmth.
But this luxury apartment doesn't only look like a page from Elle Decoration, it's also supremely comfortable, with a large sofa and all the latest modern technology, including three flat-screen TVs. The kitchen and en-suite bathrooms, meanwhile, are sleek and functional.
The location of this apartment is certainly hard to beat. The Seine, The Louvre, and the Tuileries Garden are moments away; the Champs-Élysées is closer still. In fact, you can reach virtually every corner of the capital from here, by foot, taxi or métro.
As a Paris lover I think it is amazing that we have this super-central Paris flat!
The rue des Cérisoles is tucked away in an area known as the Triangle d'Or, in the capital's 8th arrondissement. This golden triangle is bound by avenue Montaigne, avenue Georges V and avenue des Champs-Élysées, and, as its nickname suggests, it's an exclusive enclave of designer shops, Michelin-starred restaurants and grand-dame hotels. Indeed, next to the perfumed avenue Montaigne, even the upmarket Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré looks a tad shabby.