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Le Petit Montmartre
03 July 2013,
Small spaces should not be sidelined; especially more after you see what can be done with a mere 800 square foot.
Just a little north of Paris, France lays a little hill named Montmartre, where Solenne de la Fouchardière resides in an 800 square foot top floor flat with plunging views on one side above the tree line and rare views onto the Sacre Coeur and its vineyard. While the building is a typical Parisian Haussmann style, it still has most of the authentic features and plenty of light.
Space was the main concern and of course, the most challenging aspect of the project. To make up for the lack of space, there was a need to be creative and work around all the technical difficulties and obligations. Luckily, Solenne and her partner already had an idea of what they wanted and they enlisted the service of Fritz associates to oversee the works.
“We wanted to create something stylish, clutter free and functional for us to enjoy for short stays,” says Solenne, who is one third of Ochre, a growing design company based in the United Kingdom. As a result, the house is kept simple but with plenty of tasteful touches throughout such as the chandelier in the kitchen, a set of convex mirrors above the fireplace as well as the wall lights at the entrance.
Upon entering the flat, visitors are greeted by a bench which comes in really handy to eliminate the struggle for balance when putting on or taking off shoes. Also at the entrance area is an antique wooden dresser which serves as a display and storage unit for finer tableware.
The tiny kitchen left very little room for play but the main priority was to create more room to lay out plates and dishes. Adorned with cabinets of Italian manufacturing, the work surface is marble which makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.
“Being in Paris and really into cooking, we had a lot of fun with specifying everything and the main fun came in designing the floor. We made our own floor pattern, in this case, we used ceramics and cement,” says Solenne who customized her kitchen floor with the help of Delphine Messmer at Maison & Objet.
While it is much easier to purchase a brand new item, some prefer to breathe new life into old items and Solenne is one of the latter as seen in the vintage sofa which she got reupholstered as well as the wooden dresser at the entrance. She even retained the original enamel and steel fireplace which really adds a rustic charm to the entire space.
The bathroom takes a ‘raw’ path with concrete walls all around and finished off with walnut cabinetry. We love that the designers even managed to fit a bathtub into the petite space and the bathroom mirror has dual functionality as it also works wonderfully to make the small space appear larger.
Even with the obvious space constraints, Solenne managed to set aside a work as well as a sitting area in the flat, proving that a little creativity can really go a long way.