French interior designer Stéphanie Coutas creates homes that are not only plush and warm, but also spectacularly good-looking. Her most recent project, a 3,552sqft apartment located in a classical Haussmann building in Paris’ Right Bank, is the perfect embodiment of this. Coutas transformed the abode, which is owned by a French couple who are notable art collectors, into an ethereal home that lets its occupants show off their prized pieces and entertain friends with panache.
“My clients wanted a space that would showcase their extensive collection of beautiful artworks, while maintaining the atmosphere of a comfortable family home,” says Coutas, who designed the interiors to evoke the mood of a soulful, history-rich museum with a story to tell.
The owners’ art collection was the starting point of the project. Once Coutas and her clients had decided on the placement of their art, the designer developed her plan for furnishings around these installations while creating a setting that was conducive to parties.
“With each room, I identified what we wanted to have as the centrepiece—the most eye-catching painting or sculpture,” she says. “I then established the layout of the rooms based on the size of the artworks and positioned them where they would receive the right amount of natural light.”
As is typical of Haussmann buildings, the lofty apartment features large windows that let in plenty of sunlight. This is ideal for illuminating the art in the day, so Coutas only needed to include subtle lighting fixtures around the paintings to highlight them at night.
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