Houzz Tour: A City Flat is Cleverly Personalised for its Owners
A newly retired couple asked a designer to showcase their art and furniture and shape the space to suit their lifestyle
Who lives here? A couple in their sixties
Location In the 6th arrondissement of Lyon, France
Property A flat on the fifth floor of a 1950s building
Size Three bedrooms and two bathrooms; 100 sq m
Project duration Six months
Completion date September 2020
Budget €90,000, including around €50,000 for the work and €40,000 for custom-made furniture (storage, kitchen, glass wall)
Designer Emmanuelle Houel of Renow
Photos by Renow
It was already in fairly good condition, but after living here for a few months, the owners had some quibbles with the layout. “The original flat had a classic layout. It was highly partitioned with a very dark central core which led to the bedrooms. The living room, which was half swallowed by the dining room, seemed too narrow to them, and the kitchen was small and too far away,” Emmanuelle says.
It was important to them to have lots of light, as well as a bedroom and a bathroom each. They also wanted a larger, warm and welcoming living space and an office that could double as a spare room for guests. They already had clear preferences in terms of furniture, artwork and colours, and understandably wanted to highlight them.
Walls painted in Oval Room Blue, Farrow & Ball.
“My clients trusted me,” Emmanuelle says. She was able to make them understand that the transition to a white and wood kitchen would be more in keeping with the general feel of the flat. This also meant she was able to keep the costs down, as she’s also a kitchen designer, so she purchased directly from Italian brand Record Cucine.
“The owners’ paintings – especially the one hanging behind the sofa – helped me compose the colour palette,” she adds.
A pocket door – also glazed, to let light through – leads to the sleeping area.
No wonder they left such a complimentary review. “We asked Emmanuelle to renovate our flat. Despite the challenges of the first lockdown, she carried out the project she had developed for us, which emphasised the brightness of the space and has made it very pleasant to live in. She highlighted our paintings and favourite objects. We are fully satisfied with the result and have no regrets about having placed our full trust in her.”
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