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For many years, the owner of this apartment has scoured flea markets, antique fairs and brocantes throughout France for decorative and architectural elements. Many found a home in this apartment that he restored himself with the help of a team of skilled professionals: 18th century interior oak shutters and oeil de boeuf oval windows, and details such as doorknobs, hooks, latches, etc. The pièce de résistance is a large Renaissance shell carved from a single block of oak.

While working these authentic antique elements into the restoration, the owner's priority remained preserving and enhancing existing features of this original late 18th century apartment. Fortunately, the original windows with their unique crémone closing mechanisms were still intact. The owner meticulously stripped off centuries of paint to reveal the metal mechanisms and the solid oak window frames underneath.

This same respect for history and attention to detail is apparent throughout this one bedroom apartment. In keeping with the 'Old World' feel of the apartment, modern day amenities are worked into the decor as harmoniously as the antique elements, hidden behind oak shutters, for instance. The sofa, too, pulls out from the woodwork to provide an additional bed for guests. The end result is a aesthetically pleasing, highly functional environment, reflecting France herself.


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