French Dichotomy: Paris Two Ways

We’re still knee deep in a week of home tours and today we’re going abroad again, to France. There’s something about a Parisian apartment that makes my heart flutter. They’re intricate, delicate, and versatile. Here are two abodes with similar details, but entirely different feelings.

The common ground is literally common ground – perfect little herringbone puzzles. The walls are framed with an abundance of crown molding and punctuated with gaping glass windows.

The first home is full of vintage finds and tulip chairs. An eclectic collection of artwork, furniture, and accessories is highlighted by a gorgeous chandelier for an artistic and comfortable interior. This is the home of landscape architect Gabriel Wick and partner Olivier (read more about this enviable home here).

The next home is elegant and graceful with soft monochromatic textures. Slip covers and fireplaces lend a certain romance to this Parisian haven.

Both of these interiors began with a blank canvas, a beautiful blank slate. This is aesthetic verification that interiors are made by the occupants and their style, not the canvas (but a lovely Parisian canvas never hurts).

Tomorrow we’ll look back at our favorite home tours of 2010.

Catch the rest of the New Year home tours here or enjoy our home tour archives here.

(First interior spotted on Design Sponge – images by Braden Perkins. Second interior spotted on This is Glamorous – images by Amador Toril.)