Small Living In Paris

June 20, 2015 5

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Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Most of you know that I have my pied-à-terre in Paris. Well in one way or another. Simply put: I am a frequent Paris visitor and a Paris dweller. Looking at Paris real estate has been quite a task and adventure over the past five years – I love to see what this city has to offer in this highly competitive market. And a city like Paris has it all – the terrible, small, dark, overpriced rooms. The light flooded, spacious de luxe penthouses for prices where I have to double count the zeros behind the first digit. You can quickly see the common ground of almost all Paris real estate – a daunting price point. But that depends on your personal budget, right? So if you are ready to handle hefty prices and love interior design (and Paris), there is one real estate and design company that you should have in focus: A+B Kasha.

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

A+B Kasha is the company of Alon and Betsy Kasha who share a strong design philosophy and profound love for Paris. They turn those well known ‘chambres de bonnes’ (tiny maids’ rooms usually on the top floor of Haussmannian buildings) into incredibly beautiful pied-à-terre apartments in some of the finest arrondissements of Paris. This apartment is located on Rue Servandoni in the 6th arrondissement in Paris on the top floor of a beautiful Haussmannian building overlooking the church Saint-Sulpice and offering breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. But here comes the real surprise: Can you believe this apartment has only 25 square meters!? I mean 25!! Now this is small living in full bloom, right? This is my tiny apartment minus seven square meters – wow!

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

In this example you can see the amazing talent of the entire A+B Kasha team – turning small, old maid rooms into top quality, turnkey apartments while respecting the original beauty and unique character of each property. Until now I always thought if I move I want to move in a bigger apartment – but truth be told, if I had the pocket money to buy this pied-à-terre you’d see me refute my own stances and promises!

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

I love how they heightened the beauty of the original properties of this apartment which take center stage – the insanely beautiful wooden parquet flooring (oh so Parisian), the divine moldings and the stunning views from the windows. Despite its small size, the apartment is smartly structured into a kitchen/dining area, a lounge area, a bedroom and a bathroom. The interior styling is classic and unobtrusive, equipped with top notch furnishings – it truly breathes with the chic style of Paris.

Paris apartment, small living, small Paris apartment, Paris interiors

Now after drooling over these pictures and imagining ourselves living happily ever after over the rooftops of Paris and sipping on a glass of good French red wine while gazing at the Eiffel Tower in a distance, let’s go back to reality. That is, let’s go back to reality if you haven’t got that pocket money to afford this apartment – seems like I have a return ticke to reality. Oy life, you are too cruel!

Photography by Sébastien Dondain, interior design by A+B Kasha

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  • Reply Amy @apidaecandles.de June 20, 2015 at 12:15

    Oh Igor, don’t take me back to reality! I just clicked over to the A+B website. Beautiful properties! And the 6th is my absolute favorite. I lived there for a year during my university years. Ah, dream on…

    • Reply Igor June 21, 2015 at 01:10

      Oh wow, well then it was a bit of a trip back on memory lane for you! Happy you enjoyed it! Maybe you should plan a trip to Paris soon to revive those precious memories! And I agree, the properties of A + B Kasha are amazing!

  • Reply FrenchGardenHouse June 20, 2015 at 16:34

    This is what we all dream of, a bright, light beautiful space in Paris to call our own. Thank you for sharing this little gem, the designers managed to create much more visual space, it doesn’t seem small at all. An amazing inspired use of space!

    • Reply Igor June 21, 2015 at 01:11

      I agree! I live in a slightly bigger apartment and I felt like what I see there seems bigger than my home here!! Wish I had such a gem to call my own:-)

  • Reply Eclectic Hamilton June 20, 2015 at 23:09

    Oh jaaa! Was für eine schöne Vorstellung!
    Die Wohnung ist wirklich toll. Als Wochenend-Destination einfach perfekt.
    Und dann noch mit dieser Aussicht!
    Wenn wir dann mal im Lotto gewonnen haben, leisten wir uns so ein schnuckeliges Nestchen, oder?

    Greetings & Love & a wonderful sunday
    Ines
    Blog: http://www.eclectichamilton.de
    Shop: http://www.eclectic-kleinod.de

    • Reply Igor June 21, 2015 at 01:12

      Ich fang jetzt gleich mit dem Lotto-Spielen an:-) Schönen Sonntag auch Dir!!

  • Reply Lee June 21, 2015 at 01:25

    I live in New Zealand where big is not big enough and there is so much wasted space in peoples homes. We don’t even have decent heating in winter and people tend to live in one section of their house when winter arrives because it costs so much to heat them. Since living overseas as an expat in apartments I have returned and purchased a small cottage by the sea. I am cosy in my little home, with a good layout you can make a small space feel spacious and at this moment it is winter but I am sitting in a really warm house because of my heat pump.

    I think one of the most important things in a small space is ‘LIGHT’ and keeping the walls and ceilings in a light neutral colour, maybe the odd feature wall behind a bed but light and bright makes all the difference to a small space.

    We have a great shortage of housing in Auckland and properties are ridiculously priced, however our apartments are actually quite reasonable because ‘Kiwis’ (New Zealander’s) haven’t quite accepted them for living in as they are so much smaller than the space they desire. I believe that apartment living will change in Auckland and become so much more desirable, re name them as pied-à-terre and they may sell like hot cakes!

    • Reply Igor June 22, 2015 at 00:56

      Excellent points, Lee, and so interesting to hear about dwelling habits in New Zealand! And I totally agree with you about the importance of light and bright, neutral colours for small apartments. I think they did a great job with this small Paris apartment as it does not look that small at all! And ha, made me laugh your comment about naming a property a pied-à-terre and it sells like hot cakes! Or hot croissants maybe LOL

  • Reply Tiff @ Curate & Display June 21, 2015 at 08:04

    I thought for a split second there that you were announcing a permanent move to Paris Igor-ta da! Here’s my new apartment! One can dream… 😉 x

    • Reply Igor June 22, 2015 at 00:54

      Not yet. But maybe soon:-)

  • Reply Beauty Follower June 25, 2015 at 10:40

    Δεν θα ειχα κανενα πρόβλημα να μείνω σε αυτο το ΜΙΚΡΟ (καταπληκτικο/με μοναδική θέα) διαμέρισμα στο Παρίσι 😉

    PS
    Fell in love with the shower!

    • Reply Igor June 25, 2015 at 10:45

      Hahaha oute ego!! Tha piga amesos sto Parisi!!

  • Reply susan / fleurishing June 30, 2015 at 14:02

    Oh my – I was not aware of this company, and that space – SWOON. I may be pursuing this for my next solo trip to Paris! What a gorgeous space and view.

    • Reply susan / fleurishing June 30, 2015 at 14:03

      Oh wait – silly me, it’s not for rent! 🙁

      • Reply Igor June 30, 2015 at 20:50

        I wish it was for rent, Susan!! We better start saving for our own pied-à-terre in Paris:-)

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