AirBnb restyled Deux, Marseille

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Look!

Situated in the 6th arrondissement of Marseille, a coastal city in the southernmost part of France is the beautifully designed apartment of Architect Aurélie-Anne Vincent and her Husband Guillaume. Originally purchased as an investment property for their little daughter and for weekend getaways, their flat situated in the heart of Marseille has  predominantly become an AirBnb for everyone to enjoy! With stunning views of the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde from every window, charming shops, markets and restaurants a few steps away, you’ll rest comfortably in this 4th story flat and enjoy all the coastal amenities this area has to offer.

We had the opportunity to experience the apartment for ourselves and I also spent some time play re-styling and snapping some photos. With Aurélie-Anne’s great taste in style and natural eye for remodeling and design there’s not much more that could be done to an already great looking apartment!

Omitting before photos and rather using their AirBnb link instead, I’ll share some after photos below. Thanks for dropping bye and have a great day all!

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Fully equipped kitchen.

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Modern Tiles.

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Paint to help designate spaces.

Seating for 5 comfortably.

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Napped too often in Marseille.

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Touches of greenery in all the right spots.

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Open Space.

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Reading lamps and ceiling light switches on each side.

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Ample closet space.

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WC sneak peak. {trust us, its big and nice}

Hillside wild flowers.

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Vanity optional.

Heating & Towel drying wall unit.

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BYE BYE Basilica views!

To book Airbnb directly – HERE

Need an Architect Book – Aurelie-Anne Vincent @Pixel Architecture 

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Not just any ladder, my laws of attraction ladder!

I’ve said it time and time again, “I do not mind the occasional street find.” As long as that street find can be useful as a DIY project or to help demonstrate ways on styling interiors. Months later if I decide that I don’t like my freebie, no problem and no money lost. I just set those things right back on the street side for the next person to love.

For months I’ve been telling myself that I’d like a new ladder. You know, sending my verbal wishes in thoughtful motion and applying the ‘Laws of attraction’ theory. Well it happened. Last week while walking home from an errand, I decided  to cut through the apartment complex across from us and as I exited their gates a ladder lay on its side and  tucked between some particle boards against a tree.  Ahhhh! Insert heaven chimes; my new ladder! Laws of attraction does work! (I’ve been really lucky my whole life thanks to my belief.)

I don’t consider myself a rustic kind-a-gal but I am someone who is very eclectic with my styling choices. I feel ladders are a fun and unique way for decorating your space! We have a black one along our corridor for jackets and bags and a white one in the bathroom for our towels. This one is much taller and sturdier than our bamboo counterparts. Frankly I’m loving its appearance as-is and have decided to let it alone. Paint spots, nude varnish, wood chips and all. It’s so strong and sturdy; would also be perfect for someone with a mezzanine or library! This ones a keeper although if I ever become tired of it, I’ll be sure to pass it along to someone who can really use it.

I’ve shared some examples on how you can style a ladder. There’ll be more examples on my instagram in future posts.

I’m curious, how do you feel about ladders?

Serenity in our Salle de bain.

Hey guys!

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Long drooling linen creates a softer space.

When buying this apartment, we knew we’d have our work (mental planning) cut out for us in the bathroom which was full of pink tile, a dingy tub and a bidet not making practical sense for the space. With an idea in mind, we knew we wanted to keep the bathroom light and airy and most importantly free from clutter collecting cabinets.

Originally our Architect and friend, Aurelie-Anne offered some original ideas of changing the placement of the sink to rest along the long side of the room and placing a modern faucet on top of wall to wall quartz slab that I insisted on having to match the kitchen. Well as it turned out, the move for the pipes deemed very challenging and so we agreed not to change anything at all by keeping the original pedestal sink as is. You’d have to agree that it does fit perfectly along that narrow wall and by leaving it there, we didn’t have to sacrifice any open space. I’m very happy that it worked out in the way that it did because the free-standing sink rests neat and topped free from toiletries and makeup. Having a countertop can easily make a bathroom look very messy, at least for me that is and since moving in, I’ve only had a jar of soap and a wash cloth resting on it.

Originally I thought wainscotting would feel a little “too country” for my more modern-nordic taste but honestly I’ve grown to like it. Every wooden board was cut right in our living room! Can you imagine the saw dust residue left along the walls? Oh my poor collection of white rags and sore arms. Anyways, this non-prefabricated look offers a more natural look to the bathroom and I’ve even grown fond of noticing some of the sap seeping. HaHaHa.

As this building is over 100 years old, bringing in some historical touches into this space such as the vintage looking faucets in brushed brass was a good choice. Aurelie-Anne found the ones for the tub while I hunted out Amazon for the sink. She also found the gold-plated mirror by LaRedoute in France while we picked out the Acorn pendants from VITA lighting from Copenhagen. Mixing an old look with the new really helps balance out the age and original features such as the doors, their handles and our water heater radiators.

The large window was such a bonus here and I love how much light we receive in the corners of two streets. Originally I didn’t want to hang up curtains but after a few months, I had realized that for daytime baths, drawing a curtain over the window was much better than closing the shades and blocking out the natural light. I choose white linen fabric from Ikea and have kept the long length for more of a dramatic wispy-like draping on top of the octagon tiled floor. Aurelie-Anne found the Italian enamel porcelain stoneware tiles from Leroy Merlin’s and because they were out of stock of the dark anthracite, we settled on using only the eggshell and grey cement so that our move in date wouldn’t have to be postponed for an additional 2 weeks. This was another fortunate design planning set-back because I feel that by having those dark splotches of tile mixed in would of have been too harsh for this space.

I told our friend that I really wanted a “tub for two” and she was able to find us the biggest one and such a reasonable price! This one, an acrylic tub, very light weight and easy to clean was also bought from Leroy Merlin. Since there’s an absence of cabinetry, I keep all our bathroom essentials, towels and laundry in baskets thus keeping things minimal and tidy at the same time. In case you are wondering, shower essentials are tucked away behind/next to the bathtub!

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Lost nearly a foot of space due to the boards but I like it that we can rest things on top.

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Baskets help keep towels and laundry in order.

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The ever changing light makes us very happy!

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The brightest room in the apartment and great for a sun-bathing dog.

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Little frog to help mask an ugly hole.

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Not ready to cut the Acorn lighting cords and still adjusting to the unrefined look.

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The octagon tiles keeping Laffy cool.

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I painted the walls myself with color ‘gris ciment’ from Dulux.

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White make-over to the ladder which was originally bamboo.

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Laffy’s a bit too big for the sink!

Special thanks to Aurelie-Anne! If any readers from Paris would like a recommendation from her for planning or myself for styling, you know how to get in touch!

Bisous,

Jeni