Neat & Petite: Chic Storage in a Tiny Parisian Flat

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French interior designer Marianne Evennou has a knack for color. Even for those of us on the Remodelista team for whom grey feels like a bold choice, Evennou has a way of making color look effortless: pairing rusts with pale greens, layering rooms in many shades of the same hue, using vibrant blues like others would a neutral. Colors for me are like musical notestheyre all good; you just have to adjust them to make a nice melody, Evennou told Margot in our piece Home at the Office: Designer Marianne Evennous Paris Work Quarters and Pied--Terre.

As it turns out, Evennou has the same deft, magic touch when it comes to designing small spaces. Our latest favorite? A postage stamp-sized apartment in the Marais, next to Paris famed March des Enfants Rouges market. For this, Evennou was charged with creating a sophisticated but usable pied terre for a Swiss art collector couple and their kids, all in 270 square feet. It hadnt been renovated for a long, long time, Evennou says. We kept the floor in the living room, with authentic tiles from the 18th century. The rest is not very authentic. Join us as we take a look inside.

Photography by Marie-Pierre Morel, courtesy of Marianne Evennou.

Entryway in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: Visitors step into a compact but bold entryway, with dark blue walls, bronze hooks, for corralling and displaying essentials; andanother trademark of Evennousan interior window.
Main Room in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: The entryway opens onto the mainand onlyroom, painted in a sand color, Evennou says. The small space had to be multifunctional, so she settled on a long, low plywood shelf along the left side of the room that serves as storage, mini office, and stairway, and low seating area on the right.
Main Room in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: True to style, Evennou worked her color magic, balancing blues with reds and rusts, including the original terra cotta tiles. The rattan pendant lights are from Cinq toiles.
Sitting Area in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: The graphic mural behind the couch sets apart the living area. The idea, Evennou says, is instead of having a piece of art, creating a patchwork of colors with a very graphic and modern look in contrast with the story of the building. Its the meeting point between the past and the future.
Kitchen in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: Tucked under the plywood stairs at the back of the apartment is a petite galley kitchen, awash in shades of blue. (The entry is at left, through the blue door.) The mod floor tiles are by Claesson Koivisto Rune via Marrakech Design.
Kitchen in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: The well-fitted kitchen features counters that continue into a solid backsplash, making the space feel larger and more cohesive (see 16 Favorite Solid Marble Kitchen Backsplashes for more ideas). The sink is what Evennou calls a timbre doffice, the French expression for a petite, stamp-sized sink, and is from Villeroy and Bosch.
Kitchen Pegboard in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: A pegboard makes use of the small space and keeps tools, towels, and twine within easy reach. The flush-mount light bulbs are from Zangra.
Staircase Shelving in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: I needed to have an office, bookshelves, storage for the kitchen, and a staircase, Evennou says. Plywood that morphs into shelves, a staircase, and a low desk proved to be the solution. Here, under the stairs, the shelves hold glassware and wine.
Office in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: The unit continues into low bookshelves and a simple desk. The irregular oval mirrors throughout, which help to bring in light and the illusion of more space, are the Morning Mirrors from M Nuance.
Office in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: Evennou defined a tiny desk with a task light above.
Staircase Shelving in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: Note how the tabletop also acts as a step in the staircase, which itself leads to a sleeping loft.
Bedroom Loft in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: Evennou embraced the tininess of the upstairs sleeping loft, painting walls, ceiling, and beams alike in a pale green.
Bedroom Loft in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: Minimal art and furniture keeps the space open and inviting, not claustrophobic.
Bathroom in Tiny Paris Apartment by Marianne Evennou
Above: The bath, also in blue, with another whimsical mirror from M Nuance.

For more of Evennous work, see Home at the Office: Designer Marianne Evennous Paris Work Quarters and Pied--Terre, Dental Decor in Paris: Le Cabinet Dentaire de Graldine by Marianne Evennou, and A Parisian Colorist Works Her Magic.

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