Above, from left: Desk and Chair, Marc Berthier; Applique À Volet Pivotant Wall Lamps by Charlotte Perriand, Nemo Lighting. Dome Shade by Ferm Living, Burke Decor; Sleepi Crib, Stokke.
Bed Frame, La Redoute; Landart Rug, Mapoesie; Tam Tam Stool, Habitat; Vintage Desk; Chair by Ilmari Tapiovaara, 1stDibs; Prints, Mogensen Lopez.
Twist Wallpaper, Dedar; Custom Bed Frame, Julia Rouzaud; Throw Blanket, Bensimon.
Color takes on an extrapersonal meaning in Manon’s and Léon’s bedrooms, where Rouzaud painted various blocks and stripes on the walls herself. “It’s therapy,” she says of the DIY. “Color combining is a real passion of mine.” Léon’s sunny yellow tubular desk (a Marc Berthier original she scored at an auction) plays nicely with his predominantly primary palette, while in Jacques’s nursery (he’s since graduated to a toddler bed), the scene is much more subdued.
Rouzaud, departing from her go to graphic shapes and rainbow brights, cultivated a sense of calm with celadon. “The atmosphere is very sweet,” she notes. She channeled her icons Le Corbusier and Gio Ponti and custom designed a headboard with adjoining nightstands and peg-like legs for the main bedroom (she handed the sketch off to her carpenter, who turned the piece into reality).
Likewise, two tone paneling around the tub and vanity in the couple’s bathroom is meant to make the boxy structures look like furniture. Splurge worthy geometric floor tiles by India Mahdavi help the room feel fresh and vibrant. Now you barely notice that Rouzaud stuck with the perfectly functional white sink (another feature left over from the ’90s). Even with a crystal clear direction, there’s always the unexpected. Shortly after moving in, the family uncovered a safe hidden behind the library shelves and a door in the laundry area leading to what was once a panic room during World War II—now a great hide and seek spot. “It’s not huge (not like in the movies), but we can move around in there,” says Rouzaud. True to the rest of the home, there's elbow room to spare.
Magic Carpets: Swathing the kids’ bedrooms in wall-to-wall carpeting was a practical decision, providing a plush surface for little toes. The key to pulling off the sometimes dated element: Opt for jewel tones.
Chanpen Diamond Shade Pendant Lamp by Forestier, 2modern; Floor Tiles, India Mahdavi
Chanpen Diamond Shade Pendant Lamp by Forestier, 2modern; Floor Tiles, India Mahdavi; Twist Wallpaper, Dedar; Custom Bed Frame, Julia Rouzaud; Throw Blanket, Bensimon.