After an exciting renovation and gorgeous interior design, we’re thrilled to draw back the curtain and reveal the beautiful new Armagnac apartment. This remarkable property is the latest in our Paris Perfect Shared Fractional Co-Ownership Program that offers you the chance to own a deeded share in a Paris apartment for 4 weeks per year with our excellent management and care. That means a worry-free way to live the Parisian dream! This program is so popular that the Armagnac sold out quickly – before the final reveal was even complete. But, don’t worry, we have more exciting fractional apartments in the works. Contact our team here to join our early bird list to be the first to hear about our upcoming fractional apartments for sale.
The renovation of the one bedroom Armagnac apartment was a whirlwind of unexpected finds and antique treasure hunts, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Whether you’re looking to buy an apartment in Paris, simply love a good renovation before and after, or are looking to add a touch of Parisian style to your home, you’ll love the stunning before and after transformation of Armagnac!
A Dream Location & Eiffel Tower View
The Armagnac is one of those rare property finds in Paris that has a prime position in a corner building on rue Saint-Dominique overlooking leafy tree-lined boulevards from its 6th floor (7th North American) setting. The historic building is full of charm inside and out but has the modern convenience of an elevator – a must! The most spectacular feature, however, is the unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower from large windows in the living room, dining area, kitchen and bedroom. This one bedroom apartment is full of light from all the windows, and you'll find yourself simply staring at the awe-inspiring view at every opportunity.
With such a prime location, our mission was to transform this property into the dream Paris apartment we knew it could be. Yet, it wasn't an easy task to fully update the space since it hadn't been touched since 1960. Along the way we discovered several very old oak beams that we highlight in the new design as well as a covered and completely forgotten window. Yes – another window with that Eiffel Tower view! In addition to designing the space to take advantage of those unforgettable views, we also maximized it for comfort with central air conditioning and top quality finishes throughout. Let's take a closer look room by room at how we transformed the Armagnac into a gorgeous new Parisian home.
Living Room – A Front Row Seat View of the Eiffel Tower
The living room was quite bare bones when we first viewed the space. It was a large and light-filled room that just begged for a decor that set the scene for admiring the direct view of the Eiffel Tower from the two large windows. Here's where the fabulous Ann Huff, the talented interior designer from Huff Harrington who has been behind our other fractional properties, came in and worked her magic. Her signature design of contemporary comfort and antiques is the perfect touch to create welcoming living spaces with a distinctive Parisian style.
The first order of business was to create an inviting space to settle in and savor that Eiffel Tower view. Opting for light colored furniture keeps the overall sense of space and brightness of the room. The sofa is flanked by two comfy armchairs and a spectacular antique gold framed mirror both centers the room and also reflects the light and views. For added convenience, the high-quality sofa has a trundle that converts into two comfortable single beds for extra sleeping space.
Whether you're curled up on the sofa reading a good book, chatting with friends or watching the twinkling lights dance across the Eiffel Tower after dark, the living room at Armagnac has been decorated to enhance that perfect view. The artwork is subtle yet just the right touch for setting the scene. Above the decorative fireplace mantle you'll spot a framed vintage Hermès scarf celebrating Louis XIV, with ornate gold designs and the sun symbol for the “Sun King” in the center top. It’s from the original first issue in the 1960s, which was so popular it was recently remade. The shades of blue, gold and beige helped inspire the colors of the room that are picked up again in the elegant chandelier, antique frames and distinctive wall sconces above the sofa.
Of course, you'll also find a large flat screen TV mounted to the living room wall, which is perfect for relaxing entertainment at home. That is, if you manage to pull your eyes away from the Eiffel Tower!
Dining Room – Uncovering the Past
The dining room at the Armagnac revealed the most surprises during the renovation. Thankfully, they were the good sort of surprises, which are always a plus when remodeling! Here we chose to alter the original floor plan slightly to open up a new entry to the adjacent living room and to move the entrance to the bathroom to a more convenient location. There was also a mystery to uncover. From the exterior of the building we had noticed there was a window with its shutters closed tight. Investigating further revealed that it was a window that had been closed a long time ago in the dining room area just to the left of those old wooden beams. Can you believe it? A window with that Eiffel Tower view being closed off!
What a find! We could hardly believe that this apartment that already had four windows with a straight on view of the Eiffel Tower now had FIVE! Just imagine dining here with the Eiffel Tower lit up after dark as your view. The dining area features a lovely chandelier above a modern round table with a simple style that doesn't take away from the historic touches in the room like the wooden beams on the wall.
By opening up the space between the dining area and kitchen we were able to create a convenient and highly functional space for cooking and enjoying meals at home. But first, there was a lot of work to do in the kitchen.
Kitchen – A Complete Overhaul
If a picture is worth a thousand words, that photo of the old kitchen at Armagnac says everything that needs to be said about how much the kitchen needed a complete remodel. The space was gutted and a beautiful new kitchen was designed with marble backsplash and counters and sleek white cabinets with gold handles. Storage was maximized on all sides and the kitchen features all the modern conveniences for cooking at home.
To create a bit more space around the oven and stove top, we moved the sink to below the window in the kitchen. Which, yes you guessed it, has that same dreamy Eiffel Tower view! Now that adds a whole different meaning to doing the dishes, doesn't it?
Bedroom – From Dreary to Parisian Chic
Although the bedroom at the Armagnac boasts a great view of the Eiffel Tower to the right, the rest of the room needed a complete redesign, too. The built-in shelves around the window closed off the space so we removed those and replaced the existing wardrobes with new custom made ones that flank the bed with shelving over the top to maximize storage space.
The antique gold framed mirror and sconces as well as the chandelier add a classic Parisian feel that blends so well with the delicate floral motif on the wallpaper behind the bed and the muted colors of the silk curtains. While every room in the Armagnac was completely renovated, the before and after of the bedroom was so very satisfying to see happen. This apartment is such a gem and now it shimmers just as it should!
Before the renovation the Armagnac had a bathroom with shower and sink and a separate half bath with toilet. While the layout was convenient with windows in both rooms, the spaces here needed to be fully gutted for a complete makeover as well. A bright marble tile was selected to fill the space with light and gold accents add a touch of glam. The walk in shower includes a rainwater shower head and double sinks were added in the new design.
The half bath was completely remodeled with subway tiles and a subtle animal print wallpaper. Built in storage creates a less cluttered design and the addition of a sink with more storage below was a must.
The bathroom also includes a Bosch washing machine and a separate dryer, which is a rare feature for a Paris apartment. This is one of those design elements that while little is a major convenience while living in Paris, so we consider it a priority to include whenever possible.
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If you can imagine yourself at home in a Paris apartment like Armagnac, you'll want to know more about our Paris Perfect Shared Fractional Co-Ownership Program. This allows you to step right into a beautifully finished and maintained apartment so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your home in Paris. No hassles with remodeling, decorating or upkeep – simply enjoy your time in Paris each year! While the shares of Armagnac have already sold in advance, we're currently working on the finishing touches of more fractional apartments for sale. Contact our team to find out more details about Paris Perfect Shared and sign up to be the first to hear about new properties for sale!