Tuesday, May 26, 2015
An Easy-to-Appreciate Home
The day after a holiday weekend is never a good time to deal with anything challenging, so today, I thought we would ease into the work week with a Paris home that requires little effort to appreciate. The apartment you see here, which was built around 1790 and is located on the place du Palais-Bourbon, belonged (and, perhaps, still belongs) to Didier and Barbara Wirth. Through the years, the homes of the Wirths have been published frequently, including their noted house in Normandy, Chateau de Brécy. Barbara Wirth also authored one of my very favorite books on table settings, The Elegant Table, so perhaps it's not surprising that I very much admire her sense of style. In fact, if you were to search my blog archives, you would find a number of Wirth-related posts.
When it came to decorating her Paris apartment, Barbara Wirth worked with her frequent design collaborator, Christian Badin, who also happens to be her cousin. (Both cousins were associated with David Hicks' Paris design shop.) Wirth has an obvious penchant for beautiful things, and yet, there is nothing remotely precious about this apartment. Here, dressy furnishings are tempered by the unobtrusive, like rush matting and casual furniture arrangements. It's the home's easy sensibility that I find so appealing, although I suspect that the sight of the Wirths' inviting library might have influenced me as well. I could easily have spent my Memorial Day weekend in just such a room.
All photos from House Beautiful, January 1995, Antoine Bootz photographer.