When Célia Bernard and her husband Jean-Marie Castille discovered this two-bedroom Parisian residence instantly on the Proper Financial institution of the Seine, they have been certain about one factor: they didn’t need to paint it white. As a substitute, they opted for a khaki within the entry corridor and darkish chocolate brown doorways. In addition they painted the lounge in a deep yellow that she refers to as “curry”.
Color may be very a lot on the coronary heart of the ebullient Bernard’s newest skilled enterprise. After 22 years working as a dealer in finance, she arrange a trend model, Love and Let Dye, together with her buddy, Marine Vignes, who’s finest recognized in France as a TV climate presenter. The concept got here to them throughout a visit to Bali in 2020, the place they determined to have some garments made for themselves. “We employed a scooter and went down little alleyways looking for a tailor and for ladies who labored with the tie-and-dye approach,” remembers Bernard. “For me, it’s like Proust’s madeleine. Tie-and-dye takes me again to my youth after I bought denims on Venice Seaside in Los Angeles.”
The official launch happened on the top of the pandemic in Might 2020 and their assortment of leggings, kaftans, free shirts and clothes proved an prompt success. They bought out inside a fortnight and the label now has a community of practically 60 salespoints, from Paris to Lisbon and Tel Aviv to Amsterdam.
In between finance and trend, Bernard dabbled in actual property for a number of years, largely searching down homes and residences for buddies and acquaintances. She initially went to go to this one in that capability, however fell so in love with it that she and Castille, the top of a medical start-up, determined to purchase it.
Situated in a Nineteen Thirties constructing, the residence provides spectacular views of a few of Paris’s most well-known monuments. The Eiffel Tower is simply throughout the river, barely to the left, and if Bernard steps out on to the balcony, she will see all the way in which to Montmartre and the Sacré Cœur. “We actually fell for the truth that it’s instantly on the Seine,” she says. “It’s so restful to have the water flowing beneath you.”
It took eight months to rework the inside, which had previously consisted of a bunch of small rooms. “I needed all the pieces to be open so you possibly can flow into,” says Bernard. “It’s kind of like a circle.” The guts of the brand new format is the expansive open kitchen with its granite island, which may seat as much as 12 for dinner.
Ask Bernard about her aesthetic relating to decor and he or she’s at pains to pinpoint a selected type. She is drawn to Artwork Deco, however greater than anything she strove to create “a comfy and kind of coherent” inside. Within the job, she was helped not simply by her husband but additionally her mother-in-law, Geneviève Jabouille, proprietor of the well-known Left Financial institution restaurant La Méditerranée, reverse the Théâtre de l’Odéon.
On the cabinets within the kitchen are the primary objects the couple purchased collectively: two drawings by First World Warfare troopers, which they present in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in 1993. There are additionally vases from the Paris flea market, in addition to a pair of wood wall lights designed by the Lengthy Island-based agency, Allied Maker. A current buy is a pair of candleholders from inside design retailer the Compagnie de l’Orient et de la Chine.
The residence was a chance for Bernard to indulge her love of wallpapers. “I spent hours on the lookout for the fitting ones,” she says. “I like the way in which they provide partitions a little bit of depth and discover they cheer up an area.” Different enjoyable objects embody a Mathieu Challières birdcage ceiling mild within the visitor room, a vibrant toaster harking back to Russian matryoshka dolls, and a desk soccer desk within the entry corridor.
The latter was one thing Bernard completely needed to combine. “My husband gave it to my son when he was 12 and we didn’t have area for it in our former flat. So, it was saved away in a storage,” she says. “I used to be intent on discovering a spot for it right here.” Given the success of her new trend model, she is presently so busy that she doesn’t have a lot time to play. “Nonetheless,” she provides, “after we do have dinner events, it instantly creates a playful temper.”