Because there’s no place like home, I decided to showcase a Parisian style abode while traveling abroad. Our friend Mark, graciously hosted us in his breathtaking apartment in the trendy 10th arrondissement of Paris’ Rive Droite. The sprawling two bedroom, two bathroom residence occupies 1500 square feet of a corner Haussmannian apartment building and overlooks a scenic parisian intersection just steps from Place de la République. With a healthy balance of modern appliances and traditional furnishings, this is today’s rendition of the classic Parisian home.
The style of architecture that currently dominates central Paris was pioneered by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, a member of the French Senate (1857 – 1870) commissioned by Napoleon III to oversee a modernization of the city.
Haussmann’s renovation of Paris included the demolition of overcrowded medieval neighborhoods to be replaced by updated buildings situated on large boulevards, new parks and an improved sewer system. The multi billion franc project was met with much opposition due to cost but was ultimately embraced by critics who would later come to appreciate his work. Haussmann’s plans also inspired architecture in cities including Rome, Vienna, Barcelona, Chicago and New York City.