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Considering the owner of this
Parisian home was born in
Leningrad, raised in Israel and lived
her adult life in New York before
moving to the French capital, guessing what
designer Liana Yaroslavsky's home would
look like was near impossible.
After experiencing the interior, we are
sure even her closest friends couldn't have
dreamed up the layers of textures, colours
and genres, plus moments of quirk, that have
evolved over a 10-year period.
However, as much as the interior is a series
of surprises, the overall effect is a mesmerising
blend of history and contemporary chic that
captures the imagination.
"It is a sum of objects that inspire me, and
which I love. Decoration is a journey and sort
of like conducting an orchestra, all different
objects and elements to sort out and bring to
an order," says Liana, who lives here with her
husband, two teenage children and a pet
chinchilla (a rodent often used for fur coats).
e family had visited 55 homes before
seeing this 1890-built house, hidden in an
alley only 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower.
e attraction was instant. "It was a sum of
very small rooms and 120sqm smaller (than
it is now), but it had great potential," she says.
is was to be the family's first bought
home, so Liana invested time in sorting its
structure, look and feel. " is is our house, a
family house. e most important thing was
to have the house resemble us: the way we
live, communicate, eat, wake up and get
dressed," she says.
So, they knocked down walls, added
rooms and completely refigured the flow of
"It is a sum of objects that inspire me... Decoration is a journey... like conducting an
orchestra, all different objects and elements to sort out and bring to an order."
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