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bedroom that would be like a hotel room,”
explains Fabrice. “It is spacious.”
To enhance that feel, the walls are a stark
white, with one papered feature wall. A
walnut shelving unit is the only storage,
with all clothing and shoes in a separate
dressing room. Coupled with another
armchair found at a market and other new
and old buys, it’s not only a celebration of
the owners’ style, but also a wonderful place
to retreat to, day or night.
There’s an outlook over the interior
courtyard, and the bathroom is nearby with
two hand basins and a double shower in
grey-veined goia stone. Again, a personal
touch has been added by the owners with a
collection of plastic Japanese cartoon heroes.
With the mouldings, flue and double
doors being the only original elements
retained in this apartment renovation,
the space is testament to Fabrice’s ability
to bring in soul and personality through
colour and collectibles. And it shows how
contemporary can co-exist with a sense
of fun, plus plenty of comfort. I
The bedroom features a custom-made headboard,
Fabrice-designed sidetables, Artemide Tolomeo
wall lamps and a teak bench the owners found. A
leather chair found at a flea market has been covered
in yellow velvet. The old leather armchair has been
left as found and brings soul to the home through
its pre-loved look and feel. The Cole & Sons Woods
wallpaper is available from Wall Candy Wallpaper.
“It’s not only a celebration of the owners’
style, but a wonderful place to retreat to”
Fabrice Bejjani shares his style secrets
How did you attain such a soulful, but playful, feel?
I played with raw materials and others that are more
refined, and with shiny as well as matt fabrics, so as
to obtain interesting contrasts.
How long did it take? The project took four months
including planning and works.
What were your initial thoughts? It was devoid
of any charm, and was very poorly laid out. It was
therefore necessary to transform it into a comfortable
apartment, while conserving a few details.
Any positives about the place? The whole apartment
was bathed in natural light.
How did you maximise that? Immaculate white walls
allow the light to be caught – with the exception of
two walls which were painted silver-grey.
The brief? The idea was to keep as many independent
rooms as possible, each having a well-defined role.
Best surprise of the renovation? In the course of
dismantling, we discovered the old flue, which allowed
me to design a new fireplace.
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