All the Best Apartments are Parisian

Every time I come across an audible gasp-inducing apartment, it’s in Paris. Je ne sais pas what it is about Parisian apartments but they are simply the best. Actually I do know what it is, and I’m on a mission to make it happen in my own Austin home. Here’s why I think all the best apartments are Parisian:

  1. The mix of really old and really modern

    It sounds cliche, the mix of old and new, but I’m talking about a mix of legitimate antiques and super modern. It’s kind of like a wedding recipe – something old, something new, something borrowed (from your grandma) and something blue (preferably Yves Klein blue).

  2. Weird chairs

    All Parisian apartments have some weird seating in them, like the kind that might not be comfortable or even possible to sit in. That’s ok, these chairs are not for sitting, think of them as a sculpture.

  3. Books

    Art books, photography books, coffee table books, color coded books. Make sure you have an impressive book collection (if you don’t have one, you can buy them by the color on Etsy). Bonus points if you stack them as a side table and put a luxury bag on top, Coveteur-styles.

  4. A gold mirror

    Every Parisian apartment (on the internet) has a beautiful mantel, and on top of that mantel is a gold brocade mirror. I’ve been scouring antique malls for the perfect gold mirror, more on that to come. Gold mirrors also look really good next to modern art, and Yves Klein blue.

  5. Sculptures

    If you go back far enough in history, really old sculptures and art actually look modern.



Yes, a lot of these things can be expensive – but not all of them. You can easily paint some circles and triangles on blank canvases et voila – modern art.

If you comb through your local antique mall I promise you can find weird chairs, sculptures, books, and art. Basically all of the things above. You just have to be patient and sometimes you can even bargain. My favorite antique mall in Austin is the Austin Antique Mall, it’s next to an 80’s style skate rink and I always feel like I’m in a time warp there.

It can be done, you just have to be focused and patient. If you don’t have either of those things, you can pay full price and find all of these things on the internet, here you go!

Sources: photos by Garance Dore, lamp Overstock, painting by Fong Min Liao, leather chair Wayfair, bud vases Elizabeth Charles, gold mirror Anthropologie, Fang mask (from Gabon) TRNK, yellow shape print Anna Ullman, red stool AllModern, Antoni sculpture (from Indonesia) Etsy, wall cube TRNK, books Etsy

Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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  1. It’s funny you say that: I’ve had a few friends visit (one even moved!) to Paris recently, and whenever they show me pictures of their AirBNB or apartment, I literally gasp. They’re also so light-filled and beautiful! Your assessment of what makes them so beautiful is really spot on. The only other thing I’d add is the windows; Parisian apartments tend to have really big french doors (hah!), juliette balconies, bay windows etc. Having now lived in London for the past 7 1/2 years, it always feels like London flats look like sad versions of Parisian apartments, haha!

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.