A Sunny Ikea Kitchen in the Marais


Via Remodelista

Lately we’ve been admiring the Instagram feed of Parisian stylist/blogger Lucille Gauthier-Braud. We’re particularly fascinated by her eat-in-kitchen, which, though located in the Marais, looks straight out of the French countryside. Three years ago, Lucille and her husband, Charles overhauled their apartment, knocking down walls to allow for a large open space for cooking and gathering. The addition of a verriére, a skylight, adds lots of natural light. Here are the design elements to create your own Parisian kitchen au naturel.

Photography by Lucille Gauthier-Braud.

Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen
Above: The couple installed an Ikea Grytnäs kitchen—counters, cabinets, and a sink—and personalized it. A stainless steel plate rack and Smeg gas range with a stainless backsplash add an industrial element to the warm space. Lucille made the pendant lamps herself.
Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen
Above: The Ikea sink and birch countertop are fronted by a large window. The counter soaps are from Aesop.
Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen
Above: The sideboard is an antique from Nantes, and the vintage Italian lamp on it is by Guzzini. About the fridge-side assemblage, Lucille says: “I collect brushes and brooms everywhere I go; I buy one in every country I visit.”
Lucille Gauthier-Braud Kitchen
Above: An old harvest table is paired with vintage white Fanett Dining Chairs by Finnish architect Ilmari Tapiovaara.

Key Elements

IKEA Sektion Base Cabinet
Above: The couple installed Ikea’s Grytnäs kitchen cabinets, which are no longer available. For a similar look, consider Ikea’s new Sektion kitchen cabinets in Grimslöv off-white. The Grimslöv Off-White Cabinet with Two Doors and Two Drawers (shown) is $244.