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The Power of Pastels: A Color-Blocked Family Loft in France

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by Christine Chang Hanway last modified Apr 22, 2015

We’ve been big fans of French designer Caroline Gomez since 2009, when she launched her first collection of home furnishings and accessories. Light of touch with practical purpose, the designs are first prototyped in Gomez’s studio in Bordeaux, France, before being sent out for manufacturing by French craftsmen. Partial to keeping things close to home, Gomez invited us into the live/work home and studio that she shares with her husband and young daughter, where her specialist training as a colorist is soon evident.  Photography by Julien Fernandez via Style Me Pretty .  Above: Gomez's house and studio are in a former jukebox repair shop built in the 1930s. In the open, all-white main space, she uses color to define the living, dining, and work areas. Above: By introducing a wall of windows as well as skylights and internal glass partitions, Gomez filled the house with daylight and integrated her urban courtyard into the main space. Her furnishings are a mix of her own designs and midcentury Scandinavian pieces. Above: Defined by a yellow wall, the dining area sits outside the kitchen, which is sectioned off by a partial glass partition. The dining table is surrounded by an assortment of midcentury greatest hits: two  Panton Chairs  by Verner Panton, the Series 7 Side Chair by Arne Jacobsen, and the  Eames Molded Plastic Side Chair . Above: Gomez includes a block of color in the kitchen with a pink under-the-counter   Smeg dishwasher . Note the carefully chosen pastel accessories. Above: A painted rectangle of mint green demarcates the living room, while a light blue patch calls out Gomez's studio beyond. Above: An Eames RAR–style rocker in mint green sits in front of a pale gray wall.  Above: A closer look at the mint green that quietly defines the living area. The standing wood lamp is Gomez's  La Baladeuse  design. Above: Gomez painted her studio a light blue that crosses a corner and extends two-thirds of the way up the walls. Above: The color specialist finds inspiration in fabric samples and organizes her books on the top of the bookcase by hue. Above: In the master bedroom, Gomez plays with blocks of color. La Torche , another of her lamp designs, sits on bedside wooden drawers painted pink and gray to match the walls.  Above: By turning the corner with the block of gray paint, Gomez alludes to a headboard. Above: In the family room area, Gomez painted a band of gray to wainscot height to ground the daybed and midcentury credenza. She used her own  Linge Longue shelves to form a corner display of cards, drawings, and photographs. Above: Gomez introduced a painted blue-green backdrop to the wooden desk outside her daughter's bedroom.  Above: Canvas curtains hide storage while an assortment of paper lanterns create understated whimsy in the daughter's bedroom. See 5 Favorites: Paper Lantern DIY's for more ideas. Above: A pink Pigeon Light by Ed Carpenter hovers over an assortment of floral and geometric-patterned cushions.   Above: An unexpected combination of mint green and black tiles brings an otherwise plain bathroom to life. Above: Gomez outlined the pale blue entry in bright yellow, and paneled a wall with a sheet of galvanized metal to protect against wear and tear. Above: Gomez and her young daughter, outside their Bordeaux abode. To see more of Gomez's furnishings and accessories, have a look at  Display-Worthy Wood Cutting Boards  and  Lean-to Shelving and Storage . Her website and online shop are at  Studio Caroline Gomez .  Intrigued by Gomez's use of pink and want to give it a try? See color specialist Eve Aschcraft's post about  Ways to Introduce Pink . This post is an update. It originally ran on November 19, 2014, as part of our All in the Family issue. More Stories from Remodelista The Bohemian Life: Designer Lauren Soloff at Home in LA Prefab for Two: A 290-Square-Foot House for $24,000 Architect Visit: Open-Air Living in Australia






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