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Airy Paris Apartment Is Picture-Perfect After Renovation

Where old meets new elegantly

As gorgeous and ingenious as tiny Paris pads can be, it's never not great to indulge in a classic Paris apartment that can really spread out and bask in all the space and light. Here, for example, is an early 20th-century abode in the 5th arrondissement that melds the old and new impressively over 2,700 square feet.

In a recent renovation, French architect Jean-François Faure took care to preserve original moldings and wooden floors, but still added elegant touches of modernity. In the kitchen, Faure designed a clean-lined, all-white, floating counter that looks like it evolved straight from the walls. And in the bathroom, the architect created twin Corian sinks as well as the understated solid oak and birch storage underneath.

And then there's the covetable furniture collection. The reading area, with a vintage sofa by French modernist Charlotte Perriand, and reading light by midcentury Danish designer Jo Hammerborg, is to die for.