AT HOME WITH AUDE, ANTONIO & JULES

A blend of vintage and contemporary touches in the heart of Geneva

AT HOME WITH AUDE, ANTONIO & JULES
07/10/2016 Véronique Le Fort

Aude and Antonio invite us to discover their interior. Based in the centre of Geneva, they are just two minutes away from the hospital where their new baby Jules was born a few months ago. Their flat is a harmonious mix of cultures and styles. Some of the furniture has been handed down through the generations and are nicely blended with more contemporary pieces. The flat projects a colour palette of neutral tones and the lighter colours help with the sense of the space and light. Above all, they furnished their interior with objects that evoke great memories and moments to them, each piece having its own unique story. The result is a soft atmosphere with personality modelled on this Italo-Swiss couple that loves flea markets and DYI.

What did you like the most when you first visited this flat?

Aude

I loved the light. I also really liked having a big room split in two for the living room and the dining room. Of course the mouldings and parquet bring a lot of charm too. The flat setup is great because there is no loss of space.

Antonio

I loved the dimensions. There is space to breathe.

What did you want to do in terms of decoration?

Aude

There is no particular style in the flat. It is all about heart-stopping objects and furniture pieces that have a story. I wanted to simplify as much as possible so there is not too many things on the walls either, and no dust-catching things everywhere!

Antonio

I wanted to mix styles. We have old wooden pieces of furniture that Aude doesn’t like but that marry up very well with other colours and styles to bring the interior to life.

Where does your furniture come from?

Aude

We reclaimed some pieces from my parents’ place. They used the coffee table that we have in the living room in the 80’s and 90’s but then redecorated their flat and put the table in the cellar. Like everybody we find pieces at Ikea, Fly or Maisons du Monde. Paris is a great place to find furniture and we go there regularly. The letters on the wall are from Saint-Ouen flea market and the kitchen chairs are form another flea market in rue de Bretagne.

Antonio

We also found great pieces at the Puces du Design in Morges. The plant holder in the dining room and Aude’s bedside lamp are from there. Geneva’s Plainpalais flea market in a good spot where I found my bedside lamp. Fleux in Paris is also a great address.

Where did you get started with decorating the flat?

Aude

We had most of the big furniture pieces when we moved in so we really took our time to choose remaining objects and got only pieces that we both loved.

Antonio

We started with the pendant lights and our first crush was on the Medusa light that we have in the living room. Then my highlight was the beautiful chandelier in the hall that comes from Aude’s grandparents. Eventually we finalised the decoration with smaller objects.

What is your favourite object?

Antonio

I love the bookshelf in the living room. Though my favourite piece is the coffee table because it is almost invisible and yet the design is wonderful.

Aude

The trunks that my grandfather used for traveling. They went everywhere with him and spent lots of time in Egypt where he used to work.

How did you prepare for the arrival of Jules?

Antonio

It has been a big political debate! Jules’s bedroom was a dressing room previously. I was quite happy to free up the space early and move our things to the cellar. It has been quite a big reorganisation.

Aude

I had to get rid of my dressing and get all my things in the cellar so yes it was a little shock at the beginning!

How did you choose the furniture and accessories for his bedroom?

Aude

We already had the Acapulco chair and we wanted to add some colour. We had some cushions made with fabrics that my sister brought us back from Bangui in Central African Republic. We reclaimed a trunk that we sanded and painted a chest of drawer that we had in white to use it as a baby-changing table. We actually only bought a bed and a shelf. Like for the rest of the flat, we wanted to gather objects from our traveling and other memories coming from Antonio and my sides.

Do you have different tastes?

 Aude

Antonio loves massive and dark furniture that take lots of space! Whereas I prefer lighter things.

Antonio

It’s true! Fortunately we always find a compromise and find things that we both like. We discuss a lot! We did lots of research to find the pending light from the living room. We didn’t find what we really wanted so we bought the lamp in black and painted it in white.

Do you do a lot of DYI? It seems to me that you paint and sand furniture on a regular basis!

Aude & Antonio

Yes we love it!

Aude

We painted some of the pieces that we reclaimed from parents’ place to give them a bit of a different style. For instance the small turquoise console with the marble top that we have in the living room was dark brown originally.

What object would you love to add to your interior?

Aude

The Pipistrello light in copper and big format

Antonio

I very much like the Lean Man console from Heidi & James. The Arco light from Flos is gorgeous. And it is true that two Pipistrello wouldn’t look bad on our bedside tables.

What is your little weakness?

Aude

Rings and bracelets!

Antonio

Watches and whiskies!

Can you share some of your best addresses?

Aude & Antonio

The Kiosquito 46 in Riccione to eat some Piada. It is a dish from Antonio’s region and it’s simply amazing!

The Café Charlot, Fleux and Saint-Ouen flea market in Paris

La Marlenaz in Verbier for delicious fondues and raclettes

The atmosphere of Bains des Pâquis and Café Jules Verne in Geneva. And of course  La Clémence and Lipp for local institutions!