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Before & After: The Renovation of Haven in Paris’ Victor Hugo Luxe Apartment

by Isabel Miller-Bottome

Victor Hugo Luxe Living room more

Salon, Julien Hausherr

Haven in Paris’ newest four-bedroom apartment, Victor Hugo Luxe (emphasis on the luxe), is found on a quiet street just minutes away from the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne. The owner and interior decorator took the HiP Paris Blog through the nine-month renovation process of this spacious, Belle Époque gem. 

Victor Hugo Luxe Kitchen and Balcony

Kitchen and Balcony, Julien Hausherr

Built in 1903, the apartment was owned by the same family for 50 years and had not been remodeled since 1970. The design team wanted to revamp the out-of-date 70s-style interior and revive its elegant, turn-of-the-century charm.

Victor Hugo Luxe Dining Table

Dining Room, Julien Hausherr

Montage Victor Hugo Luxe, Work in Progress

Hallway and Bedroom in progress, Owner

With meticulous attention to detail and quality, nearly everything was replaced and upgraded to include new plumbing, electricity, light fixtures, dark hard wood floors, high ceilings with new moldings, cornices, doors, and windows that fill the apartment with dramatic Parisian light.

Victor Huge Luxe Bedroom in Progress

Victor Hugo Luxe Bedroom

Bedroom before, Owner; Bedroom after, Julien Hausherr

Most of the rooms offer access to the wrap-around terrace that overlooks the Bois de Boulogne and the surrounding picturesque streets and rooftops. We can think of few other places in the world more lovely to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or a relaxing apéro at the end of the day.

Victor Hugo Luxe View

Balcony, Isabel Miller-Bottome

Against a backdrop of gray, lavender, and teal hues, the designer filled the rooms with art and antiques from Italy, an elite London auction house, and local Paris flea markets. The original chinoiserie panels that distinguish the dining room were preserved.

Victor Hugo Luxe TV room

Montage Victor Hugo Luxe Kitchen and Hall

Living room, Julien Hausherr; Kitchen & Hall, Isabel Miller-Bottome

Several hanging prints, along with the dressing table in the single bedroom, came from the Hôtel Lutetia – a historic hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which recently closed for renovation, and which was the romantic location where the owner-designer and her husband got engaged.

Victor Hugo Luxe Livingroom

Living Room, Julien Hausherr

While historic, the apartment is equipped with countless modern amenities: a full laundry room, a flat screen television with a play station, and a sleek and airy kitchen with a stainless steel microwave, stovetop/oven, refrigerator, wine cooler, and plenty of counter space for cooking and entertaining.

Victor Hugo Luxe Cuisine

Kitchen, Julien Hausherr

With four bedrooms, each decorated differently and each with its own bathroom, Victor Hugo Luxe is truly the luxurious and spacious Parisian respite of dreams.

The Renovation of Haven in Paris Victor Hugo Luxe Flat, Before

Victor Hugo Luxe Bathroom

Victor Hugo Luxe Living Room

Bathroom in progress, Owner; Bathroom, Julien Hausherr; Living Room, Isabel Miller-Bottome

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Written by Isabel Miller-Bottome for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Isabel Miller-Bottome

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Isabel moved to Paris after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. Her poetry and articles have been published by The Catalyst, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Spectrum Literary Journal, The Daily Nexus, The Culture Trip, and the HiP Paris Blog. View Isabel Miller-Bottome's Website

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