An Interior Designer in Paris can be an invaluable asset when tackling a renovation project.
In the second and final part of our renovation blog, we spoke to Ramita Philip, an experienced Interior Designer of properties in the city.
A true Parisian
Ramita Philip was born in Iran and has lived in France for almost thirty years. After all this time she feels “like a true Parisian.”
She says, “I love the beauty of this city, its architecture and the Parisian way of life.” Her work reflects this passion, and her clients vary from private homeowners to high-end stores and boutiques.
Bringing out the beauty
One of Ramita’s latest projects is an apartment on the Rue de Lille in the 7th arrondissement (district).
“The property is from a lovely period in the 18th century. It also has a prime location in the heart of the antique dealers’ quarter.”
Was there anything in particular that attracted her to this project? “I like to bring out the original beauty of a space that hasn’t been touched in many years. That’s a big attraction. And with this apartment, the owner fully entrusted me with the renovation, and gave me carte blanche.”
Challenges for an Interior Designer in Paris
“My challenge as a decorator was to optimize the space, particularly below the mansard roof, and to fully take advantage of the triple exposure and numerous windows. The finished product, with its fireplace and two balconies, is a complete transformation from the condition we found it in.”
Were there any other challenges that appeared along the way? Ramita nods, “We also had to install central air conditioning in a relatively small apartment. To do this, we created drop ceilings, which worked perfectly.
“Also, the floors were in such poor condition that they could not be restored. So we installed new hardwood and tile flooring throughout. We used 8″ floorboards in order to create greater volume visually. Then wood panelling and paint to create the illusion of symmetrical walls beneath the mansard portion of the apartment.”
Dealing with neighbors
Were there any surprises, pleasant or otherwise? “Yes! The running joke among my team was the neighbor, who complained every single day about the works. This is unfortunately something that can happen despite the workers’ best intention to avoid it.
“Before starting the renovation process, I recommend knocking on neighbors’ doors and preparing them. A smiling face, telling them about the works to be done and the approximate timeline help manage their expectations and diminish their frustration.”