Amélie Étasse, the actress of the successful series "Scenes of households" on M6 showed us her Paris apartment in the seventeenth arrondissement where she has lived for eight years. Interview of a bobo-chic.
It is on the occasion of the release in October 2016, of his book The art of the well-being in your heart (and everywhere else), co-written with Clément Vallos, his accomplice of the web-series La Loove diffused on web 4, that the editorial interviewed Amélie Étasse in her apartment of Batignolles. Even if she admits to being a do-it-yourself, the actress could talk about deco for hours. Especially since at the time of our interview, Amelie was going to transform everything to "virilize" her home sweet home, make it less "fiifille"! In the program of his "makeover": to empty and start painting work. Private tour just before the metamorphosis!
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How did you choose this apartment?
Amélie Strangles: I like to take rotten places and turn them into nuggets! Eight years ago, I had the family opportunity to recover this apartment. It had become an empty storage room for years: a horror! It had two assets: be located on the top floor of a Haussmann building on the roofs of Paris and the heart of Batignolles, a neighborhood that moves! I knocked down the partitions and reviewed the layout with the help of my mother.
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Amélie Strangles: The living room with the open kitchen. And the place where I love to settle is the bar: it's where I work with my computer listening to music ... on a turntable! I am a boogie who assumes!
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Amélie Strangles: At home, it feels like a trailer with a feminine atmosphere. There is a good mix of odds and ends, just like the way I dress. At the beginning of my installation, I did not have a big budget and I went to Ikea but it soon displeased me to have the apartment of everyone. I gradually replaced the basic furniture with antique pieces, making garage sales.
I have an armchair that I found at Emmaus; a table bought in a shop specializing in retro and vintage furniture; a lot of seats - I have a passion for sitting - lots of cushions and plaids ... and in the middle of all this, an unlikely, very kitsch jukebox! As I have trouble throwing, there is an accumulation of everything: piles of magazines in every sense ... bouquets of roses and dried flowers. But little by little, I throw them.
"My cocooning corner with antique furniture, the trunks La Redoute and the Parat poster which is so dear to me."
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Amélie Strangles: Frankly kitsch, the jukebox that lights up in green, pink and red! But the effect "Wow" is a canvas of my brother, the first one he painted when he was 18 years old. He offered it to me. I am a privileged and his first fan! Too rebellious for an exhibition, he became a graphic designer and painted only for his pleasure. This painting represents the portrait of a sad little girl and yet very beautiful: he treated the Tim Burton with red shoes ...
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Amélie Strangles: All my furniture, I love them but I can change them. I am not materialistic. So there's nothing else I'm attached to apart from my brother's painting and a poster by the artist Parat. She's an artist I've been for years. This poster, I had recovered from one of his expos in a cafe and I did framing.
"The canvas of my brother Arnaud Stretches."
Your favorite color in your home?
Amélie Strangles: I had a dominant rose and saw that my lover squatted pretty much at home, I had to virilize my home. I chose my paintings at Farrow and Ball which I am an unconditional for their powdery and matte side. My mother introduced me to this brand. So white everywhere but with a wall of color: for the room, I chose for the headboard, a wall blue night Hague and in the living room, the niches in slate blue.
Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?
Amélie Strangles: Rather useful! I ordered two wooden shelves because the libraries are overflowing. I will hang them above the sofa to expose small objects, Russian dolls and some plants. I chose them at Pepperwood, a workshop created by a certain Aurélie. This artist realizes furniture in raw wood and metal, at affordable prices: stools, coffee tables, small benches. Plus, she comes to your home to advise the wood and metal that will suit your home ... It's very nice!
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Amélie Strangles: Opened. When I redid the apartment, I removed the doors and the remaining ones are still open. The kitchen is white and contemporary. For the credence, these are small brown squares that are reminiscent of a chocolate bar; the worktop is in pale oak wood. On the floor, dark brown slabs, reminiscent of the credence. Everything is apparent with lots of robots, Rice Cookers, boxes of spices ...
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Amélie Strangles: A Thai curry with coconut milk that I serve with glutinous rice. I cook it in the Rice Cooker. It's super good.
And the TV, which room?
Amélie Strangles: She is of a good size and I do not hide her. I look at it in the morning while having my breakfast and I try especially to avoid the infos!
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Amélie Strangles: There is always music with the jukebox or turntable. The atmosphere is rather English indie rock, or electro soul ... My darling of the moment, it's Julien Doré and also Yanis for his album "The blue hour": electro soft and planing.
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Amélie Strangles: I like the amber fragrance and more original than "fig" from Diptyque - which I adore yet - it is the interior fragrance of "Fermes de Marie".
"My flowers, my candles and" smells "various on the coffee table of my living room."
Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?
Amélie Strangles: I hate the curtains, I keep them only for decoration because I like to wake up by the light of day. When the shutters are closed, it disturbs me. I currently have quite thick beige linen with touches of color but I want to change to basic light linen. In my dream, I would like to buy my curtains at Caravan ...
What is on your bedside table?
Amélie Strangles: It depends on the moment: currently, I read Wajdi Mouawad's piece "Forests", an Ashtanga yoga book and a Chinese massage book (all the friends who pass are my guinea pigs!). My room is oddly tidy. In front of my bed, I arranged my office in an old alcove: I remained a teenager with a wall of ideas and memories.
Amélie Strangles: I do not know what to do with it: I have a spare room where I put all my books - the plays and the theory books - and in the living room, there is another library that overflows, more the trunks that are full!
A deco trick or storage?
Amélie Strangles: I have six metal storage trunks! It's a terrible misery cache: I stack them by three. It's pretty and it's cheap. I have all the colors: midnight blue, yellow biker, pink, powder pink, pink firecracker, black ... I buy them on the site of La Redoute; the one I'm holding comes as an inheritance from my dead grandmother.
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Amélie Strangles: Yes of course ! I would like a terrace because I miss it to have no outside! Ideally, there would be flowers, a huge raw wood table to receive friends, a plancha to make squid ...
Rather orderly or messy?
Amélie Strangles: An organized messy ... who cares!
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Amélie Strangles: Since I do not have a green thumb, I'm even offered plastic flowers! I'm starting to have normal plants: the terrariums of Greenfactory. It's beautiful and no need to water them. I have one that makes lamp with an integrated solar panel.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?
- For the curtains: Caravan - //www.caravane.fr/fr/;
- For retouched vintage objects (table and mirror sofas): //www.chezmobilhome.com/;
- For accessible designer furniture: Pepperwood - //www.pepperwood.com/;
- For the vegetal touch; Greenfactory Terrarium - 17 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris;
- For small objects found: Day Broc - 109 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris;
- The website of my brother Arnaud Étasse: arnoe.fr website.
- The art of well-being in your heart (and everywhere else) by Amélie Étasse and Clément Vallos - Jungle Editions - In bookstores since October 12, 2016 - 128 pages / 6 euros;
- On M6: "Scenes of households" every day at 20:15;
- On Studio 4, the web platform of F4: Season 2 of La Loove, an episode every Wednesday.
The art of well-being in your heart ...