Tucked away in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon, France, is a light-flooded apartment, build of the stuff dreams are made of…

Once home to the aristocracy of Lyon, the 19th century building is now owned by infinitely talented interior designers Pierre Emmanuel Martin and Stéphane Garotin of Maison Hand.

This incredible apartment is a stunning example of Second Empire architecture. The exquisite detailing of the skirtings, windows and doorways have been carefully maintained and create beautiful harmony with the designer’s individual modern style.

Their style of clean, minimal and light-with-a-touch-of-opulence is perfectly juxtaposed against the treasures from their travels. Although diverse in their uses, these eclectic objects are united in their materials, colours and textures, bringing a sense of homogony to the mash up of cultures. This is no small feat! The display of possessions is arranged in such artistic celebration but at no point does it appear cluttered. It’s awe-inspiring!

Styled with beautiful, light tones and natural textures emphasising the subtleties in materials and considered details. The chevron floors alone are to die for, if not the marble kitchen, or rustic timbers contrasting to designer furnishings no space is left unconsidered. It’s this attention to detail that distinguishes each space within the common aesthetic, making this home truly magnifique.

We’re in love, can’t you tell?

By Sienna Maill (French at heart)

Images via Vogue Living + Maison Hand