From a beautiful bourgeois apartment in its juice stopped in time, Caroline made a warm family apartment. She likes comfortable and thoughtful interiors, and he likes to mix styles and eras. The result is an eclectic apartment with obvious character, where colors and inhabitants clash happily.

Target

Modernize the circulation, bring back light and rethink the spaces for a family and friendly life conducive to the reception.

Course of action

Modify the organization of the apartment to bring light into all the rooms, play with the colors to structure the spaces, move the kitchen to make it a real living space.

Achievement

The whole organization of the apartment had to be modified to modernize the circulation, and all the networks rethought. The U-shaped floor plan allows for different exposures of the rooms, and the choice was made to work with one color per room, with the colors varying according to the time of day. The entrance, originally blind, now serves as a small office and library area, lit by a glass opening onto the living room. In enfilade, the kitchen has taken place in the former reception room. The kitchen has become a convivial room, with a dining area. The family bathroom replaces the old kitchen. Deliberately kept white, it is in the cement tiles that the color found its place, bringing the necessary fantasy.

©Sophie Tom & Fabien Sans

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Saint-Étienne

Le quartier très chic de Saint-Étienne est organisé autour de la cathédrale Saint-Étienne.

Located in the centre of Toulouse, it is a wealthy district where magnificent private mansions stand alongside the city’s most luxurious shops. You can also find many antique shops in this district.

Le Griffoul, the impressive fountain on Place Saint-Étienne is the oldest in the city.

Lovers of refinement, history and beautiful monuments will appreciate this pleasant district of the city centre.

Matabiau

Near the Canal du Midi, the Matabiau district is particularly popular with pure city dwellers.

This district, mainly linked to the Matabiau station, is a cosmopolitan area. It still benefits from a few small local shops and there are also many international food restaurants. The school network is very well developed, as is the transport sector.

As for real estate, the pleasant streets, many of which are classified, offer attractive townhouses and flats in quality residences or renovated houses. A project of metropolitan scale, called Toulouse Euro-Sud-Ouest, is currently being finalised in the district. It will include a total of around 1 million m2 of housing, offices, shops, shopping centres and leisure facilities, surrounding a multimodal hub around the Toulouse-Matabiau station and the future Marengo station.

The heart of the project is the Occitanie Tower: a skyscraper with glass walls and vertical gardens, which will be 150 metres high and have 40 floors. It is expected to be delivered in 2021-2022.

Les Chalets

The Chalets or Chalets-Concorde district is a district of Toulouse, located in the immediate vicinity of the historic center.

Large neo-Gothic mansions were built here (notably the Job family mansions, the house known as the Verrier or Castel-Gesta); they are located next to more dense and popular housing blocks, low houses known as toulousaines, characteristic of the city’s suburbs, and bourgeois residences with gardens, of which the eponymous rue des Chalets offers some characteristic examples.

The district is very lively with many restaurants, cafés and shops.

Les Carmes

A small village in the heart of the big city, the Carmes district is organized around a very lively and colorful market, the most important in Toulouse.

It is located between the Place du Salin and the Place d’Esquirol, and is one of the most popular districts in Toulouse.

This district takes its name from the convent of the Grands Carmes which is composed of the Carmes church, a chapel, a cloister and a garden. Inaugurated in 1892, the metal market of Carmes, former halls was built according to the plans of Charles Cavé, it was demolished in 1964 and replaced by the market-park of Carmes signed by the architects Georges Candilis, Shadrach Woods, Alexis Josic, Jean-Marie Lefèvre.

Rue des Filatiers and rue Bouquières are the most important streets in the district. Pedestrian, they are lined with small stores with flowered fronts and pretty animated cafés. You can admire the facades of houses in corundage, Renaissance style windows such as the house of the goldsmith Hélie Guéraud or the Lamothe house.

Les Amidonniers

Nestled between the Garonne River and the Brienne Canal, Les Amidonniers is a neighborhood in the northwest of the city. Formerly a working-class neighborhood, it has now become a residential area with a young, family-oriented population, in a wooded area that is very pleasant to live in.

The district is composed of both Toulousaines, old renovated farmhouses, and more recent buildings such as the Espace EDF Bazacle, which is one of Toulouse’s most important cultural sites. Well served, it is linked to the city by numerous bus lines that run frequently every day, as well as by the VélôToulouse network.

Education is at the heart of the district’s concerns, which is oriented towards youth and its development, with several day care centers, an elementary school and several schools of higher education. Various sports facilities and green spaces punctuate its landscape, allowing it to combine both sports and leisure. The green corridor that crosses the entire district is probably one of the most beautiful walks in Toulouse. The landscaped dyke is also very popular with families and runners who can go from the city center to Blagnac on a beautiful route along the Garonne.

There are also many restaurants, cafés and bars that allow for meetings with friends or family throughout the year. This district offers many friendly places and beautiful walks and is ideal for those who like calm and “good living” close to the city center.

Jeanne d’Arc

The historic district of Jeanne d'Arc is located in the north-east of the city centre of Toulouse.

Just a stone’s throw from the Place du Capitole, it is served by numerous public transport links and is close to the train station.

It is a lively district with friendly markets on Boulevard de Strasbourg, but also with the Place Jeanne d’Arc with its cafés and restaurants. On this square stands the equestrian statue of Jeanne d’Arc in bronze by Antonin Mercié installed in 1922.

Further south, the Jean Jaurès alleys, laid out like ramblas, are a privileged access to enter the hyper-centre of the Pink City from the boulevards and the Canal du Midi. Large esplanades dedicated to walks and games, as well as spaces allocated to the activity of terraces, should see the light of day in the next few years.