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Inside the house of a French antique dealer

“When I visited this house, the first thing that struck me were the original floors,” says a France-based antique dealer. Fabienne Nomibis patterned cement tiles and wooden flooring of his three-story house. Nestled in the city of Reims (about an hour east of Paris), the structure dates from the 1920s. “It was love at first sight.”

After some minor renovations needed (including an electric recast) Nomibis equipped space with a mixture of old items and slightly more recent. Faced with recessed shelves hued roses and fully stocked (as Nomibis has installed itself!) In the living room there is a stately couch framed by a wooden ladder old right and a pink jazzy lantern and Saarinen tulip table left. A dandelion yellow wire penetrates the traditional facade predominantly white kitchen. A ceramic pot here, a pepper mill there and teaches in vibrant neon exclaiming “LET’S DANCE” overlooks it all. Pay particular attention to the back of this room and you will see an assortment of disco balls littering the top of a cupboard.

Nomibis’ house is his living space, but it also serves as a gathering area, showroom, and storage unit for his antique business. “We live with these objects until they sell and leave for a new life with someone else,” says Nomibis. “That’s why we only select things we like.”

Her art collection in particular showcases her favorite finds from years spent browsing antique markets, flea markets and auction houses across France, which she does in her truck. Of his seemingly random placement, Nombis tells Coveteur, “There are no rules. I buy, I hang, I resell, I replace. I like to mix origins, eras, materials and colors. One thing she won’t be letting go of anytime soon is a collection of watercolors she discovered 20 years ago. The paintings depict costumes for a theatrical performance of Don Juan in the 1930s. “I can’t bring myself to sell them. The colors are gorgeous.

A unique snapshot in his treasure hunt timeline, Nomibis’ house will likely not be the same a year from now. Besides the space’s rotating showroom function, Nomibis gets bored easily and likes to shake things up. “Initially we painted the kitchen and office a light gray and the living room a darker version with an English green base and trim,” she says. “Today, [both rooms] are white. This color change happens on a semi-annual basis, so you’ll have to check back on Instagram soon to see what happened to the place. In the meantime, Nomibis tells us the story behind its current decor, below.

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Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds