Living in This Paris Apartment is Like Living Inside a Jewelry Box

parisaptFor most of us who own homes, it’s likely we’ll have carpet covering at least some of our flooring. In the United States, it’s estimated that an astonishing 70% of floors are covered in carpet.

And while carpet can be an attractive and cost-effective way to cover your home’s floor surfaces, it’s just not enough for some people.

In one of the more unusual interior design choices we’ve seen lately, the owner of one Parisian apartment decided to cover its floors in sumptuous red velvet — as well as its walls and ceilings, leaving just its interior fixtures bare.

According to, even the apartment’s bookshelves and handrails are covered in this luxurious material. It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to keep this three-story, high-ceilinged apartment free of dust and dirt — or how the local fire department feels about all this velvet.

It’s also fun to imagine who owned the apartment before it went on sale. Was this apartment the headquarters of a clandestine secret society that roamed the Parisian catacombs at night? Or did it once house a bona fide femme fatale who smoked her cigarettes from a silver cigarette holder? We may never know.

In addition to its abundance of red velvet, the apartment, located in an 18th-century building in the heart of the French capital’s Rive Gauche district, features multiple ornate fireplaces and a 12-square-meter terrace on its top floor to enjoy unparalleled views of the city. The two-bedroom residence even has a garage.

If living in an apartment that looks like the inside of a jewelry box sounds appealing to you, this plush dwelling is now on the market for a cool €2,550,000 — about $3.33 million in U.S. dollars. Oddly enough, the listing itself doesn’t point out the residence’s defining detail.

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