Cecilia Bonstrom

Artistic Director, Zadig & Voltaire. Paris

By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Renée Rodenkirchen
Photography: Renée Rodenkirchen

It's simple math, really: a Swedish woman moves to live and work in Paris. Are you really surprised when her entire existence (or at the very least her home, closet, anything tied to the realm of aesthetics and taste) is completely immaculate? Nope. Not even a little bit.

As artistic director at Zadig & Voltaire, Bonstrom's nine-to-five (and then some) is pretty much comprised of just that: her supremely excellent taste. And from the moment you enter the former model's bananas Paris home, this much becomes clear. From the fresh flowers, to the ornate, baroque touches along the windows frames and ceiling and the stacks of coffee table books, to the fact that it was once the home of Haussmann (architecture nerds, start mildly freaking out right about now), it ticks off just about every box on our dream home checklist. And then there's the art: from the incredible cherub painting on the ceiling, the Christopher Wool in her bedroom and the Basquiat, which we had her perch in front of for a few portraits. Don't even get us started on that bathroom. All marble everything? That bathtub? Game over, basically.

When it came time to hear from Bonstrom herself on how we can get a little bit of her whole... thing for ourselves, though, it turns out that she was much more forthcoming with her secrets than she's experienced firsthand. "Nobody has given me any direct advice, because French women somehow keep things a bit secret amongst themselves. But by observing girls like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis or Emanuelle Seigner, I have learnt not to wear too much makeup, and that nothing is more chic than a dark blue blazer." Sounds about right. And if it works for Bonstrom, we'll take it.