In the house of a French antique dealer

“The first thing that struck me when I visited this home were the original floors,” says French-based antiques dealer Fabienne Nomibis of the patterned cement tiles and hardwood floors in her three-story home. 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 electrical overhaul), Nomibis outfitted the space with a mix of old and slightly newer vintage pieces. In front of rose colored fully stocked built-in shelves (which Nomibis installed himself!) in her living room you will find a majestic sofa framed by a distressed wooden ladder on the right, as well as a bright pink lantern and Saarinen tulip table on the left. A dandelion yellow thread runs through the mostly white, traditional kitchen facade. A ceramic pot here, a pepper mill there, and a glowing neon sign that reads “LET’S DANCE” overlooks it all. Look closely at the back of the same room and you’ll spot an assortment of disco balls scattered on top of a cupboard.

Nomibis’ home is her living space, but it also serves as a gathering place, showroom, and storage area for her antique shop. “We live with these items until they’re sold and start a new life with someone else,” explains Nomibis. “That’s why we only pick things we love.”

Her art collection particularly highlights her favorite finds, which she has browsed in her truck for years at antique markets, flea markets and auction houses across France. Regarding their seemingly random placement, Nombis tells Coveteur: “There are no rules. I buy, I hang, I sell, I replace. I like to mix origins, eras, materials and colors.” One thing she’s not going to let go of is a collection of watercolors 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 sublime.”

A unique snapshot in her treasure hunt timeline, Nomibis’ home probably won’t look the same a year from now. Aside from the space’s function as a rotating showroom, Nomibis gets bored easily and likes to mix things up. “Initially we painted the kitchen and office light gray and the living room a darker version with an English green base and crown molding,” she says. “Today, [both rooms] are white.” This color change happens bi-annually, so you’ll have to check back on Instagram soon to see what’s become of the place. In the meantime, Nomibis takes us through the story behind their current home decor below.

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