The French instinctually know how to master effortless chic. I am always envious how a French woman or man can throw on a striped shirt, tailored jeans and loafers and look a hundred times more chic than their counterparts across the Atlantic. This is not only true with their fashion sense, but their apartments though usually as small as any New Yorker’s, are relaxed, comfortable, and… incredibly chic. Designer Jerome Dreyfuss’ apartment in Paris is no exception. Usually I am not a fan of lots of bright colors, but his space is styled with a creative cool, completely uninhibited, from the crazy pillows to the charcoal sketches to the vintage industrial pieces sitting on the bookshelves and scattered around. Not only is his apartment alive with color, but the abundance of plants give the space life too, almost transporting you from Paris to some treehouse in Bali. You can tell that Jerome surrounds himself with everything he loves. He has found the things that make him happy, and he does not bother with anything else. His closet is packed with sweaters and old tees because as he says, that is all he wears. No reason to bother with the things that aren’t him. This is something I always try to emphasize. Let your personality shine through your decor. When people walk into your space, they should think to themselves, “Wow. Of course so and so’s apartment looks like this.” If you are drawn to darker colors, don’t be afraid to use those hues in your space. A dark grey wall can look fabulous, just maybe not a dark grey room, unless it’s a powder room. If you like an overabundance of bright colors, invest in fancy pillows of all different colors, textures, and sizes. Your space is your space and no one has to live in it but you. By keeping it true to yourself, it will be your sanctuary.