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My Favourite Room: Peek inside Navan woman Aisling Greally’s Belle Époque apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower

Eleven years ago, Aisling Greally realised her dream of moving to France’s capital and it has given her so much — a family of two beautiful girls, an elegant home and an exciting new career path

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Photographer and content creator Aisling Greally, with four-year-old Lili and toddler Ella, in the living room of her 19th-century apartment. Aisling got the girls’ dresses at the twice-weekly market Marché du Président Wilson. The apartment has the details typical of the period — high ceilings, cornicing, parquet flooring and curved windows that open out onto the street below. Ornate steel railings ensure safety against falls. The Art Nouveau building outside the window is the Italian Lycée. Photo: Tony Gavin

Photographer and content creator Aisling Greally, with four-year-old Lili and toddler Ella, in the living room of her 19th-century apartment. Aisling got the girls’ dresses at the twice-weekly market Marché du Président Wilson. The apartment has the details typical of the period — high ceilings, cornicing, parquet flooring and curved windows that open out onto the street below. Ornate steel railings ensure safety against falls. The Art Nouveau building outside the window is the Italian Lycée. Photo: Tony Gavin

The antique table and chairs are from Paul Bert in the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Porte de Clignancourt, Paris. The ceramic vase is by Irish artist Vivien O’Malley and the tea set was Aisling’s grandmother’s. Photo: Tony Gavin

The antique table and chairs are from Paul Bert in the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Porte de Clignancourt, Paris. The ceramic vase is by Irish artist Vivien O’Malley and the tea set was Aisling’s grandmother’s. Photo: Tony Gavin

The apartment, in the seventh arrondissement, enjoys a view of Eiffel Tower from the sitting room. Photo: Tony Gavin

The apartment, in the seventh arrondissement, enjoys a view of Eiffel Tower from the sitting room. Photo: Tony Gavin

Lili shows what she’s learned in ballet class. Every room, including her bedroom, has the period windows and ornate railings. Lili picked pink for her walls, while the gold-star decorated tepee is from children’s shop Bonpoint. The distressed-style chest of drawers is from Flamant. Photo: Tony Gavin

Lili shows what she’s learned in ballet class. Every room, including her bedroom, has the period windows and ornate railings. Lili picked pink for her walls, while the gold-star decorated tepee is from children’s shop Bonpoint. The distressed-style chest of drawers is from Flamant. Photo: Tony Gavin

Aisling out and about in her neigbourhood, which is a short walk from the Eiffel Tower; the landmark can also be seen from her apartment. “We have everything to hand, a really good boulangerie and boucherie,” she says. Photo: Tony Gavin

Aisling out and about in her neigbourhood, which is a short walk from the Eiffel Tower; the landmark can also be seen from her apartment. “We have everything to hand, a really good boulangerie and boucherie,” she says. Photo: Tony Gavin

The marble mantelpiece is original to the apartment. The frame on the left depicts Floating Flower Tattoos (Lili’s hands)from Aisling’s fine art photography series. Photo: Tony Gavin

The marble mantelpiece is original to the apartment. The frame on the left depicts Floating Flower Tattoos (Lili’s hands)from Aisling’s fine art photography series. Photo: Tony Gavin

The post Haussmann design of the apartment allowed for more ornamentation than elsewhere in Paris. "This is more Belle Époque, more Art Nouveau, so we have extra features like internal stained-glass windows,” Aisling says. Photo: Tony Gavin

The post Haussmann design of the apartment allowed for more ornamentation than elsewhere in Paris. "This is more Belle Époque, more Art Nouveau, so we have extra features like internal stained-glass windows,” Aisling says. Photo: Tony Gavin

Tall windows opening onto the streetscape fill rooms such as the master bedroom with light. Photo: Tony Gavin

Tall windows opening onto the streetscape fill rooms such as the master bedroom with light. Photo: Tony Gavin

The kitchen features a herringbone tiled floor and white paintwork. Photo: Tony Gavin

The kitchen features a herringbone tiled floor and white paintwork. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Photographer and content creator Aisling Greally, with four-year-old Lili and toddler Ella, in the living room of her 19th-century apartment. Aisling got the girls’ dresses at the twice-weekly market Marché du Président Wilson. The apartment has the details typical of the period — high ceilings, cornicing, parquet flooring and curved windows that open out onto the street below. Ornate steel railings ensure safety against falls. The Art Nouveau building outside the window is the Italian Lycée. Photo: Tony Gavin

On the third episode of The Parisian Agency — the popular Netflix reality programme about the impossibly handsome Kretz family of three brothers and their parents, who are all real-estate agents — the mother, Sandrine, divulges one of her top secrets for seducing the multi-millionaires who buy the luxurious apartments, châteaux and villas on their books.

Her invaluable advice is: Don’t tell the client everything before they view, keep something wonderful back as a surprise. And keep it until last so that the surprise wins over the negatives.


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