Colour and soft comfort, family antiques and atmosphere are here in buckets thanks to Laurent’s flair for interiors (he’s a lighting designer) and his love of meeting people. Easy and relaxed, he is a walking encyclopaedia on Paris and serves a succulent breakfast. Storm blue fades into bright turquoise, kakhi is married to terracotta, old floorboards meet thick new carpet, gilt-framed oils hang beside good contemporary works, purple plush lifts modern sofas and brocades flatter old fauteuils. Bedrooms have splendid beds, high-tech gadgets and neat little designer shower rooms. Place and person are a delight, old Paris is at your door.