photographs by Deborah Jaffe text by Cynthia Kling
Anouchka Levy’s flower shop, Polux Fleuriste, has that laid-back South of France flair we wish came naturally to us. We stop by her house to sample more of her countryside-chic aesthetic.
Library Ladder with Galvanized Shelf
Dried pods of poppy and lotus flowers and sprigs of thyme, all effortlessly tucked into a cobalt jar perched on a chair, create a sweet moment.
seaside in the city
The first thing you notice in the Manhattan loft that the French native shares with her Moroccan husband, Luc, and their children is the blue. Azure walls and door. Sky-blue dining chairs. Indigo-and-white linens on the sofa. “The color just makes you feel so alive. And we love the sea,” she says. Note how the hue also instills a sense of happy order among the tiled floor, the teapots, the checkered tablecloths and the other accessories in her store.
“My mother was a painter who taught me to see the beauty in nature and then create an environment around it.”
Anouchka is a master of tossed-off elegance. At home, she pairs simple fabrics with vintage wood furniture for a just-back-from-the-flea-market look. The dining table’s aromatic centerpiece (a combination of herbs and flowers) appears as if it were freshly cut and dropped in the vase. At the shop, her bouquets are more studied but still feel like bunches of wildflowers gathered only moments earlier.
By grouping commonplace objects one might otherwise overlook, Anouchka makes them come to life. She transformed an old shoe stand into an enchanting focal point for her kitchen, filling vintage Frenchware pitchers and liquor bottles with herbs and flowers and displaying them alongside functional items: bowls of fruit, an egg basket and basic kitchen tools. At the store, she fashions similar vignettes with everything from blooms and postcards to the handmade little girls’ dresses she sells.
Royal Albert Rose Confetti Casual Cereal Bowl
Arranging only one or two stems per vase accentuates the charms of each blossom.
A vintage French
throw adds to the lazy
throw adds to the lazy
a naturalist’s eye
If they were jammed together, the plant tableaux in Anouchka’s shop would be overwhelming. Instead, she gives each bit of flora the space it needs. Her restrained collections have an airy tranquility, allowing the viewer to take in subtle details. At home, she organizes her gold frames and candlesticks the same way—there’s just enough repetition to make a statement without screaming for attention.
Basic Beach Blanket