Belaz is currently living in Paris, in a beautiful and bright duplex
apartment, with a prestigious terrace on the roof. Her place is
located in a bobo district of Paris, popular, but always romantic, a
few steps away from the Canal Saint Martin (The Canal St-Martin is a
4.5 km long canal that crosses the Xe and XIe districts in Paris). Livie talks and shows us in this interview her little nest and her
coloring and very personal textile creations for home, but also for
small and not so small people ...
Text: Lottilou. Pictures: Livie Belaz Featured at Flair Fashion and Home Magazine
tell us who you are I
was born in Switzerland. I'm forty years old and I have two adorable
you describe your professional career? Initially I was a
pharmacy assistant and then a nurse, but my arrival in Paris changed
my professional destiny.
do you live? Under
the roofs of Paris, in the Xe arrondissement.
did you end up in Paris? My boyfriend was living in Paris, we were too tired of station
platforms and trains ... and I wanted a change. Everything came
together for me to end in the city of lights.
you like living in the center? I am lucky to live in the
center and I love it, but I also like to go out to the countryside
sometimes, that’s how Paris is livable.
would you define your interior style?
warm, welcoming, eclectic ...
you have any favorite item at home? I
just love my bed so much because it is cosy, relaxing, reassuring ...
do you like to do when you are home? I
especially love to laze on my couch with a cup of tea and a good
did you start working as a designer? I
used to make all my friends' babies birth presents, so finally I
decided to make something professional out of it. It is in 2007 when
I officially create the brand and the company: Livette la Suissette.
your atelier at your place? Yes
for now, but in two months I will be moving my business to another
place because I am starting to be too tight in my house.
would you describe your design creations? My
creations adapt to everyone, big, small, young, old, ... they are
made out of natural materials (cotton, linen), with no ornaments,
they are easy to use and to maintain. They are contemporary for their
colors and patterns (toile de jouy reinterpreted)
do you get your inspiration from? Daily life inspires me,
observing nature and the city. (The first drops of rain on the
pavement, frozen crystals on a pole, the reflection of bubbles in the
bath, a green gradient forest …)
from textile design, do you have other hobbies or hidden talents? I
make wonderful cakes, pasta gratins, and I can imitate Jane Birkin.
you find a parallel between fashion and decoration?
especially for colors. I wish I had time to make more creative
creations and Haute
using the finest materials ever and inventing incrediblepleats
Can you describe a good day's
All days are
different but they always start at 9am, usually after a coffee with
friends. Then I start with fabric inventory and order, creating
prototypes, imagining new patterns, customer tracking, testing new
products to see if it is achievable within an acceptable cost, some
accounting, management monitoring prod ... My working day finishes
early, I pick up my daughter at 4pm and then we have a snack
togeteher ... nothing in the world would make me miss these small
do you like to surround yourself at home?
would be so many things I would love to be surrounded by ... but what
I like most are good smells.
is the house of your dreams? A
refurbished pretty old cottage in the middle of pastures in the
you have any favorite perfume? I
love L'eau de Neroli from Diptyque.
Can you give some addresses in
Paris that you find particularly interesting? Les petits
blablas 7, rue Crussol, to make gifts for children - La tête dans
les olives, 2 rue St Marthe, for sicily olive oils - Éphémère
fleurs, av. Parmentier, for its beautiful flowers - Il paisano, rue
Saint Maur, for burrata and other Italian delicacies - Sésame, Quai
Valmy, for bagels - Marie et Louise, rue Marie Louise, for good
Born Marie Louise Fuller in the Chicago suburb of Fullersburg, now Hinsdale, Illinois,
Fuller began her theatrical career as a professional child actress and later choreographed
and performed dances in burlesque (as a skirt dancer), vaudeville, and circus shows.
An early free dance practitioner, Fuller developed her own natural movement
and improvisation techniques. Fuller combined her choreography with silk costumes
illuminated by multi-coloured lighting of her own design.