Author: Cindy Cook

As virtually every New Yorker knows, Brooklyn is “it” right now. Filled with young families, artsy up-and-comers, spry octogenarians, and scenesters aching for a break from Manhattan’s madcap pace, the city’s coolest borough couldn’t dream of a more varied and fiercely loyal populace. Parts of it have become especially popular with Europeans, notably the French, who are attracted by its well-preserved townhouses and tree-lined streets.

They say “the seventh is heaven” of Paris’s Seventh Arrondissement, the upscale neighborhood that is arguably the city of light’s most aristocratic quartier. Famous for Les Invalides—the resting place of Napoleon—it’s also home to numerous government ministries, embassies, ex-pats, the musées d’Orsay, Rodin, and Maillol, and the city’s elite, with the legendary Eiffel Tower, visible across the neighboring Champ de Mars, as a punctuation mark.

It’s said that word of mouth is the best advertising for any business—whether you’re looking for an attorney or a designer. But for decorator Robert Couturier and his lawyer, David Berger, referrals weren’t even necessary when it came to doing business together. Berger had been looking to upgrade the decor in his four-story Cobble Hill townhouse, so he knew exactly the man to call. “David has been my attorney for a long time, and we are quite close,” says Couturier. “The entire design process was a wonderful experience."