A Moveable Feast: Two French Shop Owners’ Whimsical, Always-Changing House in Reims

Little vignettes that are always shifting, always offering something new to look at? Maybe that’s why I can’t look away from the Instagram feed of @nomibis, a vintage shop based in Reims, France, these days.

If Nomibis sounds familiar, it’s because we featured the shop itself  a while back. We say “shop” a bit loosely because, in this case, Fabienne Nomibis and her companion, Pascal Bisson, run their marche aux puces entirely via Instagram and their website—and the in-situ photos of the products on their site are, in fact, of the couple’s own home. The pair collects odds-and-end French finds, styles them in their own place in Reims—adopting them into their living areas and bedrooms for a while—and photographs them to sell. The lines between home and shop are blurred, which offers an intimate quality—it’s often hard to tell what’s for sale and what’s part of the couple’s own home; those interested in an object need to message the couple directly to navigate the purchase—and an aspirational one, too.

As a result, each surface, corner, and room captured on the @nomibis Instagram feels playful, never static, a side table adorned with a pair of sunny yellow tapers one day and a vintage mirror or lamp the next, an antique desk replaced by a perfectly imperfect daybed a while later. In this house, I imagine, nothing collects dust.

What’s it like to have your kitchen be part kitchen and part real-time styling space? To us, it seems to offer the opportunity for whimsy and surprise. (Plus, “We buy what we ourselves like… then if by any chance a piece doesn’t sell, it can find its place in our own home,” Nomibis and Bisson told The Socialite Family).

Today we’re looking at the couple’s Reims house itself, filled always—despite objects coming and going—of summery color and French charm. Join us for a little tour.

Doorway in Nomibis House in Reims Above: The doorway into the pair’s kitchen, with a patterned tile floor and mix-and-match eccentricities.
Bedroom in Nomibis House in Reims Above: The couple’s market table is one thing that’s constant in the house, never offered for sale.
Kitchen in Nomibis House in Reims Above: The petite kitchen, with glimpses of color (in a cloth, a yellow pot, a hanging market bag).
Kitchen in Nomibis House in Reims Above: A dishtowel conceals the dishwasher; note also the classic French soap holder just above the sink.
Daybed in Nomibis House in Reims Above: A low-key camp cot with mix-and-match pillows (where at times there’s instead a table, or a desk, or a green settee…).
Table Detail at Nomibis House in Reims Above: Tabletops and walls are places for ever-shifting vignettes.
Hallway in Nomibis House in Reims Above: White-painted floors set a pared-back hallway apart from the rest of the house.
Bedroom in Nomibis House in Reims Above: A bedroom with an unexpectedly upturned task light and basket as nightstand.
Table Detail at Nomibis House in Reims Above: A collection of objets on a desk. (The periwinkle adjustable lamp is currently for sale.)
Bathroom at Nomibis House in Reims Above: The family’s WC features wall-mounted enamel sinks and a glass door.
Bathroom at Nomibis House in Reims Above: The bath, with a ledge for keeping favorite products (and a few stems of flowers).
Garden at Nomibis House in Reims Above: Looking out to the garden.
Dinner Outdoors at Nomibis House in Reims Above: Dinner outdoors—colorful tapers included.

For more, head to @nomibis, and for a look at what’s available these days, take a look at their current inventory.

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