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Pas Pas à Mon Poste: Where does Jean-Michel Maire live?

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Cyrille George Jerusalmi

Columnist of Touche not at my post on D8 and co-host on Virgin radio, Jean-Michel Maire lives in the 15th arrondissement in Paris. A penthouse where the TV is always on and the aperitif always ready to be served to friends who pass unexpectedly.

Journalist and columnist in Cyril Hanouna's show, Touche pas à mon Poste, Jean-Michel Maire has opened the doors of his Parisian apartment and reveals his little secrets of decoration ...

Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Some say something other than the living room? Me anyway, I have no choice because the size of my apartment does not allow me to eccentricities. And since I am a (too) big consumer of television, and it is luckily my job to watch and dissect, I spend most of my time shamelessly ...

Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?

I admit that there is no real coherence, but if I had more resources, I would see myself in a space both cozy and contemporary. Not classic in any case, I would feel to be even older than I am. In reality, I opted for a mix between modern furniture and objects found on the left and right. Sometimes even found on the street. Notably a bust waiting for me on the doorstep. Forgotten or abandoned, I never wanted to know it.

The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Apart from a one-meter model of Captain Cousteau's Calypso, made with my little hands every night for about a year, or old military items inherited from my grandparents, I would say this is my newspaper collection. . Mostly Libé. My room is a real necropolis with a wall covered with thirty or so of famous dead. It's not very cheerful but it's my little journalistic pantheon to me.

An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

My coffee table. I put my coffee on waking, the notebooks on which I write my notes to prepare Touch not my post on D8, my feet to watch TV in the afternoon, my dinner plate when I come back from Virgin around 23:30 , and my iPad that serves me awakening. Because if I put it near my bed, I turn it off and go back to sleep. There, I have to get up ...

Your favorite color in your home?

Everything is almost white, or off-white because of the cigarette, but my favorite wall is taupe. As I live in the first place, I felt obliged to play with light colors or I would like to dare much darker colors. And even black. I think the bathroom at Gainsbourg, rue de Verneuil, was entirely black. I fantasize.

Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?

Being a big consumer of soups in the evening when I come back late, I bought a robot that seems to be cooking up grand cru soups in a jiffy. I'm not very good considering the broth that I served last time but I swore not to condemn to the cellar where seems to wait with my rower irony.

The kitchen, rather open or closed?

Closed but in both senses of the word. I do not know how to do much and I do not get a huge satisfaction. I find the ratio preparation time / time to empty the plate too disproportionate to motivate me permanently and learn to do things more complicated than the ordinary. And it's not the shows like Top Chef or Master Chef that made me change my mind. A good omelet, 10 minutes clock, and I raise hands very happy!

A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?

Unexpectedly, I serve them a drink and go to the Corsican restaurant 50 meters from home. They are very nice but the last time, I arrived in the middle of tarot between servers and cooks and I had to wait for one to lose to order. As for my specialty, it does not shine by its complexity: the raclette. But beware, I make a point of testing cheeses - Roquefort or fourme ambert are nice surprises - and serve good sausage. But hey, it's still squeegee.

And the TV, which room?

If I listened, I would put it in every room, including the kitchen and the bathroom. But I know each other, they would all be on a different channel and it would look like an annex to Darty. So I only have one in the living room. I would dream to put one in my bed story to watch a little movie going to bed. But when I wake up, I will put myself on BFM and I will not get up ...

Do you live in music or rather in silence?

Neither of the two. I hate the silence, which worries me rather, and the music quickly swells me. So, I zap on any channel, and leave it in the background, without really paying attention.

Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?

Fragrance never-I feel like it's a kind of perfume-improved toilet, and candles, oh yes! But I'm always down and dry without being stingy, it ends up being a real budget! So I often opt for incense or a good old paper from Armenia.

Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?

I hate the curtains, I can not get out of my head that it's old, especially with the tassels that dangle on each side, and that they are real dust catch. The doors, I remove them as soon as I can, and I flee the shutters. First because I have no real opposite and I do not feel especially spied, then and especially because I love being gently awake by the sun's rays.

What is on your bedside table?

I do not have one but I always have a bottle of water, a pack of tissues, my cigarette pack and my phone on the floor to watch the news media when I wake up. A book often lags, but lying down puts me to sleep in 20 seconds. I could start today War and Peace that I would be dead before the end of the first chapter.

A deco trick or storage?

As I wanted to separate my bedroom from the living room, I made a kind of openwork library with crates of wine recovered from right to left. I glued to the bottom of the boxes mirrors and masked the entire length of all LED bulbs. The result is quite successful but as I took wooden boards insufficiently thick, the whole has an annoying tendency to sag under the weight of books.

Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?

As I was a big child, I would not be against a game room, with billiards, darts, pinball and bar to receive my friends.

Rather orderly or messy?

Ordered, it would be exaggerated, but messy, not too much. Let's say that, like many people, I feel that my disorder is pretty well organized. I always know where are some essential things, like passport, papers and docs for my work. My biggest brothel is in the room where pile clothes that I throw when going to bed and do not find themselves the way to the washing machine.

Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

I hate green plants indoors, but I'm lucky enough to have a pretty big terrace with a tree, a large table and a barbecue. It is unfortunately not very sunny and I can not grow much. The soil deserves a floor worthy of the name but by dint of wanting the best it remains in a more than approximative state. I will do it before the summer ...

Do your addresses or favorite brands for the house (shopping, decoration, florist, etc.)?

I have a bohemian heart and am always happy with the idea of ​​hunting fleas in Clignancourt or a Moroccan souk. Like everyone else, I'll do my annual tour at Ikea to upgrade my basics but, like everyone else, I'd be happy to take my naps in a William leather from Zanotta instead of my Karlstad.

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