Rich colour and Gallic sophistication are woven into this spacious family home owned by a French couple who have recently renovated a Georgian style home in London.
Generous sofas and thick curtains in beautiful fabric help the large dimensions of the first floor living space feel more welcoming. ‘This is quite a relaxed and sophisticated space,’ say the owners. ‘It’s nice to be in here with a glass of wine or a coffee, or gathering here with guests before dinner.
‘We love a bench, it was one of our requirements for our kitchen,’ say the owners. This design was built bespoke and covered in a material that looks like expensive leather, but is actually plastic. ‘You can spill jam on it and it’s fine,’ they add. The Ercol chairs used to be black but were sprayed a bright blue to pop out against the grey cabinets.
‘We were hovering around the idea of having the main dining room in the first floor library,’ say the owners. ‘The interior designers asked us to collect images we liked and we brought one of a dining room-cum-library. They had the exact same picture. It was like, “Oh my God!” Dream result. You want that as badly as we do, it must be a good idea!’
‘This chaise on our first floor landing, is a family piece that has been recovered in bright fabric which has the same shape as the stair spindles,’ say the owners. ‘It looks quite amazing and makes us smile whenever we walk past it.’
The master suite was reconfigured to be as spacious and deluxe as possible. ‘Now, when we open our bedroom door we see the whole width of the house and its three windows,’ they say. ‘It’s a gigantic space, but we knew we would feel comfortable having a modern, open bedroom.’ The owners insisted on a quality mattress. ‘Of course, it’s crucially important,’ they say, ‘but we have no idea what the base is like. We didn’t care about that!’
The ensuite bathroom is separated from the master bedroom by a partition with windows. Blinds can be pulled down for privacy. ‘The bathroom is painted in the same tone as the bedroom,’ say the owners.. ‘The floor tiles match the carpet, too. We wanted the bathroom to look as though it’s part of the bedroom.’ The couple opted for an enclosed shower, lined with dark mosaics.
To help the bathroom feel like a continuation of the bedroom, the vanity unit was designed almost like a dressing table. ‘We made it look like a piece of proper furniture,’ say the owners. It is mounted on little wooden feet, to give it the feel of a sideboard.