We had the pleasure of visiting Thérèse in her lovely light filled home in the historical Clerkenwell area of London. Full of mid century jewel tones and a cacophony of plants, Thérèse’s open plan home is interestingly divided by varying levels. The dining space is elevated by a small open staircase above the living room which is a clever way to segregate different areas of an open plan home without having to build a wall between them. Enjoy this wander around and keep an eye out for 20th century design classics dotted throughout Thérèse’s home!
Hi Thérèse, who lives here with you?
My partner Martin, our daughter Rose and myself.
Have you always lived in London?
No, I’m French. I moved to London nine years ago after spending some time in Paris and Oslo.
What’s your favourite thing about being in London?
The diversity of people, cultures and neighbourhoods.
And least favourite?
The weather, the long commute to go anywhere. This city can be quite stressful at times.
How would you sum up your home style in three words?
Colourful, eclectic, practical.
What were the inspirations for the decoration in your home?
Scandinavian minimalism and African vibes.
Do you have a favourite piece that follows you wherever you move?
My childhood comforter, Timon, who is 19 years old. And probably a mini Diptyque candle, “Baies” scent, to recreate my home scent everywhere I go.
What kind of furniture are you drawn to?
Comfortable but feminine furniture.
Which designers or artists inspire you in your daily life?
Yves Klein and Frida Kahlo.
What is your dream piece of furniture?
A Togo sofa by Ligne Rosset – best sofa ever. I want to renovate our living room just to get one.
Best advice on designing a remarkable space?
Leverage natural light and don’t forget plants!
How do you approach choosing furniture for a room?
I look for functional and timeless pieces.
Proudest DIY moment?
I created a birth book celebrating all the milestones of Rose’s first year.
What are you currently looking for?
A new sofa that would be comfy and pretty at the same time.
What is the first thing you notice when walking into a new interior space?
Our super king size bed in our bedroom.
Best bargain find?
A Les Arcs chair by Charlotte Perriand, found on Le Bon Coin in France. My uncle had to go collect it in Grenoble for me.
Favourite places to eat/shop/meet friends etc in London?
Who would you make into your fierce female squad of dreams?
Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Eva Chen and Emily Weiss. A nice mix of talents and skills: politics, music, fashion, beauty.
And finally, what are you most excited for in 2019?
The arrival of our second baby girl in late May! <3
If you love the look of Therese’s gorgeous home, you might like some of these vintage pieces too! Click here to browse through them.