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My French fancy! Step inside the French farmhouse of Vogue’s former fashion director Lucinda Chambers
- Lucinda Chambers has holidayed together with her husband Simon and their three sons for the previous 22 years at her Nineteenth-century former farmhouse in Toulouse
- Former fashion director has styled the home with inspiration from her travels
- Her urge for food for a adorning mission is one thing she attributes to her mom
It’s actually nothing from the outdoors, like a baby’s drawing of a home with a door and home windows on both facet. If I noticed it in an property agent’s window, I’d in all probability have walked by,’ says Lucinda Chambers, with typical British understatement, of her Nineteenth-century former farmhouse in Toulouse, at which she has holidayed together with her husband Simon and their three sons for the previous 22 years.
The property’s easy exterior offers no trace of what awaits inside. Chambers, a former Vogue fashion director and co-founder of fashion emporium Collagerie and sustainable label Colville, confesses that with regards to décor, she ‘loves everything’. As such her house is a heat cornucopia of maximalist brocante finds that mirror her magpie tastes or, as she says, ‘where I like to go freestyle’.
In the sitting room, geometric rugs complement wicker chairs and mirrors, and elsewhere there are mismatched ceramics, beaded bottles and throws from native second-hand shops. Red-andwhite-striped material is a leitmotif that has been woven in as curtains, cushions and tablecloths. She laughs: ‘I’m unfussy. I want I used to be extra hard-nosed however I like stripes, sample, Moroccan influences and objects discovered on my travels.’
In the sitting room, patterns rule, from the Indian kantha textiles masking an Ikea couch to the striped rug purchased at a Swedish storage sale. Chambers created the ottoman by attaching a block lined in dip-dyed linen to classic legs from Ebay. The mirror is from maisonsdumonde.com
It was a stroke of serendipity again in 2000 that led to her and Simon buying their French getaway. During dinner at a good friend’s dwelling in London they discovered that mutual acquaintances, Cindy and Richard, have been promoting their home in Toulouse. ‘Thirty-five years ago, I’d had a bit homeware store in London’s Shepherd’s Bush referred to as Swallows and Amazons. Cindy had are available in sooner or later and acquired a rag rug, saying it was “for the blue and white room in Toulouse”. It sounded so romantic, and the home had caught in my head. So once we knew it was on the market, we flew out the subsequent day.’
In the kitchen, classic chairs are dotted round a desk that belonged to the earlier homeowners. A rug from a pound store in London provides a pop of color, as do the vibrant woven carafes from an area second-hand retailer. For an identical chandelier attempt curiousa.co.uk
Chambers was thrilled to find that every little thing in the home was being offered, too: the duvets, the hats on the wall, the automobile. ‘That’s how I offered it to Simon – I advised him we wouldn’t want to purchase a factor!’ A pair of a long time later, solely the kitchen desk and an ashtray stay.
The very first thing she did when she moved in was paint the attic house white and enlarge the out of doors terrace, including outsized pebbles to the flooring. She then constructed what she refers to as ‘Nando’s’, a out of doors kitchen the place everybody cooks.
Striped material from London’s Portobello Road has been made into curtains for the hallway, for comparable attempt ianmankin.co.uk. The hats belong to household and pals who repeatedly come to remain. For an identical rug attempt frenchconnection.com
Chambers’s urge for food for a adorning mission is one thing she attributes to her mom. As a baby, she moved each 18 months, although all the time staying on web page 50 of the London A-Z (round Knightsbridge) and her mom adorned every new home in a distinct type, from rococo to extremely trendy. ‘She was incredible – she could build dry-stone walls, put up wallpaper, take down ceilings. I suppose, like her, I’m good with my palms.’
Of her Toulouse home, Chambers concludes it’s ever-evolving, ‘a very up-and-down dale’ and in addition like a Tardis that sleeps ten. ‘I’m all the time including issues, bringing stuff from London, travelling with inappropriate baggage and sporting lampshades on my head.’
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