05 Aug HOME TOUR – CLEM’S LONDON APARTMENT
A huge chunk of my time is spent browsing magazines and websites admiring and referencing beautiful spaces. It’s my porn!
More often than not though, I’m blown away by how creative and interesting my friends and acquaintances homes are. So, instead of looking online and raiding Pinterest, I thought I’d look at real life instead (there’s a novel thought!) and bring you a series of snoops into my friends’ homes. And where better to begin than with the Ladyland ladies?
We’ll start with Clem, this girl has creativity in her blood, with an art teacher as a mother and graphic designer father, she grew up in a traditional apartment in the centre of Paris surrounded by mid-century modern furniture. At the time she admits she didn’t appreciate it, but after studying interior design and moving into her first flat with her husband (also a graphic designer…) she started to accumulate her own collection of furniture classics.
Personally I’ve always found Clem’s style inspiring. Like her cooking, her curation of objects and furniture seem to be effortlessly ‘thrown’ together to make something delicious on the eye! If Clem needs a new duvet cover it’s off to Liberty for some fabric and she will make one, kids room missing something? She’ll whip up some pompom mobiles! Easy as that. Another element that makes Clem’s home unique is her historical family items, the mix of old and new, found and acquired, sets off the interior of her London home.
CLEM: ‘I like to keep all the things I use most often within easy reach but off the worktop – my Kitchen Aid mixers and copper pans which I use to heat up the kids’ food are always at hand’
CLEM: ‘My husband gave me this Eames rocker for my birthday. We’d only been going out for a short while and he wanted to impress me. He succeeded! The nest tables belonged to his grandmother, and some of the prints you see on the wall are from James Jarvis, he’s the dad of one my son’s school friends.’
CLEM: ‘This chair is an Eames office chair, I queued up for hours to buy it at a discount price during the Vitra sale when I was 24. I absolutely adore the Tse Tse hanging vase, a present from my parents. My husband spotted this painting from fellow Ladylander Ruth, and convinced her to give it to him!’
CLEM: ‘This lamp is from habitat, the little horse was made by my son with help from his granddad, I didn’t expect the result to be so good so instead of relegating it to a box in the loft it has pride of place in our lounge. The cushion on the Bertoia chair was made with fabric from Brixton market and I made the curtains with a lot of help from my mother, using Ikea fabric.’
CLEM: ‘The stairways are where we display what we like to call ‘the ancestors wall’- the mirror was found on the street and the rest have been given to me by my grandmother – they’re all members of my family, some I’ve never even met.’
CLEM: ‘I love having the little special things on display in my kids room, I even like the way the frames get knocked off kilter by them on the wall’.
This is Booboo, one of Clem’s lovely cats, sat on her Morrocan rug. For more rug inspiration you might also like this post.
We love sharing our sanctuaries with you, why not tell us about the little things that make your home special?