On Saturday morning, we drove to the West country (Bristol) to go to a friend’s birthday party and while Steve and my brother Francois watched the rugby in the afternoon, I had a nice little time going to all my favourite boutiques in Clifton village including 18 – a gorgeous fashion shop, beautifully decorated with grey distressed floorboards, French antique furniture, mixing fashion labels from Paris, Belgium and Italy and fragrance from Miller Harris, accessories for the home from Daybirger and glassware from Henry Dean.
Anyway….at lunch time, we went to our friends Peter and Gabrielle’s new house and I fell totally in love with their family home! I don’t have pictures of the whole house to show you because our time together wasn’t meant for me to act like a demented paparrazzi but they were kind enough to let me do so and let me sharing a few shots on the blog and although the house is not finished yet, I thought it looked already amazing enough to share a few of G’s decorating ideas.
Gabrielle used to work for world-renowned designer Nina Campbell and she is now a freelance interior designer and as you can see her tastes and style are impeccable. The whole house is so light and airy that one just wants to hang out, bare feet and relax. When they bought the place from Gabrielle’s parents, it was quite dark but it had beautiful features like the stairs (below). They got rid of the bathroom which was where I was standing to take this photo and now the staircase stands beautifully between the kitchen and the lounge making the whole landing very luminous with the light flooding from one room to another.
The kitchen is also very airy with natural light coming from a gorgeous sash window. They fitted a black marble top which they bought from the internet for half the price. Gabrielle was really keen to have a white top but was advised against it as it would have stained easily so she went for a gorgeous black top that works better for their family-friendly house and looks perfect with the grey kitchen units painted in Lamp room Grey from Farrow & Ball. They got the unit doors made by a local carpenter but fitted on standard kitchen units (like Ikea’s)
Well in a nutshell, it was a fabulous weekend so a big thank you to Mandy & Ackland for letting us stay in their home while they were away and Peter and Gabrielle for having us.